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(aka "Toby's Story" )

 

directed by Rupert Wainwright
USA 19
99

 

When Frankie Paige (Academy Award winner Patricia Arquette, True Romance, Lost Highway), a young hairdresser from Pittsburgh, begins to suffer the stigmata a physical manifestation of Jesus Christ's crucifixion wounds the Vatican's top investigator, Father Kiernan ( Gabriel Byrne, Miller's Crossing, The Usual Suspects) is skeptical of their authenticity. However, as the severity of the wounds increases, Kiernan realizes Frankie has become the vessel for an extraordinary and provocative message that threatens the very foundations of the Catholic Church, and now the stigmata is not the only thing threatening her life.

Also starring Jonathan Pryce in a supporting role and featuring a fantastic cutting-edge score by The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Elia Cmํral, Stigmata is a visually stunning, intelligent supernatural horror
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Theatrical Release: September 10th, 1999 (USA)

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Comparison:

Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray vs. Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Shout! Factory - Region 'A' - Blu-ray Eureka - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:42:12.167 1:42:12.167  
Video

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,997,509,985 bytes

Feature: 24,990,449,664 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,148,229,317 bytes

Feature: 33,477,449,280 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.82 Mbps

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

Bitrate UK Blu-ray

Bitrate US Blu-ray

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2226 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2226 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2095 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2095 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2082 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2082 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)

DTS-HD Master Audio English 2234 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2234 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Isolated Music Score and Effects track:

DTS-HD Master Audio English 1596 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1596 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 24-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 320 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 320 kbps

Subtitles English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Shout! factory

 

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 35,997,509,985 bytes

Feature: 24,990,449,664 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 24.00 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary With Director Rupert Wainwright
• Incredible But True – Stigmata: Marked For Life (44:05)
• Divine Rights: The Story Of Stigmata (25:36.)
• Music Video – “Identify” By Natalie Imbruglia (4:16)
• Deleted Scenes (12:54)
• Theatrical Trailer (2:16)

Blu-ray Release Date: May 19th, 2015
Standard
Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka -

1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 44,148,229,317 bytes

Feature: 33,477,449,280 bytes

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Total Video Bitrate: 34.82 Mbps

 

Edition Details:
• Audio Commentary With Director Rupert Wainwright
• Divine Rights: The Story of Stigmata (25:37)
• Deleted scenes (12:55)
• Alternate ending (4:35)
• Music Video Identify By Natalie Imbruglia (4:17)
• Original theatrical trailer (2:26)

Blu-ray Release Date: October 17th, 2016
Transparent
Blu-ray Case
Chapters: 7

 

 

 

Comments

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

The newer Eureka Blu-ray advances over the Shout! Factory by having a max'ed out bitrate (almost 50% higher than the US transfer). This shows in the visuals with slightly richer colors and an, overall, smoother in-motion appearance. Looking closely you may be able to see the stronger attributes of the Eureka with a tighter, more film-like image. I would assume the source is the same with both having the exact same running time to the 1/1000th of a second. Simply put - the UK transfer is more robust and produces the better viewing - dependant on the size of your system or how discerning your eye is.

The audio is strong for both and too similar to be able to distinguish differences. Both use a DTS-HD Master 5.1 surround and while both offer a stereo option - the Eureka is in linear PCM supporting a slightly crisper high-end, imo. The film's music is accurately described in the Eureka description as "fantastic cutting-edge score by The Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan and Elia Cmํral". The Eureka includes an isolated score of this music and effects and another listening option. Both offer optional English subtitles in a slightly different font. NOTE: Some of the Assyrian Neo-Aramaic, Portuguese, Italian and Aramaic in the film are on burned-in subtitles (samples below.)

Extras are also similar with one notable difference. Both have the audio commentary with director Rupert Wainwright that gives good coverage of the production details and adaptation of the story and both editions also have the 25-minute, 1999 TV-piece, Divine Rights: The Story of Stigmata featurette written by David Hughes and Dane McMaster. It's a promotional documentary on the film which, apart from the usual cast and crew interviews, includes info on real cases of stigmata, such like the one of Padre Pio di Pietrelcina. There are also 13-minutes of deleted scenes, the music video Identify by Natalie Imbruglia and a theatrical trailer. The UK package includes the alternate ending (listed but not on my Shout! Factory Blu-ray) and the US disc includes the 3/4 hour Incredible But True – Stigmata: Marked For Life 2003 TV documentary that traces the history of stigmata from St. Francis of Assissi to Padre Pio while exploring alternative explanations for the phenomenon such as the power of the mind to create physical wounds.

I always appreciate different options and in this case - for the discerning video-phile the Eureka offers better value in the image presentation but for those keen on the supplements - the Shout! Factory has the interesting, and lengthy, 2003 documentary.

I've seen Stigmata a few times over the years and it is growing on me - I'm always into religious-based horrors and this is in the top half. It morphs from the stigmata issue to one of exorcism decently. I'll watch it again one day. Recommended!

 - Gary Tooze


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