DVD Retailers in Tokyo

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  1. MikeDeVincenzo

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    Does anyone know which DVD retailers are the best in Tokyo? Addresses if possible, would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. Jeff Kleist

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    Liberty, Tower, Virgin Superstore ummm, seriously, just go to Akihabara, you'll find DVD [​IMG]
    Key phrase-
    "DVD wa dohko des kah?"(Where can I find DVD) If they are confused, try pronouncing it Dee-bee-dee
    For addresses, the Japanese numbering system is so screwed up that you're better off just wandering. Seriously.
    Jeff Kleist
     
  3. MikeDeVincenzo

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    Thanks Jeff!
     
  4. Tomoko Noguchi

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    Jeff has it right when he says just go to Akihabara. However, there is no Tower or Virgin Megastores in Akihabara. The best places to find DVD in Akihabara (the v is pronounced "vwee") are at Ishimaru (there are 3 of them in Akihabara) and Disk Union (in Ochanomizu--one stop from Akihabara on the Yellow Line). If you go to Shinjuku you can visit Tower (Shibuya Tower actually is bigger) and HMV. All of these places can be visited in one day because they are close to one another.
     
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    In Japan, discounts of 10% are generally given as store coupons good on next or future purchase. That is the way Ishimaru works. The best place in Akihabara is Dynamic Audio. They give 15 % discount up front. No coupons. The Dynamic Audio store is about three buildings to the West of Ishimaru Soft 1. This is on street that intersects with the main street. North East corner at main intersection is Yamagia main store. Nortwest corner is Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. Head West from this intersection about two blocks. Dynamic Audio is on North East corner of next "main" street. HMV and Tower use point card system for discounts. The best HMV is the one in Shibuya. I highly recommend Dynamic Audio.
     
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    Roger,
    Thanks for that update on Dynamic audio. Disk Union is where I usually go when I am in Tokyo (they give 10-12% up front the last time I was there). Have you been there before?
    Either way, a lot of great places to visit when visitors come to visit.
     
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    Tomoko, not familiar with Disc Union. Yesterday I was in Yamagiwa (6th floor). They had Fox titles at 20% off yesterday. I think discount there is like Ishimaru using store coupons.
     
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    So Mike, what'd you get? [​IMG]
     
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    Ishimaru in Tokyo now has a new theme. The discount varies depending upon the quanity of discs purchased. Range is from 10% up to 20% discount.
     
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    Wish I were there Roger, I have about 4 or 5 titles I want, and the lack of shipping, as well as that discount sounds mighty sweet
    Jeff Kleist
     
  11. Shane Gralaw

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    Hey guys,

    How available are region 1 or 0 DVDs for sale or rental in the Tokyo area? I'm moving to Kawasaki City and my poor little DVD player is only region 1! How will I get my movie fix?
     
  12. Jeff Kleist

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    You shouldn't have too much problem finding region 1 product in Akihabara in Tokyo

    You could just buy yourself a nice multi-region player while you're there and you're set. Yes, it'll work back in the states too.
     
  13. Roger Mathus

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    Shane, Region 1 titles are easily available in Tokyo but at 2X the USA list price.

    Simple solution........I order my DVDs from Laser's Edge...one of the HTF sponsors. They offer fair prices and flawless service. DHL parcels arrive in 30 hours from pick-up in Indy these days.

    All region players are also easily available in Tokyo. There is a JVC model that has built-in PAL to NTSC conversion that plays anything.
     
  14. Tomoko Noguchi

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    I agree with Roger. There is one place at Sato Musen (one block from the station exit and on the left--up about 3 floors). However, that place will charge you so much for region 1 discs.

    By the way, Roger, I was at Dynamic Audio 2 months ago and it does have the best discounts. Thank you.
     
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    BIC Camera at old Sogo location in Ginza (Yurakcho Station) is also not bad if you get BIC Members card. DVDs on floor B1.
     
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    Cool! Thanks for the info!
     

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