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I know, like many, I've put alot of money into my HT setup and I would like to have the best copy of the movie available, even if it costs a little more to import it. What movies that have multiple releases, have a superior copy? PQ or AQ.

Please, give me your input/findings. Thats what this is about.


12 Monkeys
German (Concorde) - VC1 Encode, DTS-HD HR 5.1, No Extras, BD25. Region Free.
US/UK (Universal) - VC1 Encode, DTS-HD MA 5.1, Extras, BD50

16 Blocks
Japan (SPEJ) - MPEG-2 Encode, PCM 5.1
NL (DFW) - VC1 Encode, DTS-HD MA 5.1
US/UK (Warner) - VC1 Encode, DD 5.1

1408
Dutch (DFW) - Jaggies, better PQ, DTS-HD, Region Free
US - Jaggies, bad blacks/greys/colors, 24-bit TrueHD

10000 B.C.
Japan/NL (Warner) - VC-1, TrueHD, History Channel's Journey to 10,000 BC (VC-1, 480i, 90 min), Region Free
US -

30 Days of Night
French (Warner) - AVC, DTS-MA, Region Free
German (Concorde) - Region Free
NL (DFW) - VC1 Encode, English DTS-HD MA 5.1, Extras
UK/AUS (Icon) - AVC, 24-bit DTS-MA, Region Free (PQ same as US - Sony)
US (Sony) - AVC, 24-bit TrueHD (PQ same as UK/AUS - Icon). HD Extras.

Aeon Flux
Japan (Geneon) - AVC, TrueHD, Region Free.
US HD DVD - VC-1, Better PQ than US BD, DD+ (lossy) audio
US - MPEG2, DD (lossy) audio.

American Psycho
AUS (Sony) - Uncut, AVC, BD50, 16-bit TrueHD 5.1, Region Free.
German (Concorde) - Cut Version, VC-1, 16-bit DTS-MA 5.1, BD25, wrong aspect ratio. Region Free
Sweden (Nordisk film) - DTS-MA 5.1
US - Uncut, MPEG2, 24-bit DTS-MA 5.1, BD25.

Aviator
Dutch - High bitrate VC-1 and DTS-MA.
US - VC-1 and DD (lossy) audio

Bad Santa
UK/EU - Unrated, Slightly higher bitrate AVC, 20-bit TrueHD
US - DC - AVC/Unrated - VC-1, PCM

Band of Brothers
US - DNR, DTS-MA
Japan HD DVD - No DNR, DTS-HR (lossy)

Bangkok Dangerous
German (Constantin) - AVC, DTS-HR 5.1, Region B locked.
UK (EiV) - 1080i50, Region B locked.
US (Lionsgate) - AVC (highest bitrate), DTS-MA 7.1, Region A locked.

Basic Instinct
AUS (Universal) - Region Free.
UK (Momentum) - Better PQ, VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1
US - DNR, AVC, DTS-HR 6.1

Battleship Potemkin
Nordic (Atlantic): AVC (low bitrate), DD, no English subtitles, 1080i50 (18fps converted to 25fps, at correct speed)
US (Kino): AVC (high bitrate), DTS-MA, 1080p24 (18fps converted to 25fps, slowed down to 24fps)

Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
UK (EiV) - AVC, DTS-MA
US (Image) - AVC (slightly higher bitrate), DTS-MA
US/UK mouseovers

Beowolf
UK (Warner) - Low bitrate VC-1 (15Mbps), 16-bit TrueHD, No BonusView
US (Paramount) - High bitrate AVC (27-30Mbps), TrueHD, more HD extras, BonusView

Black Hawk Down
Nordic - AVC, Better PQ, 7.1 DTS-MA
US - MPEG2, 16-bit PCM

Casino Royal
Aus (Sony) - Uncut, PCM audio, Region Free (144:34)
German (Sony) - Uncut, DD (lossy) audio
UK (Sony) - Edited (only missing one scene from AUS), Region Free (Deluxe Edition has TrueHD) (144:20)
US (Sony) - Edited, 16-bit PCM audio (Deluxe Edition has 24bit TrueHD) (144:12)

Che - Part 1 & 2
French (Warner) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, No English subs
Japan (Sony) - AVC, TrueHD 5.1 (Spanish, English, Japanese), No English subs
UK (Optimum) - AVC, Spanish DTS-MA 5.1, Region B locked with forced PAL trailers, English subs when Spanish is spoken only
(Rumors of a US Criterion release fall '09)
(Part 1 - 2.40:1, Part 2 - 1.78:1)

Children of Men
Nordic (Nordisk Film) - AVC, DD (lossy 640kbps), no extras
US HD DVD - VC-1, DD+ (lossy 1.5Mbps), HD extras

Cinderella Man
UK/E.U/AUS/JP (Disney) - High bitrate VC-1, better PQ, LPCM 4.6Mbps, extras
US HD DVD - VC-1, DD+, extras

Cliffhanger
Japan - AVC (higher bitrate), TrueHD
UK - VC-1, DTS-MA

Crank
German (Universum) - Some have said slightly better PQ, Extended Cut, DTS-HD 5.1, Region Free. (extras on Region 2 DVD)
US - MPEG2, 6.1 PCM audio.

Danny the Dog
HK (Panorama) - AVC Encode, DTS-HD MA 5.1, Region A & C locked
Japan - AVC (higher bitrate than French), TrueHD. Region Free.
French - AVC (Different Color timing), DTS-HR, Region Free.

Dawn of the Dead - 1978
German - MPEG2 (low bitrate), DD 5.1/2.0
US - AVC, PCM 5.1/DD2.0

Death Sentence
UK (EiV) - High bitrate AVC, 1080i50, DD (lossy) audio, Region B locked
French (Metropolian) - DTS-MA 5.1, Region B locked
German (Concorde) - DTS-HD HR 5.1, Region Free
Nordic (Nordisk Film) - DTS-MA 5.1, Region Free.

Deja Vu
German (BVHE) - AVC, PCM, 2.35:1.
US (BVHE) - VC-1, PCM, 2.40:1.

