A split screen comparison between GKAR and SET [ruLes].
GKAR is a 1997 Special Edition version taken from a DVD broadcasting, and then authored to a PAL DVD; it has german crawl and alien subtitles, german and english soundtracks; video is PAL 25fps 720x576 anamorphically encoded, A.R. 2.25:1, MPEG2 encoded @~4000kbps; audio is AC3 encoded @448kbps (german 5.1, english 5.1 upmix) and @256kbps (english 2.0); no selectable subtitles.
SET [ruLes] is based on 1997 Special Edition PAL THX laserdiscs; its sources are the german, french and french with english soundtrack laserdiscs, plus italian VHS Hi-Fi Stereo soundtrack, DTS theatrical soundtrack (in future DVD and BD releases) and AC3 NTSC US laserdisc soundtrack; video is AVCHD 23.976fps, 1280x720 anamorphically encoded, A.R. 2.25:1, X.264 encoded @8000kbps; audio is AC3 encoded @384kbps (NTSC US laserdisc english soundtrack 5.1, english 2.0 DS, german 2.0 DS, italian 2.0 DS); english, german and italian full and forced subtitles.
The split screen comparison video is encoded using X.264 @3000kbps, 1280x720 23.976fps; audio is taken from the PAL french 1997 SE laserdisc, english soundtrack PCM, converted to AC3 @384kbps 2.0 Dolby Surround encoded.
In this comparison, is it possible to see the following differences:
- the GKAR is affected by the pinkish tone, while the SET try to fix it with a moderate color correction - almost the time SET has better colors;
- in GKAR, there are some MPEG2 artifacts due to DVB transmission and/or DVD compression, while the SET try to eliminate them using uncompressed sources and then an higher bitrate AVC compression
- GKAR has german intro crawl and alien subtitles, while SET has english crawl and alien subtitles will be selectable - not present in this comparison
- GKAR has slightly superior resolution, due to its digital presentation, while SET has lower resolution, due to its analog laserdisc sources - but sometimes the reverse is true!
Some details are lost, as the GKAR is taken from MPEG2 and upscaled, while SET is taken from X.264 and downscaled, but this is only a fast method to compare the two editions.
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