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“Found” — comparing U.S. DVD with Austrian Blu-ray

1.5.2015

I recently reviewed Scott Schirmer’s horror movie Found in Finnish (read here), based upon the uncut American DVD release by XLrator Media. I also deplored the censorship this film has been submitted to in the U.K., Australia and Germany. In all these countries, Found has been cut before it was released on home video, as explored by Schnittberichte.com Web site.

This is how the runtimes differ on some common editions:

  • U.S. DVD: 102:59 (24 fps)
  • Austrian BD: 102:51 (24 fps)
  • Austrian DVD: 98:39 (25 fps)
  • German DVD: 94:53 (25 fps)
  • Australian DVD: 95:56 (25 fps)
  • U.K. DVD: 97:11 (25 fps)

For those who would like to watch and own this movie in High Definition, good news arrived from Austria: the 2-Disc Limited Uncut Collector’s Edition released by Meteor Film and distributed by Illusions contains the movie uncut both on Blu-ray (1080p24) and DVD (PAL), with a wider selection of bonus materials than the U.S. DVD. This Austrian edition was released on 30 April, 2015, in a Mediabook case.

The Limited Edition has two different cover illustrations and both are limited to 1333 copies. Do not confuse this with the cut edition sold in Germany. Although rated “18”, some 3 minutes and 55 seconds are missing from it.

I’m happy to own both the U.S. DVD and the Austrian Blu-ray+DVD, and I’ll provide a small comparison of these below. — Note that the Austrian Blu-ray is region-free but the Austrian DVD is locked to Region 2, similarly as the U.S. DVD is locked to Region 1.

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(Also the backcovers can be compared.)

The bitrate of the Austrian disc is steadily circa 25 Mbps:

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Disc Title: found
Disc Size: 37 913 869 841 bytes
Protection: AACS
AACS MKB version: 51
BD-Java: Yes
Playlist: 00003.MPLS
Size: 28 724 573 568 bytes
Length: 1:42:51.582
Total Bitrate: 37,23 Mbps
Video: MPEG-4 AVC Video / 23477 kbps / 1080p / 23,976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1
Audio: German / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2128 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio: German / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1592 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1668 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 768 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1567 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1997 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Audio: English / DTS-HD Master Audio / 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1844 kbps / 24-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 24-bit)
Subtitle: German / 23,503 kbps

Even the Austrian DVD presents a noticeable improvement. The U.S. DVD is a single-layered disc with a low bitrate (4.18 Mbps) and a small file size (3302656 KB). However, the Austrian DVD is dual-layered with a higher bitrate (6.90 Mbps) and a larger file size (5233932 KB).

XLrator DVD bitrate:
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Meteor Film DVD bitrate:
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Also the Blu-ray disc is dual-layered. The movie file size is 28724576 KB. Four audio tracks are available: both the original English and the German dub are available in DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo format. The German subtitles are optional. The disc is region-free, although the package only mentions Region B.

The image quality of the Blu-ray is rather good, however somewhat restricted by the original camera equipment. Below are seven screenshot comparisons from the U.S. DVD and the Austrian Blu-ray, with casual subtitle samples. Click on the images to view them in native resolution.

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XLrator DVD:
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Meteor Film Blu-ray:
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XLrator DVD:
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Meteor Film Blu-ray:
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XLrator DVD:
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Meteor Film Blu-ray:
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XLrator DVD:
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Meteor Film Blu-ray:
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XLrator DVD:
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Meteor Film Blu-ray:
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XLrator DVD:
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Meteor Film Blu-ray:
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XLrator DVD:
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Meteor Film Blu-ray:
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As for the extras, here’s what XLrator has to offer:

  • audio commentary with director Scott Schirmer and writer Todd Rigney
  • horror movie Headless in its entirety (24:50)
  • horror movie Deep Dwellers in its entirety (6:21)
  • theatrical trailer (2:15)

The Austrian release adds quite a lot. The DVD and Blu-ray contain identical bonus materials, and the Blu-ray has everything in HD (1080p24). In the listing below, the bold type shows what is missing from the U.S. DVD:

  • audio commentary with director Scott Schirmer and writer Todd Rigney
  • audio commentary with cast and crew
  • horror movie Headless in its entirety with optional crew commentary (24:52)
  • horror movie Deep Dwellers in its entirety with optional crew commentary (6:21)
  • featurette “Making of Found (36:35)
  • outtakes (5:09)
  • U.S. theatrical trailer (2:08)
  • alternate U.S. theatrical trailer (1:06)
  • German theatrical trailer (2:08)
  • alternate German theatrical trailer (1:06)
  • start-up trailer for Beneath (1:17)
  • bonus trailers
    • Metalhead (1:57)
    • Ben & Mickey vs. the Dead (1:57)
    • The Night Before Halloween (1:35)
  • 16-page illustrated booklet in German with information and an interview

Extras menu from the Austrian DVD:
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U.S. DVD
Found
Directed by Scott Schirmer (2012)
© 2014 XLrator Media
United States of America (DVD Region code 1+RCE)
Image: 2,35:1 (anamorphic NTSC)
Audio: English Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: English (CC)
Runtime: 102:59
UPC 037117033904
Austrian Blu-ray
Found
Directed by Scott Schirmer (2012)
© 2015 Meteor Film GmbH
Austria (Blu-ray Region code ABC + DVD copy)
Image: 2.35:1 (1080p24 MPEG-4)
Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo, German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 Stereo
Subtitles: German
Runtime: 102:51
EAN 9120038562354

 

To conclude: The Austrian Blu-ray is currently the only uncut HD release of Found. I can warmly recommend it as it has solid image quality and a rich selection of bonus materials — and it’s region-free! My only criticism concerns the 77-second start-up trailer which cannot be skipped at all, and the audio commentaries for the short movies can only be selected via the AUDIO button on one’s remote control during playback.

Perhaps Found is the one movie that Gus Van Sant might be considered to direct a shot-by-shot remake.

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