The Departed
French (TF1) - AVC, DTS-HR 5.1. BD50. Region B. Forced French subtitles.
UK (EiV) - VC-1, DTS-MA, Region Free.
US - VC-1, PCM.

The Descent
AUS (Icon) - Higher bitrate AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, Natural colors and deeper blacks compared to both US BD's, Region Free. PAL extras. International Cut
German - VC-1 (low bitrate), DTS-MA 6.1
UK (Pathe) - AVC, PCM/DTS-MA 5.1. More extras than AUS. Looks similar to AUS as far as blacks/colors. Region B locked.
US - MPEG2 (DNR), PCM 6.1
US - AVC (No DNR), PCM 6.1
Break down of different version

The Devil Wears Prada
French, German, UK and Netherlands - AVC, DTS-MA, Region Free.
US - MPEG2, DTS-MA, Region A

District B13
French - AVC, PCM
US - MPEG2, DTS-HR 5.1 ES

Disturbia
UK - AVC, TrueHD 5.1. Region Free.
US - AVC, DD EX (640Kbps)/DD ES 6.1 (1.5Mbps)

District 9
Nordic - AVC, 24bit DTS-MA 7.1. Region B.

Eastern Promises
UK - VC-1 (slightly higher bitrate), DTS-HR 5.1
US - VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1

Enter the Dragon
HK - DTS-MA/TrueHD 7.1 Cantonese DUB track, English subs. BD50 Possibly Region A locked
US (warner) - English DD 5.1 (lossy), more extras

Equilibrium
UK (Momentum) - 1.78:1, VC-1, DD (lossy)
Japan (Sony) - 2.35:1, AVC, TrueHD, Region Free.
Polish - 1.78:1, PCM 5.1, Region Free.

The Exorcism of Emily Rose
UK (Sony) - MPEG2, PCM, Unrated, Region Free
US (Sony) - AVC, 16-bit TrueHD, Unrated, extras, Region Free.

The Eye
German - VC-1 (slightly higher bitrate), DTS-HR 5.1
US - AVC, DTS-MA 7.1

Face-Off
Aus (Disney) - Uncut version, less DNR, better PQ, PCM audio.
UK (Buena Vista) - Edited version, less DNR, AVC, better PQ, PCM audio.
US - DNR, AVC, DTS ES 6.1 (1.5Mbps) and DD EX 5.1 (640Kbps) (lossy) audio, extras.

The Fall
German - VC-1, DTS-MA. BD25.
UK - VC-1, DTS-MA. Cut slightly for animal cruelty. BD25
US - AVC, TrueHD. BD50

Fantastic Four
German (Constantin/Highlight) - MPEG2, DTS-HR 5.1, Extras, Region Free.
US (Fox) - MPEG2, DTS-MA 5.1.

Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer
German (Constantin/Highlight) - VC-1, DTS-HR 5.1, Region Free.
US (Fox) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, more extras, Region A locked.

Fearless
HK - AVC (higher bitrate), DTS-MA and PCM 7.1, Directors Cut only, Region A locked
US - VC-1, 24bit DTS-MA 5.1, All 3 cuts (PG-13, Unrated, and Directors)

The Fifth Element
French (Gaumont) - AVC, DTS-HR 5.1. Region B.
German (Ufa) - VC-1 (lower bitrate), DTS-HR 6.1 (4608Mbps), extras. Region Free.
US (Sony) - AVC, 16-bit PCM/20-bit TrueHD, no extras. Region Free.

Fight Club
German (Kinowelt) - VC-1, DTS-HR 7.1. Region B.
US - AVC (better PQ than German), DTS-MA 5.1

Flags of Our Fathers
UK, German, French, Netherlands all have VC-1 (lower bitrate) and PCM audio
UK (Dreamworks) - Region Free.
US, Japanese - AVC (higher bitrate), DD (lossy audio)

Gangs of New York
French (M6) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1
UK - AVC, DTS (lossy @ 1509Kbps) audio
US - VC-1, PCM 5.1, more extras
Comparison in French with screenshots

Gladiator
German -
UK (Universal) -
US (Paramount) - DNR/EE.

The Guardian
UK (BVHE) - AVC, PCM, Region B locked.
US (BVHE) - MPEG2, PCM, Region A locked.

Gothika
EU - MPEG2, PCM 5.1.
French (Sony) - VC-1, PCM, Region Free.
US (Warner) - VC-1, DD (lossy).

The Graduate
French (StudioCanal) - DTS-MA 2.0. BD50. Region B.
US (MGM) - MPEG2, DTS-MA 5.1, English Mono (lossy). BD25. Region A.

Hannibal
German (Ufa) - VC-1, DTS-HR 6.1. Region Free.
UK (Universal) - VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1
US (MGM) - MPEG2, DTS-MA 5.1, no extras. Region A

Happy Feet
UK, Netherlands, Japanese all have PCM audio and more extras.
US - DD EX (lossy) audio

Hitman
French (EuropaCorp) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1/PCM 5.1. Region B? BD50?
US (Fox) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1

House of Flying Daggers
AUS/FR - Uncut, VC-1, DTS-HR, BD50, Region B Locked
UK (Pathe) - VC1 Encode, Mandarin DTS-HD HR 5.1, UK Cut, Region B Locked
US - Cut, MPEG2, PCM, Region Free. BD25

History of Violence
UK (EiV) - VC-1, TrueHD, Less DNR, Region B locked
US (Warner) - VC-1, TrueHD, DNR/EE.

Home of the Brave
Holland (DFW) - 2.35:1, VC-1, DTS-MA, Region Free.
US (Fox) - 2.40:1, MPEG2, DTS-MA, Region A.

Hostel
UK (Sony) - MPEG2, 24bit PCM
US - AVC, 16bit TrueHD, Extras.

