Super Bit releases of Gladiator, Jurassic Park 1,2,3, and The Mummy in Japan

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  1. Tom Oh

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    Sony Pictures Entertainment in Japan is releasing Super Bit versions of Gladiator, Jurassic Park 1,2, & 3, The Mummy, and The Mummy Returns.

    http://www.spe.co.jp/video/superbit/

    Can anyone in Japan clarify if these are indeed higher quality or just new packaging? The site shows that these titles do not include any extra features. I'd be willing to pick it up if there was a noticeable difference in audio or video.
     
  2. Nick Graham

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    Holy crap, Last Action Hero, Gladiator, and Jurassic Park.
    Finally something to replace my old 97 or 98 era Last Action Hero...and DTS to boot I imagine? I wonder if they use the same DTS track on Jurassic Park as the reissued R1 version.

    Tom, recommend any good places to pick these up?
     
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    Ho-lee crap...$40 a pop? Is this the kind of pricing I can expect when trying to import from Japan? My only previous import experience was the R2 Timecop and the R3 Army of Darkness Director's Cut from MGM. They were a heck of a lot more reasonably priced than $40 a pop.
     
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    But aren't most of these titles Universal titles? How is Sony getting rights to them?

    -dave
     
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    Dave read my mind. None of those are Sony titles.
     
  7. Nick Graham

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    I would say Sony still has the rights to the Universal catalog in region 2...though I was under the impression that was no longer the case.
     
  8. Dave H

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    Will Japan DVDs play on my Region 1 player?
     
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    No, Japan is Region 2
     
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    Not unless they're all-region coded. Japan is NTSC format (I think), but the region codes are still different.
     
  11. Nick Graham

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    Dave, nope, they will play only if your player will do Region 2. Look online for a cheapo Apex or Cyberhome that can do all regions and you'll be on your way.

    The good news is that Japan uses NTSC, so all you will need is a player that will do multiple regions, not one that also does good PAL->NTSC conversion, which can be a bit harder and pricier to find.
     
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    You need a region free player or HTPC (like me). Japan is NTSC and I have several discs that are quite cool (Conan in 5.1). I fully intend on ordering SB Last action heroe and A few good men SB.
    Marc
     
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    These are just absolutely great!!!!. I just wish us here in R4, could get them as well.[​IMG]
     
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    I'll be finally picking up Jurrassic Park 1 and maybe 2, in addition to adding the Last Action Hero to my collection.
    They've also got Jumanji and Charlie's Angels Superbits scheduled for June release.
    Unfortunately, the Superbit Deluxe concept hasn't made it here yet so it looks like they'll all be movie only. They do however have nice gold lettered packaging which gives them a nice look IMHO.
     
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    Europe's got Gladiator coming soon also.
    http://www.superbit.co.uk/
    I like the European covers a lot better than the North American Superbits.
     
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    Speaking of cdjapan, anyone know what the deal is with them now. I've been trying to get on their site for a few days now, but I get a message saying they the site is under maintenance. Anyone know when they will be back on line? There are a couple things I was planning on ordering from them this week.
     
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    I wonder if the Gladiator Superbit will use the cool DTS-ES Discrete 6.1 track from the Region 1 release?

    There I go again! [​IMG]

    Dan
     
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    There's no stopping you, Dan! [​IMG]

    Are the Japan Superbits on par with Region 1 Superbits? Bjoern (whatever happened to him?) did a review of a Superbit Godzilla (Region skips me) and it was not very impressive.

    And while we are on the subject, where are the Region 1 reviews for the Superbit batch coming out next week?! I have only read one and that was for Men in Black.
     
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    I thought that was one of the many reasons for delays of major sets like Back to the Future: the overseas distribution rights...

    I thought it expired in 2003. I guess I was wrong.
     
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    Dan mentioned the DTS ES 6.1 for Gladiator, and if it will be used on the R2 Superbit. I'll add a second DTS hot coal question:

    Will the 1st Jurassic Park mix be the untampered 5.1 mix that was on the Dolby Digital laserdisc, or the slightly tweaked on DVD mix for the 1st DTS/DD DVD release, or will it be the 5.1 mix tweaked by DTS themselves that was used for the original DTS LD and later the repressed "corrected" DTS DVD? And if the DTS tweaked mix version is used, will the DD 5.1 track get the same mix this time? Hmm Hmm Hmmm [​IMG]
     

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