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One of my favourite guilty pleasures, Demolition Man, is coming! 16th August. I'm not expecting them to do a lot with a release like that, but I hope there's a decent transfer at least.

It's actually a Stallone day, as The Specialist, Assassins and Cobra are out the same day.

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I've never imported a blu-ray but is it the case that certain studios tend to be consistently region free while others aren't? I see Once Upon a Time in the West is out on May 3rd (Paramount) but not whether I'll be able to play it yet.

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I'd like to say that it's predictable, but studios like to mess around, throw the odd curve.

Sony region locking The Social Network, that was an strange one. they own it worldwide and

it was released here region free incredibly quickly afterwards.

I think Once Upon In A Time In The West will be region free, Paramount have that in most territories.

Someone will no doubt point out that Paramount have been locking titles recently, but it's only been movies where they don't have firm

worldwide rights,(The Fighter, Braveheart), and this carries across to the Dreamworks titles that they distribute,

(they don't distribute Minority Report, A.I. Gladiator, etc anywhere else).

If you're ever stuck, ask here and I'll see what I can do info wise.

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Your best bet is to use either Planet Axel or this website to see which films are region free. According to Axel OUATITW it will be region locked to the US.

For a more general site to see which studios region lock their BD releases this site is useful.

If you do decide to import in the future I can recommend Planet Axel, they aren't always the cheapest but they post promptly (often before official release) and the service is always excellent.

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According to Axel OUATITW it will be region locked to the US.

They say it will most likely be region free, but hasn't been tested yet. They normally put up the A, with that note, just in case, until it is tested.

Have WB or Universal ever locked anything? I don't think they have. WB don't even bother using the region logos on their releases as they are region free.

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They say it will most likely be region free, but hasn't been tested yet. They normally put up the A, with that note, just in case, until it is tested.

Have WB or Universal ever locked anything? I don't think they have. WB don't even bother using the region logos on their releases as they are region free.

You're quite right, I only looked at the search page and didn't go into the OUATITW page.

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Have WB or Universal ever locked anything?

Getting into murky territory here. Warner distributed Rambo 4 in Germany and locked it.

They have never locked a US or UK disc.

Universal locked Mongol and Anvil: The Story of Anvil in the UK. Again, purely because they were distributing them and didn't own them.

Anvil's a 1080i/50hz job as well.

Those are the only known cases.

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Have any of the Studio Ghibli films had blu-ray releases?

A quick search on Amazon shows that Laputa: Castle in the Sky is out next month, and as possibly my favourite Ghibli movie, I'd love to pick it up, but wondered about how much care would be taken with this sort of movie?

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Oh man. Laputa is my favourite too, May is getting expensive already. I had very fond memories of watching that on TV when I was 8 or 9 but I could only remember vague details of it which didn't help with finding out its name, and when I finally did track it down and watched it a few years ago I was pleasantly surprised to discover it was actually, properly, great.

I'm trying to limit the number of DVDs I rebuy as blu-rays but I could make an exception for his I think.

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Amazon.com have the following grab bag of Criteria going for half price or less:


  • Amarcord
  • America Lost and Found: The BBS Story (includes Drive, He Said; Easy Rider; Five Easy Pieces; Head; The King of Marvin Gardens; The Last Picture Show and A Safe Place)
  • The Army of Shadows
  • Au revoir les enfants
  • Blow Out
  • Breathless
  • Broadcast News
  • Le Cercle rouge
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Double Life of Véronique
  • Fish Tank
  • Kes
  • The Leopard (NB: not the best release of the film)
  • M
  • The Mikado
  • Modern Times
  • The Naked Kiss
  • Paths of Glory
  • The Red Shoes
  • Senso
  • The Seventh Seal
  • Shock Corridor
  • Still Walking
  • Sweet Smell of Success
  • Topsy-turvy
  • White Material
  • Wings of Desire
  • Yi yi
  • The Yojimbo and Sanjuro box

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I bought Blade Runner on Bluray. It looks amazing - they've done a cracking job of cleaning it up in comparison with my shitty Director's Cut DVD. The only problem with it is that the box contained 2 copies of disc 1 and no disc 2! :(

You really should do yourself a favour and import the US 5 disc Blu-ray. Well worth it.

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The Star Wars set has been detailed. It's a bit long, so I'll put it in spoiler tags.

The breakdown of the 9-disc Complete Saga box set is as follows:

Disc 1: Star Wars: Episode I, The Phantom Menace

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, John Knoll, Dennis Muren and Scott Squires

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc 2: Star Wars: Episode II, Attack of the Clones

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Ben Burtt, Rob Coleman, Pablo Helman, John Knoll and Ben Snow

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc 3: Star Wars: Episode III, Revenge of the Sith

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Rick McCallum, Rob Coleman, John Knoll and Roger Guyett

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc 4: Star Wars: Episode IV, A New Hope

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc 5: Star Wars: Episode V, The Empire Strikes Back

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc 6: Star Wars: Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

Audio Commentary with George Lucas, Carrie Fisher, Ben Burtt and Dennis Muren

Audio Commentary from Archival Interviews with Cast and Crew

Disc 7: Star Wars Archives: Episodes I-III

Deleted, extended and alternate scenes

Prop, maquette and costume turnarounds

Matte paintings and concept art

Supplementary interviews with cast and crew

Flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives

Additional Content

Disc 8: Star Wars Archives: Episodes IV-VI

Deleted, extended and alternate scenes

Prop, maquette and costume turnarounds

Matte paintings and concept art

Supplementary interviews with cast and crew

Flythrough of the Lucasfilm Archives

Additional Content

Disc 9: The Star Wars Documentaries

Star Warriors (2007, Apx. 84 Minutes): Some Star Wars fans want to collect action figures...these fans want to be action figures! A tribute to the 501st Legion, a global organization of Star Wars costume enthusiasts, this insightful documentary shows how the super-fan club promotes interest in the films through charity and volunteer work at fundraisers and high-profile special events around the world.

