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(aka "Faux semblants" or "Blodbrødre" or "Die unzertrennlichen")

directed by David Cronenberg
Canada / USA 1988

In Dead Ringers, David Cronenberg tells the chilling story of identical twin gynecologists—suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality—who share the same practice, the same apartment, the same women. When a new patient, glamorous actress Claire Niveau, challenges their eerie bond, they descend into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs, and madness. Jeremy Irons’ tour-de-force performance—as both twins—raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity.

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Theatrical Release: 8 September 1988, Canada - Toronto Film Festival

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Comparison:

On Air - Region 2 - PAL vs. Holland Criterion/Video Film Express - Region 2 - PAL vs. Criterion (oop) - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Ole Kofoed and Will Kelly for the DVD Screen Caps!

(On Air - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Holland Criterion/Video Film Express - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

On Air

Region 2 - PAL

Holland Criterion/Video Film Express

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection - Spine # 21
Region 0 - NTSC
FilmMedia  - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:50:43 (4% PAL speedup) 1:50:44 (4% PAL speedup) 1:55:32 1:50:59.320
Video

1.85:1 Cropped Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.10 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.89:1 Cropped Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.9 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.64 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.34 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 - 1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,730,566,888 bytes

Feature: 28,083,671,040 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

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

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On Air

 

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Holland Criterion

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Criterion

 

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Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
English Dolby Digital 5.1 (384 kbps)

English Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround

DTS-HD Master Audio English 979 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 979 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio French 1004 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1004 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Subtitles Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Finnish or none. Dutch, none None French, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: On Air

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer
• Biographies of Cronenberg and Irons (In English)

DVD Release Date: ?
Keep Case

Chapters 20
 

Release Information:
Studio:
Video Film Express

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.89

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, editor Ron Sanders, production designer Carol Spier
• The original designs for the opening title sequence
• Twinning effect/motion control footage
• The electronic press kit, including a trailer and a featurette
 

DVD Release Date: unknown
Amaray Case

Chapters 42

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.
64

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, editor Ron Sanders, production designer Carol Sp
• The original designs for the opening title sequence
• Twinning effect/motion control footage
• The electronic press kit, including a trailer and a featurette

 

DVD Release Date: October 13, 1998
Keep Case

Chapters 43

Release Information:
Studio:
Filmedia

 

1.78:1 - 1080i Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,730,566,888 bytes

Feature: 28,083,671,040 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 29.99 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• 
Le Grande Cinaste: David Cronenberg (57:13)

(25:57)

(7:11 in English)

Special Effects (20:24 in French)
 

Blu-ray Release Date: January 27th, 2012
Standard Blu-ray
Case

Chapters 12

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray - June 12':  Despite some definite black-marks - interlaced, appears to run in PAL time (1080i50), movement in the bastardized 1.78:1 frame (at times opened-up and sometimes cropped) - this doesn't look too-too bad and gave me a decent presentation. My Region FREE LG Blu-ray player could remove the French subtitles when the English dialogue is selected and I suspect any machine that has remote accessible (as opposed to menu-enforced) subtitles - can do similar. There is a bit of noise on the dual-layered transfer with high bitrate and colors gain vibrancy and detail certainly rises. There are hints of depth. The audio is lossless and the Howard Shore score is solid via the DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel sounding atmospheric and creepy - although there are no dynamic attributes. There is a French DUB.

I haven't deeply investigated the extras but there is a lot (1 3/4 hours worth) and the two main video pieces are in English with forced French subtitles - one on Cronenberg.

Easily to accentuate the flaws but this did give me the best presentation of Dead Ringers that I've yet seen. I doubt Criterion will revisit the title and for a relatively obscure-but-intriguing effort - this may be the best we get. It is notably more film-like than the previous DVDs.  

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DVD ADDITION - Criterion Holland - Video Film Express (Sept -04) - Although on the box it is stated as 1.66 it is actually around 1.89 and therefore not the original aspect ratio. It looks as though they have purchased the Criterion extra features which match to a 'T', except the color on the Cronenberg featurette has a green haze to it. The feature image is likewise distorted. It appears to be even more hazy than the 'On Air' PAL edition, but has the vibrant colors of the Criterion. Anyway, its a pass for the image and the aspect ratio. Don't bother.

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The out-of-print Criterion, in the proper aspect ratio of around 1.66, is showing much more image in the bottom of the frame than the "On Air, which has been cropped to 1.85. The non-anamorphic, early Criterion DVD is also sharper, brighter and has more vibrant colors. Contrast is also far better but skin tones do look a little reddish. Extras are kind of impossible to equal in the case of the Criterion. Stacked with a directors commentary, featurette etc. as per par for the course, we suggest the Criterion - at Amazon's Marketplace for almost $70 - Cronenberg fans will not be complete without it.

There is also a Dutch release with extras ported from the Criterion (see HERE). Certainly cheaper but has PAL speedup and we are unsure of the transfer quality.

 - Gary W. Tooze


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(On Air - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Holland Criterion/Video Film Express - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)


 

 

 

Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 


 

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1) On Air - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Holland Criterion/Video Film Express - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) On Air - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Holland Criterion/Video Film Express - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) On Air - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Holland Criterion/Video Film Express - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) On Air - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Holland Criterion/Video Film Express - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) On Air - Region 2 - PAL - TOP

2) Holland Criterion/Video Film Express - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Criterion - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Filmedia - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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Box Covers

 

Distribution

On Air

Region 2 - PAL

Holland Criterion/Video Film Express

Region 2 - PAL

Criterion Collection - Spine # 21
Region 0 - NTSC
FilmMedia  - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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