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Occhi di Cristallo/Eyes of Crystal

Region 0 (UK) - Revolver Entertainment
vs. Region 2 (Italy) - 01 Distribution

 

Details

 

 

DVD

R0 UK
 

 

DVD

R2 Italy
 

Disc(s)

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)

 

1x single-sided single layer (DVD5)

Running Time

 

Approx. 107 mins (PAL)

 

Approx. 107 mins (PAL)

Video

 

1.85:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 6.48 Mbps
PAL 720x576 at 25 fps

 

1.85:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 5.3 Mbps
PAL 720x576 at 25 fps

Audio

 

Italian:
Dolby Digital 2.0, 224 Kbps
Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kbps

 

Italian:
Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kbps

Subtitles

 

English (burnt-in)

 

Italian

Extras

 

- Making of
- "On the set" featurette

 

- Audio commentary by director Eros Puglielli and actor Luigi Lo Cascio
- Theatrical trailer

 

Bit Rate

R0 UK

DVD Image Comparison


R2 Italy

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Screen Captures

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Example 2

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Example 3

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Example 5

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Comments

The same source seems to have been used for both transfers. The UK version shows more detail and film grain, but also suffers from more compression artefacts at times, especially during shot transitions (see Examples 1 and 5 especially). The big problem with the UK release, however, is that it has very large, unattractive, burnt-in subtitles throughout. Still, this is the only version of the film to provide support for English speakers, so it seems that we'll have to make do with it.

The UK release dumps the audio commentary and trailer but gains a couple of featurettes (plus English subtitles). Take your pick, but personally I would have preferred a subtitled commentary.

 

Summary

 

 

UK

 

Italy

Video

 

6/10

 

8/10

Audio

 

9/10

 

9/10

Extras

 

3/10

 

4/10