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post #61 of 121
I'd certainly add the following:

The Innocents (UK BFI release) - One of the best films ever made, IMHO, and a great Blu-ray Disc.

A History of Violence (UK EIV release) - Superior PQ to the US New Line version.

The Edge of the World (UK BFI release) - Wonderful!

Dead Man's Shoes (UK Optimum release) - Okay, it's 1080i/50, but it still looks great, and it's a smashing film.

Sexy Beast, East is East, and Shallow Grave (All Channel UK releases) - Some of these are not without issues (Sexy Beast for example is 1080i/24 and has a lossy soundtrack, as well as being open matte 16:9), but they're the best versions available of three great films, and are very cheap - I think you can pick the lot up from Amazon UK for a total of £20.

Steve W
post #62 of 121
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Originally Posted by drvais View Post
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.
Both Valhalla Rising and Centurion have been released in Canada (back in February if I remember correctly).

http://www.amazon.ca/Valhalla-Rising...6340294&sr=8-1
http://www.amazon.ca/Centurion-Blu-r...6340284&sr=8-1
post #63 of 121
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Originally Posted by Pecker View Post

I'd certainly add the following:

The Innocents (UK BFI release) - One of the best films ever made, IMHO, and a great Blu-ray Disc.

Thanks Steve.

I was looking into this disc but found customer comments that this disc has some technical issues (picture break ups, distortion, etc) in many players. One customer surmises that it might have to do with incompatibility with a chip is some (or many?) players.

Here is an example and note the numerous comments below the review>>
http://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RWCWM...#RWCWM8AD75CRE

Can you tell us what blu player you have? If it plays fine on yours, it will allow those with the same player a peace of mind I suppose.
post #64 of 121
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Well, this thread came back from the dead

I just ordered Zulu from Amazon UK.

Just ordered "Z" as well [last night/this mooring]!
Hence, the back-from-the-dead thread.
My 1st a.uk BD order, all so included: "Twister", "Basic Instincts", & "TFotRE".
Unfortunately, "TFotRE" wont have the way cool gold case (French).

Help me spend even MORE $$$; w/other suggestions!!!
post #65 of 121
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Originally Posted by fleaman View Post

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?

It's amazing.
For people ordering zulu it's a dnr mess
post #66 of 121
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Originally Posted by dvdmike007 View Post

For people ordering zulu it's a dnr mess

It's definitely over-scrubbed, but it's still the best looking version of the film available.
post #67 of 121
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Originally Posted by worth View Post

It's definitely over-scrubbed, but it's still the best looking version of the film available.

Yeah, looking at the screenshots of all the different versions, I certainly prefer it over the previous ones by far.

The other version faults/PQ are much worse.

The current UK version looks very nice comparatively.

I mean, check it out (bottom pic is the latest UK blu ray version)>>

Zulu










Here's the link, more pic comparisons>> http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare/zulu.htm
post #68 of 121
Thread Starter 
I should note that only the bottom pic is Blu ray (there is only 1 blu ray version I believe). All the others are DVD's.

But, consider that this film is 45 years old
post #69 of 121
I will take the Blu-ray edition of Zulu, DNR and all, over any prior DVD version. A non-DNRed edition is probably never coming out, so passing on it is foolhardy at best.
post #70 of 121
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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?

The show is good, but you should be aware that it was mastered in 576 SD PAL, so the Blu-ray is upscaled.
post #71 of 121
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The show is good, but you should be aware that it was mastered in 576 SD PAL, so the Blu-ray is upscaled.

Ah, thanks for that!

So I guess the show wasn't broadcasted in HD. Wonder how it was shot?

What are we talking here PQ wise? The best reference DVD quality? Or does it approach blu ray PQ?

This sounds like a deal breaker for me

Maybe BBC america will re-run it at some point (I get BBC in HD).
post #72 of 121
Red Baron
We were soldiers

Both are UK imports with DTS HD MA, while the domestic versions are lossy tracks.
post #73 of 121
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Originally Posted by fleaman View Post

What are we talking here PQ wise? The best reference DVD quality? Or does it approach blu ray PQ?

I haven't seen the BDs, but here are some reviews with screenshots. They don't look good.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...rs_blu-ray.htm
http://www.blu-raydefinition.com/rev...ay-review.html
http://www.blu-raydefinition.com/rev...ay-review.html
post #74 of 121
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Originally Posted by msgohan View Post

I haven't seen the BDs, but here are some reviews with screenshots. They don't look good.

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...rs_blu-ray.htm
http://www.blu-raydefinition.com/rev...ay-review.html
http://www.blu-raydefinition.com/rev...ay-review.html

I have them and while it's unfortunate that they are upscaled, it's that or the DVD's in PAL......they do look quite good though and a lot of the time can be had cheap at Amazon.uk. The show is excellent so no reason not to get them as holding out isn't going to make them go back and do it the right way.
post #75 of 121
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Originally Posted by Htdude14 View Post

Red Baron
We were soldiers

Both are UK imports with DTS HD MA, while the domestic versions are lossy tracks.

