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post #31 of 121
Another big vote for Pontypool!

Sleepy Hollow - Japan
The Cave - Japan
Payback (Theatrical Cut) - UK
Running Scared - Germany
Blade II - Canada
Just Friends - Canada
The Goonies - UK
The Descent - AUS
post #32 of 121
T2 -premium edition (Japan)
The Crow (Japan)
Casino Royale- Deluxe Edition (Australia) *out of print*
P2 (UK)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (UK)
Happy Feet (UK)
Phantom of the Opera (Japan)
Red Dragon (UK)
Hannibal (UK)
post #33 of 121
The Double Life of Veronique (UK)
Picnic at Hanging Rock (Australia)
Lust, Caution (Korea)
Amelie (Australia)
The Crow (Japan)
Ashes of Time Redux (UK)
The Company of Wolves (UK)
Transformers the Movie (1986) (UK) A childhood favorite.
Avalon (2000) (Japan)
Downfall (UK) Lossy audio.
The Elephant Man (UK)
Belle de Jour (UK)
Thirst (UK) Upcoming release in Korea may be better.
Sunrise (UK) Quite impressive for a silent film.
Bound (Japan)
Pulp Fiction
Scream (Australia) Not the director's cut, but still destroys the DVD.
Ghost in the Shell (1995) (Japan) Not stellar, but much better than the version of the original included on the US version.
Let the Right One In (UK) Includes commentary.
post #34 of 121
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Originally Posted by geekyglassesgirl View Post

while it is not region locked, the australian version of american psycho released by sony is much, much better than the one released by lionsgate in north america.

It still has it's issues, but it's still better. My own personal reviews for the pq thread has the lionsgate version at tier 3.5 while the aussie version is more around tier 2.25.

If you love this movie and do not want to wait for them to ever re-encode this film, the aussie version is definitely the way to go.

+1
post #35 of 121
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Originally Posted by win200 View Post

NEVERENDING STORY, for instance, can be had for about $11 shipped.

Where?
post #36 of 121
Thread Starter 
It's $9.94 from amazon uk....

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Neverending-...5581289&sr=8-1

Note that the prices shown include VAT which is deducted only once you get into checkout (we of course don't pay VAT).

The shipping costs are usually around $1 a disc when you order a few titles.
post #37 of 121
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Originally Posted by ZenAmako View Post

Let the Right One In (UK) Includes commentary.

...and the deleted scenes are in HD instead of SD.
post #38 of 121
Strange Days (German) - Not available in US and great movie by Bigelow.
post #39 of 121
Another vote for the U.K. release of Almost Famous.
post #40 of 121
Can anyone suggest a good retailer for the Australian titles?
post #41 of 121
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Originally Posted by win200 View Post

Can anyone suggest a good retailer for the Australian titles?

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/
post #42 of 121
Thread Starter 
Anyone have any experience with Hot Fuzz UK version?

I ask 'cos Amazon USA just dropped their price to $9.99

And for that matter, the UK Shaun of the dead?
post #43 of 121
As a result of this thread, I just ordered Bound from amazon.co.jp. Geez, even for the Japanese that's an expensive disc (almost $50).

However, as I love this film and it's never been given decent treatment even on DVD here in the US, I'm fine with paying it.
post #44 of 121
Confucius - great cinematography, a biopic of his political life war torn feudal China.

14 Blades - stars Donnie Yen and Vicky Zhao (Mulan), action film, fantasy weaponry in traditional setting
post #45 of 121
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Woodstock (UK, Blu-ray) - The UK version is way cheaper from amazon.co.uk than the US ultimate collector's box set. While you lose the other accessories in the box, the UK version has all special features on the second disc from both the Amazon and Target exclusive versions that were releases in the US. If you want all of the bonus performances, this import is a must.

With Woodstock (Germany, Blu-Ray) you get the same, but with the collector's box and the complete bonus material.

http://www.amazon.de/exec/obidos/asin/B00284AJ7U/
post #46 of 121
Thread Starter 
Wow, I've never seen a collector box quite like that before

(you have to click on the link to see)
post #47 of 121
Control (German Blu-Ray)

About the lead singer of Joy Division: Ian Curtis. Directed by Anton Corbijn, its in Black and white and beatifully done. Region free!

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...ol_blu-ray.htm
post #48 of 121
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Originally Posted by drvais View Post

As a result of this thread, I just ordered Bound from amazon.co.jp. Geez, even for the Japanese that's an expensive disc (almost $50).

