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I discovered that Koyaanisqatsi is being released on BD in Germany on Jan 13th.

http://www.amazon.de/Koyaanisqatsi-B...84266&s=dvd-de

There doesn't seem to be any mention of the region coding for this title (don't speak German; thank goodness for Google Translate).

Anyone know if this is region free? I also wonder how good the transfer will look.

I'd love to have this as well as Naqoyqatsi on BD and keep hoping we will see these released in the US.

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What I could find on German sites says it's region B only.
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Koch is usually region B.

The proper setting for sharpness is always0.
Also my Oppo BDP-103D is region free.
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What I could find on German sites says it's region B only.

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Koch is usually region B.



Thanks for the info.

I guess I'll just have to keep waiting for a US release.

Perhaps next time I get a BD player I'll look for one that's easy to make region free for DVD and BD (my Oppo 980H DVD player is region free, but my Pioneer 320 BD player is not).

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I have a PS3...is it region free???

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I have a PS3...is it region free???

My guess would be no. I've not seen any BD players sold in the US that come region free. You can purchase some players that have been modified to be region free, or in some cases, buy a kit to make your player region free.

You might do a search, or check out the PS3 thread, to see if some kind of region free mod is available for the PS3. Just make sure if you find one that it makes it region free for BDs; some mods only offer region free for DVDs, but not BDs.

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I've had this BD for a while. It's Region B locked. Worth getting a Region Free player for though! It's FANTASTIC!
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I've had this BD for a while. It's Region B locked. Worth getting a Region Free player for though! It's FANTASTIC!

While very tempting, I just don't buy enough DVDs/BDs from other regions to justify buying another BD player. Out of the 450+ titles I own (DVD and BD), only 2 (DVDs) are locked to another region (I use my Oppo 980H for those).

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Reggio said about a million years ago (ok, it was 2008) that Criterion would be reissuing the entire trilogy. No word on it since, so either they're taking their time with it or he misspoke.
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I need to order this asap...

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Remastered in High Definition.

Erm, sure..?

OK, those shots look anything but HD.

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OK, those shots look anything but HD.

They look HD but not newly scanned from the camera negative. It can look better.
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this movie was never really an optical master piece when it comes to image quality, even when it was first released.

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I think I prefer the framing of the director's open matte DVD: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcom...aanisqatsi.htm

Here are two frames comparing to Giger's shots. The widescreen version doesn't just crop top and bottom, but also a small amount from both sides.


(mark towards the bottom of the moon present on both the 4:3 and the Blu-ray)

More importantly, someone on Blu-ray.com has indicated that the soundtrack is pitched-down on the German release.
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bluray looks better than HDNET cap
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I watched it. Sharpness is uneven as in the original photography. I saw no DNR or sharpening issues. The main problem this transfer shows are dirt and instability. Tons of speckles, dirt and sometimes scratches in some sequences (mostly the nature/cloud footage in the beginning). The archival material is scratched etc., of course, as it has always been in this film. The transfer has too much gate weave and a few times serious jumping.
The film needs some restoration and digital clean up from a new, more stable scan of the negative to look its best on Blu Ray. As it is it's superior to the 2 DVDs (MGM and IRE) but falling short considerably of what it could look like.
The sound of this now 30 year old film in DTS-MA 5.1 is ok but it does sound dated and could do with a new remix to improve fidelity.
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I think I prefer the framing of the director's open matte DVD: http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/dvdcom...aanisqatsi.htm

Here are two frames comparing to Giger's shots. The widescreen version doesn't just crop top and bottom, but also a small amount from both sides.


(mark towards the bottom of the moon present on both the 4:3 and the Blu-ray)

More importantly, someone on Blu-ray.com has indicated that the soundtrack is pitched-down on the German release.

Any idea if the Director's Premium Edition released by IRE on DVD version is available for purchase anywhere?

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Sadly, it isn't.
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Sadly, it isn't.

Thanks for the info.

I did a little searching and found when it was available it cost $180. Too rich for my blood.

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As far as Powaqqatsi is concerned it's cleaner and rather stable. If the transfer were cleaned up I would recommend it. As it is it's still too dirty at times compared to the standards we are used to now, we DI spoilt brats.
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Thanks for the info.


I did a little searching and found when it was available it cost $180.
Too rich for my blood.

It's available "online" for the same price as air.
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Region-Free Bluray/DVD players are not expensive I paid $130.00 for the Toshiba and it plays all regions A, B, C as well as all DVD regions. Allowed me to purchase many Bluray titles not available or not yet available, Alexander the Great, 1492, El Cid, Strike Back (UK Release very inexpensive for seasons 1 & 2) and many more either Region B or 1080i/50.
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Region-Free Bluray/DVD players are not expensive I paid $130.00 for the Toshiba and it plays all regions A, B, C as well as all DVD regions. Allowed me to purchase many Bluray titles not available or not yet available, Alexander the Great, 1492, El Cid, Strike Back (UK Release very inexpensive for seasons 1 & 2) and many more either Region B or 1080i/50.

Thanks for the tip.smile.gif

In my case, looking at my purchase history of out of region DVDs (very, very few), its just not worth it to me to buy another player to watch a couple of out of region BD titles.

Heck, I don't have enough time to watch all the in region BD titles I do have.wink.gif

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It's certainly not worth it for these titles, unless the upcoming Criterion versions are abominable botchjobs.
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It's certainly not worth it for these titles, unless the upcoming Criterion versions are abominable botchjobs.
Have "upcoming Criterion versions" been confirmed, or is it still wishful thinking at this point?
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Have "upcoming Criterion versions" been confirmed, or is it still wishful thinking at this point?

I also would like to know.

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Mentioned by Reggio at a screening several years ago and most likely confirmed in a recent newsletter clue (nobody has proposed a plausible alternative). Reggio also has a placeholder page on their site.
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So if the IRE DVD that was available through koyaanisqatsi.org was framed at 1.33:1 and this disc is considered the director's preferred version, does that also mean Reggio prefers the 1.33:1 framing for this film?

Wasn't the film originally framed at 1.85:1 when shown theatrically?
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Reggio also has a placeholder page on their site.
Best evidence yet. Thanks for that! cool.gif
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