Just got a region free player....Any recommended DVDs?

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  1. JoshB

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    I was finally able to buy a program to make my computer's DVD player region free, and also have a region free DVD player on the way. I just bought by first title too, the 2-disc U.K. version of a superb film I highly recommend called "The Descent" (it won't even be in theaters in the U.S. until Aug. at least). What are some good titles to buy that have:

    1. Anamorphic or better PQ than there R1 counterparts?
    2. Are available on DVD outside the U.S. but not in the U.S.
    3. Have better extras or sound quality?
    4. Even better packaging than the U.S. versions?

    If you look at my collection, you will see where my interests usually go towards.

    Also, can you recommend any good sites for these titles? Thanks!!!
     
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    1. Eyes Wide Shut (isn't digitally "censored" like the US version. The Australian R4 is also uncensored)
    2. Doc Martin TV series (EXCELLENT show set in breath-taking Cornwall and it's cheap-ish at amazon UK), film "Kevin and Perry Go Large"
    3. Footballers Wives TV series (better extras, first two series cheaper than US version, series 3-4 available in UK but not in US)
     
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    There are quite a few, but a couple spring to mind instantly, the Network version of Black Narcissus just blows the Criterion away in terms of the transfer quality, and similarly, their release of The Ipcress File. I'd also check this Buster Keaton set, if your interests lie that way:

    http://www.zetaminor.com/dvd/dvdrevi..._keaton_x3.htm

    Have a look at www.dvdcompare.net to see which R2 releases beat their R1 counterparts.

    Check out this thread;

    http://www.hometheaterforum.com/htfo...hreadid=253213

    ...for dealer recommendations.
     
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    The unrated version of EWS is coming to Region 1 later this year.
     
  5. Rich Malloy

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    Any of the Danish Electric Parc releases of Lars von Trier films (particularly "The Europe Trilogy", "Dogville", and "Breaking the Waves").

    The UK Artifical Eye releases of Michael Haneke films (Code Unknown, The Piano Teacher, Time of the Wolf)

    The UK release of "Santa Sangre".

    The UK release of "Repulsion".

    Either the UK or French release of "Lost Highway" (the French Mk2 has better packaging).

    The French Mk2 release of "The Double Life of Veronique".

    The Japanese releases of "Hero" and "A Taste of Tea".

    The Thai release of "Tropical Malady".
     
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    Hi Josh,
    Welcome to the region-free world! Going region-free is like discovering the 4th dimension. The possibilities are truly endless. An excellent site with lots of useful DVD information in all regions, including reviews, comparisons, upcoming releases, is http://dvdbeaver.com/ which also gives a comprehensinve information on online retail sites all over the world:
    http://dvdbeaver.com/film/FAQ.htm

    Irina
     
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    And search "all regions" over at DVD BASEN to get reviews (and sometimes comparisons).

    dvdcompare.net is also a decent resource.
     
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    Guy Ritchie's REVOLVER.

    great film, i can't believe it doesn't have its own thread at HTF (or the search feature is broken)
     
  10. Irina

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    These are some titles that are available in R2 (UK) and not available in R1:

    When Eight Bells Toll (A. Hopkins):
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...706978-3959822

    Pulp (M. Caine):
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...706978-3959822

    Funeral in Berlin (M. Caine):
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...Fencoding=UTF8

    Triple Cross (Directed by Terence Young):
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...Fencoding=UTF8

    Internecine Project (J. Coburn):
    http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/...Fencoding=UTF8

    Some titles available in R4 (Australia) and not in R1:

    Napoleon by A. Gance:
    http://www.hmv.com.au/product/dvd.asp?sku=868741

    Dragonwyck with V. Price and G. Tierney:
    http://www.hmv.com.au/product/dvd.asp?sku=962360
     
  11. Jeff Mason

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    Man, this is a tough one as interests vary so much. Welcome aboard to the world of region free and as others have done, I'll list my favorite non-R1 titles. I'll warn you that I like action films myself, so you will notice a bit of a slant there [​IMG]!