However, as I love this film and it's never been given decent treatment even on DVD here in the US, I'm fine with paying it.

Should have gotten the French version. It's region free and only 11 Euros (about $13). France also has a good region free disc of La Haine. And Running Scared has a great German release.

Some good region free discs from the UK I haven't seen mentioned:

All the Boys Love Mandy Lane
Basically anything from the BFI
The Boys From Brazil
Cinema Paradiso
City Girl
City of the Living Dead
Creation
Days of Glory
Erin Brockovich
Flame and Citron
Funny Games
Great Expectations
Hidden (Caché)
I'm A Cyborg
I'm Not There
Import Export
The Italian Job (original)
Junebug
Kamikaze Girls
Katyn
Looking for Eric
Mad Detective
Man on Wire
Maria Full of Grace
Once
Paranoid Park
The Red Balloon
The Rules of Attraction
Sophie Scholl
Stardust
Tokyo Sonata
The Tudors seasons 1-3
Une femme mariée
Zulu

Chinese imports I have:
As Tears Go By
Days of Being Wild
Election
Election 2
Exiled
Infernal Affairs Trilogy
Lust, Caution

Korean:
The Good, the Bad, the Weird
Haeundae
Memories of Murder
Mother
Tazza: The High Rollers
Thirst (coming out next week)
Welcome to Dongmakgol

And from Canada I have Bon Cop Bad Cop, Defendor, and Passchendaele, all of which are actually decent releases by Alliance.


Always looking for good new imports though so let's keep this thread going
post #49 of 121
Thread Starter 
People, lots of suggestions, that is great

But please try to mention WHY the import is better over the USA disc.

Price?
Picture quality?
Editing?
Other?

Thanks.....
post #50 of 121
None of the titles I listed above have US releases, with the exception of City of the Living Dead and Haeundae. Mother and The Good, The Bad, The Weird have also been announced for US release, and Stardust will probably be along soon as well.
post #51 of 121
The Piano (Australia)
Arn - The knight templar (Australia)
Asterix and the vikings (France - English friendly)
The Bear (Jean-Jaques Annaud - France)
Quest for fire (Jean-Jaques Annaud - France)
JCVD (UK - better extras)
Johnny Mnemonic (Japan - Includes the Japanese edit as an SD extra)
Tomb Raider 2 (Germany)
Phantom of the opera (Japan - Only release with lossless (Dolby TrueHD and PCM).)
post #52 of 121
post #53 of 121
Thread Starter 
Quote:

I guess I prefer the less image noise of the US version.
post #54 of 121
Thread Starter 
Bump into July
post #55 of 121
Just pre-ordered Centurion from amazon.co.uk after watching the trailer on Apple's site. It won't be released in US theaters until 27 Aug, but the UK BD is available starting 16 Aug. I've searched around and found mostly positive reviews for it.

Nice, huh?

Also, I found Valhalla Rising already available on BD at amazon.co.uk, and that one has just be released in US theaters.
post #56 of 121
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Originally Posted by ambientcafe View Post

Dances W/Wolves (UK BD)

Are the German & UK the same?
post #57 of 121
Thread Starter 
Well, this thread came back from the dead

I just ordered Zulu & The Godfather collection from Amazon UK.

Both are cheaper that way, even including shipping. Zulu especially since it still isn't released here yet I don't think (avail through one of amazon's merchants, but not from amazon US stock).

Also got touching the void and almost famous last year from amazon uk (neither were avail on blu here in the US).

Oh, and Fringe season one last year. It was just much cheaper @ amazon UK for some strange reason.
post #58 of 121
Thread Starter 
I'm considering the UK version of the TV series 'Life on Mars'. Never seen it (other than the US TV series version), but might take a chance.

Anyone seen it?
post #59 of 121
Pan's Labyrinth:

UK version is generally considered to have a better transfer for PQ, with less DNR than the US version, though audio is only DD5.1:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Pans-Labyrin...6313330&sr=8-2
(Region free)

US version is lacking in PQ, but has DTS-HD MA audio:
http://www.amazon.com/Pans-Labyrinth...6313500&sr=8-1
(Region free)

The version included in the Guillermo Del Toro Collection (UK) has the DNR-free picture *and* the lossless audio:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Guillermo-De...6312830&sr=8-2
(Region B locked)
post #60 of 121
I just ordered THE FOG and THEY LIVE from Amazon UK. I'll receive both when They Live gets released there in September.

I read The Fog's transfer is less than spectacular, but it's not been released here in the States at all.
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