directed by Paul Verhoeven
Netherlands 1973


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DVD Comparison:

Anchor Bay - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Filmax (Spain) - Region 2 - PAL

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Anchor Bay Entertainment

Region 1  - NTSC

Filmax (Spain) 
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:48:02 (NTSC) 1:43:34 (PAL)

1.66 Original Aspect Ratio 16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.50 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.62:1 Original Aspect Ratio 
Average Bitrate: 5.36
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s


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




Audio Dutch (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)

English & Spanish DD 2.0

Subtitles English, and none English, Spanish, and none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 1973

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.66:1

Edition Details:
• Color, Widescreen
• Commentary by director Paul Verhoeven (English)
• Theatrical trailer anamorphic with removable English subtitles (3:29)
• Still Gallery (Behind the scenes, lobbycards ect.)

• Biographies of Verhoeven, Hauger and Monique van de Ven
• Widescreen anamorphic format

DVD Release Date: April 24, 2001
Keep Case

Chapters 29

NOTE: The disc is also part of Anchor Bay's 5-DVD "Verhoeven Collection).

Release Information:
Studio: Filmax
Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 1961

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen  - 1.62:1

Edition Details:
• Small biographies of Verhoeven and Hauger (In Dutch).


DVD Release Date: ?
Keep Case

Chapters 10


Note: The movie is also released in Spain by Manga - this release should be anamorphic and have Dutch soundtrack, but no English subs/sound.


Not much to choose from image-wise. The Anchor Bay seems slightly sharper and the Filmax seems slightly saturated with perhaps a little contrast boosting. The Anchor Bay is slightly cropped on all 4 sides. The big difference is in the soundtracks with the Filmax having it in English and Spanish DUBS but not the original Dutch? The Anchor Bay has it in the orginal Dutch only. There is color manipulation on one of these release and it may be the Anchor Bay with the reds looking like washed out oranges. I say this as skin tones don't seem to be as effected. The Anchor Bay has the better Extras.  Overall I suppose I would buy the Anchor Bay... the sound and Extras are too heavy against marginal picture manipulation.     - Gary W. Tooze

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Gary Tooze

Mississauga, Ontario,