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Old 03-20-04, 06:57 PM
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US Movies released in other region recommendations??

I am getting a region free, PAL to NTSC converting DVD player on Monday, the Philips 727. I want to start a little collection of other region and PAL movies of US titles that were released with better transfers, audio (DTS), and certainly better extras or completely different versions altogether.

Examples of the ones I am getting are: 1. "Dawn of the Dead" R2 PAL (Dutch) DVD with 140 min director's cut and 114 min Argento cut. 2. "The Last Unicorn" R2 PAL (German) with Anamorphic Widescreen and 5.1 DD. Also, have ordered "Kill Bill" R2 NTSC (Japan)

Can peeps recommend some other US and similar releases that are in the same vain, not nearly same genres, but overall good or great releases that are made so much better because of other country/region/encoded transfers.

I know there is those other threads, but I just want to narrow down since I am mostly a US release kinda guy. Thanks in advance for all help.
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Old 03-20-04, 07:19 PM
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Here's what I use (as do many people here): Rewind @ www.dvdcompare.net
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yes..i know that sight..but i just wanted recommends from already purchased titles that peeps already have and like and can simply list rather than me titling them all and comparing..ya know? thanks anyway though..
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Gotcha. Well, here's one recommendation: A Fish Called Wanda: Special Edition.
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Old 03-20-04, 11:36 PM
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Trainspotting R2 (UK) Extras
Frantic R2 (UK) Anamorphic
Evil Dead Trilogy R2 (UK) Extras
Army of Darkness R3 (HK) Superb Transfer
Showdown in Little Tokyo R4 (Aussie) Anamorphic

Just a few off the top of my head
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I second the HK edition of Army of Darkness. Need to get that one of these days.
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Old 03-21-04, 07:31 AM
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Trainspotting R2 (UK) Extras
The Trainspotting SE will finally get a R1 release on June 1st, if you can wait that long. Ugly cover, though.

http://www.dvdanswers.com/index.php?r=0&s=1&c=3536
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Old 03-21-04, 07:46 AM
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THE DEER HUNTER - 2-disc SE on sale now amazon uk for GBP7.99 - includes a great commentary track recorded last year by Michael Cimino that is listed as "exclusive for the UK")

THE HITCHER - another UK 2-disc SE with commentary, documentary. and two short films (one by the director, the other directed by Rutger Hauer)

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Originally posted by marty888
THE DEER HUNTER - 2-disc SE on sale now amazon uk for GBP7.99 - includes a great commentary track recorded last year by Michael Cimino that is listed as "exclusive for the UK")

THE HITCHER - another UK 2-disc SE with commentary, documentary. and two short films (one by the director, the other directed by Rutger Hauer)
yooo..the latter blows my mind as it is one of my most treasured movies..thanks for the tip..i am looking into getting right now!!
posts later...actually ordered this and now can't wait.

more of these type of suggestions would be so appreciated. thanks again marty!!

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Old 03-22-04, 08:11 AM
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Originally posted by taronga
The Trainspotting SE will finally get a R1 release on June 1st, if you can wait that long. Ugly cover, though.

http://www.dvdanswers.com/index.php?r=0&s=1&c=3536
No chance, even if the R1 is DTS, to get it Full bitrate like the R2.
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Also, just to add my 2 cents:

Fight Club DTS R3 Korea

Hard Rain DTS (R2 Japan or R3 Korea)
- I watched the R2 the other night and I was surprised how much I liked it. The DTS was very very sweet!

Heat DTS R2 Japan

Shawshank Redemption R2 Japan

Happy Gilmore R4 Australia (anamorphic widescreen)

True Lies R3 Korea (anamorphic & cheap (6-9 bucks!)
True Lies R2 Japan DTS
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The R3 Korea Faceoff DVD has an incredible DTS track, definately one of my favorites....can be found pretty cheap too.
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Old 03-23-04, 07:32 AM
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Blade R2-Japan Dts

The Core R2-Japan 2-discs Dts

Dogville R0-Korea 2-discs (not available in U.S.)

