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(aka "Der Name der Rose" or "Le Nom de la rose" or "Il Nome della rosa")

 

directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud
France/Italy/West Germany 1986

 

Based on Umberto Eco's best-selling novel, "The Name of the Rose" is a medieval whodunit set in a Benedictine Abbey, 1327. Franciscan monk William of Baskerville (Sean Connery) and a young novice (Christian Slater) arrive for a conference (council on the Franciscan's Order's belief that the Church should rid itself of wealth) to find that several monks have been brutally murdered, prompting his peers into believing the apocalypse is coming. In his attempt to solve the crimes, William must challenge the authority of the Catholic Church by eschewing religious fervor in favor of rational thought. As more deaths occur the investigation draws closer to uncovering the secret the Abbey - its hidden library. William and his young novice must race against time to prove the innocence of the unjustly accused misshapen worker , and avoid the wrath of Holy Inquisitor Bernardo Gui (F. Murray Abraham). A unique and interesting film with strong performances. out of   

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: 24 September 1986

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Comparison:

Flash Star Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Warner Benelux (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL vs. Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC vs. Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gary W. Tooze and Alain Dupont for the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Flash Star Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT

2) Warner Benelux (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT

 

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Warner Benelux is for Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg. France's R2 edition is exactly the same but the packaging is different.

Distribution

Flash Star Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Warner Benelux
Region 2 - PAL
Warner Home Video
Region 1 - NTSC
Warner Home Video
Region
FREE - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:06:00 2:06:04 (4% PAL speedup) 2:11:16 2:11:29.715
Video

1:85:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.48 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1:85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.99 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1:85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,941,774,766 bytes

Feature: 25,899,362,304 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 18.96 Mbps

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

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Flash Star Home Video

 

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Warner Benelux (Special Edition)

 

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Warner Home Video

 

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Warner Home Video Blu-ray

 

Audio English Dolby Digital 4.0, Portuguese Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround

English Dolby Digital 5.1, French Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround

English Dolby Digital 5.1

DTS-HD Master Audio English 3555 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 3555 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps /
24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Czech 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio French 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Hungarian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Polish 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB / Dolby Surround
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 192 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
Subtitles English, Portuguese, none English, English (HI), French, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, none English, Spanish, French, none English, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Spanish, Finnish, French, Hungarian, Italian, Japanese, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Swedish, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Flash Star Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1:85:1

Edition Details:
• Bio Text Screens (Portuguese)

DVD Release Date: 13 January 2002
Keep Case

Chapters 18
 

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Benelux

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:85:1

Edition Details:
Disc 1
• Audio commentary by director Jean-Jacques Annaud -English, same as the one on the region 1 edition).
• Audio commentary by director Jean-Jacques Annaud (French, no subtitles)
• German documentary - "The Abbey of Crime : Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose" (43:21) (narration in German but there is some English as well when the actors speak or the film is being shot; there is some Italian as well; subtitles : English, English (HI), French, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, none) [it's an above average featurette]
• Photo video journey with director Jean-Jacques Annaud (16:06) (English, subtitles : English, English (HI), French, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, none)

Disc 2
• Interview (documentary) with director Jean-Jacques Annaud, exclusive to this dvd; the first part ("La Genèse") is a very thorough making-off covering every aspect of pre-production, production and post-production; the second part ("Les Clés du Labyrinthe") deals with the historic details of that period (life, monks, the Church, the Inquisition,...); the documentary lasts 1:56:23, you can see all of it at once or you can see both parts separately, and there are 18 chapters (French, subtitles : English, French, Dutch, German, Italian, Spanish, Czech, Hebrew, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Turkish, none)

 

DVD Release Date: 23 August 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 33

Release Information:
Studio: Warner Home Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1:85:1

Edition Details:
• Commentary by director Jean-Jacques Annaud
• Theatrical trailer
• German Documentary - "The Abbey of Crime" - Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose (4:3 - 43:21)
• Photo Video journey with director Jean-Jacques Annaud (widescreen - 16X9 - 16:02)

 

DVD Release Date: 6 July 2004
Keep Case

Chapters 33

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

 

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,941,774,766 bytes

Feature: 25,899,362,304 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 18.96 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio commentary by director Jean-Jacques Annaud -English, same as the one on the region 1 edition).
• Audio commentary by director Jean-Jacques Annaud (French, with or without subtitles)
• German documentary - "The Abbey of Crime : Umberto Eco's Name of the Rose" (43:26 in 480i) (narration in German but there is some English as well when the actors speak or the film is being shot; there is some Italian as well; subtitles : English, English (HI), French, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, none) [it's an above average featurette]
• Photo video journey with director Jean-Jacques Annaud (16:06 in 480i) (English, subtitles : English, English (HI), French, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Romanian, none)

