S E A R C H D V D B e a v e r
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Oscar nominee Sam Shepard takes on the role of a lifetime in award-winning director Volker Schlondorff's powerful story of a monumental love affair that spanned two generations and six continents. Following a trail of odd coincidences that leads him from a plane crash in Mexico to a transatlantic voyage, engineer Walter Faber (Shepard) meets the beautiful young Sabeth (Julie Delpy). Traveling across Europe together, Faber's life is rejuvenated by Sabeth's love until phantoms from his past confront him with an unbelievable truth.
Theatrical Release: March 21st, 1991
DVD Review: Scorpion Releasing - Region 0 - NTSC
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Average Bitrate: 6.19 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.
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Journey to Voyager: An Interview With Volker Schlöndorff (26:40)
Excellent film and pretty decent DVD from Scorpion Releasing that got by our radar. Homo Faber (aka 'Voyager') has had releases in PAL - Kinowelt edition available HERE, (sample comparisons below - thanks Per-Olaf!) but this appears to be the first North American release.
The dual-layered, progressive and anamorphic SD-DVD transfer shows some noise in darker scenes but is otherwise quite impressive for detail as well as showing some grain. Skin tones colors appear accurate which is often an issue with the format and the image quality is super in motion. Contrast is acceptable and I see no demonstrative sighs of digital manipulation. The film was shot for 1.85 and this 1.78 is not unwarranted. I was surprisingly impressed with the video portion of this, region FREE, DVD rendering.
Audio offers a lone English track in extensively flat 2.0 channel. It is clear and consistent with no complaints. There are no subtitles offered.
There are a handful of good extra features - A Journey to Voyager: An Interview With Volker Schlöndorff runs almost 27-minutes allowing the director to reflect back on the film. The Last Sabbath: An Interview With Julie Delpy is just over 16-minutes and has the actress talk about the production and the director. Writer Rudy Wulitzer Remembers Voyager goes for a dozen minutes and we get a theatrical trailer, the alt-opening credits with the English name of the film and 7-minutes of 'Deleted Scenes' - some only available in the German language (DUB).
This is a very worthy film and substantial DVD offering that we wholly endorse. Great job Scorpion!
Scorpion NTSC TOP vs.Finnish DVD Finnkino (Kinowelt master) PAL BOTTOM
Scorpion NTSC TOP vs. Finnish DVD Finnkino (Kinowelt master) PAL BOTTOM