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The Bird With the Crystal Plumage/L'Uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo

Region 0 (USA) - Blue Underground
vs. Region 2 (Italy) - Medusa
vs. Region 2 (Japan) - Cinefil Imagica

 

Details

 

 

DVD

R0 USA
 

 

DVD

R2 Italy
 

 

DVD

R2 Japan
 

Disc(s)

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)
1x single-sided single layer (DVD5)

 

1x single-sided dual layer (DVD9)

 

1x single-sided single layer (DVD5)

Running Time

 

96 mins (NTSC)

 

93 mins (PAL)

 

93 mins (NTSC) (PAL to NTSC conversion)

Video

 

2.35:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 8.78 Mbps
NTSC 720x480 at 24 fps

 

2.35:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 7.98 Mbps
PAL 720x576 at 25 fps

 

2.35:1 anamorphic
Average bit rate: 5.7 Mbps
NTSC 720x480 at 29.97 fps (interlaced)

Audio

 

English:
Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, 448 Kbps
DTS-ES 6.1, 768 Kbps
Dolby Surround 2.0, 192 Kbps
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps

Italian:
Dolby Digital 5.1 EX, 448 Kbps
Dolby Surround 2.0, 192 Kbps
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps

 

Italian:
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps
Dolby Digital 5.1, 448 Kbps

English:
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps

 

English, Italian:
Dolby Digital 2.0 mono, 192 Kbps

Subtitles

 

English (Italian dialogue)

 

Italian, English (a subtitle track must be selected when playing English audio)

 

Japanese (English dialogue), Japanese (Italian dialogue)

Extras

 

Disc 1:
- Audio commentary by Alan Jones and Kim Newman
- International trailer
- Italian trailer
- TV spots (2)

Disc 2:
- Dario Argento interview
- Ennio Morricone interview
- Vittorio Storaro interview
- Eva Renzi interview

 

- Photo gallery
- Cast and crew lists

 

- Production notes
- Cast and crew bios/filmographies
- Italian trailer
- International trailer
- Key art

 

Bit Rate

R0 USA

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R2 Italy

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R2 Japan

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Screen Captures

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Example 2

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Example 3

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Comments

There has been a considerable amount of praise for Blue Underground's new 2-disc special edition of The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, but I myself feel that it suffers from the same defects that plague all of that studio's releases, albeit to a lesser degree than some of their releases: edge enhancement, filtering and noise reduction. Despite this, it's still the best of the available releases, although a closer comparison does reveal that a rather alarming amount of information is cropped on the left hand side of the frame (see especially Example 6, where the stone at the edge of the screen completely disappears), as well as a small amount of cropping at the top in a number of shots (see Example 2). I'm not quite sure which colours values are correct, although the fact that Blue Underground went back to the original negative suggests to me that their slightly more saturated but noticeably bluer (in some shots) look is more representative of Dario Argento's intended look. The Japanese release, a PAL to NTSC standards conversion sourced from the Italian DVD, is not worth mentioning.

In terms of audio, the US release is the clear winner, with enough options (seven different mixes!) to satisfy any viewer. The US release also comes out ahead for bonus materials. In short, get the American version: it's bound to be the definitive edition for some time.

 

Summary

 

 

USA

 

Italy

 

Japan

Video

 

7/10

 

6/10

 

4/10

Audio

 

9/10

 

6/10

 

6/10

Extras

 

8/10

 

1/10

 

1/10