Water Drops on Burning Rocks

(Gouttes d'eau sur pierres brûlantes)
directed by François Ozon
France 2000

Zeitgeist Video Region 1- NTSC vs. Artificial Eye Region 2 - PAL


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Distribution Zeitgeist Video
Region 1 encoded 
Artificial Eye
Region 2 (PAL)
Runtime 1:21 min 1:21:42 min

1.66:1 Letterboxed WideScreen 

Average Bitrate: 6.1 mb/s
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

1.75:1 Letterboxed WideScreen Anamorphic
Average Bitrate: 4.71
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s


Zeitgeist Video R1


Artificial Eye R2

Audio French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

French (Dolby Digital 2.0) -224kbps  

Subtitles Default English and None English, None
Features Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 1 - NTSC

Edition Details:

• Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
• Color, Widescreen letterbox format
• 2 Theatrical trailers - one French, 0ne English
plus trailers for other Zietgiest titles Aimee & Jaguar, Acid House, and Lumumba--- Sing-A-Long subs for the hilarious musical number (“Tanze Samba Mit Mir” by Tony Holiday), plus in a similar vein translation for a poem that Franz composes and recites twice, which isn't translated in the actual film itself.

Discographic Information:
DVD Encoding: Region 2 - PAL

Released by Artificial Eye - cat# ART 193

Edition Details:

  • Widescreen anamorphic

  • Extras: trailer - Note: (1:05) trailer in non-anamorphic 1.66:1  

  • Rolling-text filmographies for both Ozon and Fassbinder and Ozon’s production notes (which go forward automatically, though you can navigate back and forth if you wish). 

DVD Release Date: October 9, 2001
Keep Case
Chapters: 12
DVD Release Date: September 6th, 2001
Keep Case
Chapters: 17

The Artificial Eye disc  is a bit more detailed, check out the title screen, buildings in the distance have more detail. You can clearly see there's more detail in the Artificial Eye disc: watch the skin under her eyes in the 5th capture below. The Zeitgeist Video Disc is washed out, plus whites are clipping. The Artificial Eye disc  has better skin tones. On the Zeitgeist Video Disc they are too green.

In favor of the Zeitgeist R1 the Artificial Eye disc is cropped a little compared to the OAR of 1.66:1.

The Artificial Eye disc shows combing in the fast movement. You can't see it now because of the resolution adjustment for the webpage, but in the original untouched capture you could clearly see it. The Artificial Eye disc is a bit too dark. Black level is excellent though, but there's not enough shadow detail.- Jeroen

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