    Army of Darkness - R3 - has 5.1 surround, the correct aspect ratio and the extended scenes use actual remastered film footage instead of videotape workprints like the U.S. version. I'm told this is because Anchor Bay (in the U.S.) didn't have rights to the extra film footage but MGM has rights outside of the U.S., so they were able to use it.

    Spaced - R2 A fantastic UK TV series from the creators (and a lot of the stars) of Shaun of The Dead. Very funny stuff about a guy and a gal who are forced to lie about being a couple in order to rent an apartment in North London. The characters are great in this one.

    Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels - Director's Cut R2 Now out of print I'm afraid, but I loved the film and I like the added footage as it explains a few plot points. Plus, you get the unedited "bouncing dwarf" joke [​IMG]!

    Hero - Director's Cut R3 The extended cut of the film (unavailable elsewhere to date except, perhaps, in Japan?) with DTS-ES and superior English subtitles (compared to the R1 release which has seriously dumbed down subs).

    The Good Life - R2 Fun little British series from the mid 70s about a couple that gives up the corporate world and tries living off the land in the middle of suburbia. This has been released on VHS in the U.S as "The Good Neighbors" but only series 4 has been released on DVD. That release was so long ago that I suspect series 1-3 will never get a U.S. release.

    I could go on and on...if you like Asian cinema, it's literally endless...Celestial Pictures in Hong Kong have released over 100 Shaw Brothers classics from Kung Fu to Drama to Horror to Romance...almost none of which have been released legitimately in the U.S. and never in such stunning remastered quality.

    Lastly, a short list of action films with superior versions from outside the U.S.:

    Timecop - R2 Japan - anamorphic widescreen print - this is fullscreen only in the U.S.

    Drive - R2 UK - fun "B" actioner staring Mark Dacascos. This is heavily cut in the U.S. and may be full screen (unsure about that). The UK version is DD 5.1, anamorphic widescreen, uncut (additional 17 minutes) and has loads of extras - making ofs, interviews, commentaries, etc.

    Ong Bak - R4 Australia - contains both the orginal Thai version of the film (longer) as well as the cut and re-scored Luc Besson version shown in the U.S. with superior English subtitles.

    While not action per se, the Sergio Leonie "Dollars" Trilogy (starring Clint Eastwood) and Fistful of Dynamite are available in the UK (and I believe Japan) in remastered, extended, two disc deluxe sets. Only "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly" has gotten this treatment in the U.S. so far.
     
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    R4 THE PROPOSITION
    R2 LA HAINE se
    R3 BATTLE ROYALE
    R2 RUDE BOY THE CLASH
    R2 HELLDRIVERS
    R2 FAREWELL MY LOVELY
    R2 DEAD MAN'S SHOES
    R2 SHOGUN ASSASSIN
    R3 CELESTIAL'S SHAW BROTHERS FILMS LIKE 36TH CHAMBER OF SHAOLIN AND INVINCIBLE POLE FIGHTER R2 LE DOULOS
    these are a few of my favorite multi- region dvd's
     
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    John Ford's own personal favourite ' The Prisoner of Shark Island' has just been released in R2 and El Cid and 55 Days at Peking are being re-issued in Japan R2 later this month. The Japanese make lovely discs, great sound and picture.
    Don't forget too, that it frees you up to view some great international movies too , like the Japanese horror genre or Chinese martial arts.

    ~M~
     
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    I just got this dvd, and my only problem is that the subtitles don't have period marks, and for some reason, that bugs the hell out of me. here is a sample
    The kingdom will be ours Yes we must kill the emprer
    otherwise, great dvd, and an amazing sounding soundtrack (and no fucking filtering!!! boy the us version looks like shit on my oppo now.)
    Also the region 3 version of Kairo (pulse in the us) has a very creepy sounding 5.1 track while the region 1 version only has 2.0.
     
  16. Jeff_HR

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    To me the whole point of having a multi-regional player is to be able to buy titles that I want that are not available in R1. I won't try to "guess" what your tastes are & recommend any specific titles.
     
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    Night on Earth (UK) Brilliant little Jarmusch film unavailabe here in R1
    ROLLERBALL the original, SE anamorphic and newer Doc.
     
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