directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
Mexico 2000


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DVD Comparison:

Lion's Gate - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Filmax (Spain)- Region 2 - PAL vs. Madman (Australia) Region 0 - PAL

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(Lion's Gate - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT -. Filmax - Region 2 - PAL MIDDLE -. Madman Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Lions Gate Entertainment

Region 1  - NTSC

Filmax (Spain)

Region 2  - PAL

Madman (Australia)
Region 4 - PAL
Runtime 2:33:45 2:27:27 (4% PAL Speedup) 2:27:30 (4% PAL Speedup)
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate:6.90 mb/s

PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.75:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.40
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Bitrate:

Lion's Gate

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Filmax

Bitrate:

Madman

Audio Spanish Dolby Digital  5.1, DUB: Dolby Digital 2.0 French track Spanish Dolby Digital  5.1, or DTS (768 Kbps)

Spanish Dolby Digital  5.1

Subtitles English and French (yellow and Not removable "on the fly" or with DVD remote controls, but in set-up only) None English, (yellow and removable)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Lions Gate Home Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: May 14th, 2000
 

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:

All of the extras on this disc are all presented in their original Spanish language… with no English dubbing.

Director’s Commentary, also presented in Spanish with English subtitles
Deleted scenes (16:35)
Two featurettes  (7:39 , 5:51)
Three music videos
9 Photos in Gallery
10 Storyboards

DVD Release Date: February 18, 2003
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Release Information:
Studio: Filmax (Spain)
Theatrical Release Date: May 14th, 2000

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.75:1

Edition Details:
(Not subtitled!) Making of (7:38)
Interviews: Alejandro González Iñárritu(1:40), Rodrigo Prieto (0:24), Goya Toledo (0:14), Gael García Bernal (0:44) and Emilio Echevarría (0:52).
Trailer (1:46)
Cast/crew biographies
TV spot (0:20)
Music video
 

DVD Release Date: September 9, 2001

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Release Information:
Studio: MadMan (Australia)
Theatrical Release Date: May 14th, 2000

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.75:1

Edition Details:

12 deleted scenes
Making the film (15:36)
Behind the scenes(7:37)
3 music videos
Trailer (1:51)
Press kit: Information of cast/crew/awards/soundtrack , some notes about the film from William Friedkin
Trailers for "Mullet", "Shadow of the Vampire" and "The Bank"

 

DVD Release Date: March 19th, 2002

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Comments:

The picture quality is pretty much the same in all three versions. I certainly can't tell an obvious difference, although the Australian Madman may be slightly sharper. Unfortunately. the video transfer for this film has had a number of intentional processing effects applied which effect things like the colors appearing washed out.  As the Spanish Filmax version does not have English subs, we will pass on that edition. The menus, I am leaning toward the Lion's Gate edition, ditto for the Extras as it has a nice Directors commentary with both Eng and Spanish subs. The 1st Mexican film in a while to make some waves, I personally found it a little harsh for my personal tastes, but it did keep me intrigued. If you are going to buy this one, I would suggest the Region 1 - Lion's Gate Signature Series although I am not happy about non-removable "on the fly" subtitles.  - Gary W. Tooze





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