The Fifth Element — Comparison , Screenshots , The Fifth Element — HD Compare

Saturday, May 2, 2009

The Fifth Element

image host Perhaps the first HD transfer I should have focused on was The Fifth Element. It has a pretty die hard fan base and is popular with video and audiophiles alike. Thus, it was a no-brainer for Sony to release it as one of its first BR discs. Unfortunately it was an absolutely terrible transfer for a movie that deserved much more. They later even admitted to it and put out a remastered edition using MPEG-4 (versus the earlier MPEG-2) with much healthier bitrate. It is this transfer that appears in the US and AU releases of the film. Recently there has also been a German release using a VC-1 codec that is seemingly on par with the MPEG-4 transfer.
*I added the Nordic disc by Gaumont to the list.  Same/similar screens used.
Expand each title for disc info and screenshots by clicking the +/-
+/-US Blu-Ray (Released 6/20/2006)
DISC INFO:

Disc Title:     FIFTH_ELEMENT
Disc Size:      24,483,629,994 bytes
Protection:     AACS
BD-Java:        No
BDInfo:         0.5.2

PLAYLIST REPORT:

Name:                   00001.MPLS
Size:                   23,273,226,240 bytes
Length:                 2:05:54 (h:m:s)
Total Bitrate:          24.65 Mbps
Description:

VIDEO:

Codec                   Bitrate             Description
-----                   -------             -----------
MPEG-2 Video            17550 kbps          1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9

AUDIO:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description
-----                           --------        -------         -----------
LPCM Audio                      English         4608 kbps       5.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio             English         448 kbps        5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio             French          448 kbps        5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps

SUBTITLES:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description
-----                           --------        -------         -----------
Presentation Graphics           English         45.571 kbps
Presentation Graphics           English         58.101 kbps
Presentation Graphics           English         58.033 kbps
Presentation Graphics           Chinese         34.710 kbps
Presentation Graphics           French          35.850 kbps
Presentation Graphics           Portuguese      43.335 kbps
Presentation Graphics           Spanish         45.480 kbps
Presentation Graphics           Thai            33.843 kbps

FILES:

Name            Time In         Length          Size            Total Bitrate
----            -------         ------          ----            -------------
00001.M2TS      0:00:00.000     2:05:54.547     23,273,226,240  24,646

CHAPTERS:

Number          Time In         Length          Avg Video Rate  Max 1-Sec Rate  Max 1-Sec Time  Max 5-Sec Rate  Max 5-Sec Time  Max 10Sec Rate  Max 10Sec Time  Avg Frame Size  Max Frame Size  Max Frame Time
------          -------         ------          --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------
1               0:00:00.000     0:02:36.698     14,528 kbps     23,904 kbps     00:00:05.839    23,063 kbps     00:00:04.295    22,087 kbps     00:00:03.878    75,724 bytes    425,397 bytes   00:02:25.687
2               0:02:36.698     0:09:37.076     17,858 kbps     32,251 kbps     00:12:10.813    29,238 kbps     00:12:06.809    27,653 kbps     00:12:03.764    93,105 bytes    499,443 bytes   00:05:19.235
3               0:12:13.774     0:12:05.766     17,342 kbps     30,620 kbps     00:18:52.923    23,831 kbps     00:12:15.192    22,191 kbps     00:12:13.899    90,411 bytes    537,222 bytes   00:12:34.420
4               0:24:19.541     0:07:55.183     18,430 kbps     31,003 kbps     00:29:42.572    25,681 kbps     00:26:02.310    24,886 kbps     00:26:01.643    96,086 bytes    501,702 bytes   00:27:08.918
5               0:32:14.724     0:07:50.469     18,206 kbps     31,146 kbps     00:38:09.161    27,467 kbps     00:38:14.166    26,486 kbps     00:38:12.039    94,917 bytes    488,806 bytes   00:36:49.749
6               0:40:05.194     0:07:18.271     17,112 kbps     30,369 kbps     00:45:47.161    22,302 kbps     00:45:44.283    21,138 kbps     00:45:19.758    89,215 bytes    514,383 bytes   00:40:52.867
7               0:47:23.465     0:05:59.942     17,261 kbps     30,195 kbps     00:52:36.945    22,523 kbps     00:52:35.152    20,314 kbps     00:49:33.512    89,989 bytes    509,814 bytes   00:48:25.068
8               0:53:23.408     0:06:54.080     17,561 kbps     25,640 kbps     00:57:15.682    21,927 kbps     00:57:13.179    21,299 kbps     00:56:43.775    91,553 bytes    513,098 bytes   01:00:13.776
9               1:00:17.488     0:06:59.710     17,045 kbps     28,445 kbps     01:05:10.281    21,056 kbps     01:05:08.905    19,654 kbps     01:05:08.905    88,864 bytes    491,187 bytes   01:00:42.680
10              1:07:17.199     0:03:59.530     18,102 kbps     25,149 kbps     01:07:38.429    22,406 kbps     01:07:19.326    21,440 kbps     01:07:17.199    94,373 bytes    482,374 bytes   01:08:07.249
11              1:11:16.730     0:10:38.512     17,664 kbps     30,341 kbps     01:16:48.979    24,651 kbps     01:16:46.059    21,901 kbps     01:16:15.988    92,094 bytes    469,464 bytes   01:18:32.374
12              1:21:55.243     0:05:30.455     18,172 kbps     27,341 kbps     01:22:04.294    24,135 kbps     01:22:00.290    22,628 kbps     01:21:55.285    94,742 bytes    513,404 bytes   01:22:59.766
13              1:27:25.698     0:11:06.082     17,676 kbps     31,847 kbps     01:38:29.737    22,541 kbps     01:31:57.178    22,356 kbps     01:31:57.011    92,155 bytes    497,266 bytes   01:27:36.834
14              1:38:31.780     0:08:03.566     17,970 kbps     31,858 kbps     01:41:03.932    23,474 kbps     01:38:44.710    23,100 kbps     01:38:43.208    93,687 bytes    458,256 bytes   01:46:07.569
15              1:46:35.347     0:05:51.100     16,716 kbps     29,374 kbps     01:50:06.516    22,665 kbps     01:48:12.277    21,971 kbps     01:48:06.938    87,148 bytes    524,832 bytes   01:46:43.480
16              1:52:26.448     0:13:28.098     17,328 kbps     30,528 kbps     01:56:12.215    24,697 kbps     02:04:20.077    24,099 kbps     02:04:16.866    90,342 bytes    464,371 bytes   01:59:38.004

STREAM DIAGNOSTICS:

File            PID             Type            Codec           Language                Seconds                 Bitrate                 Bytes           Packets
----            ---             ----            -----           --------                --------------          --------------          -------------   -----
00001.M2TS      4113 (0x1011)   0x02            MPEG-2                                  7554.464                17,550                  16,572,949,953  90,175,743
00001.M2TS      4352 (0x1100)   0x81            AC3             eng (English)           7554.464                448                     423,055,360     2,360,800
00001.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x80            LPCM            eng (English)           7554.464                4,614                   4,357,464,440   24,174,560
00001.M2TS      4354 (0x1102)   0x81            AC3             fra (French)            7554.464                448                     423,055,360     2,360,800
00001.M2TS      4608 (0x1200)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           7554.464                46                      43,033,819      243,126
00001.M2TS      4609 (0x1201)   0x90            PGS             fra (French)            7554.464                36                      33,853,537      191,879
00001.M2TS      4610 (0x1202)   0x90            PGS             spa (Spanish)           7554.464                45                      42,947,508      243,621
00001.M2TS      4611 (0x1203)   0x90            PGS             por (Portuguese)        7554.464                43                      40,922,330      230,016
00001.M2TS      4612 (0x1204)   0x90            PGS             zho (Chinese)           7554.464                35                      32,777,344      187,094
00001.M2TS      4613 (0x1205)   0x90            PGS             tha (Thai)              7554.464                34                      31,958,782      184,308
00001.M2TS      4614 (0x1206)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           7554.464                58                      54,801,896      309,079
00001.M2TS      4615 (0x1207)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           7554.464                58                      54,865,960      300,575
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Screenshots:
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+/-US/AU Remastered Blu-Ray (Released 7/17/2007)
DISC INFO:

