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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Zemestan" or "C'est l'hiver")

 

directed by Rafi Pitts
Iran/France 2006

 

A man is fired from his job. Having no more options, he decides to go find work abroad, leaving behind his wife and daughter. Months pass and his family hear no word from him. A stranger, a mechanic, arrives in town in search of work. His eyes wander to the beautiful young woman whom he hears no longer has a husband.

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Theatrical Release: 11 January 2007 (Iran)

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DVD Comparison:

Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL vs. Facets Video - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gary Tooze and Eric Cotenas for the Screen Caps!

(Artificial Eye - Region 2 - PAL - LEFT vs. Facets Video - Region 0 - NTSC - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Artificial Eye

Region 2 - PAL

Facets Video
Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:18:21 (4% PAL speedup) 1:18:12 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.87:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.8 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.82:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.84 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

Bitrate:

 

Artificial Eye

 

Bitrate:

 

Facets Video

 

Audio Farsi Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Farsi Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo

Subtitles English, none English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.87:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Rafi Pitts (16:9; 40:19)
• Biography

DVD Release Date: 23 April 2007
Amaray

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Facets Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.82:1

Edition Details:
• none

 

DVD Release Date: 24 March 2009
Amaray

Chapters 12

 

Comments

As expected, Facet's single-layer, anamorphic DVD is PAL-converted with burnt-in subtitles and absolutely no extras. Stick to the UK package (or seek it out) if you have Region 2 PAL playback capability.

 - Eric Cotenas

ABOUT THE ARTIFICIAL EYE RELEASE: Artificial-Eye continues to bring important world cinema to DVD in excellent transfers. Viewed with a projector the image looks remarkably strong, with only some minor flaws. There's a few scenes with visible edge enhancement, and occasionally the picture is a little soft, but I suspect they are also on the original film elements. Even though the black levels are solid, I have a feeling that the master tape for this transfer is made from a copy produced for cinema purpose. The black sequences are often blocked in darker scenes. I'm sure that in the original camera negative there's more depth visible. But these are only minor flaws in a very strong transfer.

The Dolby Digital 2.0 sound is solid. There's an excellent 40 minutes interview with the director. It has made in a film school in London, and speaks perfect English. It's amazing how much information there is in 40 minutes. It's odd to hear him mention John Ford, because during the film I had several times the feeling that these Iranian characters are as lonely as Ethan in The Searchers. Even the "home" and the use of landscapes occasionally evokes Ford's films.

 - Gary Tooze

 


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Image:

Artificial Eye

Sound:

Draw

Extras: Artificial Eye
Menu: Artificial Eye

 
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Distribution

Artificial Eye

Region 2 - PAL

Facets Video
Region 0 - NTSC

 

 




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