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Old 10-15-2010, 04:38 AM   #1
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I recently came across intriguing BD packages of two films I very much like: the "briefcase" edition of Inception and a steelbook edition of Metropolis (1927), both of which appear to be pretty well filled with extras and collectibles, available in the United Kingdom.

Inception:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/Inception-Li.../dp/B0041O4SA4

Metropolis:
http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...A3P5ROKL5A1OLE

My question is: will both of these titles be fully playable in Region A (in the United States)? And, will there be any PAL-formatted features (unplayable in the US) incorporated into either title? I'm especially concerned about Metropolis. But, I'd like to have info on both before purchasing them.

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Old 10-15-2010, 04:45 AM   #2
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I'm not sure about Inception, but for Metropolis Eureka have announced they had to region-lock for Region B, because the US edition of Metroplois is Region A, so really it wasn't their fault because they were pretty much forced to, sorry.
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Old 10-15-2010, 04:55 AM   #3
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Inception is WB so it'll be region free
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:49 PM   #4
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Inception is WB so it'll be region free
And I doubt there's much of a chance of it having content in PAL, as it's a newer film with, presumably, newly-produced extras. But that's just my assumption.
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:53 PM   #5
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And I doubt there's much of a chance of it having content in PAL, as it's a newer film with, presumably, newly-produced extras. But that's just my assumption.
99.9% of all Warner releases worldwide are region free with extras in NTSC 480i/p and/or HD 1080i60/1080p24.
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Old 10-15-2010, 05:56 PM   #6
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I'm not sure about Inception, but for Metropolis Eureka have announced they had to region-lock for Region B, because the US edition of Metroplois is Region A, so really it wasn't their fault because they were pretty much forced to, sorry.
I guess it's truly time to finally break down and buy a region-free BD player. I' ve had enough of the region issues, already, especially in an online marketplace in which one can order most anything from anyplace in the world.

Thanks, Clone.
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Old 10-15-2010, 11:50 PM   #7
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The DVD bonus disc will be PAL on both, though.
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:41 AM   #8
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The DVD bonus disc will be PAL on both, though.
if it's Region 0 PAL, then quite a few US machines will actually play it.
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:08 AM   #9
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if it's Region 0 PAL, then quite a few US machines will actually play it.
Would my PS3 slim play PAL? And would it display correctly on my Pioneer PDP-5070HD television?
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Old 10-16-2010, 05:13 AM   #10
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US is getting the shaft
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Old 10-16-2010, 01:32 PM   #11
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Would my PS3 slim play PAL? And would it display correctly on my Pioneer PDP-5070HD television?
I don't believe it does. If you have a 360 it plays PAL.
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US is getting the shaft
It's too early to tell for sure. WB released the Blade Runner briefcase in the US, so it's possible.

But given they way the US has been treated with exclusives, I'm not optimistic.
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I forgot where I read it but I remember seeing that the blu ray disc for the UK briefcase Inception will be region free but the dvd copy will be region B locked, much like the Avatar steelbook release discs.
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The DVD bonus disc will be PAL on both, though.
Can you please explain this to me. I ordered 2 copies of Inception briefcase from Amazon.UK. Will everything play here in the states? Thanks so much
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Old 11-08-2010, 03:53 AM   #15
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US is getting the shaft
Yes, yes you are

Don't forget about the Amazon Germany Steelbook Exclusive! http://www.amazon.de/dp/B0042RUQQU






You can easily buy from Amazon UK or Germany or France. Same cart/checkout and even login. Amazon knows all your default stuff too.

The reason we get a breifcase here in Europe is because we need something to carry all the great extra stuff in



http://www.amazon.de/dp/B0042RUQQU
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0041O4SA4
http://www.amazon.fr/dp/B00422KY44/

Lots of space here in Europe so we welcome everyone http://forum.blu-ray.com/blu-ray-movies-international/

And we'll let you leave
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Old 11-08-2010, 09:21 AM   #16
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Can you please explain this to me. I ordered 2 copies of Inception briefcase from Amazon.UK. Will everything play here in the states? Thanks so much
More than likely you will not be able to play the DVD extras or any DVD that it contained within the package. But you will be able to watch the movie disc fine which is obviously a blu ray..

DVD regions are 1-6 and its rare to find region free DVD's. Regions 2+4 are PAL regions which are not compatible with most USA equipment unless you paid the extra $$$ to ensure you did get something with PAL compatibility on it.

The DVD discs will be region 2 and any player in the US is region 1. So you will likely have region issues unless the discs are in fact region free. Then you have to overcome the PAL problem. A PS3 will not play PAL, but some blu ray players in the US will. Then if you get past that obstacle of region coding and PAL encoding, your TV needs to be able to display PAL as well.

Luckily in the UK every single TV sold these days is worldwide compliant. There are no standards that are not supported.
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Old 11-08-2010, 01:38 PM   #17
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More than likely you will not be able to play the DVD extras or any DVD that it contained within the package. But you will be able to watch the movie disc fine which is obviously a blu ray..

DVD regions are 1-6 and its rare to find region free DVD's. Regions 2+4 are PAL regions which are not compatible with most USA equipment unless you paid the extra $$$ to ensure you did get something with PAL compatibility on it.

The DVD discs will be region 2 and any player in the US is region 1. So you will likely have region issues unless the discs are in fact region free. Then you have to overcome the PAL problem. A PS3 will not play PAL, but some blu ray players in the US will. Then if you get past that obstacle of region coding and PAL encoding, your TV needs to be able to display PAL as well.

Luckily in the UK every single TV sold these days is worldwide compliant. There are no standards that are not supported.
Region 2 is not a 'PAL Region' -no such thing. Japan is Region 2 and their TV standard is NTSC. Brazil is Region 4 and their TV standard is NTSC. I think that knocks your theory.

If people buy PAL TV discs (mainly Euorpe) then their NTSC TV/DVD player etc may struggle to play them even if they are Region free. However all computers play PAL or any other format video.

Saying that, how many people are buying these great sets for a DVD? Not many, they want the briefcase/Blu-ray and spinning totem thing. If they want a DVD get it at Walmart when it's $3.99 and swap it over.

If people are unsure just ask over at the international forum http://forum.blu-ray.com/blu-ray-movies-international/ We're used to internationally things there.

I don't know if internationally is a word but it sounds like it should be
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