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directed by Woody Allen
USA 2000

 

An ex-con (Woody Allen) and his manicurist wife (Tracey Ullman) find their get-rich-quick scheme leaves them rolling in dough in the hilarious comedy, Small Time Crooks. When a bank heist takes a comical twist, the couple discovers that cookies pay better than crime! Romantic comedy favorite Hugh Grant is a suave art dealer with his own plot to cash in on their success. Adding to the mix are bumbling crooks Jon Lovitz and Michael Rapaport in this critically acclaimed film.

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Theatrical Release: 19 May 2000 - USA

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Comparison:

Dreamworks - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Nordisk Film - Region 2 - PAL vs. RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gary Tooze and Ole Kofoed for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Dreamworks - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Nordisk Film - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Covers

Also a Scandinavian Blu-ray version:

Distribution

Dreamworks

Region 1 - NTSC

Nordisk Film
Region 2 - PAL
RAN  - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:34:24 1:30:34 (4% PAL speedup) 1:34:01.636
Video

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.96 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.61 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 - 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,580,518,196 bytes

Feature: 23,319,724,032 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 28.99 Mbps

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

Bitrate:

 

Dreamworks

 

Bitrate:

 

Nordisk Film

 

Bitrate:

 

Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.

English Dolby Digital 2.0 mono.

LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English or None. Danish, Swedish or None. Japanese or None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Dreamworks

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Production Notes

• Cast and Filmmaker

• Trailer


DVD Release Date: April 1st, 2003
Keep Case

Chapters 24

Release Information:
Studio: Nordisk Film

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Allen (19:20).

 

DVD Release Date: November 20, 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: RAN

1.78:1 - 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 23,580,518,196 bytes

Feature: 23,319,724,032 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 28.99 Mbps

Edition Details:

• Trailer (1:55 in 480i)


Blu-ray Release Date: June 11th, 2012
Standard
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 13

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray - June 12':  Remains such a warm comedy and the 1080P definitely ratchets-up both audio and video at somewhere under 6X the bitrate. I've seen Small Time Crooks about a 1/2 dozen times and love the performances - especially Tracey Ullman. We get a shade more information in the frame but I don't suppose the jokes benefit. Anyway, I liked the bare bones disc presentation. Perhaps it was the Woody-esque soundtrack with Benny Goodman, Harry James and Johann Straus via lossless. There is nothing but an SD, Japanese, trailer for the film. I suspect only the director's loyal fans might be keen enough to go Blu-ray on this title. I like it in the library. 

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ON THE DVDs: Both images are quite good with some minor and visible edge enhancement, but we give a slight edge in the Region 1 brightness. the PAL edition has an Allen interview which would have been great on the NTSC that has nothing but filler. No significant cropping and I would choose whichever is most reasonably priced. Overall I would take the PAL edition which, for me, has the interview which exceeds the value of the negligible image difference. The region 1 menus are fun and animated.

 - Gary Tooze


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RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

 


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1) Dreamworks - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Nordisk Film - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Dreamworks - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Nordisk Film - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Dreamworks - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Nordisk Film - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Dreamworks - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Nordisk Film - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Dreamworks - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Nordisk Film - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 


1) Dreamworks - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP

2) Nordisk Film - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE

3) RAN - Region 'A' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

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Extras: Region 2 +++
Box Covers

Also a Scandinavian Blu-ray version:

Distribution

Dreamworks

Region 1 - NTSC

Nordisk Film
Region 2 - PAL
RAN  - Region 'A' - Blu-ray



 

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