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List of dvds that are better than R1 versions

Old 05-08-09, 11:10 PM
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List of dvds that are better than R1 versions

So far I could only come up with 3 titles that are better than their R1 counterparts

All r2 UK

Color of Money
Armageddon 2 discs SE
From Dusk Till Dawn 2 discs SE

They're the best versions cause they're all anamorphic, while the r1's are not.

Any other titles out there?
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Re: List of dvds that are better than R1 versions

"There are more things on heaven and earth than are dreamt of in your philosophy...."

www.dvdcompare.net is a good starting point.
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About 1931 titles appears to be supperior on region 2... and counting.
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Hard Boiled - Region 3 Thailand: True English subtitles.

Police Story Collection - Region 0 Hong Kong: Better English subtitles, Police Story III: Supercop is the original Hong Kong version

Gorgeous - Region 3 Hong Kong: Original uncut Hong Kong version.

Twin Dragons - Region 0 Hong Kong: Original uncut Hong Kong version, original Cantonese soundtrack, anamorphic.

P.S., I Love You - Region 3 Hong Kong: DTS-ES English

Shaun of the Dead - Region 2 UK: 2 additional commentaries, additional featurettes

Infernal Affairs - Region 2 UK: DTS Cantonese, Better English subtitles, Commentary

Grindhouse - Region 2 Japan: 6 disc set, original theatrical version, additional featurettes
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Picnic at Hanging Rock
[Rec]
Human NAture
You and me and Everyone We KNow
24 Hour Party People
Summer of Sam (ncluding exclusive Spike Lee commentary and other features.)
Withnail and I
Peeping tom
the Piano
Dont Look Now
Death Note 1-3
Lars Von trier "E" trlogy
Perfume: The story of a murderer
Phantasm Box set
And dozens of Asain films mostly from Condenter and Hong Kong Legends.
All the above are R2

There is also an amazing Nordisk disk version of Manderlay which is loaded with special features.
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Re: List of dvds that are better than R1 versions

Armageddon (French DVD)
Cinema Paradiso (UK DVD)
Fantastic Planet (UK DVD)
Girl On the Bridge (UK DVD)
Jet Li's Fearless - Director's Cut (HK DVD)
Judge Dredd (German DVD)
Kill Bill Volume 1 (Japanese DVD)
Kirikou and the Sorceress (French DVD)
L'Appartement (French or UK DVD)
Lemonade Joe (Czech DVD)
Kontroll (Hungarian DVD)
Life Is Beautiful (Italian DVD)
Malena (Korean DVD)
X-Men 90s animated (UK DVD)
Mortal Kombat (French DVD)
Princes and Princesses (French DVD)
Sophie Scholl (Thai DVD)
Tampopo (Japanese DVD)
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I believe this is out of print but...

View From The Top - Region 0, Thailand: Full bit-rate 1.5mbs DTS English

You can still buy it here: eThaiCD.com

Casino Royale (2006) - Region 3, Hong Kong or Region 3, Thailand: Original PG-13 version of the film, DTS English

-US DVD releases has the version of the film that was cut once more after getting PG-13-
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Re: List of dvds that are better than R1 versions

And if packaging is your main concern, it seems like dvds from spain have the most steelbooks.
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Cinema Paradiso (UK DVD)
Tampopo (Japanese DVD)
In what way are these two R2 releases superior to their R1 counterparts? I like both and would consider getting the R2 versions if there were compelling reason to do so.
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In what way are these two R2 releases superior to their R1 counterparts? I like both and would consider getting the R2 versions if there were compelling reason to do so.
Well, Cinema Paradiso is questionable (you can read a review of the UK DVD here: http://www.dvd.reviewer.co.uk/review...697&User=29844), but the the Japanese version of Tampopo is miles ahead in quality:

Tampopo USA version: awful VHS letterboxed widescreen
Tampopo Japanese version: beautiful anamorphic widescreen. And the English subtitles are excellent. It's the only version to get actually...I would definitely purchase the Tampopo Japanese DVD.
You can buy a cheap version here: http://cgi.ebay.com/Tampopo-Japan-2D...3286.m20.l1116

or the more expensive version here: http://www.yesasia.com/us/tampopo-da...0-en/info.html
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Very interesting indeed. The discs at each of those links appear to be put out by Geneon - are they identical? That is, is there any reason to spend double to money and get the disc from YESAsia?
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Very interesting indeed. The discs at each of those links appear to be put out by Geneon - are they identical? That is, is there any reason to spend double to money and get the disc from YESAsia?
Well, the Ebay seller states that his version is anamorphic, so there's a good chance that the video quality is better than the letterboxed usa version. I don't know if it's an official Chinese DVD or if it's a bootleg Chinese DVD copy of the Japanese DVD (because the cheap version also has Chinese subtitles). If you want to play it safe, what's an extra 25 dollars for guaranteed quality for a masterpiece? It's better to spend 50 dollars on one of those most re-watchable Japanese masterpieces ever or you can spend that 50 dollars on two to three DVDs of films that are forgettable and that you will rarely watch (for example, instead of spending that 50 bucks on the Criterion DVD of Benjamin Button and Underworld 3), spend it on Tampopo instead. It's worth it in the long-run.

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EDIT: I sent you a message with updated info

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I'm also going to order the Supermarket Woman dvd (same director as Tampopo) from that Amazon seller as well if I don't find it at my Japanese DVD store. I didn't see this film, but it looks like a good blind buy.
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