A Conversation with the Masters: The Empire Strikes Back 30 Years Later (2010, Apx. 25 Minutes): George Lucas, Irvin Kershner, Lawrence Kasdan and John Williams look back on the making of The Empire Strikes Back in this in-depth retrospective from Lucasfilm created to help commemorate the 30th anniversary of the movie. The masters discuss and reminisce about one of the most beloved films of all time.

Star Wars Spoofs (2011, Apx. 91 Minutes): The farce is strong with this one! Enjoy a hilarious collection of Star Wars spoofs and parodies that have been created over the years, including outrageous clips from Family Guy, The Simpsons, How I Met Your Mother and more — and don't miss "Weird Al" Yankovic's one-of-a-kind music video tribute to The Phantom Menace!

The Making of Star Wars (1977, Apx. 49 Minutes): Learn the incredible behind-the-scenes story of how the original Star Wars movie was brought to the big screen in this fascinating documentary hosted by C-3PO and R2-D2. Includes interviews with George Lucas and appearances by Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher.

The Empire Strikes Back: SPFX (1980, Apx. 48 Minutes): Learn the secrets of making movies in a galaxy far, far away. Hosted by Mark Hamill, this revealing documentary offers behind-the-scenes glimpses into the amazing special effects that transformed George Lucas' vision for Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back into reality!

Classic Creatures: Return of the Jedi (1983, Apx. 48 Minutes): Go behind the scenes — and into the costumes — as production footage from Return of the Jedi is interspersed with vintage monster movie clips in this in-depth exploration of the painstaking techniques utilized by George Lucas to create the classic creatures and characters seen in the film. Hosted and narrated by Carrie Fisher and Billie Dee Williams.

Anatomy of a Dewback (1997, Apx. 26 Minutes): See how some of the special effects in Star Wars became even more special two decades later! George Lucas explains and demonstrates how his team transformed the original dewback creatures from immovable rubber puppets (in the original 1977 release) to seemingly living, breathing creatures for the Star Wars 1997 Special Edition update.

Star Wars Tech (2007, Apx. 46 Minutes): Exploring the technical aspects of Star Wars vehicles, weapons and gadgetry, Star Wars Tech consults leading scientists in the fields of physics, prosthetics, lasers, engineering and astronomy to examine the plausibility of Star Wars technology based on science as we know it today.

That's the 9 disc set. The two trilogy sets just have 3 discs each, presumably the movie discs from above, without the extras from the last 3.

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Slightly disappointed, I have to admit. I expected this Blu-ray release to be some kind of all-encompassing, definitive collection of everything (especially considering the capacity of these discs). The main thing I'm lamenting is the lack of reproduction of previous special features - in particular those from the old laserdisc box set. The commentaries and behind-the-scenes stuff from that edition have mostly never been available in subsequent releases. Unless things have been renamed this set also doesn't appear to include the two-hour+ documentary from the first DVD edition. Maybe they feel they've rendered all that old stuff obsolete with fresher perspectives, but I'm a bit of a sucker for film-related docs so it's a sad loss. I can well live without feature-length documentaries about fans and spoofs, that's for sure.

Also... those covers are rubbish. Slapdash Photoshoppery with barely a thought to composition.

I apologise for being the first and maybe only whiney Star Wars nerd to comment.

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Do we know yet if they'll include any original cut stuff? I know the 'cleaned up but not fucked with' thing will never happen but is there anything?

My Taxi Driver disc arrived from the US, looking forward to that!

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Do we know yet if they'll include any original cut stuff? I know the 'cleaned up but not fucked with' thing will never happen but is there anything?

Lucas said the original version will never be on Blu-ray.

Until he changes his mind at some point in the future like he did with DVD, even if that was a half-arsed job.

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Why would George Lucas release a super duper all encompassing medium defining bluray collection of Star Wars when he can release this shit version, get loads of money for it (cus we know he's hard up for cash), then release an suped up version at the next anniversary juncture (although still not the definitive version, which there will blatantly never be)?

He wouldnt.

Because he's a cock.

That got lucky 3 times and then never really did anything else worth while except fuck about with the only good thing he ever did.

Not that I'm a bitter, disenfranchised Star Wars fan. Oh no.

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Thoroughly disappointed if thats the final run down tbh. It would seam the lack of theatrical versions aren't being included there not because theres no public interest in them anymore but because Lucas seams to be actively denying their existence in preference to what ever version hes dubbed as the finished article. Whats the point of that for something like Blu-ray? The new transfer?

As much as I adore the Blu-ray format I probably wont be clamoring for this release. I've seen the HD versions that were broadcast on some HD channel a few years ago, and honestly speaking, as impressive as the transfer was, they were more a curiosity than something that genuinely enthralled me, and since this is mother fucking Star Wars we're talking about here, something ain't right with that lack of enthrallment. This is where logic breaks down, especially in a thread devoted to high definition, but the cosmetic changes the special editions tinker with are that fucking offensive to me.

When it comes to Star Wars, im quite happy with my dvd laser disk transfers running on my oppo-83 player. I'll quite happily forgo being able to make out the smudge marks on vaders helmet if it means Boba Fett isnt a fucking Kiwi. Or that jabba remains a puppet and not a 90s 3d render.

So aye, the box covers should so be the original posters, the theatrical cuts should be right there, alongside his updated versions and thats it.

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