Hopefully it could be useful for a few of ya. (*) Take under consideration that some of the titles listed below are up to reissue of their R1 release quite soon with a new anamorphic transfer, I will post a re-issues thread quite soon hopefully. (*) Sorry for the mess… This thread was compilled from a various threads I posted to other forums. ========================================== EXCLUSIVE R2 ANAMORPHIC RELEASES Only titles which were non-anamorphic on R1 (1) A Bug's Life (Only on the movie-only edition) (2) A Life less ordinary (3) Arachnophobia (4) Armageddon (5) Babe (6) Bound (7) Brassed Off! (8) The Bridges Of Madison County (9) Broken Arrow (10) Con Air (11) Crimson Tide (12) Dangerous Minds (13) Dead Poets Society (14) Dead Presidents (15) Deep Rising (16) Die Hard (17) Die Hard 2 (18) Emma (19) Enemy Of The State (20) Ever After (21) Faculty (The) (22) Fargo (23) Game (The) (24) Grosse Pointe Blank (25) Hard Rain (26) Hellraiser (27) Hellraiser 2 (28) Hilary and Jackie (29) Lethal Weapon 2 (30) Liar Liar (31) Life is Beautiful (32) Matilda (33) National Lampoon's Vacation (34) Nikita (35) Private Benjamin (36) Raging Bull (37) Rocketeer (38) Romeo + Juliet (39) Seven Years In Tibet (40) She's All That (41) Snake Eyes (42) Speed (43) Speed 2 (44) Ten Things I Hate About You (45) Ten (46) Thelma & Louise (47) There Something About Mary (48) Timecop (49) Tin Cup (50) Trainspotting (51) Volcano (52) Quiz Show (53) X-Files Movie (54) Total Recall (55) The Truman Show (1.85:1 R2 vs 1.66:1 R1) (56) Career Girls (57) The Fabulous Baker Boys (No commentary but added interviews) (58) Raining Stones (59) Secret & Lies (Not Available on R1) (60) True Blue (Not Available on R1) (61) The Winter Guest (Not Available on R1) (62) The Rugrats Movie (63) 48 Hours (64) Lolita (Cuncut, 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, DD 5.1, director's commentary) (65) Buena Vista Social Club an addition to the anamorphic list (titles which are Anamorphic in their R2 release compared to a non anamorphic copies in the R1). for answers on any specific title to find out on the rest of its features (as extras, audio mode etcetera) place a following thread, I will be reviewing this thread a few times laters. Japaneese = states that the anamorphic R2 release is the Japaneese one and not the UK release. German = states that the anamorphic R2 release is the German one and not the UK release. French = all the same. Both Japaneese and German titles' soundtracks are English (as well as German at most German releases) (1) 187 (2) The Blair Witch Project Japaneese (3) The Body Guard German (4) Color Of The Money German (5) Cybernator German (6) Dead Man Walking (7) Desert Blue French (8) Evil Dead 2 - Dead by Dawn German (9) Fly Away Home (10) Faust German (11) Good Morning Vietnam German (12) JFK French (13) Metro German (14) Nothing To Lose German (15) One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest German (16) Outland German (17) A River Runs Through It Japaneese (18) The Rock (19) Six Days Seven Nights (20) Sling Blade German (21) Seven French (22) Space Jam Japaneese/German (23) Space Truckers Japaneese (24) Stargate Japaneese (25) Terminal Velocity (26) Universal Solider Japaneese (27) Undercover Heat Japaneese (28) What's Love Got To Do With It Japaneese (29) While You Were Sleeping German (30) Ace Ventura Warner (2) Die Hard 1 & 2 - Neither of these had been cut for the UK DVD release, although Die Hard 2 had been cut by 28 seconds for the UK Theatrical and Video release. Both DVD releases are anamorphic. (3) Lethal Weapon 2 is cut by 24 seconds but is 2:35:1 widescreen anamorphic compared with the 4:3 and 1:66:1 widescreen non-anamorphic formats. the missing footage is a headbutt as far as I noticed. whether the fact that the transfer is anamorphic or not on Region 2 make enough difference to prefer it over the Region 1 is really up to ya. (4) I added that the anamorphic releases noted on the list are only the ones who were not anamorphic on Region 1. a thread on the better region 4 releases is soon to arrive. in short, there are not so few titles which are recommended is