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#1 of 32 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 01 2010 - 11:43 AM


 

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#2 of 32 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 01 2010 - 11:57 AM

Okay...I have a question.

I may have my information wrong, but I think I read that
this is a British film, quite good, but when it was brought
to American audiences it went through extensive cuts and
that the British version is better.

If this the case, would I be better off importing this title
and is there a region-free available? Of course all of this is dependent on whether my information
is correct or not.

 

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#3 of 32 OFFLINE   Stephen_J_H

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Posted February 01 2010 - 02:06 PM

According to the runtime posted on IMDb, the cuts amount to about 19 minutes. My understanding is that one subplot was removed, along with a few incidental scenes. As well, the title was changed from The Boat That Rocked to Pirate Radio. Being an Anglophile (as well as having English parents), I would import, especially since the amazon.uk price isn't that painful (11.98 pounds).

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Posted February 02 2010 - 06:19 AM

And it is region free. I just dont understand why british blu-rays have so many ratings logos all over the disc and packaging.


#5 of 32 OFFLINE   Neil Middlemiss

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Posted February 02 2010 - 06:52 AM

Ron - British is always better
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Posted February 02 2010 - 10:11 AM

 I have the British version of this and it's well worth getting. It's uncut, region-free and features commentary, deleted scenes, and a making-of. The stuff that is cut isn't necessarily needed but there are quite a few hilarious moments that aren't there. I didn't expect the US release to have the UK cut because the opening credits, ending, and cuts in between don't lend themselves to seamless branching.... they've would've had to added a second disc.

I wonder if it's a new commentary or if they just cut the existing one... I'm betting on the later.

That and the US cover is HORRENDOUS. I hate that big red bar on the top.


#7 of 32 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 08 2010 - 10:56 PM

Just ordered the British version from Amazon U.K.

Here is a link for anyone interested.

 

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Posted February 09 2010 - 07:09 AM

I think I remember reading somewhere that Richard Curtis himself had cut the film down for US release (although he may have been pressured by the studio).  At any rate, I do wish the UK version would be made available in the US.  (I believe this is happening with Red Cliff).

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Posted February 09 2010 - 01:53 PM

Without one of the deleted scenes, something that happens in the third act (no spoilers) seems to come out of nowhere, and has a kind of deus ex machina quality to it.  The UK version is not really better, or more coherent, or even less coherent -- there's just more of it.  And if you like this movie, you will want more of it.

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#10 of 32 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 09 2010 - 01:56 PM

I was shocked that with shipping it only cost $21
from the U.K. to the U.S.

There is even a money converter on the site that
will show total in U.S. currenncy.

 

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Posted February 09 2010 - 05:23 PM

Ron,

I order from Amazon UK as frequently as I do their US site. Yes, the price discrepancies can be puzzling. For example, I ordered Falling Down, Easy Rider & Midnight Express from Amazon UK for a grand total of $50 with shipping included. To order these three in the digibooks from the US site with free shipping would've cost $21.00 more! I recently ordered Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon from Amazon UK because Sony presently only sells it stateside in a box set. It set me back about $16.00 with shipping. You'll also find that it only takes two or three days longer on average to receive your package from across the pond.

I should add that content-wise, all the titles I listed above are identical to the their US counterparts (1080p, region free, ntsc supplements) minus the digibook packaging. 
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Posted February 09 2010 - 09:04 PM



Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein 

I was shocked that with shipping it only cost $21
from the U.K. to the U.S.

There is even a money converter on the site that
will show total in U.S. currenncy.
Ron,
I've been buying several titles from Amazon's UK site because of their pricing and available titles.   I just received the two disc release of GWTW and Sunrise.  Yesterday, I watched Great Expectations and the extended version of Almost Famous.  Overall, I think I bought about 20 Blu-ray titles.






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Posted February 09 2010 - 09:04 PM



Originally Posted by Robert Crawford 



Ron,
I've been buying several titles from Amazon's UK site because of their pricing and available titles.   I just received the 2-disc release of GWTW and Sunrise.  Yesterday, I watched Great Expectations and the extended version of Almost Famous.  Overall, I think I bought about 20 Blu-ray titles.






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#14 of 32 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 09 2010 - 11:20 PM

Crawdaddy,

Is that extended version of ALMOST FAMOUS exclusive 
to the U.K.?

Not even sure if that title is available in the U.S. 

 

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Posted February 10 2010 - 12:13 AM



Originally Posted by Ronald Epstein 

Crawdaddy,

Is that extended version of ALMOST FAMOUS exclusive 
to the U.K.?

Not even sure if that title is available in the U.S. 

Almost Famous isn't available in the U.S.Crawdaddy







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Posted February 10 2010 - 12:16 AM


Quote:
 Almost Famous isn't available in the U.S.


On my way to order that, too.  Thank You.

 

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#17 of 32 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 10 2010 - 12:18 AM

My God!  Just paid $5 for that Blu-ray and with shipping
it came to $13. 

 

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#18 of 32 OFFLINE   Brian McHale

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Posted February 11 2010 - 02:47 AM

I hadn't heard of this movie until I started reading things about it coming out on Blu-ray. Being a big fan of Notting Hill and Love Actually, I am very interested in it. However, I would like to know more about how the US version compares to the UK version. My wife and I usually sit through all the deleted scenes in Love Actually (we've got the US version on DVD), but I never get the feeling that the movie was too short. In other words, as good as some of those scenes are, I think they made the right decision to cut them. So, is the UK version really better, or was it too long? Does the US version have all the cut scenes as deleted scenes?

I'm very tempted to order the UK version, but I've found an awful lot of comments indicating that the movie was a bit on the long side and could have been cut down some.

Edit: Since I posted this, I have had a chance to read several UK reviews of "The Boat That Rocked". Every single one of them mentions that the film is too long. Is it possible that the US cut is a better film? I'd really like to know if the Pirate Radio disc has all the scenes cut from the UK version.


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Posted February 11 2010 - 07:36 AM

I've had The Boat That Rocked BD for the better part of 6 months. I wouldn't want a shorter version. I order BD's from the U.K. rather regularly anymore.

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Posted February 11 2010 - 09:38 AM

Originally Posted by Brian McHale 

Edit: Since I posted this, I have had a chance to read several UK reviews of "The Boat That Rocked". Every single one of them mentions that the film is too long. Is it possible that the US cut is a better film?

 

You're probably never going to find someone that will say that a studio edited version of a movie is the better one (even if it is).




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