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Canadian LOTR 4 disc version: French track?

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#1 of 35 OFFLINE   Hartwig Hanser

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Posted November 05 2002 - 07:15 PM

Will the Canadian version have an additional french soundtrack, thereby possibly reducing picture quality, or will this release be identical to the Amercan one?

#2 of 35 OFFLINE   Jonathan Kaye

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Posted November 05 2002 - 07:40 PM

My understanding is that the Canadian version will have a French Dolby Surround 2.0 track instead of an English Dolby Surround 2.0 track, but other than that the specs are the same.

Don't know about packaging yet, though....Posted Image
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#3 of 35 OFFLINE   Marc Colella

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Posted November 05 2002 - 10:05 PM

I got in touch with someone in Alliance and he stated that:

- the English 2.0 track would be removed to make room for the French 2.0 track

- the packaging would NOT be bilingual

- the transfer will be identical to the U.S. version

- the release date would be the same as the U.S.

We'll see what happens on release day.

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Posted November 06 2002 - 12:28 AM

Good to hear Marc. I'd hate to see that beautiful package ruined by bilingual text. *shudder*

#5 of 35 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted November 06 2002 - 01:20 AM

I actually have a copy, because a local retailer broke street date and offered a good price -- on the Canadian release.

Indeed, there are the same number of tracks as listed on the U.S. release, with the DD 2.0 track in French instead of English. The outer packaging is not bilingual, but the liner notes and chapter listings inside the package are.


ADDED: Oops. I overlooked the detachable back "panel" that's under plastic wrap and describes the contents of the package. Part of it is bilingual, but it isn't a permanent part of the outer package.
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#6 of 35 OFFLINE   Richard Travale

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Posted November 06 2002 - 04:49 AM

Thanks Michael, that's really great news.
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#7 of 35 OFFLINE   Aaryn Chan

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Posted November 06 2002 - 05:33 AM

Geezz.. import again. At least, Canadians hae something more, a french track instead of double english tracks.

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Posted November 06 2002 - 05:59 AM

Well, there is one positive thing about the Canadiabn release. The SRP is $34.00 USD while the USA release $39.99 USD so you can find great deals with the Canadian one under $26 USD.

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#9 of 35 OFFLINE   Hartwig Hanser

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Posted November 06 2002 - 06:07 AM


just our of curiosity, why do you want to import (I assume from the US)? I found MIchael´s information reassuring.

#10 of 35 OFFLINE   MichaelPe



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Posted November 06 2002 - 05:21 PM

Well, I'll be importing this one as well.

In this case, the difference between the US/Canadian releases isn't huge, but my main reason is for resale value. I'm 99% sure that the entire LOTR trilogy will be re-released in a couple of years, and I'll want to resell my current set. If it's the bilingual Canadian edition, then I doubt that I'll be able to get as much for it on eBay. Besides, I had an Amazon.com GC, so it brought down the price. Posted Image

#11 of 35 OFFLINE   Jason Whyte

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Posted November 06 2002 - 08:20 PM

This also appears to be an import to me. What I'm not sure is if Alliance has buggered their logos all over the packaging, inserts and disc art as well. I really wish they'd leave a release like THIS one alone, as it completely ruins the collectability factor.

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#12 of 35 OFFLINE   Mikal Haydn

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Posted November 06 2002 - 08:24 PM

Ok, so we have news on the standard 4disc release... any updates on the canadian gift set??

#13 of 35 OFFLINE   David Ely

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Posted November 07 2002 - 01:11 AM

any updates on the canadian gift set??

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#14 of 35 OFFLINE   Aaryn Chan

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Posted November 07 2002 - 02:17 AM


Tout d'abord, je suis vraiment navré de vous répondre si tardivement.
Le courriel m'a été transféré que récemment.

En réponse à vos questions, oui il y aura une piste française sur les deux éditions DVD du 12 novembre. En ce qui concerne le 30 minutes additionnels, si vous faîtes référence au séquences allongées, elles seront effectivement doublées en français. Par contre, les courts métrages que l'on y retrouve seront offerts en version sous-titrée.

Je vous envoi (voir plus bas) les spécifications que vous retrouverez sur les DVD et sur la VHS de l'édition spécial version longue.

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#15 of 35 OFFLINE   Patrice D.

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Posted November 07 2002 - 05:28 AM

Does somebody know which version Amazon.ca will send? Is it the one from Alliance Atlantis with the French track or the one from New Line?

#16 of 35 OFFLINE   Gui A

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Posted November 07 2002 - 06:52 AM

Wow. Alliance isn't even adding French subtitles to the extras.

Amazon.ca will most likely send the Alliance version. On some titles, like Pulp Fiction, they'll import the american version, but charge more for it.

I'll wait until I see it before I buy it. I don't like seeing Alliance plaster their logos over everything, to the point where they almost take credit for making the movie/dvd.

#17 of 35 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted November 07 2002 - 10:07 AM

Good news re: Canuck release. Thanks
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#18 of 35 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted November 07 2002 - 11:12 AM

I guess it's all a matter of perspective. For me, the little Alliance Atlantis logos (including one that plays just before the movie) are an entertaining novelty. Posted Image

Watched the first disc of the movie last night. The added scenes are quite enjoyable.

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Posted November 07 2002 - 12:09 PM

Wait a minute... that Canadian list doesn't have DTS listed! That is, unless "Dolby Digital" is French for "DTS".

A mistake? Or is the Canadian set really lacking DTS?

#20 of 35 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted November 07 2002 - 12:18 PM

Must be a typo. Either that, or I hallucinated the DTS track I listened to last night. Posted Image

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