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Posted: Thursday, May 07, 2009 at 8:47 PM | Comments: 2
Categories: Blu-ray | Cinema | DVD | Mondo Vision | TV | Web




Good to see some TV on Blu-ray DVD. I'm still looking forward to DOLLHOUSE getting a release.

By the way, I wanted to know if you had noticed a price increase when importing blu-rays from the US?

I know the exchange rate of the pound has suffered due to the economic problems and was wondering whether importing discs was now much closer to the prices of UK discs.

For example, how much do you have to pay on top of the list price in postage and packaging when ordering from the US Amazon website?

I ordered THE SHINING on blu-ray from DVD PACIFIC as I wanted to see the longer cut exclusive to the US release. But I have had to pay a good few quid more to get it over the price of the UK Blu-ray release.

Also with more choice currently available in America are we just going to have to stump up the extra cash to enjoy the greater variety or do you think overall there is little difference between the delayed releases which eventually arrive in UK? For example, do you know of any significant differences between any recent US to UK releases, audio, visual or extras wise?

Finally, I wanted to pick up the Criterion release of THE CURIOUS CASE OF BENJAMIN BUTTON but was gutted to see its Region 1 encoded or rather Region A locked. Fingers crossed the UK release, when it surfaces, will include as many of the extras as possible.

Posted by: Count Fosco, May 8, 2009 6:01 PM


There has definitely been a price hike as a result of the unfavourable exchange rate, but I’m not convinced that it’s now a case that buying UK titles is now more cost-effective than importing their US counterparts. Certainly, with older titles like The Shining, which has been out for a couple of years now, you may find some good deals on the high street or in UK-based online stores, but broadly speaking, I tend to find that new releases tend to be priced fairly evenly.

The obvious benefits of buying US rather than European versions are (a) the wider array of available titles and (b) the release dates, which are often earlier. There are a myriad of other benefits too, ranging from a greater likelihood of getting the original audio mix instead of just a remix (especially true of Disney and Fox), to a stronger change of having original burnt-in location type and captions instead of the cheap player-generated stuff you often get on this side of the Atlantic (see, for instance, the Bourne movies). Extras tend not to differ a great deal, although I suspect that we will see more and more distributors leaving audio commentaries off UK releases in the future, given that the BBFC (scum-sucking parasites that they are) have now mandated that commentaries now constitute “new video works” and therefore have to be classified separately, each one presumably at the cost of an entire film.

And, if we’re being really picky, European BD cases tend to take up more space on your shelf because the majority of them have the same spinal width as a DVD case, whereas the US variants are narrower. ;)

As for Benjamin Button, the extras (and the encode - practically everything except the “C” on the front cover) were put together by Paramount rather than Criterion. However, Warner owns the European rights to the film, so it may be that they have different plans for the film’s release in that territory.

Posted by: Michael Mackenzie, May 11, 2009 11:15 AM

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