Canadian DVD's lower video bitrate?

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  1. Kai Zas

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    I've been ordering my R1 DVD's from DVDBoxOffice (Canada) for quite some time now, since I live in Europe. They make sure there's no taxes awaiting me when the discs arrive. They send 'em as being presents.

    Now I've been reading here in this very forum all sorts of things about bitrates and how there's less room for the picture when there are multiple audiotracks.

    So... some of the Canadian DVD's have a seperate French audio-track. Does this mean the image quality is lowered for the Canadian version to fit that extra track on the disc? Should I be buying my dvd's in the States to get a better picture quality?

    Tnx!
     
  2. Jeff

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    No, there's no difference. You'll probably end up getting a Spanish track instead of the French one if you order from the US.

    Jeff
     
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    Many US discs have some foreign language track(s), too, so it probably would make no difference.
     
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    The only studio you should really be worried about is Seville Pictures.

    They released a P&S only Run Lola Run at the same time Sony released their PS/WS version.
     
  6. Jason Whyte

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    It depends by title, and if the Canadian company did their own transfer or ported one from the US.
    Oh, I wouldn't be worrying about Seville DVD anymore (and I'm sure my buddy Mark McLeod would back me up on this). They are full supporters of anamorphic widescreen transfers where available. The same goes for TVA and Alliance Atlantis. [​IMG]
    Now, as for those select Seville full frame discs that they released, well...
    Jason
     
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  8. Kai Zas

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    Thanks for putting my mind at ease, people!
     
  9. Jakob_S

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    I think I've read somewhere that the canadian release of "Memento" should look worse than the USA-version. I don't know if this is correct, but who actually cares about these 2 DVD's now? I think we're all waiting for that special edition to be anounced... [​IMG]
     
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    Also watch out for anything released by Alliance Atlantic. At least check first if everything is ok.

    So far, I've fouled up twice with releases by them - Johnny Mnemonic in p&s only and The Art Of War was broken with aspect ratio problems.

    Both were available in good editions on US versions of the discs.
     
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    So the rumor the bitrate is related to the US/CDN exchange rate is unfounded???
     
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  14. Kai Zas

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    Crud, I do have the Canadian Memento. Whish I had known about this forum before I bought it [​IMG]
    Plus, DVDBoxOffice kinda suckerd me with "Lost Highway". Turns out the Seville release is Pan&Scam. There's no mention of this on the site.
    They do have a return policy, but with the cost of getting it from Belgium back to Canada and the re-shelving fee of $4, it's not worth it.
     

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