? about foreign region dvd's, specifically Eyes Wide Shut...

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  1. Patrick G

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    I'm thinking of getting a multi-region dvd player (Malata or RP91), and had a couple of questions:
    1. Will most Region 2,3,4 major title dvd's, such as Eyes Wide Shut, play with English as the spoken language WITHOUT any subtitles, just like a Region 1 dvd here in the US?
    2. Which region dvd of Eyes Wide Shut is unedited? There is one that is unedited, right? I'm thinking it's Region 3.
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    1) Depends on the distributor.
    2) Eyes Wide Shut R2, R2, and R4 is the uncensored version.
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    My copy of EWS R4, as ordered from Hong Kong, plays identically to the R1 version in all respects. Same sound, same basic transfer quality (to the extent you can even tell, due to all the film grain), more nekkid people.
     
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    I have the German release of Eyes Wide Shut. I have the option of English or German for spoken. You can always turn subtitles off, and usually the original language is an option (though not necessarily the default, you might have to switch it). British films should not be a problem at all (I don't have any, though), and you can order them at www.amazon.co.uk. The only problem is that you should do some research to see if the transfer is any good. There are dozens of british dvd sites (www.dvd.co.uk is an example) you can go to. My copy of Eyes Wide Shut is uncensored, though the difference is minimal. I also got Iron Giant and Sesamstrasse to practice my German (listening skills anyways).
    I know nothing about any other regions. My friend has the Japanese version of South Park (which he plays on his Japanese PS2). It's really cool, if you have a Japanese soundtrack, you can hear them sing "Blame Canada" in Japanese (specifically Osaka dialect).
     
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    As a general rule, DVDs are released with original language and either dubbed soundtrack or subtitles intended to support the market the DVD is intended for. As an example, films originally in English and released in Japan will have English sound track, dubbed Japanese soundtract and optional Japanese subtitles. If the film were originally in say French, there would be no English support on the Japanese release.
     
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    Generally English language films will have English on a foreign produced DVD, but don't count on it. I purhcase Nic Roeg's Insignificance from Germany and it only has a German dub. Thankfully the German Don't Look Now I purchased at the same time has an English track as well as being anamorphic widescreen. It made up for the hurt in finding out I couldn't understand the dialogue in Insignificance--I couldn't even sync it up with my laserdisc since the German DVD is PAL and 4% faster.
     
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    Assuming you have PAL playback capabilities, any DVD ordered from the UK (R2), Australia (R4) or Hong Kong (R3) (often NTSC) you will get the film in its original language and, if that language is English, without forced subtitles. Some German and French (both R2) DVDs have irremovable German/French subtitles if you select English as the language.
    Eyes Wide Shut is uncensored pretty much everywhere outside of R1.
     
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