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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Un ange a ma table" )

directed by Jane Campion
New Zealand/Australia/UK 1990

 

After several remarkable short films and a quirky full-length debut, Sweetie (1989), Jane Campion presents in her second theatrical feature a biography of poet Janet Frame. Frame's life is depicted in episodic form, covering her pre-teen, teen, and young adult years -- each of these three periods features a different actress as Frame (Alexia Keogh, Karen Fergusson, Kerry Fox), and all do an excellent job of capturing Frame's awkwardness, self-doubt, and self-discovery as she struggles to develop as a human being and as an artist in a sometimes inhospitable world. The imagery is striking throughout the film, and limiting myself to just the screenshots below was painful.
 

Donald Brown

The true story of one of our century's most gifted writers, An Angel At My Table chronicles the life and extraordinary time of Janet Frame (portrayed by award-winner, Kerry Fox). Born in the 1920s, Janet's early years of fairy tales and schoolgirl pranks were tempered by family tragedy. She retained her beloved books and began to write poetry and short stories.

As the years passed her talent grew and so did the challenges to her unique and inspired vision. Her enormous gift for storytelling sustained her through these dark times, finally bringing her the success and happiness she so desperately wanted and deserved.

Brilliantly captured by Jane Campion (The Piano), An Angel At My Table has become one of the most critically acclaimed films of its time, capturing over 20 major awards and prizes.

Posters

Theatrical Release: September 20, 1990 - Australia/USA

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Comparison:

Criterion - Region 1- NTSC vs. Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL vs. Koch Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray vs. Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Donald Brown for all the DVD Screen Caps!

1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC  LEFT

2) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Explosive Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray RIGHT

 

Box Covers

Also comes in this highly recommended Boxset:

Distribution

Criterion Collection Spine # 301

Region 1 - NTSC

Artificial Eye

Region 0 - PAL

Studio Canal
Region 2 - PAL

Koch Media

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Umbrella

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

Runtime 2:38:10 2:31:15 (4% PAL speedup) 2:31:15 (4% PAL speedup) 2:37:55.090 2:37:50.169
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.15 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.32 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 6.33 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,287,150,940 bytes

Feature: 35,106,134,016 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,825,507,550 bytes

Feature: 36,361,392,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.17 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Criterion

 

Bitrate:

Artificial Eye

 

Bitrate:

 

Studio Canal

 

Bitrate: Koch

Blu-ray

 

Bitrate: Umbrella

Blu-ray

 

Audio 5.1 Mono 2.0

Mono 2.0

DTS-HD Master Audio German 912 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 912 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2048 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2048 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 0 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 384 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 384 kbps
Subtitles English, none none French, none English, German, none
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• 
Audio commentary featuring Campion, Dryburgh, and actress Kerry Fox
• A 10-minute documentary about the making of An Angel at My Table
• Six deleted scenes
• My Say, an audio interview with Janet Frame from 1983
• Original theatrical trailer
• Stills gallery
• 40-page liner notes booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from Frame's autobiography, on which Campion based her film


DVD Release Date: September 20th, 2005
Keep case

Chapters 31

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer 1:40
• Making of documentary 10:23
• 6 deleted scenes that were in the original mini-series
• Biographies
• Photo and poster gallery

DVD Release Date: November 18, 2002
Keepcase

Chapters 28
 

Release Information:
Studio: Studio Canal

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• Trailer 1:40
• Making of documentary 10:23
• 6 deleted scenes that were in the original mini-series
• Biographies
• Photo and poster gallery

 

DVD Release Date: June 11, 2003
Keepcase

Chapters 28

Release Information:
Studio:
Koch Media

Aspect Ratio:  1.78:1

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 36,287,150,940 bytes

Feature: 35,106,134,016 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.97 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Making Of (10:23)

Geschnittene Szenen (3:11) Deleted Scene

Trailer (1:41)

• Gallery (1:42)

• Bookstyle case with photos and an essay in German 
 

Blu-ray Release Date: April 17th, 2014
Bookstyle Blu-ray case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Umbrella

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 39,825,507,550 bytes

Feature: 36,361,392,768 bytes

Video Bitrate: 27.17 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

 Audio Commentary by Director Jane Campion, Director of Photography Stuart Dryburgh and actress Kerry Fox
 Making-of An Angel At My Table (10:24)
 Deleted Scenes (02:10) (03:16)
 My Say: An Audio Interview with Janet Frame, 1983 (23:22)
 Theatrical Trailer (01:43) 

 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 2019
Standard Blu-ray case

Chapters 13

 

 

 

Comments

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

ADDITION: Umbrella - Region 'B' Blu-ray - March 2019: Jane Campion's "An Angel at My Table" comes to us thanks to Umbrella. This dual-layered Blu-ray has a high bitrate carrying the 1.78:1 HD image. When compared to the Koch Media Blu-ray, there is now a more robust contrast, with darker shadows and deeper blacks. Colors are similarly darker, with greens having a more natural like tone, and reds looking richer. Grain is intact, with hardly any scratches or speckles to be seen.