The Illusionist
German - VC-1 (low bitrate), DTS-MA
Italian (Eagle) - AVC (higher bitrate), DD (lossy)

In Bruges
AUS - 1080i50 AVC, DTS-MA
French (M6-Warner) - AVC, English DTS-MA 5.1, Extras (PAL), 24FPS (not 23.976), BD50. Region Free.
Nordic - AVC (low bitrate), DTS-MA 5.1, exactly 24fps
US (Universal) - VC-1 (high bitrate), DTS-MA, 23.976fps

Inside
Swedish - 1080i50, AVC, DTS-MA 5.1. No English subtitles.

Into The Wild
FR - VC-1 (very low bitrate), DTS-MA/TrueHD (16-bit)
German (UFA) -
US - VC-1, TrueHD (24-bit)

IP Man
HK - AVC, PCM/TrueHD/DTS-MA 7.1, English Subs. Better PQ. BD50. Region A locked?
UK (Showbox) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, English Subs, Region Free. BD50.

The Italian Job (2003)
German - VC-1 (low bitrate), DTS-MA (16-bit), Region B
US - MPEG2, DD (lossy)

Jarhead
US - low bitrate VC-1
All non-US? (UK) - high bitrate VC-1, more extras

JCVD
FR (Gaumont) - AVC, French DTS-HD MA 5.1, English Subs (optional), Extras (PAL, No Subs), BD25
UK (Revolver) - AVC (higher bitrate than US), French TrueHD 5.1, Forced English Subs, Extras (PAL and English Subbed), BD50, Region Free
US - AVC, English&French DD 5.1 (lossy - 448kbps), English Subs, BD25, No Extras

Jumper
German (Kinowelt) - VC-1, DTS-HR 7.1, no extras, Region B locked. BD25
US (Fox) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, extras, Region A locked.

The Kingdom
UK - VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1
US - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1

Kingdom of Heaven
French (Fox Pathe) - Director's Cut, low bitrate VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1, Extras (The Path to Redemption 6 hours 56 minutes) in 480p, No English subs, Incorrect Gamma, Region Free
US - Director's Cut, MPEG2, No extras

Kung Fu Hustle
Korean - Uncut, Region Free
UK (Sony) - Uncut, MPEG2 (low bitrate), PCM 5.1.
US - Edited, MPEG2 (low bitrate), PCM 5.1.

LA Confidential
Japan (TFC) - AVC, DTS-MA
US - VC-1, TrueHD

The Last Samurai
HK (Deltamac - Warner) - VC1, TrueHD 5.1
KOR (Warner) - VC1, TrueHD 5.1 **Unconfirmed (Not Released)
US/UK (Warner) - VC1, DD 5.1

Leon
GER (Kinowelt) - AVC, English & German DTS-HD HR 7.1, HD Extras, US and International Cut
FR (Gaumont) - AVC, English DTS-HD HR 5.1, English & French DTS-HD MA 5.0. US and International Cuts.
UK (Optimum) - AVC (film grain more preserved), DTS-MA 5.1/PCM 2.0, US and International Cuts. Region B locked.

Let the Right One In
Nordic - AVC, DD 5.0/DTS 5.1. Correct Theatrical English subtitles.
UK (Momentum) - AVC, DTS-MA. Theatrical English subtitles
US (Magnolia) - VC-1, DTS-MA, BD25, Region A. Only fixed version has Theatrical English subtitles.
Lord of War
French (M6 Video) - AVC, DTS-MA 6.1, PAL? extras. BD50. Region Free
US (Lionsgate) - MPEG2, DD EX/DTS ES 6.1, no extras. BD25

Life
UK (2entertain): VC-1, DTS-HR, 1080i50 (correct 25fps)
US (Warner): VC-1, DTS-HR, 1080p24 (slowed down, except one episode in 1080i60)

The Lives of Others
US (Sony): AVC, LPCM, edge enhancement, a hint of DNR, but otherwise OK
UK (Lionsgate): AVC, DTS-MA, same as US but has a nasty chroma shift in the reds giving it a washed out, sickly look:
US/UK mouseovers

Lucky # Slevin
UK (EiV) - VC-1, better PQ, 16-bit DTS-MA 5.1, Region Free.
US - AVC, TrueHD

Lust, Caution
KOR (CJ Entertainment) - AVC, Mandarin PCM 7.1 & Mandarin DTS-HD MA 7.1, English Subs, Extras (English subs)
HK (Edko) - AVC, Mandarin PCM 7.1 & Mandarin DTS-HD MA 7.1, English Subs, Extras (English subs?)
JPN (Victor Entertainment) - AVC, Mandarin PCM 5.1 & Japanese PCM 5.1, No English Subs, Censored
TWN (Deltamac) - AVC, Mandarin DTS-HD MA 5.1, English subs

The Machinist
German - VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1
Japan -
US - AVC (high bitrate), TrueHD 5.1

Mad Detective
UK (Eureka - MoC) - AVC, Cantonese TrueHD 5.1 & Cantonese DTS-HD MA 5.1, More Extras (English Sub), Shorter Director's Cut, Better PQ, BD25
HK (Mei Ah) - AVC, Cantonese PCM 7.1 & Cantonese DTS-HD MA 5.1, Less Extras (No subs), Longer Theatrical Cut, BD50, Watermark

Man On Fire
US (Fox) - AVC, DTS-MA
UK - AVC, DTS-MA, more extras. Region Free.

Micheal Clayton
French (M6) - Better PQ, AVC, DTS-MA, BD50, Region Free
US (Warner) - VC-1, DD (lossy), BD25.

Million Dollar Baby
French (StudioCanal) - DTS-MA 5.1. Region B?
US (Warner) - VC-1, DD 5.1 (lossy).

