Bleh! When did Paramount go bilingual?

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  1. Lyle_JP

    Lyle_JP Screenwriter

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    I ordered the Star Trek IV CE from DVD Soon, assuming that, like previous Paramount discs ordered from Canada, the packaging would be identical. What do I get in the mail? A Candian-only bilingual jacket! Blech!

    When did Paramount start doing this? Which studios are still safe to buy from the Great White North?

    -Lyle J.P.
     
  2. Rob T

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    They started this a while back. [​IMG]

    Warner Bros. and FOX are safe for sure.
    Columbia is too, I think

    I download alternate covers from dvdcoverart.com when it's the bilingual crap. [​IMG]
     
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    The ST TV boxes are safe, singles are not
     
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    I bought Star Trek 2 from Future Shop in Aug/02 and it's bilingual, and it has the little blue PG rating circle on the back cover with a white maple leaf in it signifying its definitely Canadian.

    I got Star Trek 3 from Columbia House Canada, it's not bilingual, but it still has the little blue PG rating circle w/maple leaf. So it has the Canadian rating on it, so why isn't this one bilingual.

    Then I got Star Trek 4 from Amazon Canada and its the same as Star Trek 2.

    Just wondering.
     
  5. PhilipG

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    "Good" Studios: Fox, Warner Bros, Columbia TriStar, MGM

    "Bilingual/Evil" Studios: Buena Vista, Paramount, Universal, New Line

    I believe that discs from Anchor Bay are imported into Canada, which puts them on the "Good" side of the fence.

    Releases will not have bilingual covers if there is no French track. Personally, I think a French track (if it is not original language) is just as bad as an included pan/scam version. Subtitles are surely the way to go.

    The "Good" studios are simply producing two covers for the different markets. Good for them. They'll continue to get my money.

    As for the "Evil" studios - well, they've lost my money on all blind purchases. Movies I really want I'll import from the US, at added expense (and there aren't that many of those).
     
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    I don't think the Anchor Bay titles are imported since many of their limited editions have different number of copies produced (printed on the back) compared to the US ones.

    ...just guessing.
     
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    People like myself who live in the u.k. and hate the bilingual covers should check out for Paramount titles.They sell the U.S. versions(english language covers) and the canadian versions(bilingual cover).
     
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    Hi!

     
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    Regarding Trek III, the original (non-SE) came out before the silly law was passed. The SE, according to DV-Depot, has a bilingual cover.

    As for DS9, season one at least has English-only packaging. But then there's no French track.

    Also, it should be noted that some packaging is not entirely bilingual because the Canadian manufacturers aren't up to replicating the US original. Example: 4 disc FoTR (in that case however the booklet inside was bilingual). Other times they replicate it badly with cheaper materials (e.g. Pulp Fiction).
     
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    i find for SOME bilingual covers, a black marker is a quick fix (if you want to fix the spine only) when the letters are on a black background (ex. the Others, Bourne Identity, Minority Report).
     
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    And --- When did Paramount change their top-of-package "Banner" on 1.33:1 AR films from "Paramount Collection" (a la Sunset Blvd.) to "Full Screen Collection"? (Is this an "across the board" sweeping change? Or does anyone know? Or -- does anyone even give a care?? [​IMG])

    [​IMG]
     
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    I know I wanna complete my "Full Screen Collection". [​IMG]

    Paramount puts "Paramount Collection" on releases that have both OAR on the same disc ("WS Collection" on those that are OAR-only).
     
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    I had forgotten that Paramount was now putting out the South Park seasons. My season 3 set arrived today and low and behold bilingual packaging! Amazon.ca has the import version so this one is going back to indigo and I have ordered the import version.
     
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    "Safe"? Does the French language offend you or something?
     
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