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#521 of 606 OFFLINE   Ed Lachmann

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Posted May 09 2014 - 09:26 AM

I think the French BD of "Forever Amber" has fixed subtitles.

 

This is a really annoying problem that occurs primarily in French releases.  I wonder if one wrote to Sidonis about this idiotic practice and explained that it almost kills their English speaking customer sales it might do any good.  After all, we all know that whoever owns the MGM/UA catalogue will certainly NEVER release KINGS OF THE SUN in blu-ray form. Sad!



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Posted May 09 2014 - 12:36 PM

This is a really annoying problem that occurs primarily in French releases.  I wonder if one wrote to Sidonis about this idiotic practice and explained that it almost kills their English speaking customer sales it might do any good.  

That's the idea . The forced subtitles are usually a contractual obligation from the films original owner to deter sales in other countries if the content is released by different companies in different countries.  In the UK it is possible to buy players where part of the multi region modification includes disabling the UOP that stops you from removing those subs.



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Posted May 11 2014 - 11:20 PM

Well, both Boy On A Dolphin and Cukor's Justine are out in the UK. Anyone bought or seen them yet? I'm curious if both but especially Dolphin are anamorphic wide screen. I have the German Dolphin but I'm ready to upgrade if it's an anamorphic transfer. 



#524 of 606 OFFLINE   Ed Lachmann

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Posted May 12 2014 - 10:14 AM

That's the idea . The forced subtitles are usually a contractual obligation from the films original owner to deter sales in other countries if the content is released by different companies in different countries.  In the UK it is possible to buy players where part of the multi region modification includes disabling the UOP that stops you from removing those subs.

 

I just wonder how Germany and Japan get away with putting out some of the same titles but without forced subs. The French company Filmedia has optional subs for its recent 55 DAYS AT PEKING BD, yet  they are the very ones  who had forced subs on their earlier release of EXODUS, which had optional subs in the concurrent German release.  Hopefully, the French companies see how this practice hurts international sales and don't want to be the ONLY country forced to do this.  It's odd that studios would have a contractual obligation in France and not have the same obligation in other countries.  That just doesn't make any sense at all. 



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Posted May 13 2014 - 01:27 AM

I am confused by the forced subtitles. My experience of subtitles on French releases is that they usually need to be removed using the remote control (all my players are Panasonic) whereas German distributors usually have a menu option.



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Posted May 13 2014 - 10:32 AM

I am confused by the forced subtitles. My experience of subtitles on French releases is that they usually need to be removed using the remote control (all my players are Panasonic) whereas German distributors usually have a menu option.

On others, like the French EXODUS, there is no way to remove them at all, even when using the remote. And, mine is a region free Oppo, which can do darn near anything.



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Posted May 13 2014 - 11:45 AM

I can remove any subtitles but that's because the UOP was disabled as part of the mod.

Usually if you can remove subs via the menu you can just use your SUB key on the remote to switch them off although this is not always the case . Disney titles will often need to return to the menu. Speaking of Disney , the disabled UOP also means you can change the ANGLE on the fly so when Disney present alternate foreign language opening titles usually only accessible by selecting the relevant audio track you can switch between them as the film runs.

 

Back to subtitles and the Spanish Hammer Horror dvd's had subs that were removeable but they were tricky as you had to select your audio track , then start the film then return to the menu to select no subs then restart the film . If you tried to do it all at once the subs would appear.

 

If you buy foreign discs regularly I can't recommend a UOP disabled player highly enough but I only know one company in the UK that offers that mod so I don't know what the US options are other than the programs you can buy to use for computer playback where removing subs should be easy



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Posted May 13 2014 - 08:11 PM

Douglas Sirk's "Interlude", starring June Allyson and Rossano Brazzi.  This was released in Australia (via Madman's 'Directors Suite' series) back in 2011 but I've only just purchased it.  A very nice 'scope print with gorgeous colour; extras include the original film "When Tomorrow Comes" (1939) starring Irene Dunne.  For fans of Sirk and for fans of June Allyson (looking very glam) this is recommended, especially for its current RRP of $19.99.

 

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Posted May 28 2014 - 09:47 PM

I just received the new UK edition of "Forever Amber", and briefly spot-checked it.  Looks about the same as the Spanish release which was quite good.  Happy to have an English-friendly copy on a pressed disc.



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Posted May 30 2014 - 08:05 PM

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Posted June 13 2014 - 05:23 AM

While in Spain this week I bought the Blu-ray of John Huston's MOULIN ROUGE. I've always very much liked the film but for some reason it never seems to have been given much critical attention. It's on the Vertice label and is licensed from the rights owner, ITV Studios. Definition is extremely good although the print has various speckles and minor scratches. I'm not sure that it's vastly better than the MGM DVD because it has a sort of mistiness over the picture which isn't on the DVD (I'd liked to have had time to browse for other discs but being on holiday with family and relatives who have absolutely no interest in such things, sadly i wasn't allowed to do so!).



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Posted June 19 2014 - 11:40 PM

I just finished watching Shalako (1968) with Sean Connery and Brigitte Bardot. It came from Australia since (to the best of my knowledge) it's the only 16x9 anamorphic transfer available of the film. It's a nice transfer though for some reason in some scenes both the left and right edges are squeezed a bit.

 

My Australian blu of Exodus has been on backorder for three weeks now from EZYdvd but a 16x9 Darling (1965) is winging its way from Australia to me as I type.



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Posted July 03 2014 - 10:26 AM

I received two DVDs and a blu ray from Germany.

 

First, the blu of The Sicilian Clan doesn't appear to be locked to region B. The back of the blu jacket is in German but I saw region ABC printed so I assumed it was playable on a region A (region 1) player and it played fine. It's in the original French and has English subtitles. It's a handsome transfer but not blow you away HD.

 

Then I also got 16x9 anamorphic DVDs of Madigan and Rollercoaster which are only 4x3 letterbox in region 1. Both in English with German subtitles optional. They look nice.



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Posted July 03 2014 - 06:01 PM

There is a Czech Blu Ray release of HOW TO STEAL A MILLION available. Around $15 after conversion from their currency.



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Posted July 03 2014 - 09:10 PM

Is there a prompt and reliable seller of Czech discs (that takes Paypal)?



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Posted July 04 2014 - 07:05 PM

I don't know of one which takes Paypal, but here's a link to a website store selling it. I plan to phone them and speak to someone who knows some English and order it that way as I may misinterpret some of the information online.

 

        www.dvd-premiery.cz/jak-ukrast-venusi-blu-ray/d-105171/



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Posted July 04 2014 - 08:36 PM

Thanks Michael, you're a mate.



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Posted July 05 2014 - 12:52 AM

Well, both Boy On A Dolphin and Cukor's Justine are out in the UK. Anyone bought or seen them yet? I'm curious if both but especially Dolphin are anamorphic wide screen. I have the German Dolphin but I'm ready to upgrade if it's an anamorphic transfer. 

 

The comments left on Amazon UK by people who have bought these two DVDs indicate that the quality is very poor. Boy On A Dolphin seems to be non-anamorphic while Justine appears to be seriously bad in general.

 

As I would like to have both these films in my collection, I am disappointed.

 

(So far, no-one has left any comment about The Unguarded Moment



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Posted July 05 2014 - 03:34 AM

Using Mike*HTF's question, does anyone know of a prompt and reliable seller of Brazilian discs, Paypal or not. I would like to order the Region A Noah (Noe) 3D.



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Posted July 05 2014 - 03:45 AM

Hi Mike. I tried calling that Czech store. They don't handle English customers over the phone and asked me to email them. I will let you know the outcome.






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