Region free or not?
post #76 of 121
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Originally Posted by Maestro J View Post

Region free or not?

Yes, play perfect on my Pioneer BDP-320 and PS3.
post #77 of 121
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Originally Posted by Htdude14 View Post

Red Baron
We were soldiers

Both are UK imports with DTS HD MA, while the domestic versions are lossy tracks.

Isn't there a subtitle issue with "WE WERE SOLDIERS" in the UK / Austrailia?
post #78 of 121
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Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger View Post
I will take the Blu-ray edition of Zulu, DNR and all, over any prior DVD version. A non-DNRed edition is probably never coming out, so passing on it is foolhardy at best.
People were saying the same thing about Patton. Yet thats getting a non-DNR'd release...
post #79 of 121
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Originally Posted by Phantom Stranger View Post

I will take the Blu-ray edition of Zulu, DNR and all, over any prior DVD version. A non-DNRed edition is probably never coming out, so passing on it is foolhardy at best.

It's not "foolhardy" if your sensitive too DNR.
It's not "foolhardy" if your not a fan of the film.
It's not "foolhardy" if you can't find it at a reasonable price (completely personal).
http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7808303
So, at best, there are a few sound reasons to skip this release & not be foolhardy.

[this from someone who spent the $$$ for this release]
post #80 of 121
Is the UK The Innocents region A or region free? I just have a US PS3

Thanks
post #81 of 121
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Originally Posted by BIG ED View Post

It's not "foolhardy" if you can't find it at a reasonable price (completely personal).
http://www.cduniverse.com/productinfo.asp?pid=7808303

It's $12.58 + about $3 shipping from Amazon UK (guessing a bit on ship price as I had a 4 disc godfather collection in the same shipment, which totaled $6.72 shipping), and about 7-10 days to get.

I believe that's were we all get it from.

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Originally Posted by BIG ED View Post

So, at best, there are a few sound reasons to skip this release & not be foolhardy.

Well, at the price mentioned, and the odds that a non-dnr'd blu release is unlikely in the near (if not never) future on this title (Patton was a more known/popular film I would think), I don't see the harm if you genuinely like the film, I mean, what are your choices???
post #82 of 121
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Originally Posted by Dave Mack View Post

Is the UK The Innocents region A or region free? I just have a US PS3

Locked to Region B, unfortunately. A really good release though.
post #83 of 121
Thread Starter 
This link has a list of Blu ray disc region code info's by country>>

http://bluray.liesinc.net/

As an example; If looking at a disc from amazon UK, click on the 'B' region code tab. Will show if region locked or not, etc., if it is listed. Obviously the list is not a complete list.

I'm going to add this to my original post in the beginning of the thread.

Though I still hope this thread focuses more on the discs than whether they'll play in a regular US player or not.
post #84 of 121
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Originally Posted by starman7 View Post

Isn't there a subtitle issue with "WE WERE SOLDIERS" in the UK / Austrailia?

Not that I am aware of. I have not noticed anything and have watched it couple times through, as well as several times with the "Broken Arrow" scene
post #85 of 121
Well, what I bought are not "must-haves," but they are since they are not available in the US!
  1. Raw Deal
  2. Red Sonja
  3. Moonwalker
  4. Gladiator (for the cover)
  5. The Green Mile (for the price)
  6. El Cid
  7. Conan The Barbarian

I would also suggest buying WIlly Wonka for the price in the UK as well.
post #86 of 121
Dances With Wolves UK is a must-have, IMO. Great quality, the real version of the film, and dirt cheap.
post #87 of 121
Strevlac praises a Warner release?

I think my heart stopped there.
post #88 of 121
Raw Deal on Blu-ray! Is it region free, what are the spec's, what does it look & sound like and where can you get it? I love old Arnold action movies and have been waiting for Raw Deal. Thank you for the heads up and the info.
post #89 of 121
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Originally Posted by Severen View Post

Raw Deal on Blu-ray! Is it region free, what are the spec's, what does it look & sound like and where can you get it? I love old Arnold action movies and have been waiting for Raw Deal. Thank you for the heads up and the info.

Of course it's region free, I am in the US! It is 180P, but the trailer must be in the PAL format since that won't play. Thhe other features will play in HD. The quailty is a lot better than you might expect. It is better than the 48 Hrs. Blu-Ray. It is very good. The sound is what it si. Not great, not too bad.

Get it from Amazon UK. I would order more than this since it is almost a waste to order just one item. Conan will not arrive until July. It seems as if the UK has the bottom of the barrel Arnold films. I had not seen Raw Deal since it was shown a lot on cable back in the 80's, and all I could recall was the final bar shootout scene. Now I know why, that was the bulk of the action! Still a must have for the Anorld collection.

FYI, Red Sonja looks even better! While the film may not be a masterpiece, the picture quality on that one looks as if it were filmed yesterday! Very clean, clear and highly detailed!
post #90 of 121
The UK Red Heat is also free of the DNR that plagues the US release. Tested it on my US PS3 a while back, works fine.
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