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I too am interested in the directors cut of Mr & Mrs Smith but i can only play discs with the same region as America and Japan so it would have to match that and i doubt any European releases region match and Fox always region codes ?

Hope Fox release it in America next year as well as the unrated cut of Live Free Die Hard.


French is region free, UK and AUS are locked B. I don't know anything else about them though. Info from Blurayregioncodes.com.
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Anyone know if the Australian Casino Royale Collector's Edition uses the same cut as the Australian standard edition? And, for that matter, if it's also region-free?

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Is the T2 UK BluRay region free?
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Anyone know if the Australian Casino Royale Collector's Edition uses the same cut as the Australian standard edition? And, for that matter, if it's also region-free?

It does, and it is.
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It does, and it is.

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Is the T2 UK BluRay region free?

According to blurayregioncodes.com, it is Region Free.
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American Psycho:

US is uncut, MPEG2 on BD-25.
AUS is uncut, AVC on BD-50, Dolby True HD - Region Free
German is cut, VC-1 on BD-25 with WRONG aspect ratio

The Deer Hunter:

Aus is on BD-50, VC-1, DTS-HDMA - Has both A and B logos on the cover, plays on my A machine.

Not sure on any other releases to compare The Deer Hunter with, I think there is possibly a Swedish release that may be the same anyway.
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American Psycho:

US is uncut, MPEG2 on BD-25.
AUS is uncut, AVC on BD-50, Dolby True HD - Region Free
German is cut, VC-1 on BD-25 with WRONG aspect ratio

The German version really got treated badly.

Has it been confirmed that the Australian version has significantly better video quality than the US release?
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Just got my copies of Total Recall and Terminator 2 from amazon.uk. I only had the SD-DVD on T2 but had the US BD of Total Recall and was very disappointed with it so I'm anxious to see the UK release. I'm a big fan of this movie so even a slight upgrade will make me happy.

How were these compared to the US versions?

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Its hard to say with American Psycho, I don't have the US one to compare. The picture on the Aus one is pretty good though.

The Australian versions of T2 and Total Recall are the same as the UK ones.
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Its hard to say with American Psycho, I don't have the US one to compare. The picture on the Aus one is pretty good though.

Thanks. The Australian version is an easy buy for me anyway, as my US version just so happened to stop playing because of debris stuck in the disc. It's always been there, but just recently became a problem.
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Not sure if this thread is only for BDs that have already been released, but Sony has announced The Punisher ('04) for Feb. 9th in the UK. It will have TrueHD and special features including the alternate opening. It's almost guaranteed to be better than the US Lionsgate release and Sony is always region free, right?
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How were these compared to the US versions?


I've never seen the US T2 release but the UK looks better than I expected. It could be much better but with the bogo I'm glad I got it. Total Recall is much better, again no where near reference or anything but much better than the US release.

I've imported T2, Total Recall, Face Off, The Cave, Running Scared, and The Island and I haven't regretted any of them.

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Not sure if this thread is only for BDs that have already been released, but Sony has announced The Punisher ('04) for Feb. 9th in the UK. It will have TrueHD and special features including the alternate opening. It's almost guaranteed to be better than the US Lionsgate release and Sony is always region free, right?

As far as I know, every one of Sony's catalog releases is all-region.

Is there any word as to whether the UK release will include the extended cut?
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I've never seen the US T2 release but the UK looks better than I expected. It could be much better but with the bogo I'm glad I got it. Total Recall is much better, again no where near reference or anything but much better than the US release.

I've imported T2, Total Recall, Face Off, The Cave, Running Scared, and The Island and I haven't regretted any of them.

Thanks, GenKen!

Sounds like a safe buy.

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ordered El Orfanato AKA The Orphanage Spanish version from Xploitedcinema.com and it has an AVC encode not VC-1 like the U.S. version
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ordered El Orfanato AKA The Orphanage Spanish version from Xploitedcinema.com and it has an AVC encode not VC-1 like the U.S. version

Does it have jaggies like the US? I have the UK release in the mail to me, right now.
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Not that i could tell. I did see some redish purple where it should have been black near the end of the movie which other people reported as well. Still a good looking blu ray.
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Not that i could tell. I did see some redish purple where it should have been black near the end of the movie which other people reported as well. Still a good looking blu ray.

Are the specs I found on the first post correct? PAL extras, DTS-MA 5.1...?
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It would help if i knew Spanish lol, i will check into it as soon as i can
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There are a few threads going around about best versions. I havn't seen what I'm looking for so far, so I decided to ask the forum for answers.

First id the JP version of "Perfume". It states a DolbyTrueHD track, but not revews other than that. Trying to find out if this is better than the German version out there.
http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%91%E3...0330941&sr=1-1

Another is the JP version of "Bound". Amazon/JP states its 108 min. and not the Unrated 109 min. version, can anyone confirm this?
http://www.amazon.co.jp/%E3%83%90%E3...0331560&sr=1-3

Next is the JP version of Johnny Mneumonic. What version is this, theatrical, Japaneese cut or both?
http://www.amazon.co.jp/JM-%E3%82%B9...0331712&sr=1-2

Also curious about the UK double-featur of "Hills have Eyes". They both appear to be region free, I'm just curious if they are the "unrated cut's" availaable in the US or if they are cut?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Hills-Have-E...0331857&sr=1-6

