There´s always a chance that the press release and the back cover states "Region B", but they would be actually "R0". We have added the region code info (when we can confirm it) in our site ("Rewind") in majority of the Blu-ray-releases and I have noticed that many releases have e.g. "Region A" or "B" listed on the back cover, but are actually "R0". Then again, that "Region B"-info could be just true this time.. :frowning: (I have also US PS3).
Sometimes people bluntly claim that "Blu-ray releases are region coded", when in reality only selected ones are. Since people nowadays are a bit lazy and don´t want to search info from the net (even when it´s just a few clicks away), some people might actually believe that "all are region coded".
What comes to LOTR-trilogy, I´m pretty sure that PJ wants to be involved (well, not fully sure after their legal disputes etc) when they´ll be released in HD, so it probably takes a bit more time. IF e.g. EIV releases them in the UK, they probably won´t have the same extras as the (most likely) upcoming US-releases. New Line is not stupid. When LOTR will be released in HD, it´ll be the biggest HD-release/set so far - with big promotion and all the bells & whistles. It´s the trilogy that kicks the butt of Matrix and POTC.
I believe they (DVD forum) thought about it at some point (1 minute in Google: http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2006/05...region_coding/ ), but I guess they decided "no". I have read some rumors that upcoming (are they coming, not sure?) cheap Chinese HD DVD-players could change the situation in that region. Not sure, could be just rumor.
Interesting, but if the discs themselves don't include any region coding by order of the specs, what could would a region coded player be? Are you saying they would add the region coding to the discs as an addendum the the spec?
Yeah the chinese HD format is called VMD or Versatile Multilayer Disc. As far as I know its pretty much just being marketed inside China and India. Here is a website with some info on the 3rd HD format.
Jari - do you have an email address for EIV ? they don't seem to have a website.
i've learnt the hard way; ordered this blu-ray a while back, and have just found out it's region B; but too late; it's shipped. i'd just like to know why EIV made such a bone headed decision. on new releases i get, but catalog titles ? what's their motivation ? what's making that little hamster spin it's wheel ? very interested to find out from them.
"Entertainment In Video appears to have become the first studio to enable the Image Constraint Token for high definition content. This flag, when checked, only allows content to be output at its full resolution via a secure HDCP-compliant HDMI or DVI connection: in other words, those watching their HD material via component, VGA or non-HDCP DVI will end up seeing a downscaled 960x540 resolution image - in other words only slightly more horizontal resolution than standard definition, and less vertical resolution than standard definition PAL."
Doesn´t sound good for the people with component. Not sure that is this "confirmed" info, though.