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Old 11-10-01, 08:37 AM
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Bumping this valuable resource and also adding Adventures of Sherlock Holmes UK Granada TV series - all 41 episodes available 2 per disc or in two huge (and hugely expensive) box sets from Japan.

This needs to be sticky.
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Originally posted by jonathan.e Bumping this valuable resource [....] This needs to be sticky.
</small>Because of the relatively low traffic on this part of the forum, this particular thread doesn't ever fall off the first page and if it did I'd bounce it myself. I agree that it is a valuable resource and propose to open up to discussion as to what should be "sticky" later this week: more than three sticky threads tends to create something of a clutter, do it may come down to a vote (or some Darwinian-type discussion!)

Keep up the good work, cynthia!


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The Snoopy Collection in R2-Japan actually has 9 volumes out now.
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Just a quick note that I won't be able to update for a week or so. My computer with my master list on it (which is easier to edit than this one) is in the shop. But if it takes any longer, I'll just go ahead and edit from here.

And on another subject, no one else has any comments on whether or not we should include non-R1 versions of films with proper aspect ratios that are pan & scan only in the US? (Happy Gilmore, Vegas Vacation, Police Academy, etc.)
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Originally posted by cynthia
Just a quick note that I won't be able to update for a week or so. My computer with my master list on it (which is easier to edit than this one) is in the shop. But if it takes any longer, I'll just go ahead and edit from here.

And on another subject, no one else has any comments on whether or not we should include non-R1 versions of films with proper aspect ratios that are pan & scan only in the US? (Happy Gilmore, Vegas Vacation, Police Academy, etc.)
Cynthia et. al, great job on your list. I would personally love to have a (somewhat subjective, admittedly) list of the "best" DVDs available from any region.

I sure can't buy and watch everything. But if I'm going to add a DVD to my collection it might as well be the "best" release there is. I haven't been completely successful in that endeavor but I'm trying. For starters, I've been replacing anything that's not 16:9-enhanced (ok, so I still have the original release of a Bug's Life, the kids don't mind).

Anyway, IMHO, first and foremost, uncut, 16:9 and proper aspect ratio. On other specs I'll compromise one disc at a time. For example, the R2-F version of Mulan is 16:9 which I bought but I didn't realize that the video clip was gone!

Let the flames begin!

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Last Unicorn in Germany

According to Area DVD "The Last Unicorn" is now out in Germany. It features optional German subtitles and remixed English and German 5.1 sound. The picture is anamorphic.
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UK disc Witchfinder General. Here's a review - http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s354witch.html
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Did you find out anything about Legend of 1900??
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A note for the R4 'Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead'

- full screen only... (it may be open matte, I haven't had time to compare)
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Just bought the
legend of 1900 R1 canadian version
Languages;
English 5.1DD
English 2.0DD
French 2.0DD
Subtitles; English (sdh)
Widescreen; 2.35:1
Running time; 125 minutes
Reversible cover (french & english)
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Some French discs (French New Wave):

Pierrot le fou (by Jean-Luc Godard) - a must-have version with a glorious anamorphic widescreen picture (forget about the lame Fox Lorber version). In French, English or German, with removable English or Spanish subs.

Jules and Jim (by Francois Truffaut) - the disc comes loaded with extras, such as the audio commentary by star Jeanne Moreau, 2 lengthy interview bits with director Truffaut about the original novel & the making of the film. Tons of Truffaut trailers. The picture is widescreen, anamorphically enhanced. In French with removable English subs. There are also subs for the commentary and the extras!

Shoot the Piano Player (by Francois Truffaut) - like "Jules and Jim," the disc is filled with extras, such as 2 audio commentaries by star Marie Dubois and DP Raoul Coutard (but no subs for these...), interviews with Truffaut, the screen test by Marie Dubois, and Truffaut trailers. The picture is widescreen, anamorphically enhanced. In French with removable subs (but no subs on extras).

Le boucher (aka The Butcher)/La femme infidele (aka The Unfaithful Wife) (by Claude Chabrol) - an excellent double feature of the Chabrol masterpieces on one disc. Both are in anamorphic widescreen and comes with removable English subs.

Les biches (aka Bad Girls)/Juste avant la nuit (aka Just before Nightfall) (by Claude Chabrol) - another excellent double bill by Chabrol. This one, unfortunately, doesn't have any subs at all. "Les biches" also has the German language track, as well as the French.

Cartouche (by Philippe de Broca) - In a marvelous anamorphic widescreen. In French or English, with removable English subs.

