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Old 06-22-10, 04:13 PM
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Amazon UK: SHERLOCK HOLMES DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 12.99

SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION (all 14 films) is now 12.99 (under $20), down a bit from the usual 14.99, which is also quite a bargain in comparison to the $100+ American set featuring the exact same UCLA-restored prints and bonus materials (only the sixth commentary recorded for the 2006 re-issue of the American set is not in the U.K. set). After the VAT business, this ships for around 14.14 / $21US.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0006M4S46/
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Old 06-22-10, 04:39 PM
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SHERLOCK HOLMES - THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION (all 14 films) is now 12.99 (under $20), down a bit from the usual 14.99, which is also quite a bargain in comparison to the $100+ American set featuring the exact same UCLA-restored prints and bonus materials (only the sixth commentary recorded for the 2006 re-issue of the American set is not in the U.K. set). After the VAT business, this ships for around 14.14 / $21US.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0006M4S46/
If this were region-free I'd grab it.
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Old 06-22-10, 04:46 PM
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Gah! I would totally jump on this to save some shelf space (and brighten up my dad's day by giving him my old R1 sets). But I think this is one case where the PAL speed-up would really bother me.
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Old 06-22-10, 04:51 PM
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Re: Amazon UK: SHERLOCK HOLMES DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 12.99

In for a set. Thanks!
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Old 06-23-10, 02:25 AM
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The restorations look great. The films themselves are attractive and fun. My nephews (6 & 10) have put aside Godzilla for these.
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Old 06-23-10, 11:19 AM
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Re: Amazon UK: SHERLOCK HOLMES DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 12.99

Originally Posted by jwstl View Post
If this were region-free I'd grab it.
In all seriousness, the difference in price between this and the American set ($106.99 on Amazon.com) would buy you a very nice region-free player from any number of manufacturers with plenty of change left over. Maybe even two if you shop around.
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Old 06-23-10, 11:34 AM
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In all seriousness, the difference in price between this and the American set ($106.99 on Amazon.com) would buy you a very nice region-free player from any number of manufacturers with plenty of change left over. Maybe even two if you shop around.
I know but I have 1 BD player in use and 3 unused DVD players and not one has a region-free hack available. I just can't bring myself to buy another.
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Old 06-23-10, 11:09 PM
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In all seriousness, the difference in price between this and the American set ($106.99 on Amazon.com) would buy you a very nice region-free player from any number of manufacturers with plenty of change left over. Maybe even two if you shop around.
I've reconsidered. Do you have a recommendation or a link to more info on a quality region-free player?
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Re: Amazon UK: SHERLOCK HOLMES DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 12.99

Originally Posted by jwstl View Post
I've reconsidered. Do you have a recommendation or a link to more info on a quality region-free player?
I just bought one recently and love it so far. It gets recommended around here all the time, a Philipps something 90 iirc, but it goes by several different model numbers and even brand names.

Like $40 at Costco.

Edit to add: Philips 5990, here's an amazon link to one of the models

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Old 06-24-10, 10:24 AM
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Originally Posted by jwstl View Post
I've reconsidered. Do you have a recommendation or a link to more info on a quality region-free player?
Others can clearly recommend more recent players to suit your needs, as Trevor has. I've been using a single Malata player for the better part of six to seven years now for every disc I've picked up, domestic or imported (a lot of the latter). At the time, it cost me $79, but in the ensuing years, I saw drop to as little as $39 before presumably being outmoded. Beautiful machine, and a real workhorse all these years. I don't have the model number as I'm not at home, and frankly, I'm not sure the company's even still around, but if it was I'd buy another one in a heartbeat. Of course, if you're more comfortable with more recognizable brand names, I'm sure Trevor's recommendations are good ones. Might even look into this Philips model myself.
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Old 06-24-10, 10:41 AM
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I just bought one recently and love it so far. It gets recommended around here all the time, a Philipps something 90 iirc, but it goes by several different model numbers and even brand names.

Like $40 at Costco.

Edit to add: Philips 5990, here's an amazon link to one of the models
Thanks. I have a Costco membership so I'll go there tonight and check it out. I like the idea of buying it there because of their return policy. I've been needing to go to look at DVD deals anyway.
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Might even look into this Philips model myself.
I haven't used it much yet, just to watch a few region 2 discs, but the reviews and specs on it are pretty impressive. It appears to play all sorts of homemade formats if one is the type to put avi/mpeg/aac/whatever files on DVD-Rs.
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Thanks. I have a Costco membership so I'll go there tonight and check it out. I like the idea of buying it there because of their return policy. I've been needing to go to look at DVD deals anyway.
I buy all electronics there. Lifetime piece of mind is worth the few extra bucks they sometimes charge.
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Old 06-25-10, 04:31 AM
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Re: Amazon UK: SHERLOCK HOLMES DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 12.99

Price is up to 16.25 now. Still a good deal though.
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Old 06-25-10, 11:42 AM
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Price is up to 16.25 now. Still a good deal though.
Prices on Amazon.co.uk tend to fluctuate a lot, even more than on Amazon.com. Check back tomorrow -- it might go back down. (If it does, I'm buying it.) On the other hand, it could of course go up even more.
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Re: Amazon UK: SHERLOCK HOLMES DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 12.99

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I just bought one recently and love it so far. It gets recommended around here all the time, a Philipps something 90 iirc, but it goes by several different model numbers and even brand names.

Like $40 at Costco.

Edit to add: Philips 5990, here's an amazon link to one of the models
The local Costco didn't have the Philips 5990. Their low-end player is the Toshiba SDK1000 and, because I couldn't find a region-free hack, I passed. I suppose I'll just get the 5990 elsewhere.
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Old 06-25-10, 02:02 PM
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Price is up to 16.25 now. Still a good deal though.
The more common price for this set is 14.99. It only rarely jumps up to 16 or 17, so best to hold off if anyone's thinking of picking it up at the moment.
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Old 06-29-10, 11:51 AM
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Back down to 12.99, but the exchange rate is just slightly worse at the moment. I have 4 other items that I want to get, so I might just go for it now.
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Old 06-29-10, 02:20 PM
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Thanks OP. Mine arrived today. I get my orders from Amazon UK faster than orders from the US site. And I have Amazon Prime.

I also found a Philips HDMI DVD player for $30 (refurb) that took me all of 30 seconds to unlock. Thanks to everyone for the help.
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Got mine yesterday. 14 entertaining films with extras for $21.77. Nice deal.
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Re: Amazon UK: SHERLOCK HOLMES DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 12.99

Just to be clear---the Philips 5990 player---I understand it can handle Region 2 disks. But it does PAL as well? Because the UK Sherlock Holmes set is listed as PAL. Is it actually NTSC?
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Old 07-04-10, 08:43 PM
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The Philips players handle PAL and NTSC just fine.
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Old 07-04-10, 11:38 PM
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Is the frame rate difference fully resolved, or is there studdering on the Phillips players with PAL source?
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Old 08-02-10, 11:27 AM
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Re: Amazon UK: SHERLOCK HOLMES DEFINITIVE COLLECTION 12.99

The price of this set is back down to 14.99, in case anyone's interested. Not the lowest it's been, as noted above, but very close to it and still a solid deal.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B0006M4S46/
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