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Harlock - Space Pirate - 3D - Dutch Import (UK IMPORT) Blu-Ray NEW

For those of you interested in Harlock 3D, rarewaves at Ebay has a couple of new copies for sale for $12.34 each. It appears to be region B. That is less than it would cost me to rent it.

Too bad I don't have a region B or region free player. I bought one on ebay recently, but it turned out to be region A, not region free as advertised.
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For those of you interested in Harlock 3D, rarewaves at Ebay has a couple of new copies for sale for $12.34 each. It appears to be region B. That is less than it would cost me to rent it.

Too bad I don't have a region B or region free player. I bought one on ebay recently, but it turned out to be region A, not region free as advertised.
Which one did you get? I've read that the Australian and Twighlight Times collectors editions are the only ones with English dubs and the TT one is definitely region free. I'd prefer Region A, but can get away with region B if I have too. Definitely want English dubs for a 3d movie...

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Which one did you get? I've read that the Australian and Twighlight Times collectors editions are the only ones with English dubs and the TT one is definitely region free. I'd prefer Region A, but can get away with region B if I have too. Definitely want English dubs for a 3d movie...
I have not bought Harlock yet.
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I have not bought Harlock yet.
Ah, I misread your post thinking you bought a Region A Harlock. My bad.

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Ah, I misread your post thinking you bought a Region A Harlock. My bad.
Yes, I was talking about the supposedly region-free bluray player I bought, which turned out not to be region free at all, not the movie.

That particular Harlock movie for sale on Ebay is region B only, I believe. That is one of the reasons I did not buy it.
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Amazon.de has a 5 for 3 promotion, including 3D blurays. I got 15 disks, for average $8.50 each.
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Amazon.de has a 5 for 3 promotion, including 3D blurays. I got 15 disks, for average $8.50 each.
How do you know if you will get a disc that works well in English-speaking household? And are they generally region-free like amazon.co.uk?
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Amazon.de has a 5 for 3 promotion, including 3D blurays. I got 15 disks, for average $8.50 each.
could not see any Region 3D. missing something?
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My equipment is region free, we are polylingual, and I picked mostly porn, so it does not matter.

Seriously, I picked ones which are originally in English, and take it for granted that they have the original soundtrack.
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could not see any Region 3D. missing something?


Type "3D"
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I did not filter them, as there are also 4K disks in the promotion, for anyone interested.
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How do you know if you will get a disc that works well in English-speaking household? And are they generally region-free like amazon.co.uk?
Most of them say what languages are included in the details along with region (switch your language to English at the top near your account). If not, sometimes they have a picture of the back of the case that can tell you. Then there's the last ditch effort of searching reviews- few of which are in English, or they can be translated directly on the Amazon page.

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Just skip The Mermaid steelbook as that only has German and original language track/subtitles. I learn the hard way when I got my copy 2 weeks ago. Sadly I also own most of the 3D discs on sale

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The Hong Kong release of THE MERMAID has an English Subtitles option and is relatively inexpensive online.
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4/5 movies I was going to buy didn't have the English track so it didn't work out for me.
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ParaNorman

I bought the ParaNorman 3D bluray at Big Lots yesterday, for $5, thanks to a tip in this thread.

This was the end of a long, twisted journey, that started when I tried to buy this same film (used) for the same price at decluttr (AKA Entertainment Magpie Inc. or Estocks) on Ebay earlier this month.

Problems started when the order details didn't match the item description in the original listing.

Then, I received no shipment notice. Then, it didn't show up on the date when it was supposed to (May 10).

On May 24, I requested a refund when it still had not arrived in my mailbox. The issue notices from Ebay listed two or three different prices for this item.

I got the refund a few days ago (for the correct price). So, no harm done.

I ended up finding the same movie, for the same price (not counting tax) at both Big Lots, and at a pawn shop yesterday.
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This was the end of a long, twisted journey, that started when I tried to buy this same film (used) for the same price at decluttr (AKA Entertainment Magpie Inc. or Estocks) on Ebay earlier this month.

Problems started when the order details didn't match the item description in the original listing.