These are what I own, but there are more Godard, Truffaut & Chabrol titles available in France.
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Follow-up to my own post above:

2 Chabrol discs ("Le boucher/La femme infidele" and "Les biches/Juste avant la nuit") are in fact ALL REGION, although the packages claim region 2. They are encoded in PAL, so it might not be that important for most of the US readers, but your computers should play them without a hitch.

Other titles above are region 2.
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Thank you all your work and kudos on this invaluable list !!!!!

I've got some more Spainish titles to add to your list:


Airbag (1997)
http://us.imdb.com/Details?0115487
http://www.dvdgo.com/cgi-bin/DVDGO.s...products/00065

Belle Epoque (1992)
http://us.imdb.com/Details?0103791
http://www.dvdgo.com/cgi-bin/DVDGO.s...t/products/002

Corazon del Guerrero, El (2000)
http://us.imdb.com/Details?0205843
http://www.dvdgo.com/cgi-bin/DVDGO.s...roducts/617298

Entre las piernas (1999)
http://us.imdb.com/Details?0177747
http://www.dvdgo.com/cgi-bin/DVDGO.s...products/00207

Muertos de Risa (1999)
http://us.imdb.com/Details?0168080
http://www.dvdgo.com/cgi-bin/DVDGO.s...t/products/004

Torrente, El brazo tonto de la ley (1998)
http://us.imdb.com/Details?0120868
http://www.dvdgo.com/cgi-bin/DVDGO.f...N/products/003

Torrente 2: Mision en Marbella (2001)
http://us.imdb.com/Details?0257231
http://www.dvdgo.com/cgi-bin/DVDGO.f...products/93386

Also, I don't know if you think it's worth listing, but the Australian film "Two Hands" is also available on dvd in Germany.

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Originally posted by silenzio
Some French discs (French New Wave):

Pierrot le fou (by Jean-Luc Godard) - a must-have version with a glorious anamorphic widescreen picture (forget about the lame Fox Lorber version). In French, English or German, with removable English or Spanish subs.

Jules and Jim (by Francois Truffaut) - the disc comes loaded with extras, such as the audio commentary by star Jeanne Moreau, 2 lengthy interview bits with director Truffaut about the original novel & the making of the film. Tons of Truffaut trailers. The picture is widescreen, anamorphically enhanced. In French with removable English subs. There are also subs for the commentary and the extras!

Shoot the Piano Player (by Francois Truffaut) - like "Jules and Jim," the disc is filled with extras, such as 2 audio commentaries by star Marie Dubois and DP Raoul Coutard (but no subs for these...), interviews with Truffaut, the screen test by Marie Dubois, and Truffaut trailers. The picture is widescreen, anamorphically enhanced. In French with removable subs (but no subs on extras).

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These are what I own, but there are more Godard, Truffaut & Chabrol titles available in France.
Speaking of forgeting lame Fox-Lorber DVDs, there are a total of 11 or 12 (depending on how you count them) Francois Truffaut DVDs available from MK2 - France -- all with tons of extras and glorious anamorphic transfers and English subtitles. You can get them as part of three boxed sets, or individually. I have all of them and I can vouch for their great quality.


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2 more.... and *what* Snoopy Collection?

Wow! What a lot of info!

I found this site while trying to find out more info about 2 R2 German DVDs (US movies not available in the US):
1. "The Scarlet Letter" (the one with Gary Oldman) 2. "Romeo is Bleeding".

I see both on the Amazon.de site but can't tell if they still have the English language track on them or not. Anyone know for sure?

Also, someone mentioned a Japanese "Snoopy Collection" DVD in 9 volumes. Where can I find out more about those? I have almost every version of every Peanuts show issued in the US (the sadly small DVD offerings, a complete collection of the current Paramount VHS, old Kartes, and Hi-Tops releases, plus the really old CED disks). I've also got a handful of Japanese VHS versions of the shows. My username probably explains the obsession with Snoopy.
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Welcome to the forum... always glad when lurkers turn members.
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Some more to add to the list...

