Chicago Reader's Rosenbaum blasts Region coding

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  1. Guy Martin

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    Wasn't sure if this belongs here or in the Regional forum, but since I think this article touches on some issues that affect us as DVD and film fans. Jonathan Rosenbaum of the Chicago Reader, one of my favorite critics, took some time at the beginning of his review of Hit and Runaway to blast region coding of DVDs as another way movie studios insult the filmgoer and increase cultural isolationism. While he gets a few technical details wrong (unmodified European players can't play R1 dvds) it's an interesting read that deals with the issues in a broader cultural context. Well, hope you enjoy it:
    http://www.chireader.com/movies/arch.../010907_1.html
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    I always thought region coding was a pretty boneheaded move on the studio's part. Especially when a movie is released in P&S or some such nonsense here in Region 1, yet released in 16x9 in Region 3. Is it just me or does this not make a bit of sense? [​IMG]
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    The lack of region coding was probably the reason that no one ever made any money off of video tapes or compact discs. [​IMG]
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