Umbrella have released "An Angel..." with the same 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio that appeared on the Koch Media
Blu-ray, though it is now 24-bit instead of 16-bit. This bump in quality is only noticeable in direct comparison, and otherwise most shouldn't be concerned. Both tracks are sufficient, with subtle channel separation. There are optional English SDH subtitles on this Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The commentary that appeared on the Criterion DVD also appears here on this Umbrella
Blu-ray, as does the 10-minute 'making-of' documentary, trailer, deleted scenes, and the "My Say" audio interview with Janet Frame from 1983.

"An Angel At My Table" is a rather unique take on the typically staid bio-pic. Campion adapts Janet Frame's 3-part autobiography into a captivating bildungsroman, with the author slowly changing from a passive reactionary character to a person of a strong voice. I have always loved Campion's direction and am so glad to have finally caught this film on
Blu-ray. Stunning work, highly recommended.

Colin Zavitz

***

ADDITION: Koch Media - Region FREE Blu-ray - June 2014: This is a good release of a great film. The 1080P framing matches the Criterion SD showing a shade more on the left edge and detail rises. Colors look more realistic and contrast improves. This is notable in the wonderful outdoor scenery in New Zealand and Spain. It Blu-ray image strikes a nice balance without looking too, unnaturally, thick or unstably thin. Grain is supported and looks very pleasing. The higher resolution provides very film-like visuals - dual-layered, with a supportive bitrate. Very solid video transfer from Koch.

The Blu-ray offers a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2048 kbps and it handles all the film dishes out easily. Benefit from the lossless is heard in the score by Don McGlashan and other musical pieces by Tchaikovsky, Franz Shubert and others. It all sounds clean, crisp and exports minor depth. There is also a, less robust, German DUB and optional subtitles in both English and German. This is region FREE - playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.

There are even a few extras. The 10-minute Making Of is the same one found on the Criterion, plus there is a deleted scene, trailer and gallery. The package is a Bookstyle case with photos and en essay (in German).

This is fabulous cinema and in a very competent Blu-ray transfer.... that is region FREE! I was thoroughly impressed and we give this a strong recommendation!

***

ADDITION- Criterion - September 05':   Well, the Criterion is certainly darker, but you don't need me to tell you that, it is obvious. It is also sharper and I think the colors are far more accurate. Zooming-in I can detect some brightness boosting in the PAL editions (which should be treated as the same issue ie. port). They all have the same 'Making of..' documentary and 6 deleted scenes but the Criterion has the commentary and wins the extras contest easily. There is a bit of cropping on all editions - Criterion on top and bottom and PAL releases on the sides. I haven't heard the PAL editions but the Criterion 5.1 is very good, although hardly tested. I don't know what the original audio was.

For this release the Criterion is tops but we still like the French Coffret.

 - Gary Tooze

***

As can be seen from the bitrates, screenshots, and features, the French disc is simply a port of the Artificial Eye DVD with optional French subtitles added. The film was shot in 16mm and exhibits the typical grain and texture for that format, which is not at all displeasing. Colors are generally rich and lean toward the warm side, and the sharpness is as good as one could expect, with a stray dust speck here and there. Instead of buying either disc, I would recommend the Coffret Jane Campion from France HERE, which includes this disc, plus the features Sweetie, Two Friends, and four short films. Note that the Artificial Eye packaging states Region 2, yet the disc is actually Region 0.

 - Donald Brown

 


Menus

 

Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC

 



(Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT vs. Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

 

Koch Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray

 

 

Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 

 


 

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1) Explosive Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray TOP

2) Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

 

1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Explosive Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Explosive Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Explosive Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Explosive Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

 

1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Explosive Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Explosive Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


 

 

1) Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC  TOP

2) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - SECOND

3) Studio Canal - Region 2 - PAL - THIRD

4) Explosive Media - Region FREE - Blu-ray FOURTH

5) Umbrella - Region 'B' - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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Criterion

 

Box Covers

Also comes in this highly recommended Boxset:

Distribution

Criterion Collection Spine # 301

Region 1 - NTSC

Artificial Eye

Region 0 - PAL

Studio Canal
Region 2 - PAL

Koch Media

Region FREE - Blu-ray

Umbrella

Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 




 

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