Disc Title:     FIFTH_ELEMENT
Disc Size:      38,369,228,794 bytes
Protection:     AACS
BD-Java:        No
BDInfo:         0.5.2

PLAYLIST REPORT:

Name:                   00011.MPLS
Size:                   37,947,734,016 bytes
Length:                 2:05:53 (h:m:s)
Total Bitrate:          40.19 Mbps
Description:

VIDEO:

Codec                   Bitrate             Description
-----                   -------             -----------
MPEG-4 AVC Video        27880 kbps          1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1

AUDIO:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description
-----                           --------        -------         -----------
LPCM Audio                      English         4608 kbps       5.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps / 16-bit
LPCM Audio                      Spanish         4608 kbps       5.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps / 16-bit
Dolby Digital Audio             English         448 kbps        5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps
Dolby Digital Audio             Spanish         448 kbps        5.1 / 48 kHz / 448 kbps

SUBTITLES:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description
-----                           --------        -------         -----------
Presentation Graphics           English         27.567 kbps
Presentation Graphics           English         39.299 kbps
Presentation Graphics           English         58.460 kbps
Presentation Graphics           Spanish         27.333 kbps
Presentation Graphics           Spanish         62.618 kbps

FILES:

Name            Time In         Length          Size            Total Bitrate
----            -------         ------          ----            -------------
00011.M2TS      0:00:00.000     2:05:53.546     37,947,734,016  40,191

CHAPTERS:

Number          Time In         Length          Avg Video Rate  Max 1-Sec Rate  Max 1-Sec Time  Max 5-Sec Rate  Max 5-Sec Time  Max 10Sec Rate  Max 10Sec Time  Avg Frame Size  Max Frame Size  Max Frame Time
------          -------         ------          --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------
1               0:00:00.000     0:02:37.157     22,424 kbps     41,976 kbps     00:02:08.044    32,968 kbps     00:00:15.890    32,304 kbps     00:00:10.969    116,875 bytes   586,036 bytes   00:02:25.937
2               0:02:37.157     0:09:34.615     30,023 kbps     42,745 kbps     00:06:24.634    35,442 kbps     00:06:24.634    34,045 kbps     00:03:30.877    156,527 bytes   669,338 bytes   00:12:04.098
3               0:12:11.772     0:12:05.766     27,769 kbps     43,294 kbps     00:18:53.340    33,427 kbps     00:18:49.545    31,087 kbps     00:18:51.296    144,774 bytes   570,343 bytes   00:22:48.158
4               0:24:17.539     0:07:57.143     28,686 kbps     39,654 kbps     00:32:00.084    32,813 kbps     00:26:06.314    32,453 kbps     00:26:01.309    149,556 bytes   603,963 bytes   00:26:27.419
5               0:32:14.682     0:07:50.595     27,856 kbps     48,810 kbps     00:38:18.379    33,855 kbps     00:38:14.750    33,338 kbps     00:38:09.370    145,231 bytes   504,321 bytes   00:32:15.475
6               0:40:05.277     0:07:18.187     28,012 kbps     54,621 kbps     00:45:46.827    34,086 kbps     00:45:55.711    31,299 kbps     00:45:46.827    146,041 bytes   556,312 bytes   00:40:49.572
7               0:47:23.465     0:05:59.776     27,852 kbps     42,276 kbps     00:52:38.738    33,559 kbps     00:52:35.110    30,447 kbps     00:50:45.792    145,209 bytes   515,319 bytes   00:50:19.266
8               0:53:23.241     0:06:53.371     28,196 kbps     39,917 kbps     00:59:12.882    33,132 kbps     00:59:12.882    30,980 kbps     00:59:08.670    147,003 bytes   542,693 bytes   00:59:24.561
9               1:00:16.613     0:07:00.420     27,980 kbps     42,685 kbps     01:05:10.364    32,678 kbps     01:05:06.861    30,693 kbps     01:05:16.579    145,876 bytes   466,453 bytes   01:03:23.716
10              1:07:17.033     0:03:59.697     28,341 kbps     38,645 kbps     01:11:02.549    32,723 kbps     01:07:19.452    31,503 kbps     01:07:17.116    147,756 bytes   434,303 bytes   01:08:04.789
11              1:11:16.730     0:10:37.928     28,173 kbps     41,216 kbps     01:16:49.396    34,335 kbps     01:21:31.052    33,110 kbps     01:21:27.382    146,884 bytes   629,984 bytes   01:21:34.180
12              1:21:54.659     0:05:30.997     28,296 kbps     38,776 kbps     01:21:54.659    33,464 kbps     01:22:23.021    32,282 kbps     01:21:54.659    147,521 bytes   533,663 bytes   01:23:59.659
13              1:27:25.657     0:11:04.121     27,987 kbps     42,175 kbps     01:31:35.823    33,887 kbps     01:34:46.097    32,172 kbps     01:34:41.425    145,910 bytes   552,924 bytes   01:28:29.721
14              1:38:29.778     0:08:05.568     28,201 kbps     48,506 kbps     01:40:49.752    35,151 kbps     01:38:43.542    33,839 kbps     01:38:43.542    147,027 bytes   533,763 bytes   01:41:28.082
15              1:46:35.347     0:05:51.017     27,686 kbps     46,552 kbps     01:51:30.767    33,943 kbps     01:51:27.639    32,663 kbps     01:48:05.812    144,342 bytes   490,856 bytes   01:50:07.225
16              1:52:26.364     0:13:27.181     26,043 kbps     40,011 kbps     01:56:18.137    33,517 kbps     02:04:18.242    31,952 kbps     02:04:14.864    135,793 bytes   538,027 bytes   01:59:34.876

