Saturday, March 14, 2015

Bilitis English language Blu

It was pretty disappointing when that German Bilitis blu-ray turned out to have no English language options. Well now there's another blu, this time from Spain, and it does have the English audio, as well as the French, German and Spanish tracks. Unfortunately, it has several subtitle options, but not including English, so you can't select the French audio with English subs. But still, this blu-ray has the English audio, which puts it leaps and bounds ahead of the German disc.

It's from a company called Llamentol - here's their official webpage. They've also released a DVD edition for fans who haven't gone blu. Unfortunately, Llamentol is known to release their discs on BD-Rs, which isn't ideal. But clearly the fates will not allow us an uncompromised Bilitis release; so if you're bound to the English language, this seems to be the new best bet.

8 comments:

Daniel Barrero Ondarroa said...

I own this Spanish Bilitis Blu Ray and I confirm that it is actually a BD-R. Transfer is the same from the german Blu Ray, and image quality is superb.
Includes French, English, German and Spanish audio tracks and Spanish, German and Portuguese subtitles.
German audio track seems to be ported from the german Blu Ray. English track despite not being HD sounds quite well, but the French track is a big disappointment with a disturbing background noise throughout the whole film. I bet this was taken from a vhs source rather than from the german Blu Ray.

Daniel Barrero Ondarroa said...

Basically this is a bootleg. All audio tracks are taken from vhs sources except the german one. I really don't understand why they didn't use the french track from the german Blu Ray.

John W McKelvey said...

Yeah, that's weird that they'd take the video off the blu but not the audio... Maybe it is the blu audio but something just went wrong technically?

Daniel Barrero Ondarroa said...

Yes, it could be the audio from the Bluray. In fact my player shows it as a DTS-HD audio but the truth is that it leaves much to be desired in terms of audio quality.
I have downloaded a BDrip of the German Bluray and I can assure that it's not the same audio.
Llamentol hasn't got a good reputation here in Spain for making bootlegs from foreign releases.
I still have to check the DVD version of this which has been released on manufactured pressed discs (not on DVD-R) but I am afraid the french track would be the same.

Daniel Barrero Ondarroa said...

I read in the Bluray.com forum that somebody bought a Chinese bootleg Bluray of Bilitis in a marketplace which includes French and English audio along with english subtitles. Surprisingly, according to this person, it also features the Catherine Breillat interview from the Pathfinder release. I am trying to locate this chinese Bluray but I am not able to find it anywhere. Do you have any news about it?

John W McKelvey said...

Looking around, I don't see that blu anywhere. Though from that post, I'm not sure how legit (as opposed to homemade bootleg). Keeping an eye open for it for sure... Still, I keep hoping we'll see a properly authorized version is a US speaking country one of these days.

Daniel Barrero Ondarroa said...
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Daniel Barrero Ondarroa said...

Yes, I guess sooner or later it will appear in the UK market.