Criterion DVD's - Are They Multi-Region?

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  1. BenjaminG

    BenjaminG Stunt Coordinator

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    Hey, I'm sure that I read somewhere that they were. Is this true? I am interested in getting the Monty Python's Life Of Brian, but am only R4 equipped. Anyone that can shed some light on this would be most appreciated.
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  2. alan halvorson

    alan halvorson Cinematographer

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    So far as I know, with one exception, Criterion discs are region encoded. The one exception I'm aware of is the first release of Seven Samurai, long OOP (the second Region 1 release is still available).
     
  3. Julian Lalor

    Julian Lalor Supporting Actor

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    All Disney titles released through Criterion (eg The Rock, Armageddon, Royal Tenenbaums, Rushmore, Chasing Amy) are coded R1. The Passion of Joan of Arc is also a R1 disc. The Life of Brian is not region coded.
     
  4. Mark_vdH

    Mark_vdH Screenwriter

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    To add to Julian's post:

    All Kurosawa Criterions (with the exception of the already mentioned first pressing of Seven Samurai) are also R1 encoded.
    The movies licensed from Universal that I have (Brazil, Do The Right Thing, The Last Temptation Of Christ, Spartacus), are playable on all dvd players. Most others (including Life Of Brian) are also not region encoded.

    BTW: of the two Hitchcock Criterions I have, Notorious is R1, but Rebecca is not region encoded.
    Julian correctly mentioned that The Passion Of Joan Of Arc is R1, but the other Carl Th. Dreyer Criterions (available in a 4-disc box) have no region encoding.
     
  5. Sebastian_A

    Sebastian_A Stunt Coordinator

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    I think those that ARE coded have the "1" on the back - the others don't have it, and therefore are region free. [​IMG]
    Seb
    PS: Anyone confirm, hehe!
     
  6. Sam Owens

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    Gimme Shelter is R1 but doesn't advertise the fact.
     
  7. Jon Robertson

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    As are The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and Fiend Without A Face
     
  8. Mark_vdH

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    The Vanishing is also a R1 disc without warning on the cover, the already mentioned Notorious also doesn't have the R1 logo.
     
  9. Ted Todorov

    Ted Todorov Cinematographer

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    I'd say at least 50% of Criterion DVDs are R0. There was a list somewhere, but I can't find it now. The Night Porter is R0.
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