STREAM DIAGNOSTICS:

File            PID             Type            Codec           Language                Seconds                 Bitrate                 Bytes           Packets
----            ---             ----            -----           --------                --------------          --------------          -------------   -----
00011.M2TS      4113 (0x1011)   0x1B            AVC                                     7553.463                27,880                  26,323,974,736  143,171,367
00011.M2TS      4352 (0x1100)   0x80            LPCM            eng (English)           7553.463                4,614                   4,356,887,640   24,171,360
00011.M2TS      4353 (0x1101)   0x81            AC3             eng (English)           7553.463                448                     422,999,808     2,360,490
00011.M2TS      4354 (0x1102)   0x80            LPCM            spa (Spanish)           7553.463                4,614                   4,356,887,640   24,171,360
00011.M2TS      4355 (0x1103)   0x81            AC3             spa (Spanish)           7553.463                448                     422,999,808     2,360,490
00011.M2TS      4608 (0x1200)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           7553.463                28                      26,028,289      150,643
00011.M2TS      4609 (0x1201)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           7553.463                39                      37,106,229      213,359
00011.M2TS      4610 (0x1202)   0x90            PGS             spa (Spanish)           7553.463                27                      25,807,551      149,617
00011.M2TS      4611 (0x1203)   0x90            PGS             eng (English)           7553.463                58                      55,197,507      310,512
00011.M2TS      4612 (0x1204)   0x90            PGS             spa (Spanish)           7553.463                63                      59,123,849      332,161
bdinfo comes from AU disc but the transfer should be identical
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Screenshots:
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+/-German Blu-Ray (Released 10/23/2008)
BD-50 (44,3GB)
Total Bitrate:  34,60 Mbps

Video Resolution/Codec
Video codec: VC-1 Video, Advanced Profile 3
AVG Bitrate:  22473 kbps
Video resolution: 1080p 23,976fps
Aspect Ratio(s) 16:9
Length: 2:05:35

Audio Formats
Codec                   Language      Bitrate           Description
DTS-HD Audio       English          4608 kbps       6.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 6.1-ES / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS-HD Audio       German         4608 kbps       6.1 / 48 kHz / 4608 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 6.1-ES / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
DTS Audio             English            768 kbps       2.0 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit

Subtitle
English, German
Review:

