can anyone help with advice regarding Region 5 releases of Hollywood movies prior to Region 1 releas

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  1. Johnny G

    Johnny G Supporting Actor

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    Before I start, I want to be 100% legitimate here, I don't want to get into discussions about piracy so please keep that for dedicated threads.

    It has come to my attention that many Hollywood movies are released on Region 5 before Region 1 & just as people used to import DVD from the USA into the UK to take advantage of the early release, I'd like to find out which country these Region 5 DVDs come from & hopefully find a source to buy them from.

    Titles I have seen released on Region 5 include:-

    Surrogates
    Pandorum
    Jennifer's Body
    Zombieland
    A Perfect Getaway
    Number 9
    District 9
    Taking of Pelham 1 2 3

    According to Wikipedia, Region 5 includes Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Africa, excluding Egypt, South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho and French overseas territories; Central and South Asia, Mongolia, North Korea.

    Does anyone know which of these countries these movies are coming from?
     
  2. Simon Howson

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    They are probably Russian bootleg copies. It just doesn't make any sense for a Hollywood film that is released theatrically in the U.S. to be issued on DVD before the U.S. market.
     
  3. Johnny G

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    Here's just a few of the recent Hollywood movies coming out on Region 2 before Region 1 DVD:-

    Angels & Demons
    Bruno
    Four Christmases
    Night at the Museum 2
    Terminator Salvation
    Public Enemies
    G-Force
    Hangover
    Inglorious Basterds
    The Final Destination
    Hurt Locker
    Moon
    Sorority Row

    Figure that out if you can!
     
  4. Serega_M

    Serega_M Agent

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    Most of R5 discs are Russian, I suppose, and yes, most of the titles which are released before R1 are pirated stuff, although there are some legit releases as well, which our distributors dump to official DVDs early in hope to beat pirates. Two of the biggest online stores in Russia for books and media are www.bolero.ru and ww.ozon.ru. So, if you'd like to be sure that the discs are legit - shop there, if you know Russian, of course :)
     
  5. Johnny G

    Johnny G Supporting Actor

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    Thanks very much for your help Serega, I found the new Roland Emmerich movie "2012" for 363py6 on ozon & 303py6 on bolero so I tried registering using google to translate but it didn't make much sense to me.

    It shows their phone number as +7 (495) 916 98 84 so I'm gonna phone & hope they speak English.
     
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    It doesn't come out until December according to ozon. I didn't find it at bolero, so maybe you were looking at different movie...
     
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    A few other region 2 examples of films released in Europe before the US:

    The Godfather
    Pink Panther cartoons (US had the correct versions)
    The Pink Panther fils and cartoons such as "The Inspector 2"
     
  8. Serega_M

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    Johnny, you are welcome, but keep in mind that the quality of Russian releases are usually worse than their R1 and R2 counterparts and there are usually no extras or very little supplements, really :) So I think it is better to wait a little and buy the better quality product than to shop for Russian DVDs really, if it is not a Russian movie you are interested in. Being Russian, I do order discs from R1 and R2 mostly, even some Russian classics like "Solaris" by Tarkovski, which I bought in wonderful Criterion edition and not the R.U.S.C.I.C.O. one. Just my two cents :)
     

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