Region 4 over both R1 and R2, such as Pulp Fiction (although the Alliance canadian version can compete with the R4 release) or The Matrix for instance, which offers the same features as the Region 1 release but has a superior PAL transfer. A few extra Region 2 titles which I highly recommend over those Region 1 releases must be: (1) Fifth Element - 22mins making-of Documentary along wit Trailers and (?) Animated menus and a pal presentation, delicious (2) Leon (Version Integrale) - added 26 mins of unreleased footage, Japaneese disc, one of the first to be released and a quite expensive one I must add, no menus or any other dvd features beside a smooth anamorphic video. * Colombia did promise a SE Region 1 disc later this year. (3) Lock, Stock and 2 smoking barrels (Directors cut) - Anamorphic Widescreen, Behind The Scenes Interviews With The Cast And Crew, Original Theatrical Trailer, 15 minutes extra footage to the theatrical release. New Key Art Sleeve. Out-takes Montage During End Credits. (4) Friends (TV Series) Seasons 4-5-6 - Quite poor Video conversion but the content makes it worthwhile. (5) Just in case ya ran into the wonderful Golden Globe winner: 'All About my Mother' as your local theaters, it was just released as a Region 2 disc (2/28), original spanish soundtrack (+ or -, you decide), Original theatrical trailer and English Subtitles. (July 11th for the R1 release) (6) Se7en - quite expensive, but for $29 ya can get a hold of this TF1 (French) release which contains not only the anamorphic widescreen and the DD5.1 but also Making Of a making of documentary and an Extra scene. (no english subtitles, just french), take under consideration that there is a Se7en Platinum series Region1 disc planned later this year. (7) Pulp Fiction - Either the R4 release or at least the Canadian extra scenes versions, Do not dare to buy the common R1 Release Region 2 DTS DVDs which were only DD5.1 as Region 1 discs are Soldier, Notting Hill and Music for Monserrat. Ya might also want to look for the uncensored 'Eyes wide shut' which for some reason was not released as an unrated region 1 dvd. And you might also appriciate Region 2 Seven Years in Tibet which has a commentary track. * Leaving Las Vegas Region 2 has an additional making-of feature. * region 2 release of Shawshnak Redemption also contains some interviews with the actors etc but lacks audio/video quality (not anamorphic and poor audio mastering) - it was released almost two years ago tho. * Scream R2 is the director's cut. * When a man loves a woman was released decades before the US R1 Release Finished ?? not yet... To that ya might want to add Jackie Brown which had not even been announced yet as Region 1... The French DVD is 16x9 BUT it has irremovable French substitles when you play the film in English. The R4 version has no subtitles, is 16:9 and RSDL. for all ya laser disc owners out there, the DTS LD is godly (www.lvd.com for purchasing if interested) Ever considered buying Stargate SE ? well, if you're into features ya might as well do that. but I must warn The Japanese R2 disc is anamorphic and DTS, while the SE has one of the worst video transfers. Region 2 DTS DVDs which were only DD5.1 as Region 1 discs are Soldier, Notting Hill and Music for Monserrat, and a few other Japaneese releases as: (1) Thin Red Line (2) Who Am I ? (3) Terminator 2 (4) Cliffhanger (5) Showgirls (6) Basic Instinct I'm adding Tom H. true comment to this thread: 'You can not really compare Region 1 to Region 2 either way. A Region 2 disc may be more superior than Region 1 but then a Region 4 disc could be far superior than the Region 2. Comparing different region releases is fruitless, somthings have to be different to keep the market stimulated. Otherwise companies grow lazy and just issue the same thing in a box with a different label and wording.' Having said all that, I still sworn for Region 1, for its release time, price and most commonly supplements are far superior. I will be glad to answer to any specific question regarding any title. Laters, Omer Note: For further reference on Japanese titles browse to Yaso Manickarajah thread.