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(aka "Black Peter" or "Peter and Pavla")

 

directed by Milos Forman
Czechoslovakia 1964

 

After two shorts in which he gave documentary material fictional form, Forman, in his first feature, gives his fictional material documentary form. Using non-professional actors, improvised dialogue and shooting parts of the story in the streets, Forman follows the uneventful life of teenage Peter, who finds he dislikes his first job as a trainee store detective. He also has problems with his conservative father and carefree Pavla, on whom he has a crush. The sharply observed, satirical and affectionate film brought new vitality to Czech cinema and marked the start of Forman's career, leading to bigger, rather than better, things in Hollywood.

Excerpt from Channel 4 located HERE

Theatrical Release: 17 April 1964

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DVD Comparison: 

Facets Video - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Filmexport Home Video - Region 0 - PAL

Big thanks to Per-Olof Strandebrg and Michael Brooke for the screen grabs!

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Distribution

Facets Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Filmexport Home Video, Region 0 - PAL
Runtime 1:25:31 1:25:18
Video

1:1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1:1.33 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: n/a
PAL 720x576 25 f/s
Audio DD 2.0 Czech mono DD 2.0 Czech mono
Subtitles English (burnt-in on the film copy) English, Czech, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Facets video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1.33

Edition Details:
• Milos Forman interview (titled Overseas film makers: Milos Forman)
• Produced by: Australian film, Television and Radio school
• Length: 30:28
• Booklet (16 pages)

DVD Release Date: 17 August 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 10

Release Information:
Studio: Filmexport Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1:1.33

Edition Details:
(NB: All extras in untranslated Czech)
• Pavel Taussig introduction (20:19)
• Pavla Novotná (née Martinková) interview (30:17)
• Pavel Sedlacek interview (8:21)
• Stills gallery with music (2:35)
• Publicity montage (2:03)
• Biographies/filmographies for cast and crew
• Bibliography
• Publicity montage (2:03)
• Awards list

DVD Release Date: 2005
Transparent Keep Case
Chapters: 12

 

 

Comments

ADDITION - Filmexport Home Video - Region 0 - PAL (August 06'): I don't think we need to say more than just observing what the screen captures can tell you. It, fortunately has optional English subtitles... but not on any of the extra features. The Facets edition is a PAL-NTSC port, ridiculously priced and we strongly recommend spending your dollars elsewhere. The Filmexport is PAL and region 0 and for those keen on the film - this is the way to go.

 

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Some distributors seems to think that it's a cultural favor the release DVDs in any possible form. It's a pity that Criterion did only two of the three early films from Milos Forman.

Facet video gives BLACK PETER with a very questionable DVD version. The transfer is made from an very old tape master (made directly from a film print) titled BLACK SHEEP.

The picture reminds of old VHS cassettes (the bad ones), it's a little bit soft, dirty, and have contrast boosting. Almost like bootleg DVD's. The smaller TV set you have the better the picture looks (10 inch is recommended!).

The sound is like the picture, very thin, like coming from an old transistor radio
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 - Per-Olof Strandberg

 

 





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(Facets Video - Region 0 - NTSC TOP vs. Filmexport Home Video - Region 0 - PAL BOTTOM)

 

 

 

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Distribution

Facets Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Filmexport Home Video, Region 0 - PAL




 

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