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Criterion Blu-ray titles!

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Brandon Conway, May 7, 2008.

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  1. Jesse Blacklow

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    From Criterion's Blu-ray e-mail sent out today:
     
  2. Kris Z.

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    That's the same answer regarding region coding as I got when I e-mailed Jon. And it doesn't make complete sense to me because they're still only selling them in North America regardless if it's Region A or ABC, they're not responsible for certain online stores and distributors shipping out the discs overseas.
     
  3. Mike Frezon

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    I was interested in how the Criterion Blu-ray upgrade program is going to work, so I sought out the link for that:
     
  4. Jeff Ulmer

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    While the "trade up" program is better than nothing, I'm not sure whether it is worth spending $25 for a disc only upgrade when you can get the entire BR release for an extra $4 for regular (non box set) versions, which would allow you to resell your DVD version if you wanted to.
     
  5. Mike Frezon

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    That's the way it looks to me Jeff.
    I was thinking you'd be much better off selling the old SD set to make up for the upgrade...rather than spend $20+ to give up an SD disc to get a BD disc.
     
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    Yeah, at first glance I was excited about the upgrade program, but as I read how it actually worked the excitement quickly faded. It doesn't seem like much of a deal or upgrade pricing (yet, I tend to understand why they chose that price point). I think I will either just buy the Blu editions or do as Mike suggests.
     
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    The upgrade could be worth it for The Man Who Fell to Earth (since it seems that the Blu-ray will not have a copy of the novel.)
     
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    "Are Criterion's Blu-ray discs region-encoded?
    Yes. Criterion is licensed to sell most of its editions only in North America."
    Yes, and I know for a fact, that many of their SD DVD-releases are "R0" (some are "R1", though). Perhaps this is again something that they have to add to their "FAQ", but many releases are actually "R0" in "real life"? Well, I guess not.. I guess their policy is a bit old-fashioned.
    I have US PS3, but this is very bad news for many fans out there...
     
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    Would something like that be considered "like edition" though?
    _Man_
     
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    The first five Criterion blu-ray discs are now up for pre-order on Amazon. I pre-ordered this morning. The average price is $28 per disc.

    Being my first post, I'm can't post the links, yet, but they're at Amazon now.

    CC
     
  11. Derrick King

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    I think so. It seems to me that the "like edition" is, from the example they give, a reference to titles that have been rereleased with new transfers and extras (Seven Samurai, Yojimbo, Amarcord, etc.)
     
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    As far as I know all their DVD releases after #305 "Le Samurai" have the regioncode 1.
     
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    Region coding for DVD isn't even worth mentioning though. At least in Europe I think it's actually more difficult to find a player that can't be unlocked using the remote than one that can, and it has been that way for years.

    I was hoping something similar would happen with Blu-ray but so far the closest thing I've seen are pre-modded versions that cost a fortune.
     
  14. Jeff Adkins

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    Isn't it against Blu-Ray spec to include region coding after a title has been out for a year? So theoretically, these titles will all be available region-free next fall.
     
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    I've read about that "rule" before, but Blu-ray has been around for how many years now, and I have never seen even one example of this actually being implemented.
     
  16. Jeff Adkins

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    I wondered if it was actually being implemented. I would like to pick up Fox's release of The Fountain with DTS-HDMA but it's initial release was Region B.
    Anyone else know if this rule is being enforced?
     
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    Well, all US Fox and MGM titles have been region-coded - both new and catalog titles.
     
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    I wish that they would renumber from 1. Since many of the DVD titles are out of print, and I didn't buy them while they were available, it'd be nice to be able to start fresh on a blu-ray collection.
     
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    Crap! Did anyone else see on Criterion's "Coming Soon" page that all of the blu-ray releases have been pushed backed by a month or more? [​IMG]
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    I figured something like that was going on when amazon sent an email regarding a delay for The Last Emperor and The Third Man about a week ago.
    Oh well. As long as they actually make it out and I can own them at some point not a huge deal.
     

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