Mongol
German - 1080i50, VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1, no English subs
UK (Universal) - Better PQ than US, AVC, Mongolian DTS-MA 5.1, Region B
US (Warner) - VC-1, Mongolian DD 5.1

Mr and Mrs. Smith
French (Warner) - AVC, DTS-MA, Region Free.
French (M6) - Uncut, AVC (better PQ than US), DTS-MA 5.1. Region Free.
US - Slight DNR

Next
UK (EiV)- DTS HD HR @ 2 Mbps, VC-1, extras in SD
US - 24-bit LPCM, high bitrate AVC, extras in HD

The Orphanage
UK (Optimum) - low bitrate AVC, Jaggies, DTS-MA 5.1, English subs, Region Free
US (New Line) - VC-1, Jaggies, DTS-MA 7.1, English subs, Region A
Spanish (Warner) - DTS-MA 5.1, extras (PAL), English subs, Region Free. BD25 (no confirmation of Jaggies)

Pan's Labyrinth
French - No DNR, no English subs, PQ better than US but not as good as UK.
German (Senator) - 1.85:1, Spanish and German PCM 6.1/DTS-MA 5.1, only German subtitles, much less extras, Region Free.
UK (Optimum) - 1.78:1, VC-1, Best PQ, Spanish DD (lossy), English subs, Region Free, PAL extras.
US - 1.85:1, VC-1, DNR, Spanish DTS-MA 7.1, Extras.

Payback
UK/German/Spanish (Warner) - Theatrical/Director's Cut, AVC, TrueHD 5.1.
US - Director's Cut, MPEG2, DD (lossy)
US HD DVD - Director's Cut, AVC, DD+

The Phantom of the Opera
Japan (GAGA) - AVC (double the US bitrate), TrueHD/PCM 5.1
US (Warner) - VC-1, DD 5.1 (lossy, SD extras. BD25.

Pitch Black
UK (Universal) - Theatrical, VC-1 (slightly higher bitrate), DTS-MA 5.1.
US (Universal) - DC/Theatrical, VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1.

Planet Earth
Spain (Cameo Media) - 1080i, VC-1, Region Free. (530min) (Sir David Attenborough)
UK (2entertain) - 1080p24, VC-1, Region Free. (530min) (Sir David Attenborough)
US (BBC Version) - 1080p24/VC-1, Region Free. (530min) (Sir David Attenborough)
US (Discovery) - 1080i/AVC, Region A locked (480min) (Sigourney Weaver)

Planet of the Apes - 1968
Dutch (Fox) - AVC, DTS-HR, Region Free. (No Mono track)
US (Fox) - AVC, 24bit DTS-MA 5.1/DD 2.0 Mono, Region A locked.

The Prestige
Dutch (Warner) - AVC, DD (Lossy)
EU (Warner) - VC-1 (low bitrate), DD 5.1 (lossy)
US (BVHE) - AVC, 24bit PCM, Region A locked.

P.S. I Love You
NL (Warner) - TrueHD/DTS-MA, No English subs, More Extras, Region B
US - VC-1, TrueHD 16-bit

Pulp Fiction
AUS - 1080i50 AVC, DTS-MA 5.1. Region Free.
French - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1. Region B.
Scandinavian - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1 (much higher bitrate audio). Region Free.

The Punisher
Canada (Alliance) -
Japan (Sony) -
UK (Sony) - AVC, TrueHD, more extras, Region Free.
US (Lionsgate) - MPEG2, 6.1 DTS-ES/5.1 DD EX. BD25

Punisher: War Zone
UK (Sony) - AVC, TrueHD 5.1, Region Free.
US (Lionsgate) - AVC, DTS-MA 7.1, Region A locked.

Rambo
Hong Kong - 16-bit DTS-MA/16-bit TrueHD, Better PQ? (Higher bitrate encode)
US - AVC, 24-bit DTS-MA 7.1

Rambo II
French (Studio Canal) - DTS-MA 5.1. Region Free
UK (Optimum)- Region Free
US - VC-1, Better PQ, DTS-MA

Rambo III
French (Studio Canal) - Region Free
UK (Optimum) - Region Free
US - VC-1, Better PQ, DTS-MA

Red Cliff I
UK (EiV) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, forced English subs, PAL trailers. BD50 (Special Edition contains both parts. Standard Edition is a trimmed single part)
Hong Kong (Mei Ah) - AVC, Mandarin PCM 7.1/DTS-HD MA 7.1/TrueHD 7.1, English Subs, BD50, Watermark, Region Free
Japan - TrueHD 5.1, no English subs?
Korean - 7.1 TrueHD/DTS-MA/PCM, no English subs?
Taiwan (Deltamac) - AVC, Mandarin PCM 7.1/DTS-HD MA 7.1/TrueHD 7.1, English Subs, BD50, Open-matted (1:78:1), Region Free
CN (Zoke Culture) - AVC, Mandarin PCM 7.1/DTS-HD MA 7.1/TrueHD 7.1, English Subs, BD50, No Watermark, Region C Locked

Red Cliff II
UK (EiV) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, forced English subs, PAL trailers. BD50 (Special Edition contains both parts. Standard Edition is a trimmed single part)
Hong Kong (Mei Ah) - AVC, Mandarin PCM 7.1/DTS-HD MA 7.1/TrueHD 7.1, English Subs, BD50, Region Free
Japan - TrueHD 5.1, no English subs?
Korean - 7.1 TrueHD/DTS-MA/PCM, no English subs?
Taiwan (Deltamac) - AVC, Mandarin PCM 7.1/DTS-HD MA 7.1/TrueHD 7.1, English Subs, BD50, Open-matted (1:78:1), Region Free

Requiem of a Dream
Canada - 1.78:1, AVC, DTS-MA 5.1
French - 1.85:1, AVC, DTS-HR 5.1
US - 1.85:1, AVC (double the bitrate of CA/FR release), DTS-MA 7.1

Reservoir Dogs
Dutch (DFW) - 2.40:1, Better PQ, MPEG2, DTS-HR 6.1, more extras than US (PAL), Region Free.
UK - Extras
US - 2.35:1, MPEG2, DTS-HR 6.1/DD EX 5.1

Resident Evil
Japan (Sony, Trilogy only) - AVC, TrueHD, Region Free
US - AVC, TrueHD

Resident Evil Apocalypse
German - Extended Cut, MPEG2 (low bitrate), DTS-HR 5.1 (Disc from Trilogy has a superior encode compared to US)
Japan (Sony, Trilogy only) - Extended, AVC, TrueHD, Region Free
Japan (Single Disc) - MPEG2
US - Theatrical, MPEG2 (slightly higher bitrate than German), 4.6Mbps PCM

Resident Evil Extinction
German (Highlight) - VC-1, DTS-HD HR, Region Free
Japan (Sony, Trilogy only) - AVC, TrueHD, Region Free
US - AVC, TrueHD

Revolver
German (Ascot) - Original Theatrical Cut (1:57.21), VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1
US (Sony) - (1:44:27) AVC (higher bitrate than German), TrueHD 5.1

Rocky Balboa - 2006
France/German (Fox) - MPEG2, DTS-MA 5.1
US (Sony) - AVC, 16bit PCM 5.1

Running Scared
German - VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1
Dutch (DFW) - 1080i50, AVC, DTS-MA, Region B locked?

