Who has a good database of all R1 DVDs with full specs?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Rolando, Mar 11, 2004.

  1. Rolando

    Rolando Screenwriter

    Feb 19, 2001
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    Yes, time for another of Rolando's big, all encompassing general questions.

    I am looking for a site with a good search feature to find any DVD released, specially R1, with all the specs.

    Seems to me that these used to abound when I started collecting in 97/98. I used sites like widescreen review to find out if it was out on DVD, was it anamorphic and what were the extras?

    That site is still around though in the last years most content become subscriber only.

    I use IMDB often but it's not always accurate and will have no DVD info sometimes though one may exist. Like I was looking to see if "When Strangers Appear" was on DVD, a cool movie from the writer/Director of The Ugly. 2 overlooked gems I discovered quite by accident.

    Now I think HTF and Digital Bits have an extensive array of reviews but if the DVD was not reviewed no specs to be found anywhere on the sites. Sure I can find all my popular choices from Trek to Disney but rarities such as these well, not so much.

    What do you guys use to find out if a DVD exists and what it's features are?

    What do you use to find if a DVD in another region is better or has more features? Were it not for HTF how would I know to hunt Hong Kong Legend Bruce Lee movies and avoid the R1 Fox releases.
  2. obscurelabel

    obscurelabel Stunt Coordinator

    Dec 11, 2003
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    Try www.amazon.com for starters ...

    (of course I just remembered that IMDB is Amazon's, still I find it more useful than IMDB at times)

    Sample technical info from their site for The Devil and Daniel Webster:

    Technical Information
    Release Information:
    Studio: Criterion Collection
    Theatrical Release Date: January 1, 1941
    DVD Release Date: September 30, 2003
    Run Time: 106 minutes
    Production Company: Home Vision Entertainment
    Package Type: Keep Case

    Aspect Ratio(s):

    Full Screen (Standard) - 1.33:1

    Discographic Information:
    DVD Encoding: Region 1
    Layers: Dual
    Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
    Available subtitles: English

    Edition Details:
    • Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries.) Read more about DVD formats.
    • Black & White
    • New transfer from restored elements
    • Audio commentary by film historian Bruce Eder and author Steven C. Smith
    • Video comparison between The Devil and Daniel Webster and William Deterle's "preview Version of the film, entitled Here is a Man
    • Reading of Stephen Vincent Benet's short story by Alec Baldwin
    • The Columbia Workshop's radio dramatizations of Stephen Vincent Benet's stories with music by Bernard Herrmann
    • The music of the presented in an interactive essay by Christopher Husted
    • Gallery of behind-the-scenes photos and promotional materials
    • New essay by author Tom Piazza (Blues and Trouble: Twelve Stories)
    • ASIN: B0000AKY54


    Not everything will be this complete of course.
  3. Randy A Salas

    Randy A Salas Screenwriter

    Apr 25, 2002
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    Easily, the best is All Movie Guide

    Look up any film, and then click on the DVD icon or "DVD release." Most list complete specs, right down to the chapters and duration. Some have reviews and a complete description. Here's the page for Once Upon a Time in the West SE as a sample.
  4. Rolando

    Rolando Screenwriter

    Feb 19, 2001
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    WOW! thanks guys just what I was looking for. all movie guide is exactly what I was looking for. added to favorites!

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