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Old 11-11-07, 05:54 PM
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Toshiba HD players region free??

I read somewhere the HD discs are region free.
If so is there any non USA discs that are worth getting??

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Old 11-11-07, 05:55 PM
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Toshiba's HD DVD players are region free because HD DVD is region free. You can play a regular US disc on it (as there are hundreds of titles) or get any of dozens of foreign titles that seem to appeal to Americans (good foreign movies, movies only in BD here, etc).

However, the HD DVD player will still only play Region 1 DVD content.
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Old 11-11-07, 06:28 PM
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Originally Posted by ds6161
I read somewhere the HD discs are region free.
If so is there no USA discs that are worth getting??
That's correct (part 1), I don't know where you got part 2 from.
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Old 11-11-07, 07:04 PM
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Translation: Are there any import HD DVDs worth getting?
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Old 11-11-07, 07:26 PM
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I was never clear on this as well, so it will play any region HDVD, but only region 1 DVD correct?
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Old 11-11-07, 07:59 PM
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Originally Posted by ivelostr2
I was never clear on this as well, so it will play any region HDVD, but only region 1 DVD correct?
Ayuh.
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Old 11-11-07, 08:02 PM
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Originally Posted by ivelostr2
I was never clear on this as well, so it will play any region HDVD, but only region 1 DVD correct?
HD DVDs are region free but DVDs still have regional coding.
But(!) there is now a new firmware available, at least in Europe,
which makes the Toshiba models region free for standard DVDs.
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Old 11-11-07, 08:07 PM
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Hopefully that firmware update will come here... It'd be easier if I didn't have to hook up my region free DVD player.
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Yes, I will very happy if my A2 can become region free for SD-DVD.
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Old 11-11-07, 09:27 PM
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Originally Posted by TheMovieman
Hopefully that firmware update will come here... It'd be easier if I didn't have to hook up my region free DVD player.

That firmware update isn't available officially in Europe, since there might be legal issues regarding the region coding,
but I have access to it and downloaded it, but never used it since I bought the US model of the XA2 right away.
Other people tried and it works for the european model of the A2, A20 and XA2.
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I wonder if there's any adverse effects to using that update on a US model of the A2.
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Old 11-11-07, 10:18 PM
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Even if it could be made region-free with a firmware update, bear in mind that the player may not play PAL video or do PAL to NTSC conversion.
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Old 11-12-07, 01:09 AM
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Imports I have

The Holiday
Enemy at the Gates
Harry Potter 4
The Island
Running Scarred
The Prestige
Terminator 2: Directors Cut
Fantastic Four
Underworld Extended Cut

Go to either xploitedcinema.com or hdaddicts.com for great lists and fair pricing. But beware that most imports are higher priced, especially from Japan.
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Old 11-12-07, 03:30 AM
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Originally Posted by Drexl
Even if it could be made region-free with a firmware update, bear in mind that the player may not play PAL video or do PAL to NTSC conversion.
Some people, in Europe and Australia, flashed their players with a non official firmware that make them region free, it doesn't work with RCE discs.
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Old 11-12-07, 10:32 AM
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Originally Posted by aggressivemx
Imports I have

The Holiday
Enemy at the Gates
Harry Potter 4
The Island
Running Scarred
The Prestige
Terminator 2: Directors Cut
Fantastic Four
Underworld Extended Cut

Go to either xploitedcinema.com or hdaddicts.com for great lists and fair pricing. But beware that most imports are higher priced, especially from Japan.
Are all your import Japan NTSC HD-DVD?

If they are PAL from UK/France, can the US version of Toshiba player handle it?
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Old 11-12-07, 11:05 AM
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Originally Posted by tsetse27
Are all your import Japan NTSC HD-DVD?

If they are PAL from UK/France, can the US version of Toshiba player handle it?
Those are HD DVD titles, and PAL/NTSC doesn't apply to HD video (although the extras may be affected).
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Old 11-12-07, 11:16 AM
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Originally Posted by tsetse27
Are all your import Japan NTSC HD-DVD?

If they are PAL from UK/France, can the US version of Toshiba player handle it?
NTSC/PAL are standard definition broadcast formats. There's no such thing as "NTSC HD DVD". There's just HD -- it's the same format all around the world.
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Old 11-12-07, 12:06 PM
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Originally Posted by bboisvert
NTSC/PAL are standard definition broadcast formats. There's no such thing as "NTSC HD DVD". There's just HD -- it's the same format all around the world.
That's right! thanks for information.

I am sure price of foreign titles will come down eventually, as the market getting bigger...
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What imports are worth buying and why?
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I want to get Brotherhood of the Wolf HD-DVD import. Excellent movie.
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La Haine is worth buying because the movie is amazing and the transfer is excellent.

I'd also add Equilibrium and The Machinist to that list. If you're a fan of both movies then you should pick them up. The transfers are great on both and given the nature of the titles they may not be released for a long time.
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