 

Blu-ray Release Date: August 2nd, 2011
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 33

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - July 11': This is a strong upgrade from the previous compared DVDs. I should state that the German Blu-ray (not compared here) has not been favorably reviewed and doesn't have the same extras - as far as we've been told. This Warner (US) 1080P transfer has superb grain and excellent detail in close-ups. It looks solid with only a few aberrations. Contrast is adept, there are instances of depth and there is a shade more in formation in the frame. With the mediocre reports of the German hi-def disc - I was pleasantly surprised by the image quality. 

Audio as well get a notable upgrade with a lossless DTS-HD Master 5.1 track at 3555 kbps. The validating score is by the iconic James Horner and it sounds super via the hi-def rendering. There are some definite moments of separation although I wouldn't say the surround was extensively utilized. Bass-y depth is apparent and overall this supports the film experience much more significantly than the SD-DVDs. There are many optional DUBs and subtitles and the Blu-ray is, appropriately, region FREE.

Extras mimic the first disc of the 2004 European DVD (and region 1 disc) with the Jean-Jacques Annaud commentaries in both English and French - the latter with or without subtitles, plus the 45-minute German documentary - "The Abbey of Crime" and the 6-minute Photo video journey with the director.

This was easily the best presentation of The Name of the Rose that I have seen in the home theater - impressive a/v and the same insightful extras. Tack on the price offers exceptional value and this Blu-ray is a thumbs up recommendation. 

***

ADDITION (Warner PAL- Sept 05') - Big thanks to Alain for coming up with the Warner PAL caps, which appear slightly sharper than the corresponding Region 1's.

Firstly, the Brazilian R0 can't compete in any department, so lets not talk about it anymore.

Image quality differences between the Warner PAL + NTSC may be negligible, but in the extras, obviously the 2-disc PAL edition is king. The second disc of the Warner PAL does have many subtitle options.

RE: Commentaries - Annaud was asked by Warner to do it over 2 years ago but he hadn't seen the movie since it was completed and he admits that the English commentary (same on both Warners) is thus bad. But the PAL edition has a more recent French language commentary as well by Annaud - this time he was prepared and it's very informative...but no unfortunately no English subs.

So the definitive edition would have to be considered to be the 2-disc PAL one, although for casual fans the NTSC will suffice.

NOTE: Just a brief word of warning to anyone planning to buy the French Warner 2-disc edition of The Name of the Rose - although the content is indeed identical to the Benelux version, it has NO subtitles on the second disc. (Thanks Phil!)

***

Well, not much of a comparison as it is so lopsided. The time difference tells me that the Brazilian edition probably came from a PAL source. Aside from that it is hazy (greenish tinge), dark, poor subtitles, poor extras, weak audio and colors are extremely dull. It's about time Region 1 was given this fine film on DVD with some real quality. Warner have included some nice extras coupled with the crisp anamorphic image - its not perfect, but beside the Flash Star it sure looks it. Audio is bumped to a fine 5.1 track on the Warner. I see some minor edge enhancement too.

I am aware of an R2 - 2 disc version (5 year old one - TF1 Video - poor - which is marred by it having burnt-on French subtitles - no extras.) and a new one- that is reported to be excellent (same menus as this). I hope we can compare one day. (Thanks to Peter for the info.) 

 - Gary W. Tooze

 


DVD Menus
(Flash Star Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - LEFT vs. Warner Benelux (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - MIDDLE vs. Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - RIGHT)


 

 

Disc 2 of Warner Edition

 

 

Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 


 

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Screen Captures

 

1) Flash Star Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Benelux (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Flash Star Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Benelux (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Flash Star Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Benelux (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Flash Star Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Benelux (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Flash Star Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Benelux (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

 


1) Flash Star Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP

2) Warner Benelux (Special Edition) - Region 2 - PAL - SECOND

3) Warner Home Video - Region 1 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Warner - Region FREE - Blu-ray - BOTTOM

 

More Blu-ray Captures

 

DVD Box Covers

 

 

 

 

Warner Benelux is for Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxemburg. France's R2 edition is exactly the same but the packaging is different.

Distribution

Flash Star Home Video

Region 0 - NTSC

Warner Benelux
Region 2 - PAL
Warner Home Video
Region 1 - NTSC
Warner Home Video
Region
FREE - Blu-ray

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