buying Asian release DVD's for use here in US?

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  1. Chris_Wood

    Chris_Wood Auditioning

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    on ebay:
    Band of Brothers set (no tin), but Asian release.
    - packaging is the same as the US version, with the addition of a little Chinese on the front
    - reported to play fine in Region 1 dvd players

    Safe to buy, or should I avoid this and keep looking?
     
  2. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    It is probably safe enough. But most Asian release that are claimed to play on R1 DVDs are bootlegs.

    They will run. But often they have very poor transfers. And even if the transfers are OK, they are still (likely) bootlegs.
     
  3. Rob Lutter

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    Chris... if a DVD is from Hong Kong AND it is Region 0 (All region), 99.9999999999% of the time it is a bootleg.
     
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    Aren't all those Universe Laser & Media Asia Jackie Chan DVDs Region 0 discs from Hong Kong?
     
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  8. Rob Lutter

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    That's why I didn't say 100%. [​IMG]

    But seriously... there is more seeds than watermelon in the HK DVD market.
     
  9. Lew Crippen

    Lew Crippen Executive Producer

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    Of course there are legitimate DVD manufacturers in HK. Just as its possible to buy legitimate Microsoft products in certain parts of Asia (to stay away from singling out one country).

    However, factually SE Asia and China produce a large number of bootleg products of every type. And in some markets, a large percentage of bootleg to legitimate. I lived in SE Asia for two years and spent another 5+ working through the Asia/Pacific region. It is very easy to tell the rip-offs from the legitimate products, the price being the first clue.
     
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    To refine what Rob said

    If it's a product that originates in the US, or is anime that is Region 0, English and Chinese subs it's a bootleg 98% of the time
     

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