Series Info
# of Seasons: 1
Country: US
Air Day: Friday
Air Time: 10 pm
First Aired: 2010-07-23
Rating: TV-MA
Series Status: Canceled/Ended
Runtime: 60 Minutes
Network: Starz!
Classification: Mini-Series
TVDB Rating: 8.3
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The Pillars of the Earth (2010– )

TV Mini-Series  –   –  tvDrama | tvHistory | tvRomance

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Ratings: 8.1/10 from 12,860 users
Reviews: 64 user | 11 critic


Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.



RUNTiME…….: 421min (56m:56s,52m:06s,52m:39s,47m:09s,54m:00s,50m:54s,53m:29s,54m:20s)
SiZE……….: 24.6GB (3.25GB,3.11GB,2.95GB,2.64GB,3.32GB,2.79GB,3.22GB,3.38GB)
ViDEO.CODEC…: x264, CRF18, L4.1
FRAMERATE…..: 24.975fps
BiTRATE…….: 6300-7400Kbps
RESOLUTiON….: 1280×720
AUDiO1……..: English DTS-core @ 1510Kbps
AUDiO2……..: –
SUBTiTLES…..: English,English-SDH,French. English-forced in E06,E07. (embedded and rar’d)
CHAPTERS……: Like on Blu-ray
SOURCE……..: Pillars of the Earth 2010 1080i Blu-ray AVC DTS-HD MA 5.1 (USA)
iMDB.RATiNG…: 8.2/10 (6,061 votes)
ENCODER…….: 9mm
RELEASE.DATE..: 2011-08-13
This has been a major pain in the ass.
I tackled 4 editions: USA, GERMAN, DUTCH and BRAZILIAN.
I also had a friend check the FRANCE version in a local video store,
it’s supposed to be VC-1 1080p, but he said it’s the same as the USA one.
Many differences among them, enough to drive someone mad.

-AVC 1080i/29.97fps
-impossible to deinterlace properly, some weird 4:2 pulldown
-each episode is separate, no recaps of previous ones
-AVC 1080p/23.976fps
-opening titles and captions translated to german
-hardcoded german subs in E06-E07 for the french-speaking parts
-every two episodes are merged into one, e.g. E01+E02, E03+E04, E05+E06, E07+E08
-in each merged episodes, there’s a recap of the previous episodes
so the editing is different from the US bd
-VC-1 1080p/24fps
-TERRIBLE macroblocking (another VC-1 flop *sigh*)
-increased brightness compared to USA/GER
-AVC 1080i/29.97fps
-same weird 4:2 pulldown as the USA
-PQ is utterly terrible (worse than DUTCH bd), excessive macroblocking
and lots of combing artifacts even on the progressive frames!

There’s supposed to be a Canadian edition by Columbia/TriStar according
to, and it’s advertized on However it’s the same
edition as USA (Sony). The disc case says 1080p, but in reality it’s 1080i.

So I was determined to put an effort to encode the USA bd,

for obvious reasons with the german annoyances and dutch/brazilian poor quality.

I tried many deinterlacing, but they all failed with blending or combing

artifacts and playback; and IVTC gave a juddery/skipping motion.


Two options were left, either separate all the frames and encode at 59.94fps

(very fluid playback, but leaves lots of dupes),

or manually check the ND frame pattern (N=new, D=dupe),

select the best frames and try to match them as close as possible with the GER frames.

After lots of hours spent on comparisons for each episode,

the result was a pretty good 24.975fps without dupes and with frames matching the GER ones.

The audio fitted perfectly, so no manipulation was required on that.


One problem is, some frames are different in USA 24.975 vs GER 23.976

but only in fast moving frames (action scenes) and this is due to the frame selection process,

it can’t be 100% perfect. However such differences are irrelevant to the eye

(unless you want to watch USA and GER frame by frame simultaneously, lol) and very acceptable considering this Blu-ray mess.

So this is as good as it can get.
Episode 1: Anarchy
x264 [info]: frame I:1036 Avg QP:15.99 size:125131
x264 [info]: frame P:19399 Avg QP:17.33 size: 70996
x264 [info]: frame B:64405 Avg QP:19.45 size: 20872

File Name Size
The.Pillars.of.the.Earth.E06.Witchcraft.2010.720p.BluRay.x264 CtrlHD.mkv 2.79 GB
The.Pillars.of.the.Earth.E05.Legacy.2010.720p.BluRay.x264 CtrlHD.mkv 3.33 GB
The.Pillars.of.the.Earth.E08.The.Work.of.Angels.2010.720p.BluRay.x264 CtrlHD.mkv 3.38 GB
The.Pillars.of.the.Earth.E07.New.Beginnings.2010.720p.BluRay.x264 CtrlHD.mkv 3.23 GB
The.Pillars.of.the.Earth.E01.Anarchy.2010.720p.BluRay.x264 CtrlHD.mkv 3.25 GB
The.Pillars.of.the.Earth.E02.Master.Builder.2010.720p.BluRay.x264 CtrlHD.mkv 3.12 GB
The.Pillars.of.the.Earth.E04.Battlefield.2010.720p.BluRay.x264 CtrlHD.mkv 2.64 GB
The.Pillars.of.the.Earth.E03.Redemption.2010.720p.BluRay.x264 CtrlHD.mkv 2.95 GB


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