Criterion Press Release: It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World (Dual Format)

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  1. Wayne_j

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    That's the old Blu-Ray version.
     
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    Well, I did specify the Criterion version in my email. That should tell you something about their level of customer service.
     
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    I'm still waiting for this to arrive in the UK. Given the time it's taking, I suspect Customs may have grabbed it for examination and extraction of tax (the Amazon price is above the European tax-free limit).
     
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    Yes, still waiting for mine. I haven't been hit for tax for several years . . .
     
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    I'm not sure if this has been discussed.

    For all those unfortunate international members without the proper gear please be aware that the Criterion disc is Region One.
    I tried it on my Region 4 player and it was not compatible, so it is not region free.

    Luckily, at the introduction of Blu-rays, I foresaw situations like this and imported a Sony Region One blu-ray player from the US.
    It has served me very well.

    What would life be like if you weren't able to watch this incredible Criterion Blu-ray release.


    The MGM-UA Blu-ray of the general release version is Region free, but boy are you missing out on something extra special.


    Doug.
     
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    Thank you, Carl LaFong, for posting the Lena Horne clip. I thought maybe she performed it at the Oscars the year it was nominated, but I checked on it and it was sung by James Darren.
     
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    As wonderful as this release is, it would've been even more wonderful with a Smilebox edition included. Wish I had one of those Dave Strohmaier Smilebox processors. :)
     
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    I bought a multi region player in order to watch the region one locked THE ROBE when Fox first released that and which, remarkably, still hasn't been released in Europe.
     
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    Douglas, is that a Multi Region Blu-ray or DVD Player or both?
     
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    Well, Canada Post's dog sled arrived today.

    [​IMG]

    Pefectly set the mood for IAMMMMW... ;)
     
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    Both.
     
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    Thanks for that.
    I knew that you could get a multi region DVD player but I wasn't sure if multi region blu-ray players existed,
    although I do seem to remember reading something, somewhere, about region free OPPO players, but I still thought that it involved DVD only.
    Does it handle 3D?

    To keep the thread on track, I was completely blown away by the restored Roadshow version of IAMMMMW.
    In one word: Outstanding. Amazing. Astounding. Brilliant. Superb. Inspiring. Fantastic. Incredible. (you pick the word)

    Doug.
     
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    Multi region Blu-ray players are not easy to find in the UK but there are a few specialist dealers (like Multiregionmagic) who modify them. Mine is Technika, a supermarket brand for which you have to input a code to change regions. I really only need it for the few Criterion and Olive discs I have, so it doesn't get a lot of use!

    It doesn't handle 3D. I have a separate region B player which plays 3D so I wouldn't be able to play a region A locked 3D Blu-ray disc, other than in 2D. Which is bad news for me with the 3D DRAGONFLY SQUADRON coming from Olive.
     
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    I guess multi region blu-ray players would also be available here in Australia under the same conditions as those in the UK.

    You've shocked me Douglas about "Dragonfly Squadron" 3D not being region free.
    My region one Sony blu-ray player pre-dates 3D.
    I might need to update. :(

    Back to IAMMMMW.
     
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    Douglas Pratt's "DVD Laser Disc Newsletter" has weighed in on the Blu-Ray in the February 2014 issue. He made me want to buy it again.
     
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    Doug, The Oppo are by far the best multi zone players and are easily obtainable here in Australia. I have the 105. You just enter the code to change zone. They also do 3D if that floats your boat ( it sinks mine). :)
     
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    Just got the 2 disc soundtrack from lala land records. Can't wait to fire it up. Anyone else have this? I have the original one disc release too but that's only 44 minutes long.
     
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    I still have over 10 years of back issues of "The LDN". Always read it cover to cover when the postman delivered it each month. Let my subscription lapse back in the late nineties when the immediacy of the internet pretty much ended my waiting for printed media to arrive.

    Happy to see that Mr. Pratt still publishes the newsletter (in .pdf format I believe?) And I see that he even has some BD reviews online over at a site called Movie City News.
     
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    Thanks for that John.
    As a 3D fanatic, being able to play region A locked 3D movies would be the only reason I would want to upgrade from my older region A non 3D Sony blu-ray player.

    I can buy a new region A Sony 3D capable blu-ray player from BW for AUD $147 landed here in Australia.
    Not sure how that compares with the OPPO. I'll certainly check it out.


    Same here Reed.
    Now that really brings back wonderful memories.

    Doug.
     
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