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I had read somewhere (I don't remember where) that the UK Blu-Ray for Terminator 2 by Optimum (Skynet Edition) had better PQ than the American equivalent and was playable on a Region A player. So I went to the trouble of importing it. After it arrived and I put it in my player I only then discovered it was Region B locked. Is there a non-American Blu-Ray of Terminator 2 that has PQ that is better than the American Blu-Ray, one that IS playable on a Region A player for certain?!

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post #1232 of 1368
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Originally Posted by m_burlock View Post
I had read somewhere (I don't remember where) that the UK Blu-Ray for Terminator 2 by Optimum (Skynet Edition) had better PQ than the American equivalent and was playable on a Region A player. So I went to the trouble of importing it. After it arrived and I put it in my player I only then discovered it was Region B locked. Is there a non-American Blu-Ray of Terminator 2 that has PQ that is better than the American Blu-Ray, one that IS playable on a Region A player for certain?!
There's a comparison between the Skynet Edition and the original US blu-ray and UK HD DVD here. The Skynet Edition is the worst looking, no matter where you purchase it. What you need is the Studio Canal/Optimum first blu-ray version which replicates the HD DVD and is DNR-free. It's available in France as a 2-Disc Set (disc 1 contains the Director's Cut and plays in Region A; disc 2 has the Theatrical Cut and is Region B locked). It's available at Amazon France : http://www.amazon.fr/Terminator-2-Ju...uct/B001BSH1QQ.
post #1233 of 1368
Both cuts are region free on the JP release: http://www.amazon.co.jp/dp/B003DNJ2NW/
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Thanks folks!
post #1235 of 1368
I'm trying to locate any region code info for two blu-rays....

Operation Desert from Germany

Ultimate Patrol from France

These are apparently the same movie which was called 'The Objective' in the U.S. and I would greatly appreciate any assistance!
post #1236 of 1368
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Originally Posted by m_burlock View Post

I had read somewhere (I don't remember where) that the UK Blu-Ray for Terminator 2 by Optimum (Skynet Edition) had better PQ than the American equivalent and was playable on a Region A player. So I went to the trouble of importing it. After it arrived and I put it in my player I only then discovered it was Region B locked. Is there a non-American Blu-Ray of Terminator 2 that has PQ that is better than the American Blu-Ray, one that IS playable on a Region A player for certain?!

This is the one you want. It's region A and B, and it's dirt cheap on Play.com :-)
post #1237 of 1368
Anybody happen to know whether the UK "The Fourth Kind" (Entertainment) and "Time Bandits" (Optimum) happen to be region free?
post #1238 of 1368
Time Bandits is locked, dunno about the other one.
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Time Bandits is locked, dunno about the other one.

Thanks -- I looked through the "Entertainment in Video" offerings in the region chart and although most were locked, I saw three that weren't. Didn't investigate closely, but it seemed like it was the newer titles that were region free, in which case there's still hope for "The Fourth Kind".
post #1240 of 1368
Is it safe to import from them or, should I suspend any pacific product purchases for the foreseeable future?
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Is it safe to import from them or, should I suspend any pacific product purchases for the foreseeable future?

Lol, are you kidding?
You do know that there is about the same amount of radiation from the flight carrying it than from any "fallout"
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Is it safe to import from them or, should I suspend any pacific product purchases for the foreseeable future?

I wouldn't worry about it from a safety standpoint...

But a lot of companies probably are unable to do business. Which surely is a double-whammy to them right now... as they could certainly use an influx of cash from business-as-usual to help fund all the rescue, clean-up, and rebuilding... but many companies are crippled and can't do normal business right now.
post #1243 of 1368
How's the PQ on the French Blu-Ray of Suspiria from Wild Side Video?
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How's the PQ on the French Blu-Ray of Suspiria from Wild Side Video?

You can judge for yourself: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showp...postcount=2970. Caps 1,2,5,6 match Whiggles' & caps 3,4,7,12 match Beaver's.

It looks "somewhere" between the UK, Italian and Japanese releases. Most of the times it looks slightly more natural but some sequences look more overblown (see captures 7 & 12). The good thing is there are no DNR or combing artifacts to be found.
post #1245 of 1368
Its still region A, but wondering if the PQ/AQ are entirely the same, or should I expect some difference?
post #1246 of 1368
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Its still region A, but wondering if the PQ/AQ are entirely the same, or should I expect some difference?
Yeah, all the time and the quality varies sometime in different region releases. If your intererested in a foreign title you should check sites such as dvdcompare or bluray.com. to see which version has what or if PQ/AQ is better on the domestic or foreign release of a specific title. I suggest checking out DDDhouse for Asian releases. They actually have better prices than Yesasia but Yesasia has a bigger selection. Stay away from HKflix; their known to carry bootlegs.
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Stay away from HKflix; their known to carry bootlegs.