Saw
French (Metropolitan) - DC, DTS-MA 6.1. Region B
German (Kinowelt) - 1.85:1, VC-1, Uncut, DTS-HR 7.1/DTS ES 6.1, Extras, Region Free. BD50
Japan (Sony, Quadrilogy) - AVC and TrueHD 7.1, Region Free.
US - 1.78:1, Theatrical, MPEG2, DD EX 5.1/DTS ES 6.1 audio, no extras. BD25

Saw II
French (Metrpolitan) - DC, DTS-MA 6.1. Region B
German - 1.85:1, VC-1, 16bit DTS-HR 7.1. Region B?
Japan (Sony, Quadrilogy) - AVC, TrueHD 7.1, Region Free
US - 1.78:1, MPEG2, 24bit DTS-HR 5.1

Saw III
French (Metropolitan) - DC, DTS-MA 6.1. Region B.
German (Kinowelt) - Unrated
Japan (Sony, Quadrilogy) - AVC and TrueHD 7.1, Region Free.
UK - Unrated, MPEG2, DTS-HD 6.1/DD EX 5.1, Region B locked.
US - Unrated, AVC, DNR, DTS-HD HR 6.1/DD EX 5.1 audio, Region A locked.

Saw IV
French (Metropolitan) - DC, DTS-MA 7.1. Region B.
Japan (Sony, Quadrilogy) - AVC, TrueHD 7.1, Region Free.
US - AVC, DTS-MA 7.1

Saw V
French (Metropolitan) - DC, DTS-MA 6.1. Region B

The Seventh Seal
US (Criterion) - AVC, Swedish PCM 2.0, English Subs, Slighlty better PQ (better Grain structure), HD Extras, BD50
UK (Tartan) - AVC, Swedish DD 2.0, English Subs, SD Extras (on DVD-9), BD 25 + DVD-9

The Shawshank Redemption
French (TF1) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1. Region B. Forced French Subtitles?
German (EuroVideo) - Region Locked
UK (ITV) - AVC (higher bitrate), DD (lossy) audio, PAL extras. Region Free.
US - VC-1, 16bit TrueHD.

Silent Hill
French (Metropolitan) - AVC (high bitrate), DTS-MA 5.1, Region Free.
German (Concorde) - VC-1, Better PQ than US and UK, DTS-HR 5.1, Region Free.
Italian (Eagle) - AVC, TrueHD 5.1.
UK (Pathe) - VC-1, DTS-HR 5.1, Region B locked (Can be avoided by jumping to Top Menu/Player dependant)
US (Sony) - MPEG2, PCM 5.1, Region Free.

Sin City
Canada - low bitrate AVC, 24bit DTS-MA
French (Wild Side) - Threatical and DC, DTS-MA 7.1 (Theatrical)/DTS-MA 5.1 (DC). Region B?
Japan (Geneon) - high bitrate AVC, 16bit TrueHD, Region Free.
Nordic - AVC, DTS-MA 7.1 (reported to have a red tint)
UK/EU - AVC, DTS-MA 7.1
US - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1 (Extended/Theatrical)

The Sixth Sense
German - 1.78:1, AVC, DTS-HR 5.1, different extras than US.
US (Disney) - 1.85:1, AVC, 16bit PCM 5.1

Sleepy Hollow
French (Studio Canal) - DTS-MA 5.1. Region B
German - AVC, DTS-HR
Japan (Kadokawa) - 1080i30, AVC, TrueHD, Better PQ than US.
US (Paramount) - MPEG2, DD/DTS (lossy) audio. BD25

Stargate
French (StudioCanal) - Theatrical/Directors Cut 2-Disc, DTS-MA 5.1. Region B?
German - Extended Cut, AVC, DTS-MA 5.1. Forced Subtitles
UK (Optimum) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, Extras, Region B.
US (Lionsgate) - MPEG2, DTS-HR ES, Region Free.

Starship Troopers
UK (Buena Vista) - No Sync issues, better PQ, VC-1, PCM, Region Free.
US - Audio Sync issues, AVC, TrueHD, Region Free.

Taken
AUS - Uncut, AVC, DTS-MA 5.1. Region B.
French - Uncut, AVC (low bitrate), DTS-HR 5.1. Forced French Subtitles
UK - Uncut*, AVC, DTS-MA 5.1.
US - Uncut/Theatrical, AVC, DTS-MA 5.1. Region A.
* - Cut by 22 seconds? Theatrical is about 2.5 minutes shorter.