Then, I received no shipment notice. Then, it didn't show up on the date when it was supposed to (May 10).
Decluttr makes money by selling stuff, often used media, for cheap but rather slow. I think they use shipping methods like DHL e-commerce shipping which uses DHL+USPS and takes a long time, doesn't get tracking info for days, etc. The key when buying from those super cheap stores on ebay is to be patient because it's going to take a while.

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Decluttr makes money by selling stuff, often used media, for cheap but rather slow. I think they use shipping methods like DHL e-commerce shipping which uses DHL+USPS and takes a long time, doesn't get tracking info for days, etc. The key when buying from those super cheap stores on ebay is to be patient because it's going to take a while.
I am very familiar with Decluttr. I have bought lots of movies from Decluttr over the years. This is the first one that is a no show. I'm not sure if it was ever shipped in the first place. I think there was a problem with Decluttr's handling of the order. I ordered it on May 2, it is now June 3. I've ordered stuff from Europe and Japan that arrived a lot faster than that.

I suppose it is possible it could still show up, but if you are betting it will, that is not a wise bet. For one thing, it is not uncommon for our mailman to put somebody else's mail in our mail box, so my movie could have ended up being delivered to someone else.

A year ago, a similar thing happened with a Canadian seller on Ebay. I bought the Captain America 3D blu ray boxed set. It never showed up. Similar to the current purchase, there was no package tracking and no message from the seller when, or if, it had been shipped. I got a refund and ordered it again from another Ebay seller, and that one did show up.

I have bought lots of movies and other stuff on Ebay. Most of the time, it works as it should. But sometimes, things go wrong. This is one of those times.
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Decluttr makes money by selling stuff, often used media, for cheap but rather slow. I think they use shipping methods like DHL e-commerce shipping which uses DHL+USPS and takes a long time, doesn't get tracking info for days, etc. The key when buying from those super cheap stores on ebay is to be patient because it's going to take a while.
Ordered Avatar 3D from Decluttr a couple days ago and received the tracking number the following day. It is coming UPS Mail Innovations with a 10 day delivery estimate.
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Too bad I don't have a region B or region free player. I bought one on ebay recently, but it turned out to be region A, not region free as advertised.
Just to be clear, there's no such thing as a region-free Blu-Ray player in the same sense that there were region-free DVD players. Region-locked BDs can and do "insist" that the player only support the region that the disc is for.

There are region-selectable Blu-Ray players. You have to manually select the region (A B or C) that the locked disc is expecting, prior to inserting the disc.

I mention this just in case there is some confusion about that. If your player is only playing region A discs, it could be because you have a Region A player, or in a region-selectable player it could be that you just need to select the proper region.
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Just to be clear, there's no such thing as a region-free Blu-Ray player in the same sense that there were region-free DVD players. Region-locked BDs can and do "insist" that the player only support the region that the disc is for.

There are region-selectable Blu-Ray players. You have to manually select the region (A B or C) that the locked disc is expecting, prior to inserting the disc.
I tried the selection methods I found online for the region free version of the player I bought, such as using numbers on the remote to select different regions (such as pressing number 2 for region B). Didn't work. If selectability was the problem, I would have gotten it to work.

In my correspondence with the seller, I found out that he did not know anything about the regional capabilities of the player he sold me.

The explanation for what happened is simple. It was an honest mistake by the seller. He simply used the wrong product description. It was a simple cut and paste description mistake from Amazon.com, combined with ignorance about zones. It was a case of a price too good to be true, and I should have been more careful.

In fact, I did find the product description for the region free version of this player at Amazon.com and it was word for word what he used in the Ebay sale, complete with the ABC image. Reading the description at Amazon.com cloesely, it turns out that Amazon's description is actually for a different model than the one shown, so Amazon got the description wrong as well.

If you shop for a region free players (or multi-zone or multi-region or ABC region players) long enough, you'll run across many instances of items with incorrect descriptions.

I have seen similar description issues for 3D blu ray movies, especially when it comes to zone-locked discs. I recently wound up with another 3D anaglyph movie recently that fooled me.

