National Film Archive (frame 2309)

National Film Archive

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Wednesday 04th December 2019, 10:09:40 PM

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Label:  National Film Archive (Czech Republic)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD5 (the data occupy 3.92 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:20:53.06

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.33:1 non-anamorphic


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 6.30 / 9.92 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono* / 224 kbps

Subtitles: English

Menus available in: Czech


Special features:
 

  • "Digital Restoration: 'Old Czech Legends'" (1:37)
  • "Before and After Restoration" photogallery (10 pages)
  • "Thank You Note" (2:00)

  • 8-page booklet (in Czech)

Notes: 
Where to start... A title card preceding the feature claims that what we're about to see is what the moviegoers saw back in the day:

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But I find that statement problematic, because the severe instability / jitter that frequently plagues the picture makes the film very unpleasant to watch (the following is a JavaScript animation):


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And I don't believe ↓ these ↓ are an integral part of the movie that had to be preserved for future generations :-P, especially the splices between black frames:

32846 | 33062 | 54559 | 68285 | 82752 | 88016 / 88017 / 88018 / 88019 / 88020 | 110286

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Overall, a very disappointing release, and there's not much hope for anything better, as nobody is going to restore the film again anytime soon...

*difference between channels is -84.85 dB (0.01 %)


Artus Films / Blu-ray (frame 2309)

Artus Films / Blu-ray

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Wednesday 18th December 2019, 10:52:18 PM

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Label:  Artus Films (France)

Region:  A, B & C (?)
RCE protection:  n/a
Copyright protection system:  AACS

Disc type:  BD25 & DVD9 (the data occupy 21.54 & 4.81 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:24:09.02

Video:  MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p24
Aspect ratio:  1.37:1


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.00 / 23.32 / 40.90 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech LPCM 2.0 mono* / 1,536 kbps
French** LPCM 2.0 mono* / 1,536 kbps

Subtitles: French

Menus available in: French


Special features:
 

Disc 1 (Blu-ray)
  • Short film "Loutky Jiřího Trnky" ("The Puppets of Jiří Trnka," 22:45, in Czech with French subtitles)
  • Photogallery (2:18, 23 movie stills, silent)

(Unless noted otherwise, all extras are MPEG-4 AVC, 1080i50, LPCM 2.0 / 1,536 kbps.)

Disc 2 (DVD)
  • 96-page booklet (in French)

Notes: 
Firstly, special thanks to LeoH, a regular @ the Zóna discussion board, for making this comparison possible! (c:

And nooooow, to paraphrase a handy film title: "What Have You Done to Old Czech Legends?" :-O As if the botched restoration alone wasn't enough, to add insult to injury, Artus scrubbed the picture clean of every last bit*** of grain, the horrible banding that now sticks out like a sore thumb being the icing on this cake fart... I never thought I would be recommending a mediocre 2016 DVD over a 2019 Blu-ray, but there you have it - avoid the latter like the proverbial plague!

Oh, I almost forgot about the difference in aspect ratio - is the Czech DVD squeezed, or is the Blu-ray stretched? Your guess is as good as mine, but given that the other NFA restorations are all 1.37:1, I'd say the AR is the only aspect (pun intended ;-)) of this release that Artus Films got right...

To see the screenshots in glorious Full HD 1080, click here.

*difference between channels is -Inf. dB (0.00 %), resp. -88.82 dB (0.00 %)
**the original French dub being incomplete, some scenes are presented in Czech with French subtitles
***literally, bit as in 1/8 of a byte


Artus Films (frame 2309)

Artus Films

Reviewed by dvdfreak

Last modified on Wednesday 18th December 2019, 10:52:18 PM

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Label:  Artus Films (France)

Region:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8
RCE protection:  No
Copyright protection system:  None

Disc type:  DVD9 (the data occupy 4.81 GB)

Playback time (hh:mm:ss.frames):  1:20:47.03

Video:  PAL
Aspect ratio:  1.37:1 anamorphic*


Bitrate (min / avg / max):  0.24 / 6.01 / 8.55 Mbps

Bitrate (min / avg / max)

Audio:
 

Czech Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps
French*** Dolby Digital 2.0 mono** / 192 kbps

Subtitles: French

Menus available in: French


Special features:
 

  • Short film "Loutky Jiřího Trnky" ("The Puppets of Jiří Trnka," 22:45, in Czech with French subtitles)
  • Photogallery (2:18, 23 movie stills)

*which means a loss of approx. 20 % of the already limited SD resolution!
**difference between channels is -73.74 dB (0.02 %), resp. -74.43 dB (0.02 %)
***the original French dub being incomplete, some scenes are presented in Czech with French subtitles

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