Tell No One
FR (Pathe) - AVC, French PCM 5.1/DTS-HR 5.1, English subs, Extras (PAL, No subs), Region Free
US (MPI) - VC1, French DD 5.1 & French PCM 2.0, Extras (English Sub), Region A Locked
UK (Revolver) - 1080i50hz AVC, French TrueHD 5.1, Forced English Subs, Extras (English Sub), Region B Locked, Poor PQ

Terminator 2
US (Lionsgate) - 1080p MPEG-2 Encode, English DD & DTS Lossy, Theatrical Cut Only
US/FR/MEX/UK/GER Skynet (Lionsgate/Optiumum/Studio Canal) - 1080p VC-1, English DTS-HD MA 6.1, Tons of Extras, DNR (Steelbook for Certain Countries)
FRA (Studio Canal) - 1080p VC-1 Encode, English DTS-HD MA 5.1, 2 Disks (Directors Cut |Region A+B| & Theatrical |Region B Locked - Forced French Subs|), Best PQ
UK (Optimum) - 1080p VC-1 Encode, English DTS-HD MA 5.1, Director's Cut only, PQ same as French
AUS (Universal Studio Canal) - Same as UK
JPN (Geneon) - 1080p AVC Encode, English & Japanese TrueHD 5.1 EX, Extras, 2 Disks (Theatrical & Directors Cut), Steelbook, High Bitrate
JPN (Geneon) - 1080p AVC Encode, English & Japanese TrueHD 5.1 EX, Extras, 1 Disk (Director's Cut Only), High Bitrate

Terminator 3
German (Sony) - AVC, TrueHD 5.1
UK (Sony) - AVC (higher bitrate, better PQ than US), TrueHD 5.1. Region Free.
US (Warner) - VC-1, DD (lossy)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre - 2003
UK (EiV) - AVC, DTS-MA. Region B locked.
US (Warner) - VC-1, TrueHD.

The Thing
UK/AUS/JP/EU/FR - BD50, VC-1, DTS-MA, extras, Region Free
US - BD25, VC-1, DTS-MA, no extras
US HD DVD - Best PQ, less DNR.

There Will Be Blood
UK - VC-1, PCM 5.1
US - VC-1 (slightly higher bitrate), TrueHD 5.1

Three Days of the Condor
French HD DVD - DNR, audio pitch issues.
US (Paramount) - AVC, No DNR, 5.1 TrueHD

Total Recall
AUS (Universal) - Region A/B locked.
UK (Optimum) - Better PQ, VC-1, DTS-MA 5.1, Region Free
US - MPEG2, DTS-HD HR 5.1, Extra.

Training Day
Japan - VC-1
UK (Warner) - VC-1, DD (lossy), Region Free.
US - MPEG2, DD (lossy) audio
US (HD DVD) - VC-1, better PQ than US Bluray, TrueHD.

Trainspotting
Canadian (Alliance) - AVC (low bitrate), DTS-MA 5.1, no extras. BD25
Japan (Sony) - Uncut, AVC, TrueHD 5.1, 480i extras. Region free. Original "Scottish" accent monologue. BD50
UK (Studio 4) - AVC, DD/DTS (lossy) audio. Original "Scottish" accent monologue.

Transporter
France (EuropaCorp) - AVC, DTS-HR 5.1, PAL? Extras, Region Free. (92:26)
German (Ufa) - DTS-HD 6.1
Japan (Sony, Twin Pack) - Uncut, High bitrate AVC, better PQ, TrueHD, Extras, Region Free. (92:32)
US (Fox) - Theatrical, MPEG2 and DTS-MA

Transporter 2
French (EuropaCorp) - Low bitrate AVC, DTS-HR, Uncensored, removable French subs, PAL extras, Region Free. (exactly 24fps, not 23.976fps) (88:07)
German (Ufa) - DTS-HD 6.1
Japan (Sony, Twin Pack) - Uncut, High bitrate AVC, better PQ, TrueHD, Extras, Region Free. (88:12)
US (Fox) - Theatrical, MPEG2 and DTS-MA

Transporter 3
Dutch/German (DFW) -
UK/AUS (Icon) - AVC (double US bitrate), TrueHD 5.1
US (Lionsgate) - AVC (low bitrate), DTS-MA 7.1, BD25

Twister
French/German (Universal) - VC-1 (higher bitrate), DTS-MA 5.1.
US (Warner) - VC-1, TrueHD 5.1.

U-571
French (StudioCanal) - DTS-MA 5.1. Region B.
Japan (GAGA) - Open-matte 1.78:1, AVC, TrueHD, Region Free. No English subs.
UK (EiV) -
US (Universal) - 2.35:1, DNR, AVC, DTS-MA, Region Free.
US HD DVD - Slightly better PQ than US Bluray, DD+ (lossy) audio.

Ultraviolet
Japan (Sony) -MPEG2, PCM, Extended Cut, Region A/B locked.
All others PG-13.

Underworld
Dutch (DFW) - Theatrical, 2.40:1, AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, Extras, Region Free. (Possible audio sync issues)
French (M6) - Unrated, AVC (high bitrate than US), DTS-MA 5.1 (16-bit) (higher bitrate than US), extras (PAL?). Region Free.
German (Concorde) - Extended, 2.35:1, VC-1, DTS, Region Free, No extras.
Japan (GAGA) - Theatrical, AVC, TrueHD
US (Sony) - Extended, 2.35:1, AVC, 16-bit PCM

Underworld: Evolution
French (M6) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1 (16-bit), extras (PAL?). Region Free.
Spanish HD DVD - Slightly better PQ than US, DD+ (lossy) audio.
UK - MPEG2 (higher bitrate than US), DTS (lossy) audio
US - MPEG2, PCM audio.

Vertical Limit
UK - AVC (better PQ), PCM 5.1
US - MPEG 2, PCM 5.1

Wallace and Grommit - A Matter of Loaf and Death
Japan (Disney) - AVC, DTS-MA 5.1, PCM 2.0. Unsure if video is 1080i or 1080p.
UK - 1080i50, AVC (slightly higher bitrate than US), TrueHD 5.1
US - 1080p24, AVC, PCM 5.1, Aliasing/jaggies throughout movie

Watchmen
US/CND (Warner) - VC1, English DTS-HD MA 5.1 (24bit), Director's Cut, Lower Bitrate, Extras (Exclusive), Filtered/DNR
JPN/FR/UK/AUS/GER (Paramount) - AVC, English TrueHD 5.1 (24bit), Theatrical Cut, Higher Bitrate, Extras, Better PQ

We Own the Night
French (Wild Side) - DTS-MA 5.1, more extras (HD). Region B?
US (Sony) - AVC, TrueHD 5.1

We Were Soldiers
French (StudioCanal) - DTS-MA 5.1. Region B locked?
UK/Aus - AVC and DTS-MA
US - MPEG2 and DD EX (lossy) audio

Welcome to the Jungle - The Rundown
AUS - Uncut, Region Free
UK - AVC, TrueHD (16-bit), Edited, Region Free

X-Men Trilogy
UK/German - More extras than US. Has PiP. Region Free.