Last I heard they closed shop and ran.
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Last I heard they closed shop and ran.
More info. about that.



http://forum.dvdtalk.com/store-forum...site-down.html
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Originally Posted by mrhan View Post

yeah, all the time and the quality varies sometime in different region releases. If your intererested in a foreign title you should check sites such as dvdcompare or bluray.com. To see which version has what or if pq/aq is better on the domestic or foreign release of a specific title. I suggest checking out dddhouse for asian releases. They actually have better prices than yesasia but yesasia has a bigger selection. Stay away from hkflix; their known to carry bootlegs.

thanks man!
post #1250 of 1368
The Eagles Farewell on blu?
I have the HD DVD which I love. Been waiting for a blu version but never knew there was a blu version. Found this while searching around. Is this legal??? Who wants to be the guniea pig and order one to find out what the quality is..

http://www.eeshops.com/bluray-the-ea...ne-p-2836.html
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Originally Posted by tienvg View Post

The Eagles Farewell on blu?
I have the HD DVD which I love. Been waiting for a blu version but never knew there was a blu version. Found this while searching around. Is this legal??? Who wants to be the guniea pig and order one to find out what the quality is..

http://www.eeshops.com/bluray-the-ea...ne-p-2836.html

I seriously doubt that...
post #1252 of 1368
I really wanna buy this, but the back cover scan says it's region B. I didn't find anything about this movie here on the forums, or anywhere else. Can anyone confirm wheither it's region locked or not?
post #1253 of 1368
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Little Dorrit
From the BBC UK:
http://www.bbcshop.com/blu-ray/littl...nvt/bbcbd0100/
E-mailed them to ask if it is region-free, as someone outlined in a IMDB post.

Shot with a digital-cinema Arri D-21 camera, AIUI, so shouldn't involve some dingy-print telecine--although as I recall the PBS broadcast (or elsewhere?) they seemed to have bled/filtered most of the color from it, excluding some supposed Italian locales.-- John

EDIT: BBCshop version, from e-mail, will be Europe only region coded. They suggest contacting http://www.bbcamericashop.com/help/contact-us_us.html . I left an E-mail request for a US (region 1) version. Calling BBCamerica didn't help; they can't log disc requests, apparently. EDIT2: Left Blu-ray Region-1 request, on signup link, at Amazon.com after Dorrit movie search.

Noticed Amazon (UK) has finally added a region-free copy of the 7-Emmy-winning Little Dorrit. European sites have listed only Region B from the Aug '10 introduction, until now. ( http://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Dorri.../dp/B003QP2TYQ )

Ordered a copy yesterday and added in a copy of the Blu-ray, "Bleak House," another Dickens story. -- John

EDIT: So far the supposed region-free Amazon.co.UK Little Dorrit won't play on my Sony PS3. Box only lists 1080i as the 4-disc feature format.

EDIT2: Returned 2 Entertain's Dorrit and Bleak House sets, labeled 1080i (on the boxes), and temporairly advertised (a few months) as region free, back to Amazon UK for a credited refund. Ads should have mentioned they're (presumably) 1080/50i Blu-rays so region-A-only player owners could avoid buying.
post #1254 of 1368
Apologies to anybody looking forward to picking up Carpenter's new ghost story when it hits Blu-ray in the UK in a couple of weeks - but thanks to Home Cinema Choice magazine, it's been delayed until October 10 so that they can sort out a pretty major aspect ratio issue on the review discs that were sent out recently. The full story can be found here if anybody wants to know more.
post #1255 of 1368
My first import, a supposed region-free 4-disc Blu-ray BBC-production of "Little Dorrit," doesn't want to play from my Sony PS3 (blank screen). Are there any good clues on packaging about region-free discs? The Little Dorrit box only says the feature is 1080i 16X9 and the 44-min featurette is SD 16X9. No mention of region free. If Amazon.co.UK foisted off a 1080/50i encoding it wouldn't work on US PS3s. As mentioned just above, European sites have listed Dorrit as region B since August '10 until a few weeks ago, then Amazon UK started ads for a region-free version, also mentioned on my invoice. -- John
post #1256 of 1368
FYI Judge Dredd is coming out in France June 8th, and has a Warner cover... probably not region locked.
post #1257 of 1368
Do you guys know if the current german version of Matrix Reloaded (don't know if there have been others - but it's the single disk, not any of the trilogy box sets) is region B or ABC? There's no info on the back cover.

Thanks,

VMat
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Do you guys know if the current german version of Matrix Reloaded (don't know if there have been others - but it's the single disk, not any of the trilogy box sets) is region B or ABC? There's no info on the back cover.

Thanks,

VMat

I don't see a German edition here: http://bluray.liesinc.net/index.php?region=b, but all the other region B Matrix films shown have been region free.

-Bill
post #1259 of 1368
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Originally Posted by wmcclain View Post

I don't see a German edition here: http://bluray.liesinc.net/index.php?region=b, but all the other region B Matrix films shown have been region free.

-Bill

Thanks, Bill! My cousin is in Germany now, I'm thinking if I should ask him to pick one up for me (or if I should wait for someone who could pick it up in the US).

Anyway, if somebody else does have a german edition and would like to confirm it's region-free, that would be great.

Thanks a lot,

VMat
post #1260 of 1368
I searched... but didn't find anything...

Is there a BD of The Royal Tenenbaums available from anywhere?

Thanks
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