"Elizabeth" DVD from Asia: plays on R1 players but "fullframe" - LEGIT?

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  1. Gary Cliff

    Gary Cliff Stunt Coordinator

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    I saw this advertised on eBay. Now, I'm relatively new to all of this. I have heard of illegal "bootleg" DVDs coming out of Asia. Is this "Elizabeth" DVD an example of this? Or is it possible that it is a legitimate DVD?
     
  2. Bjorn Olav Nyberg

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    Not everything that comes from Asia is a bootleg

    Not everything with a Region 0 coding is a bootleg either

    There is no way to be sure without the name of the distributor, source, or a cover scan etc, and even then I bet most of us could not really know for sure.

    Caveat emptor!
     
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    Some international distributors are given an open-matte/pan & scan transfer and/or do not region code a disc.

    Mei Ah distributes Rules of Engagement, Memento, & Heartbreakers in Hong Kong and the tranfers are letterbox widescreen with no region coding. Rules of Engagement also has a dts soundtrack but its a DVD-10.

    IVL distributes Jeepers Creepers in Hong Kong and its transfer is pan & scan. Plus, its a two DVD-5 set thanks to the inclusion of dts English audio.

    Universe Video & Laser Company Limited also have letterbox widescreen transfers for some films like The Gift, Traffic, and Rush Hour. Plus Universe Video & Laser Company was given a full-frame transfer for One Night At McCools.

    It just depends on what the originating studio allows a distributor to do with a release.
     

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