directed by Elie Chouraqui
France 2000

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Theatrical Release: September 23rd, 2000

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DVD Comparison:

TVA Films (Canadian) - Region 1 - NTSC vs. UFG (French 2 dvd edition) - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Guillaume for all the Screen Caps!

(TVA Films (Canadian) - Region 1 - NTSC - LEFT vs. UFG (French 2 dvd edition) - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)

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Distribution

TVA Films

Region 1 - NTSC

UFG
Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 2:06:20 2:06:29 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.61 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

2.35:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.25 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

Bitrate:

 

TVA Films (Canadian)

 

Bitrate:

 

UFG (French 2 dvd edition)

 

Audio English DD 5.1 & DS 2.0, French DS 2.0

English DS 2.0, French DTS & DD 5.1

Subtitles None French (forced on English track)
Features Release Information:
Studio: TVA Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer

DVD Release Date: January 21st, 2003
Amaray

Chapters 28
 

Release Information:
Studio: UFG

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 2.35:1

Edition Details:
• Animated Menus
• Interview with writer/director Elie Chouraqui and actor Adrien Brody on I'S Television
• Interview with Andie MacDowell, Brendan Gleeson and David Strathairn
• Music video of YaŽl's
• Special effects montage
• Deleted scenes
• Photo gallery
• Biographies

DVD Release Date: October 16, 2001
Amaray

Chapters 13

 

 

 

 

Comments VIDEO

Both are presented in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio .. but are varying quality too. R1 has strongly contrasting colors when the R2's paleness is faithful to the original theatrical picture. The two editions are quite sharp ( see the screen in the third capture and the striped pillow in the next one).

R1 picture is slightly cropped on the left.

AUDIO

It's a shame the R2 2-disc edition has only a DS 2.0 English track... and French forced subtitles on it.

EXTRAS

No need to argue. There is nothing on the Canadian disc. On the French one, actor's interviews are in English (with French subs), except for director's one which is in French and no subs.

OVERALL

The Canadian disc presents the US theatrical release with about 10 minutes less (see imdb page) than the real director's cut available on the Region 2. I suppose the US R1 has the same version.

About the stereo English track, UFG released an other edition (one year after this one) which offers, on one single disc in a digi-pack case, new English DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks but no extras.

 - Guillaume

 

 

 



 

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(TVA Films (Canadian) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. UFG (French 2 dvd edition) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(TVA Films (Canadian) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. UFG (French 2 dvd edition) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(TVA Films (Canadian) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. UFG (French 2 dvd edition) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


(TVA Films (Canadian) - Region 1 - NTSC - TOP vs. UFG (French 2 dvd edition) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM)

 

 


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Report Card:

Image:

PAL (but has forced subs on English track)

Sound:

R1 (for original English DD 5.1)

Extras: PAL

Menu:

PAL

 

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Distribution

TVA Films

Region 1 - NTSC

UFG
Region 2 - PAL

 

 

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