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Canadian releases on Blu-ray are they typically the same quality as US releases?


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Posted November 30 2011 - 11:51 AM

I ordered Nowhere boy from a vendor, which turned out to be an alias for inetvideo which is a large Canadian vendor that sells items on Amazon. I try to avoid them because instead of the item listed they send the Canadian equivalent. In this case it is distributed by Maple Pictures. Can I expect this disc to be of the same quality of the US release?

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Posted December 01 2011 - 12:44 AM

I have purchased movies from inetvideo and the only differences I've noticed is they use alternate covers. PQ is mostly good but I can't really compare to the U.S. counterparts for obvious reasons. I've heard of issues such as the transfers being interlaced vs. progressive on some DVDs but otherwise the products should be virtually the same.
 

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Posted December 01 2011 - 10:00 AM

Maple titles are usually direct ports of their Lionsgate brethren from below the 49th parallel. In the case of Nowhere Boy, which was a Weinstein Company release handled on BD by Sony, it should also be a direct port, which was the case with my copy of Doubt, which was a Miramax release in the US. The only Canadian studios that warrant suspicion are TVA and Alliance, because TVA releases are not particularly good, and Alliance sometimes use old 1080i masters or crop their releases. Blade and Se7en are two releases that immediately come to mind.


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Posted December 02 2011 - 04:39 AM

Yes be wary of Alliance, their history is bad. Also the VVS Films release in Canada of the movie " Brooklyn's Finest " is cropped to 1.78:1, which is not the original aspect ratio.

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Posted December 02 2011 - 05:51 AM

Alliance releases are usually identical to their US counterparts if the American disc is released at the same time. The only Alliance discs that have been problematic are the ones that they have released exclusively. There are even a handful of Canadian discs that are superior to the US versions - the Canadian Ghost Writer, for example, is fully intact while the American disc includes the dubbed over swearing that was added to secure a PG-13 rating.
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Posted December 04 2011 - 07:18 AM

There are even a handful of Canadian discs that are superior to the US versions - the Canadian Ghost Writer, for example, is fully intact while the American disc includes the dubbed over swearing that was added to secure a PG-13 rating.

Is that correct? The Canadian bluray of The Ghost Writer does not have the swears dubbed out? I thought all releases of the film in North America had been dubbed to remove the swearing.

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Posted December 04 2011 - 08:52 AM

Yes, Worth is correct. The E1 Films Canada (I have the bd) release with the bilingual cover has the swearing intact.

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Posted December 04 2011 - 04:27 PM

E1 is another studio whose quality is mostly excellent. Their Summit titles are direct ports of their US brethren, with the notable exception being The Ghost Writer.


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Posted May 25 2012 - 02:34 PM

Actually I read a review by Gary Tooze at DVD Beaver that the Canadian release of Nowhere Boy was 1080i, while Blu-ray.com says the American version from Sony is 1080p. The Canadian version also does not have subtitles.