Black Hawk Down~Superbit R3-Korea4-discs Dts

The Terminator R2-Japan 2-discs Dts

Mummy Returns R4-Aussie 2-discs Dts

Dances With Wolves R2-Korea 4-discs Dts (Theatrical and Extended versions / LE leather case)

The Hulk R3-Korea 3-discs Dts (LE custom case with lots of goodies)

Face/Off R3-Korea Dts

Cliffhanger R3-Korea 2-discs Dts

Deer Hunter R2-UK 2-discs

Rabbit Proof Fence R4-UK

Liar Liar R2-UK Dts

Scorpion King R3-Korea Dts

Red Dragon R3-Korea 2-discs Dts

Usual Suspects R2-UK 2-discs

Ronin R2-Japan Dts

Sleepy Hollow R2-France Dts

Equilibrim R3-Korea Dts

Fught Club R3-Korea 2-discs Dts

Spiderman~Superbit R3-Korea 2-discs Dts

Men In Black II~Superbit R3-Korea 2-discs Dts

Nixon R3-Korea 2-discs Dts 16:9

Finding Nemo 2-discs Dts-Es

Lion King R2-UK 2-discs Dts

A Bug's Life R2-UK 2-discs Dts

True Lies R2-Japan Dts

Crimson Rivers R2-UK 2-discs

Vatel R3-Korea 2-discs

Predator R3-Korea 2-discs Dts

The Longest Day R3-Korea 2-discs

Fiddler On The Roof R3-Korea 2-discs

Braveheart R3-Korea 2-discs

A Bridge Too Far R3-Korea 2-discs

League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen R3-Korea 2-discs Dts

Fight Club R3-Korea 2-dscs Dts

Requiem For A Dream R3-Korea Dts

Silence Of The Lambs R3-Korea 2-discs Dts

+MORE (no time now)
Searching for these titles has consumed most of my spare time the last few months. So now you can reap the rewards of my hard work.
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Anybody have a site with reviews on some of those Korea titles? Im wondering if its worth the money for Silence of the Lambs, Bridge Too Far, and the Longest Day?
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Tony, try this:

http://www.dvd-basen.dk/uk/home.php3
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I hear people getting excited all the time talking about PAL discs with DTS sound but doesn't the PAL speedup audio issues kind of spoil the 'improved' sound quality?
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Originally posted by Peep
I hear people getting excited all the time talking about PAL discs with DTS sound but doesn't the PAL speedup audio issues kind of spoil the 'improved' sound quality?
Some people are more sensitive to the speedup than others. I'm sensitive to it, so I stay away from English language PAL discs if possible, DTS or not. (PAL speedup on foreign language soundtracks aren't as noticable to me though).
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Some people are more sensitive to the speedup than others. I'm sensitive to it, so I stay away from English language PAL discs if possible, DTS or not. (PAL speedup on foreign language soundtracks aren't as noticable to me though).
very well said. I did not buy my player almost 4 years ago to watch US movies-though I understand the logic behind it, many would like to see a better quality product of their fave flick. I however bought myself a player to explore foreign cinema that will not show up on US shores. I do however own 2 US films on R4/R2 discs- The Driver and Brokedown Palace (I think courtesy of Bill Geiger).

So, I use my player 99% of the time for foreign films. Pal or no Pal....no problem. Though I am a professional musician with a perfect pitch....and am ready to argue that it will be extremely hard for you if you are not a native speaker to notice Pal-speed up on a Russian or Thai disc....or whatever other language you might come up with.

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Where's a good place (reliable, decent prices, and good quantity) to buy HK region 3 American movies?

I know koreandvds.com is a good place for Korean Region 3 US movies but I'm not sure about HK region 3 US movies.

I know HKflix has some, but I've noticed that their prices seem to be a bit higher than most.
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I would agree that it is next to impossible for me to notice PAL speedup in foreign films. I was just surprised at how many people buy english PAL discs solely because of the inclusion of a DTS track.
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I would agree that it is next to impossible for me to notice PAL speedup in foreign films. I was just surprised at how many people buy english PAL discs solely because of the inclusion of a DTS track.
That's all I use my region free player for. DTS and 16x9. And except in 1 case, all of my discs are NTSC. I dont watch foreign films so it makes all the difference to me.
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Where's a good place (reliable, decent prices, and good quantity) to buy HK region 3 American movies?

I know koreandvds.com is a good place for Korean Region 3 US movies but I'm not sure about HK region 3 US movies.

I know HKflix has some, but I've noticed that their prices seem to be a bit higher than most.
www.dddhouse.com has some
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