Last but not least is the new "Harry Potter" boxset from the UK. I'm just wanting to know if WB used the slim BD cases on this one. I now have the UK BD and the US versions of the others, but would like a slim boxset of all 5.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Harry-Potter...0331980&sr=1-5

One more I forgot. The "Planet of the Apes" collection from the UK. I'm assuming this is the same crappy package as the Omen collection in the US, but all I'm concerned with if the disc are the same in the UK as the US?
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Planet-Colle...0332094&sr=1-2

So if anyone can answer any of these question, you will help save me a ton of cash.
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I just received a copy of the Japanese Johnny Mnemonic / JM BD from Amazon.co.jp so I'll share the details. First, the disc is labeled as region A/B/C so cheers to that. Though much to my disappointment the version of the film in HD is the US version instead of the Japanese cut. However, the Japanese cut is included on the disc in standard definition as a bonus. The other extras (all in SD) are: a making-of EPK fluff piece, some behind the scenes production footage, a handful of very short cast & crew interviews (including William Gibson), the music video for Stabbing Westwards's "Nothing" and a trailer. Menus are all in Japanese, but with the basic layout there's little trouble with navigation.

Moving on to the technical details, the video encoding is MPEG4-AVC and I'm happy to say that I did not notice any significant compression artifacts, EE or DNR. The picture was sharp throughout and detail was quite good, but the one negative is that there were many instances of specks and dirt. The CG scenes do look especially good and overall the PQ feels as close to seeing the movie in the theater as I can recall. With all the DNR madness of late I have to say that seeing proper film grain again pleases me to no end. Audio on the HD version is TrueHD, but as I lack a compatible receiver I can only comment on the DD shadow and that does sound fine. The BD is a definite improvement on the Superbit release, not to mention the original R1 DVD.

The Japanese cut is presented in 16x9 using MPEG2 with 2.1 DD in both English and Japanese. The picture is very soft and the black level is a bit too high so shadow detail is lacking. Subs are Japanese only and just like the Japanese DVD the additional scenes with Japanese dialogue have no English subs. The quality of this version is slightly higher than the original R1 DVD, but not nearly as good as the Superbit.

With regard to the narrative differences between the two cuts there are many sites that have gone into great detail so I won't waste people's time repeating every alteration here. Having already been a fan of the US version I found the changes in the Japanese cut made that version considerably more enjoyable. Though if you didn't like the movie I'm not sure the Japanese cut will make you a convert.

Bottom line, the Japanese Blu-ray is the best release of Johnny Mnemonic available right now. Not only do you get a nice version of the US cut in HD, but you also get the Japanese cut as a bonus. Having personally tried to acquire a copy of the Japanese DVD to no avail I'm pleased with my purchase despite the price.
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Obviously the same master, just a slight lessening of compression artifacts in the lower bitrate VC-1 vs the MPEG-2. I guess the USA disc is still the one to go for since it's the Director's Cut, is considerably cheaper, and looks practically the same. Plus the German disc is locked to Region B... On the other hand, it actually has extras.








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Again same master just encoded to VC-1 instead of MPEG-2 with added black bars and less compression artifacts. Supposedly this is the Director's Cut but the specs show the same length as the US release. At least this one has extras, in NTSC no less.

Unfortunately the Saw II disc can't be decoded by AnyDVD as of yet so no comparison for that. It's Region B locked anyway.








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Jerry Mcquire and In the line of fire are decent ones.
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Again same master just encoded to VC-1 instead of MPEG-2 with added black bars and less compression artifacts. Supposedly this is the Director's Cut but the specs show the same length as the US release. At least this one has extras, in NTSC no less.

Actually, both cuts of Saw are nearly the same running time. I think the uncut version is about 8 seconds longer, but I remember reading that it was slightly re-edited, not just added scenes.
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Jarhead - Universal

U.S.A / Movie size: 21,42 GB / Disc size: 22,05 GB / Average video bit rate: 15.91 Mbps
Overseas / 35,89 GB / Disc size: 47,47 GB / Average video bit rate: 27.33 Mbps / More extras

The Thing E.U / U.K / AUS / JP Vs. U.S.A -> BD-50 with all extras vs BD-25 with no extras. No confirmation application of DNR on the overseas BD.

Blu-ray : 340
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I watched the French BD of Transporter 2 today. The video is a somewhat low bit-rate AVC encode, but the image quality is a bit better than the US release at the parts I compared later on. There was noticeable macroblocking at some points. The frame rate is exactly 24.00fps (not 23.976), so those with display systems that have trouble with this should know.

The English audio track is DTS-HD HR at 2.0 Mbps.
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I watched the French BD of Transporter 2 today. The video is a somewhat low bit-rate AVC encode, but the image quality is a bit better than the US release at the parts I compared later on. There was noticeable macroblocking at some points. The frame rate is exactly 24.00fps (not 23.976), so those with display systems that have trouble with this should know.

The English audio track is DTS-HD HR at 2.0 Mbps.

If the above is true, then the French BD is not the same encode as the Japanese BD which is encoded at a very high bit rate featuring 16-bit Dolby True HD track and optional subs.

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I should add that the French BD of Transporter 2 does indeed play on Region A players, and the French subtitles are removable. Like the Japanese version, it is uncensored with the blood, increased violence, better CG effects and more of Kate Nauta's goods intact. The extras are in the PAL format, so unmodified Region A players will not be able to access them.

I also noticed that the back cover and some sites claim the English audio track to be DTS-HD MA, but these sources are wrong and the track is in fact DTS-HD HR at 2.0 Mbps.
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