Screenshots:

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+/-Nordic Blu-Ray (Released 11/6/2009)
DISC INFO:

Disc Title:     
Disc Size:      33,359,906,138 bytes
Protection:     AACS
BD-Java:        No
BDInfo:         0.5.3

PLAYLIST REPORT:

Name:                   00001.MPLS
Length:                 2:06:22 (h:m:s)
Size:                   31,480,498,176 bytes
Total Bitrate:          33.21 Mbps

VIDEO:

Codec                   Bitrate             Description     
-----                   -------             -----------     
MPEG-4 AVC Video        28990 kbps          1080p / 24 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1

AUDIO:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description     
-----                           --------        -------         -----------     
DTS-HD Master Audio             English         2430 kbps       5.1 / 48 kHz / 2430 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)

SUBTITLES:

Codec                           Language        Bitrate         Description     
-----                           --------        -------         -----------     
Presentation Graphics           Danish          26.284 kbps                     
Presentation Graphics           Finnish         26.856 kbps                     
Presentation Graphics           Norwegian       26.631 kbps                     
Presentation Graphics           Swedish         26.552 kbps                     

FILES:

Name            Time In         Length          Size            Total Bitrate   
----            -------         ------          ----            -------------   
00000.M2TS      0:00:00.000     1:34:56.458     23,629,258,752  33,184          
00001.M2TS      1:34:56.458     0:31:25.958     7,851,239,424   33,304          

CHAPTERS:

Number          Time In         Length          Avg Video Rate  Max 1-Sec Rate  Max 1-Sec Time  Max 5-Sec Rate  Max 5-Sec Time  Max 10Sec Rate  Max 10Sec Time  Avg Frame Size  Max Frame Size  Max Frame Time  
------          -------         ------          --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  --------------  
1               0:00:00.000     0:06:51.000     28,013 kbps     34,655 kbps     00:05:12.916    33,229 kbps     00:05:09.333    33,019 kbps     00:06:29.083    145,885 bytes   398,695 bytes   00:05:13.791    
2               0:06:51.000     0:09:54.000     31,133 kbps     37,047 kbps     00:11:44.333    33,391 kbps     00:11:36.916    33,085 kbps     00:14:46.041    162,153 bytes   394,700 bytes   00:12:00.791    
3               0:16:45.000     0:07:26.625     26,882 kbps     34,674 kbps     00:18:46.333    32,933 kbps     00:17:07.791    31,973 kbps     00:17:23.458    140,013 bytes   328,269 bytes   00:17:01.458    
4               0:24:11.625     0:07:00.750     29,290 kbps     34,351 kbps     00:30:45.750    33,031 kbps     00:25:51.916    32,865 kbps     00:25:49.041    152,550 bytes   379,766 bytes   00:26:34.541    
5               0:31:12.375     0:08:46.041     29,481 kbps     35,489 kbps     00:38:02.458    33,328 kbps     00:37:11.708    32,880 kbps     00:31:13.041    153,545 bytes   378,909 bytes   00:38:32.083    
6               0:39:58.416     0:08:11.041     28,448 kbps     33,813 kbps     00:40:22.750    33,013 kbps     00:40:35.333    32,598 kbps     00:40:22.750    148,165 bytes   372,001 bytes   00:40:43.541    
7               0:48:09.458     0:09:44.083     27,724 kbps     34,093 kbps     00:57:18.250    33,104 kbps     00:57:11.875    32,907 kbps     00:57:09.791    144,394 bytes   353,727 bytes   00:49:30.250    
8               0:57:53.541     0:09:15.000     28,146 kbps     34,360 kbps     01:05:01.875    32,991 kbps     00:58:26.708    31,287 kbps     00:58:23.250    146,594 bytes   368,400 bytes   00:59:17.416    
9               1:07:08.541     0:07:44.750     31,348 kbps     34,951 kbps     01:11:23.541    33,084 kbps     01:07:10.833    32,892 kbps     01:10:39.041    163,272 bytes   330,257 bytes   01:11:31.416    
10              1:14:53.291     0:07:38.000     28,620 kbps     35,466 kbps     01:16:40.458    33,205 kbps     01:22:12.708    32,989 kbps     01:22:07.541    149,064 bytes   422,623 bytes   01:21:26.708    
11              1:22:31.291     0:04:47.625     28,961 kbps     34,102 kbps     01:22:43.958    33,015 kbps     01:26:51.416    32,783 kbps     01:26:47.916    150,837 bytes   380,184 bytes   01:23:49.583    
12              1:27:18.916     0:10:29.750     30,324 kbps     34,587 kbps     01:36:24.000    33,172 kbps     01:35:03.166    33,006 kbps     01:34:58.250    157,939 bytes   379,704 bytes   01:30:45.250    
13              1:37:48.666     0:06:29.125     32,525 kbps     36,742 kbps     01:41:47.958    33,433 kbps     01:41:43.958    32,999 kbps     01:40:23.583    169,402 bytes   367,132 bytes   01:41:47.041    
14              1:44:17.791     0:07:57.375     32,195 kbps     39,228 kbps     01:52:04.083    33,718 kbps     01:52:00.125    33,229 kbps     01:47:42.041    167,684 bytes   374,534 bytes   01:47:51.958    
15              1:52:15.166     0:09:12.666     32,323 kbps     36,480 kbps     01:54:19.375    33,624 kbps     01:54:15.541    33,034 kbps     01:54:10.500    168,351 bytes   394,368 bytes   01:59:52.250    
16              2:01:27.833     0:04:54.583     10,853 kbps     16,897 kbps     02:04:56.208    15,290 kbps     02:04:53.875    14,854 kbps     02:01:54.208    56,536 bytes    248,439 bytes   02:04:56.250    