Anyway, I don't have the player anymore. After testing it, I sent it back and got my money back, minus the shipping cost. Lesson learned.

Next time, I am probably going to get the iVid BD780, or some converted player from one of those online sellers who specialize in multi-zone products.

Presumably, the sellers of multi-zone blu ray players (such as the one that charges you an extra $40 for the blu ray player ABC conversion) know what the heck they are selling.
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Ordered Avatar 3D from Decluttr a couple days ago and received the tracking number the following day. It is coming UPS Mail Innovations with a 10 day delivery estimate.
Good to know.

I checked into my Decluttr history, and could not find tracking numbers for my previous purchases, but I did find a previous shipping notice from Decluttr. There was no shipping notice for the disc I mentioned here that never showed up, just a delivery estimate.

Also, thanks to a tip from another AVS forum user, I have now signed up for USPS informed delivery service. This free service gives me a much better idea about my upcoming mail.

I especially like the emails I get informing me about packages and other mail and when I can expect delivery of them. There is also a handy button in the emails to start the process for reporting lost mail.
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Next time, I am probably going to get the iVid BD780, or some converted player from one of those online sellers who specialize in multi-zone products.

Presumably, the sellers of multi-zone blu ray players (such as the one that charges you an extra $40 for the blu ray player ABC conversion) know what the heck they are selling.
Good plan, that is what I did.

I got a Sony x700 which is a bit of a do-it-all. DVD region free, BD region selectable, PAL, NTSC, 3DBD, 4K UHD, Dolby ATMOS, DTS:X, HDR10, Dolby Vision, and streaming apps. It even does SACD, which I'm not really into, but I bought a couple of multi-channel albums just to hear them in a surround sound mix.

The main point was to enjoy region locked 3D titles, but it's nice to have a single disc player capable of doing everything.
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How do you know if you will get a disc that works well in English-speaking household? And are they generally region-free like amazon.co.uk?
It's hard to tell for sure, but it looks to me like the German disc has German audio and German subs. No English dubs or subs.

Similar problem for the $12 one on Ebay, which looks like a Dutch disc.

I think I'm just going to rent this title. It doesn't look like the sort of thing I'd want to watch more than once anyway.
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Beauty and the Beast 3D (2017)

Looks like I pulled the trigger on this one too soon. I bought it for $8.65 in January from mediamerchuk on Ebay (rental price is $8.99).

I see the price for the same film has now dropped to $7.45 (free shipping) for a new, one-disk region ABC 3D bluray at Hawkeye Trading (mediamerchuk) on Ebay. $1.20 may not seem like much to you, but it is to me. I am on a low end fixed income.

The price for the region B 3D bluray of this film has dropped to $7.12 at rarewaves.

This is the live action version of Beauty and the Beast with mostly the same music and plot as the original 1991 animated film. I think it is a good remake.

I also own the 3D bluray of the animated film.

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I have the 3D bluray of the cartoon. But we don't have the live one. I may have to check this out later.
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Just to be clear, there's no such thing as a region-free Blu-Ray player in the same sense that there were region-free DVD players. Region-locked BDs can and do "insist" that the player only support the region that the disc is for.

There are region-selectable Blu-Ray players. You have to manually select the region (A B or C) that the locked disc is expecting, prior to inserting the disc.

I mention this just in case there is some confusion about that. If your player is only playing region A discs, it could be because you have a Region A player, or in a region-selectable player it could be that you just need to select the proper region.
Hi, I am in Canada using a 3D Samsung bluray player bought in bestbuy here. So I presume it is not region free.
So, if i buy a Bluray disc with Region B/2, are you saying I will be able to play this disc in my player? If so, how?
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So, if i buy a Bluray disc with Region B/2, are you saying I will be able to play this disc in my player? If so, how?
No. If you bought a player retail at Best Buy in a region A country, then it's close to 100% chance that it is a region locked device and will only play region A blurays.
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Found Penguins of Madagascar in the $5 bin at Big Lots, though most of the rest of the DreamWorks titles were gone.

Also, the Australian import of Spider-man, Into the Spiderverse dropped to $25 on the US Amazon site, from two vendors.
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