In Japan:
- Cry Baby (John Waters)
- Wild at Heart (David Lynch) - also Lost Highway as I didn't notice if it was already listed
- My Neighbour Totoro (Miyazaki)
- State of Grace - starring Sean Penn and Gary Oldman
- Avalon - a Polish made film from a story by Mamoru Oshii (the creator of Ghost in the Shell)... note, this is not an animation

In Australia:
- Himalaya (Eric Valli)
- The Dream with HG Nelson and Roy Slaven - this was a sports show that took place each night of the 2000 Sydney Olympics reviewing the days events and offering (among other things) absolutely hilarious interviews with a number of the athletes
- Best Bits of the Late Show, The - Champagne Edition - another very funny Australian TV variety show, this was the brainchild of the people responsible for the films The Castle and The Dish

More to come, no doubt.

regards, Tim...

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@snoopygirl: Scarlet Letter is German only. Romeo Is Bleeding is the same from what know about the company that put that one out.

@hardtack: Totoro will also be out in November as an official Hong Kong DVD. And I have an RC1-DVD of "The Secret Adventures Of Tom Thumb" by Manga. Or is the Japanese release better in any ways?
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Re: 2 more.... and *what* Snoopy Collection?

Originally posted by snoopygirl
Also, someone mentioned a Japanese "Snoopy Collection" DVD in 9 volumes. Where can I find out more about those? I have almost every version of every Peanuts show issued in the US (the sadly small DVD offerings, a complete collection of the current Paramount VHS, old Kartes, and Hi-Tops releases, plus the really old CED disks). I've also got a handful of Japanese VHS versions of the shows. My username probably explains the obsession with Snoopy.
Search for "Snoopy" at www.sazuma.com - there's actually 10 volumes but #10 is the same as the Christmas episodes disc in the R1 box set.
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Disney's Rescuer's and Hunchback of the Notre Dame are available on R4. Details are

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/219228/id=O0KJ4:GzKUD for Rescuers.

http://www.ezydvd.com.au/item.zml/219232/id=O0KJ4:GzKUD for Hunchback of Notre Dame
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...Hunchback is also available in France (DVD-9, 1.77:1, anamorphic, DD 5.1):

http://www.dvdfr.com/dvd/fiche.php3?id=4108

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RE: 2 more/Snoopy.....and ANOTHER one

Obsidian: Thank you! I guess I'll just have to wait impatiently for an English language version since I didn't take German in school. Rats.

Codefree: Ditto on the thanks.... now do you know next weeks winning lottery numbers? I've noticed the Japanese DVDs are pretty pricey.

I also discovered yet another entry to the list: the *complete* first season tv series "La Femme Nikita" is available in Japan - but not here. There is a rumour that it may be out on DVD here next fall but since they only managed to issue 20 of the 22 episodes of 1st season on VHS, I'm not holding my breath.
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As you may probably know - Twin Peaks First Season will be on DVD in R1 soon (December 4th)... I don't know if that includes the Pilot, but it's episodes 1-7.
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Sorry for the lack of updates, I just got my computer back from the repair shop and now I can start updating since I have my master list on my hard drive.

Trigger, the 2-hour Twin Peaks pilot isn't in the box set, unfortunately. I believe Warner Bros. owns the rights to it.
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Updated with posters' additions and added the following myself:

R2 / UK
The Adventures of Black Beauty
Angel: Season 1
Bad Girls: Series 1-2
Bagpuss: The Complete Bagpuss
Bod: The Complete Bod
Callan
Callan: The Film
Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons: Complete Series
The Champions: Volumes 1-4
Chewin' The Fat: Series 1-3
Chewin' The Fat: Live!
Chewin' The Fat: Still Game
Chorlton and the Wheelies: Series 1-3
Danger Mouse: Volumes 1-3
Department S: Volume 1
Father Ted: Series 2, Part 1
The Flumps: The Complete Flumps
Game On: Series 1
The Good Life: Series 4
Gregory's Two Girls
The HitchHiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Jamie and the Magic Torch: Series 1
Jason King: Volume 1
Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence
Minder: Series 1-2
Minder On the Orient Express
Murder Between Friends
The Persuaders: Volumes 1-4
Purely Belter
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased): Volumes 1-4 (1960s-1970s version)
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased): Series 1 (2000 remake)
Robin of Sherwood: Series 1
Series 7: The Contenders
Stingray: Complete Series
Boris Karloff's The Sorcerers
Thunderbirds: Complete Series
Thunderbirds Are Go
Thunderbird Six
The Vicar of Dibley: Series 1
Willo the Wisp

R4 / AUSTRALIA
Angel: Season 1

And removed What's Eating Gilbert Grape? and Calle 54 because they've been released in the US.

Also, silenzio, I didn't add the Truffaut films because they're available in the US in proper aspect ration, I believe.
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