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#1 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 01 2002 - 12:53 AM

At DVDBeaver.com we have compiled some directed visual graphic comparisons of DVDs. The first now accessible by the public are listed below:
Criterion Collection Region 1 "In the Mood For Love" vs. TF1 French Video Region 2

Columbia Tri-Star "Vertical Ray of the Sun" Region 1 vs. Studio Canal/Universal Pictures Region 2

Criterion "Andrei Rublev" Region 1 vs. Ruscico/Artificial Eye Region 2

Image Entertainment "Nosferatu" R1 (not encoded) vs. BFI version R2 (UK)

Touchstone Home Video "Dead Poets Society" Region 1 vs. Touchstone Home Video Region 2 (UK)

Criterion Collection "Juliet of the Spirits" Region 1 vs. Image Entertainment Region 1

Criterion "Rebecca" Region 1 vs. Anchor Bay "Rebecca" Region 1

Criterion "Notorious" Region 1 vs. Anchor Bay "Notorious" Region 1
You may access links to them all from HERE

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#2 of 2334 OFFLINE   Jussi Tarvainen

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Posted August 01 2002 - 04:54 AM

Thanks a lot! Those are very interesting... especially Andrei Rublev.
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#3 of 2334 OFFLINE   Brian Kidd

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Posted August 02 2002 - 12:36 AM

Wow! MEET JOHN DOE looks so much better on the British disc! I may have to pick that one up, considering it's NTSC.
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#4 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 03 2002 - 12:22 AM

Added at www.compare.dvdbeaver.com :

Paramount Region1 "The Truman Show" vs. Paramount Region 2

Image Region 0 "Meet John Doe" vs. Sanctuary Region 0

Warner Region 1 "North by Northwest" vs. Warner Region 2 Courtesy of CineDVD.net (French text)

Universal Region1 "Vertigo" vs. Universal/GCTHV "Vertigo" Region 2 ...

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#5 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 05 2002 - 08:43 AM

Two interesting updates... both leaning the way of Fox over Criterion...
www.compare.dvdbeaver.com

Criterion Region 1 encoded "Hard Boiled" vs. Region 1 encoded Fox/Lorber - Winstar

Criterion Region 0 "The 400 Blows" vs. Region 0 Fox/Lorber - Winstar

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#6 of 2334 OFFLINE   gregstaten

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Posted August 05 2002 - 11:16 AM

Gary - out of curiosity, what program are you using to generate the bitrate graph?

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#7 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 05 2002 - 11:38 AM

DVD Bit rate Viewer version 1.4

#8 of 2334 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted August 05 2002 - 12:27 PM

I honestly can't see any difference between the two North By Northwest samples. The Image Nosferatu is a LOT better than the BFI one. David Shepard really pulled out the stops for the SE transfer. I don't see much difference in the Notorious samples, but I trust the restoration. The AB disc was just a print (with a few frame jumps), while the Criterion disc is a bona-fide restored version. The camera negative sections are breathtaking.

Vertigo looks much better in the R1 samples...despite 16x9 enhancement. The color is a lot more accurate, as well.

#9 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 06 2002 - 01:40 AM

Another two added:

Image Region 1 "Ossessione" vs. Films sans Frontières Region 2

Universal Home Video Region 1 "Topaz" vs. Universal Home Video Region 2

Good news for all who own R2 versions of Universal Hitchcock films like Topaz: After comparison of the screenshots R1 vs. R2 it is beyond any doubt that the films were not panned-and scanned by Universal, but rather that they are presented in open matte (like the Kubrick collection), adding picture information on top and bottom of the frame. Zooming on a 16x9 screen would give the same framing as on the R1, with the exeption that it is not anamorphic. Results of the comparison can be seen with the "Topaz" comparison at www.compare.dvdbeaver.com .

You can all see the rarther large difference in the Ossessione region transfer with R2 blowing away R1...

