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Where to buy Japan Region 2 release of "Hero"?


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#1 of 21 OFFLINE   Kami

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Posted April 20 2004 - 01:15 PM

After doing some reading, it looks like the R2 is the way to go. I play off a HTPC so region code isn't a concern. The only site I could find with the R2 for sale was $37 US...is it cheaper anywhere else? You can get the R0 for $9.99 on ebay! Thanks in advance.

#2 of 21 OFFLINE   jason:g

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Posted April 21 2004 - 12:29 AM

Japanese discs are always more expensive than other regions.

#3 of 21 OFFLINE   Magnus T

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Posted April 21 2004 - 10:14 AM

Go for the R3 edition from EDKO. Should be able to find it fairly cheap. It's identical to the Japanese release.
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#4 of 21 OFFLINE   Tin-Lun Lau

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Posted April 21 2004 - 11:53 AM

not really.... video quality wise, the japanese version is a little darker and truer to Christopher Doyle's vision. The Chinese DVD seems a little brightened, it's still good video quality, tho.
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#5 of 21 OFFLINE   Mark_Wilson

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Posted April 21 2004 - 11:53 AM

I've got the R0 China, R3 Edko and the R2 Japan release and the R2J is clearly superior. The Korean version is the same as the Edko release.

#6 of 21 OFFLINE   Mark_Wilson

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Posted April 22 2004 - 04:33 AM

Hero Comparison

The HK Edko and Korean are the same. You can see the Japanese is superior.

#7 of 21 OFFLINE   Todd McF

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Posted April 29 2004 - 02:51 AM

I just picked up the EDKO. The others versions are very difficult to find. The EDKO does have a higher bit rate than the others and the image looks pretty detailed from the shots - color balance issues aside. I wanted this thing before it becomes totally unavailable which seems to be what is happening. I do have a projector so I'll post my findings.

#8 of 21 OFFLINE   David Levy

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Posted April 29 2004 - 08:09 PM

CD-WOW are currently selling the 2 disc version for a very resonable price

#9 of 21 OFFLINE   jason:g

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Posted April 30 2004 - 02:05 PM

I note that the Japanese R2 version has Japanese text for the prologue and epilogue frames (with English subtitles) instead of Edko's burned in Chinese+English text frames...

#10 of 21 OFFLINE   ryan richardson

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Posted May 03 2004 - 02:55 AM

I just bought the DTS ES version, but it didn't say which region. Is that version available in more than one region? Thanks, rynopr
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#11 of 21 OFFLINE   jason:g

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Posted May 03 2004 - 12:36 PM

The Japanese, Korean, Chinese, and Hong Kong editions all have the DTS ES 6.1 audio track.

#12 of 21 OFFLINE   ryan richardson

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Posted May 10 2004 - 03:01 AM

Funny thing my region 3 copy works in my dvd player--pleasant surprise. I don't have a multiregion player yet. I tried another disk to see if it would play non region one and it wouldn't work. I thought someone could fill me in why?
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#13 of 21 OFFLINE   Mark_Wilson

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Posted May 10 2004 - 06:00 AM

Does it have this cover;

Hero (China)

or this one;

Hero (HK)

Or do you have the Korean version?

That first link is for the old Mainland China disc that was R0. The second HK disc is R3. I don't know what Region the Korean disc is.

#14 of 21 OFFLINE   ryan richardson

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Posted May 15 2004 - 01:33 AM

It looks like the link you gave to (HK). I watched it last night for the first time. What an awsome movie! Even my wife and her friend loved it! It says R3 on the back, but still played in my player. I don't understand it, but am very thankful. Thanks
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#15 of 21 OFFLINE   RobD

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Posted May 15 2004 - 01:38 AM

That release is labelled wrongly, its marked R3 but is in fact R0. Glad you liked it Posted Image

#16 of 21 OFFLINE   MattWel

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Posted May 15 2004 - 03:59 AM

ok, so the HK Edko disc is actually Region 0?

#17 of 21 OFFLINE   RobD

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Posted May 15 2004 - 07:06 AM

As far as I can work out, it worked in Region 2 only player so I think it is. Unfortunately I have lent it to a friend and so I cant just put it in Powerdvd and check.

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Posted May 15 2004 - 08:16 AM

It would have to be because my dvd changer is like an antique now. Nothing at all burned will play in my player let alone something from another region.
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#19 of 21 OFFLINE   Dave F

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Posted May 15 2004 - 04:17 PM

So where can you get the Japanese pressing? And which pressing is the box set? -Dave
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#20 of 21 OFFLINE   MattWel

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Posted May 21 2004 - 04:23 PM

I just received my HK Edko dvd of Hero and it won't play in my Region 1 player or my Region locked DVD Rom drive. Where did you guys get yours?




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