STREAM DIAGNOSTICS:

File            PID             Type            Codec           Language                Seconds                 Bitrate                 Bytes           Packets         
----            ---             ----            -----           --------                --------------          --------------          -------------   -----           
00000.M2TS      4113 (0x1011)   0x1B            AVC                                     5696.333                28,988                  20,640,500,239  112,256,397     
00000.M2TS      4352 (0x1100)   0x86            DTS-HD MA       eng (English)           5696.333                2,398                   1,707,654,960   10,167,988      
00000.M2TS      4608 (0x1200)   0x90            PGS             swe (Swedish)           5696.333                28                      20,034,582      113,776         
00000.M2TS      4609 (0x1201)   0x90            PGS             nor (Norwegian)         5696.333                28                      20,050,435      113,845         
00000.M2TS      4610 (0x1202)   0x90            PGS             dan (Danish)            5696.333                28                      19,712,196      112,038         
00000.M2TS      4611 (0x1203)   0x90            PGS             fin (Finnish)           5696.333                28                      20,111,919      114,150         
00001.M2TS      4113 (0x1011)   0x1B            AVC                                     1885.792                29,003                  6,836,754,151   37,182,589      
00001.M2TS      4352 (0x1100)   0x86            DTS-HD MA       eng (English)           1885.792                2,527                   595,572,896     3,527,104       
00001.M2TS      4608 (0x1200)   0x90            PGS             swe (Swedish)           1885.792                22                      5,131,256       29,287          
00001.M2TS      4609 (0x1201)   0x90            PGS             nor (Norwegian)         1885.792                22                      5,190,199       29,616          
00001.M2TS      4610 (0x1202)   0x90            PGS             dan (Danish)            1885.792                22                      5,199,990       29,659          
00001.M2TS      4611 (0x1203)   0x90            PGS             fin (Finnish)           1885.792                23                      5,342,552       30,431          
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     The takeaway point seems to be that Sony really did fess us and admit that their original transfer was subpar and remastered it. Both the AU/US remastered editions and the German VC-1 edition are much better than the original MPEG-2 version of the movie. There does remain a slight difference between the audio formats of the new US and AU releases. While the US release both has LPCM and TrueHD, the AU release is lacking the TrueHD track.
     The Nordic disc supported by the Gaumont transfer has a healthy bitrate but is definitely distinct from the other editions. It appears much brighter at the cost of details that are kept in the US/AU editions. 
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