Maybe we should all get a region free machine


#10 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 08 2002 - 12:05 AM

Two more posted at www.compare.dvdbeaver.com :

A link to the:
Kino Region 1 Tarkovsky's "Mirror" vs. RusCiCo Artificial Eye Region 2
- Posted by Jan Bielawski and Trond Trondsen of www.Nostalghia.com

Fox/Lorber Region 1 "Two English Girls" vs. Region 2 Mk2

I have been sent some screeners to do more:
Region 1 Beijing Bicycle comparison from Seville Pictures and Columbia Tr-Star
and the Region 1 Under the Sand from Seville Pictures and Fox/Lorber
I will post these by the weekend.

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#11 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 11 2002 - 11:13 PM

Is anyone reading these updates?

6 More updates at www.compare.dvdbeaver.com :

Universal Studios Region 1 "Spartacus" vs. Criterion Region 1
Universal Studios Region 1 "Do the Right Thing" vs. Criterion Region 1
Universal Region 1 "Rear Window" vs. Universal Region 2
Image Region 0 "Rocco and His Brothers"vs. French/UK Region 2
Fox/Lorber Region 1 Under the Sand" vs. Seville Pictures Region 1
Sony Pictures Region 1 "Beijing Bicycle" vs. Seville Pictures Region 1

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#12 of 2334 OFFLINE   Mikko Rasinkangas

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Posted August 11 2002 - 11:32 PM

Question regarding "Beijing Bicycle".

Is the Seville version cut since the running is different from the Sony release?

Columbia - 1:53:24 min
Seville - 1:48:24 min

Difference, 5 mins... is this a typo?

#13 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 12 2002 - 02:54 AM

It is not a typo. Often because of the intro (if it is included) this will affect the overall length of time. Ex. the Criterion opening is included in the overall length of time of Spartacus making it six seconds longer than the Universal. However, 5 minutes does seem strange. I will look at both discs again and see if I can easily tell if segements are missing...

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#14 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 16 2002 - 01:39 AM

Two more:

Criterion Region 1 "The Lady Vanishes" vs. Platinum Disc Corp. Region 0
Criterion Region 1 "The 39 Steps" vs. LaserLight Region 0
http://www.compare.dvdbeaver.com/
In the Region 1 vs. Region 1 ( or Region 0 ) section at the bottom...

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#15 of 2334 OFFLINE   Todd Phillips

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Posted August 16 2002 - 02:33 AM

Thanks for the work...

In both Spartacus and Do the Right Thing, the Universal versions look vertically squished. Is this how they really are? This makes Universal look a bit incompetent.

Seeing the Spartacus comparison really makes me want to replace my Universal one now.
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Posted August 16 2002 - 02:38 AM

Please add a comment that the "Andrei Rublev" run
time differences are due to them being very different cuts.
Whole scenes are cut out of the Ruscico version
that are in the Criterion version.

#17 of 2334 OFFLINE   Mikko Rasinkangas

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Posted August 16 2002 - 02:45 AM

Waiting for info about the running time difference of "Beijing Bicycle"...

#18 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 16 2002 - 03:20 AM

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Waiting for info about the running time difference of "Beijing Bicycle"...

Still researching it Mikko. I would prefer not to watch both DVDs side by side, but that may be the only way I can determine what scenes are shortened... Could it be the PAL speedup ? (4%) One company corrected it and the other did not ?

hmm.. I'll look at that too...

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#19 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 16 2002 - 03:25 AM

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In both Spartacus and Do the Right Thing, the Universal versions look vertically squished. Is this how they really are? This makes Universal look a bit incompetent.

I have been told that it may be my old Power DVD software ( causing the squeeze )... which I have recently upgraded. I will redue those captures in the near future... regardless the picture quality speaks for itself...

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#20 of 2334 OFFLINE   Gary Tooze

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Posted August 16 2002 - 08:56 AM

One More important one posted:

Kino Region 0 NTSC "Mirror" vs. PAL Artificial Eye / RusCiCo PAL Region 0

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