Zodiac
International (Warner) - Low bitrate VC-1, DD 5.1 (lossy), SD extras, Region Free
US (Paramount) - High bitrate AVC, 24bit TrueHD, HD extras (2nd disc), Region Free.

[REC]
French (Wild Side) - 1080i50, AVC, DTS-MA 5.1 (16-bit), Spanish audio, No English subs, forced French subs, extras (720p?). Region B locked.
German (E-M-S) - 1080p24, AVC (low bitrate), DTS-MA 5.1 (16-bit), No Engligh subs, Region B locked.
Italian (MediaFilm) - Region B locked
Japan (Happinet) - 1080i30, No English subs.
Spanish (Filmax) - 1080i50, VC-1 (high bitrate), Spanish DTS/DD, English subtitles, Extras, Region Free. BD50.
Swedish (Noble) - 1080i50, DTS-MA, No English subs, Region Free.


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gangs of new york - french is **** too

but is it still better than US or are they the same?

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but is it still better than US or are they the same?

The French disc is slightly better, but they're both still crap.

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Japanese version of RE2 is the extended edition on DL w/AVC vdieo & probably with 24bit audio and back cover says its region free. Source
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I am of the opinion that the UK Starship Troopers has a bit better pic quality, as well as the points you mentioned.

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French - best PQ, no English subs
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The UK BD has the best picture quality of all the releases. 30 Mbps VC1 on it vs 20 Mbps VC1 on the French version. Both are DNR-free.
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Japanese version of RE2 is the extended edition on DL w/AVC vdieo & probably with 24bit audio and back cover says its region free. Source

This is apparently just the RE2 that's included in the Japanese trilogy box. The separately sold Japanese release is an SL disc in MPEG-2. (I don't have either version but I've seen them in some shops.)

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Japanese version of RE2 is the extended edition on DL w/AVC vdieo & probably with 24bit audio and back cover says its region free. Source

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This is apparently just the RE2 that's included in the Japanese trilogy box. The separately sold Japanese release is an SL disc in MPEG-2. (I don't have either version but I've seen them in some shops.)

hmm. I'll update this when I get more confirmation.

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Hrmmm, doesn't the Tier thread basically tell us what the best release of a film is?

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Though U.K version of ST might tend to look better, there seems a layer of grain missing on it when you watch it from a distance of < 3ft. The U.K version is the best in terms of sound quality, peak video bit rates, sharpness in close-up shots and less amount of print impurities during the action scenes.

Flags of Our Fathers : Non US are all PCM audio -> This is wrong. The Japan version of Flags released by Warner doesn't feature LPCM audio. Only the U.K / NL / GER / FR versions feature LPCM.

Also add Happy Feet (U.K / NL / JP - Import) to the list as it features LPCM audio.

We Were Soldiers (U.K / AUS - Icon) features DTS-HD MA audio and is encoded using AVC.

Aviator (Dutch Import - Dutch FilmWorks) features high bit rate VC-1 encode and DTS-HD MA.

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Hrmmm, doesn't the Tier thread basically tell us what the best release of a film is?

Very few imports in the tier thread. I think the only imports are even there because a US disc wasn't available yet.
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The UK BD has the best picture quality of all the releases. 30 Mbps VC1 on it vs 20 Mbps VC1 on the French version. Both are DNR-free.

Even besides the bitrate difference, the French disc has additional processing (scratch removal?) that degrades the picture.
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Though U.K version of ST might tend to look better, there seems a layer of grain missing on it when you watch it from a distance of < 3ft. The U.K version is the best in terms of sound quality, peak video bit rates, sharpness in close-up shots and less amount of print impurities during the action scenes.

Flags of Our Fathers : Non US are all PCM audio -> This is wrong. The Japan version of Flags released by Warner doesn't feature LPCM audio. Only the U.K / NL / GER / FR versions feature LPCM.

Also add Happy Feet (U.K / NL / JP - Import) to the list as it features LPCM audio.

We Were Soldiers (U.K / AUS - Icon) features DTS-HD MA audio and is encoded using AVC.

Aviator (Dutch Import - Dutch FilmWorks) features high bit rate VC-1 encode and DTS-HD MA.

Face/Off (Import) features LPCM audio and a better video encode with slightly less DNR than the Paramount version.

Should I add DNR to ST?

Where is the Face/off import from?

Does the Dutch Aviator have better PQ than the US, both are VC-1?
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I like the idea of this thread. I'm curious how Aviator compares to the US version as far as PQ.

Can anyone explain what is different about the uncut Casino Royale ? Does it still have PCM? Will the new special edition US release be uncut?

Also curious about RE2 from Japan -- was this encoded from a different master?

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Should I add DNR to ST?

Where is the Face/off import from?

Does the Dutch Aviator have better PQ than the US, both are VC-1?

Should I add DNR to ST? - Don't know but it's easy to observe the missing layer of grain in the U.K BD.

Where is the Face/off import from? - NL/FR/AUS/JP/UK - Same encode but the U.K version is cut by 8 seconds.

Does the Dutch Aviator have better PQ than the US, both are VC-1? - Both are VC-1. Not sure if the PQ of the import is better but it's slightly grainier than the U.S version which looked Warner'd.

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Aus Casino Royale is 22 seconds longer, I think split between 2 scenes.
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Terminator 2
UK - Better PQ, DTS-MA 5.1, Region Free.
US - DD EX/DTS ES Audio (lossy)

The UK version is also the "extended edition" (sometimes called the director's cut, which it actually isn't, though I personally do prefer it)....while the US disc is only the theatrical cut....

