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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Brandon Conway, May 7, 2008.
From Criterion's Blu-ray e-mail sent out today:
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.
I was interested in how the Criterion Blu-ray upgrade program is going to work, so I sought out the link for that:
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.
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.
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.
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.)
"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...
Would something like that be considered "like edition" though?
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.
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.)
As far as I know all their DVD releases after #305 "Le Samurai" have the regioncode 1.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Well, all US Fox and MGM titles have been region-coded - both new and catalog titles.
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.
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?
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.