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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by TheoGB, Jun 9, 2002.
From DVD Debate:
Probably because the Australian disc has already gone to press, and he just recorded the commentaries a few weeks back. Also, Universal does not operate as 1 company, every area does pretty much what they want.
Universal is definitely a peculiar company. I'd forgotten how bad the UK branch is/was...
The point is that someone somewhere must surely have given the R4 arm of the company a choice about release.
Either they failed to make them aware of these extra features when they committed to the discs, or the R4 arm decided they weren't worth it. Either way its a real shame. If Columbia/Tristar still had international rights we'd have identical packages, I am certain.
Sounds like what happened to MGM's Terminator release then? The R1 also had more material because they felt the need to speed up the release in Europe and release it as early as possible. Just goes to demonstrate that they really don't care all that much about the actual extras.
T1 was different. MGM had the chance to release it a year earlier due to U.S. rights issues. Surely Universal has always owned the rights to BTTF. The CTHV thing was cited as the reason for the delay last time I looked because of the revenue loss for Universal...
It wouldn't surprise me at all if R2/R4 got 'diet' releases. Surely Universal knows that having waited for 'X' years, another two, three or four months wouldn't matter as long as we got the definitive release. But no, that's too much to ask. While I understand region coding (though I don't agree with it) stunts like this are just going to encourage people to import - studios cannot complain about cross-region importing when they are knowingly releasing an inferior product in one region. Talking of Universal, who thinks that the Original E.T. won't even be released in the UK?