I am waiting for the US double dip from Lionsgate, since I am sure one will be coming as they have a history of really liking to milk their top titles....I am hoping for both cuts of the film with AVC compression, lossless audio, and ALL of the extras from the multiple previous DVD releases....it'd also be nice if they could add the GNR video on there as well!
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WRT Terminator 2, I think there are 3 cuts: the theatrical cut, the director's cut, and the extended cut. The one I want is the director's cut, which is longer than the theatrical cut but shorter than the extended cut.

T2 is an obvious target for a re-release due to it only having the theatrical cut and leaving out many of the extras. It's also arguably Lionsgate's biggest catalog title.
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US - MPEG2 (DNR) 7.1 PCM, AVC (No DNR) 6.1 PCM

Both are encoded as 7.1 PCM with only 6.1 discrete channels.
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Great, productive thread... I don't want to throw a wrench in the proceedings, but there may be an argument to be made in cases where the (*cough*) HD-DVD included features/specs that are preferential to current BD releases. For example, Happy Feet with its TrueHD soundtrack, or the Thing with the uncut doc (a =major= extra, rather than simple EPK fluff). Or, take something like Planet Earth, where the OZ version supposedly has the extra disc that includes the diaries, but is region locked (at least, to the best of my recollection, that's the last I heard about the matter.)

Again, I'm not thinking that poluting the above list with DD+ vs DD banter, but in cases where there are major differences (lossless vs. lossy, extended extras such as PiP on 300, etc.) it might make sense to include in this one, helpful, non-political thread.

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Devil Wears Prada - NL/FR/GER - BD-50 / AVC / Region A, B, C
Training Day - U.K / EU / JP - VC-1 (U.S - MPEG-2)
Rambo - H.K / DTS-HD MA 5.1 16-bit, Dolby True HD 16-bit / Slightly higher bit rate encode / No BonusView [Tough choice]
Rambo II, III - U.S - Better PQ
Next - U.S / LPCM 24-bit, High bit rate AVC, Extras in HD vs U.K / EIV DTS-HD HR 2 Mbps, VC-1, Extras in SD vs JP release pending

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Face-Off

Aus - Uncut version, Less DNR, Better PQ, PCM audio.
UK - Less DNR, Better PQ, Edited version, PCM audio.

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WRT Terminator 2, I think there are 3 cuts: the theatrical cut, the director's cut, and the extended cut. The one I want is the director's cut, which is longer than the theatrical cut but shorter than the extended cut.

The theatrical cut is the "director's cut" of T2. James Cameron has specifically stated this, and that the "special edition cut" (what I was calling the extended edition in my original post) was just made for the fans for home video. This is similar to the Lord Of The Rings films and how Peter Jackson feels about the theatrical vs the extended special editions.
I was just pointing out how even to this day, the "special edition" version of T2 can still erroneously be labeled as the director's cut.

And yes, there is a 3rd version of T2 that was available only as an easter egg on the second DVD release (aka the Ultimate Edition).....that one features one additional scene during the film, and then a terrible future flash forward ending with John as a US Congressman and Linda Hamilton in bad old age makeup....I guess I would call that one the "extended special edition with the alternate ending"....which Cameron has also specifically stated that he very much dislikes!

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T2 is an obvious target for a re-release due to it only having the theatrical cut and leaving out many of the extras. It's also arguably Lionsgate's biggest catalog title.

No doubt, I hope they do it right the second time around....I would want both the theatrical and special edition cuts via seemless branching, and then put the deleted scene and alternate ending from the extended SE as deleted scenes!
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Both are encoded as 7.1 PCM with only 6.1 discrete channels.

It shows 7.1 on my receiver. Are you saying the sixth channel is split into 7 with the actual info just getting duplicated into both surround back channels? I haven't actual listened for discrete sounds for each channel, I just know my receiver is capable of showing 6.1 but it does show 7.1.
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Rambo - H.K / DTS-HD MA 5.1 16-bit, Dolby True HD 16-bit / Slightly higher bit rate encode / No BonusView [Tough choice]
Rambo II, III - U.S - Better PQ

H.K = ?

What are you comparing the US version of Rambo II and III to?

Thanks alot, you've been a huge help to this thread!
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What's the difference between the uncut version of Face/Off and the US release?

I like this thread, nice job Blacklac.
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Great, productive thread... I don't want to throw a wrench in the proceedings, but there may be an argument to be made in cases where the (*cough*) HD-DVD included features/specs that are preferential to current BD releases. For example, Happy Feet with its TrueHD soundtrack, or the Thing with the uncut doc (a =major= extra, rather than simple EPK fluff). Or, take something like Planet Earth, where the OZ version supposedly has the extra disc that includes the diaries, but is region locked (at least, to the best of my recollection, that's the last I heard about the matter.)

Again, I'm not thinking that poluting the above list with DD+ vs DD banter, but in cases where there are major differences (lossless vs. lossy, extended extras such as PiP on 300, etc.) it might make sense to include in this one, helpful, non-political thread.

Hmm, I suppose if there is a truly superior HD DVD version available, it should be added. I guess, if people suggest them, I can add them. Agreed, I will not add them for simply having a DD+ track vs a DD for Blu.

I mean, I personally have Underworld and The Prestige from Japan on HD DVD and they are both AVC and TrueHD, but I have no idea how they compare. They are reference as far as I'm concerned. I will leave it up to everyone if they would like these and others added or not.

However, if we add HD DVD, should it then be put into "HDTV Software Media Discussion"? I'd like to keep the thread here for more exposure.
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Face/Off (Import) features LPCM audio and a better video encode with slightly less DNR than the Paramount version.

so glad i got the japanese import for this, partial thanks to paramount for delaying the release.
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Anybody see Optimum's Evil Dead 2???
DVD Active's review was sparse, is Optimum's release better than Anchor Bay's?
Is it region locked?

The proper setting for sharpness is always0.
Also my Oppo BDP-103D is region free.
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I wish I didn't click on this thread. Urge to import growing....

BTW, what was cut in Casino Royal and Kung Fu Hustle US versions? And sodding hell, I just bought face/off

BTW, is there a list of BR movies exclusive to certain regions?

Wait a sec, DVDcompare says the US version of face/off is uncut...?
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