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Old 01-19-2009, 06:48 AM   #1
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Got the Zodiac Import as a gift....does anyone know if the transfer will be the same as the US release, or will that be better once released? Figured they are the same, but also know I'm usually totally wrong. THANKS for any info.
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Old 01-19-2009, 06:58 AM   #2
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Paramount:
-Two-Disc Set
-VC-1 Encode
-Dolby TrueHD 5.1 English with secondary Dolby Digital 5.1 English
-Zodiac Deciphered in High-Definition

Warner:
-One disc
-AVC Encode
-Dolby Digital 5.1 English only
-Zodiac Deciphered in Standard-Definiton Anamorphic Widescreen

Just in case...Paramount is the US release, Warner is the import.
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Old 01-19-2009, 08:55 AM   #3
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Paramount:
-Two-Disc Set
-VC-1 Encode
-Dolby TrueHD 5.1 English with secondary Dolby Digital 5.1 English
-Zodiac Deciphered in High-Definition

Warner:
-One disc
-AVC Encode
-Dolby Digital 5.1 English only
-Zodiac Deciphered in Standard-Definiton Anamorphic Widescreen

Just in case...Paramount is the US release, Warner is the import.
US release is region free,isnt ?

I need this movie I didnt buy the UK version cause i know that the US Version will be superior ...
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Old 01-19-2009, 12:05 PM   #4
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So far every review I've come across of the US edition is indicating locked to Region A. If anyone knows otherwise, I imagine many of us here would welcome that information being posted in the Region Coding section of the entry for the US disc please.

I have the UK edition, since I got it for a bargain price before Xmas. Will happily trade it for the two-discer if it becomes available to those of us in Region B, but with Warner in charge of international distribution, that seems unlikely.
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Old 01-19-2009, 01:41 PM   #5
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As far as i'm aware- no paramount release has been region locked yet..


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So far every review I've come across of the US edition is indicating locked to Region A. If anyone knows otherwise, I imagine many of us here would welcome that information being posted in the Region Coding section of the entry for the US disc please.

I have the UK edition, since I got it for a bargain price before Xmas. Will happily trade it for the two-discer if it becomes available to those of us in Region B, but with Warner in charge of international distribution, that seems unlikely.
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Old 01-19-2009, 02:32 PM   #6
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Cheers, micks_address - given where the pound is right now, I think I'll refrain from importing just yet until someone else posts something here or in another forum. It worked for me with Miami Vice DC...
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:16 PM   #7
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according to DVDbeaver ....

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDRe...ac_blu-ray.htm

Bitrate International Version (19.81 Mbps):

Bitrate North American 2-disc (38.11 Mbps)

The US release the film recieves about double or more disc space for the actual feature film. So the image quality should be better and the US version has lossless audio.

I;ve heard that PARAMOUNT Blu Rays are REGION FREE also... but we will wait for someont to confirm this.
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Old 01-19-2009, 03:53 PM   #8
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Going by the Blu-Ray Region Code Info site, every Paramount release thus far they have on record in any territory is region free, including the U.S. release of Zodiac.
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So far every review I've come across of the US edition is indicating locked to Region A. If anyone knows otherwise, I imagine many of us here would welcome that information being posted in the Region Coding section of the entry for the US disc please.

I have the UK edition, since I got it for a bargain price before Xmas. Will happily trade it for the two-discer if it becomes available to those of us in Region B, but with Warner in charge of international distribution, that seems unlikely.
The US disc is definitely region free, as per info from my local friendly importer, dvdslimited.com...
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Old 01-19-2009, 07:43 PM   #10
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Had this since the weekend and as the Cap'n says, it's definitely Region Free.
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Cheers, micks_address - given where the pound is right now, I think I'll refrain from importing just yet until someone else posts something here or in another forum. It worked for me with Miami Vice DC...
So far to this very day warner (don't count the old newline releases), paramount/dreamworks and universal are region free.

Unfortunatly since blu-ray has optional region coding I sometime fear that could change.

Fox well have had very few region free releases but its best to stick with region B unless you have a region A player or its been confirmed region free.

Sony and disney back catalog titles should be ok but as for new releases your out of luck.

I have imported plenty of universal, warner and paramount titles and even some fox titles. You need to check out a few sites that do check the region coding for fox, sony and disney newer titles though.

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Yes the US version is definitely superior in this case.
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Just got the UK Warner edition. Great price. Didn't know that the audio wasn't HD or that the bitrate was almost half. If I didn't read it here, never would have thought I had received an inferior product. Sometimes ignorance is bliss. The only reason I found out is I wanted to share the great price. I guess you get what you pay for. This disc is worth every penny of what I paid.

The picture is good, as DVDBeaver states, and sound is good too. Not sure how much improvement lossless audio would be for this, but I'm sure it would be some. (I still haven't bought Goodfellas because it is missing HD-audio) Anyway, got it for around $13 shipped to my door and the US today is around $30 before S&H, so I am happy enough and won't complain....too much.
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I just got this 2 days ago for like $17 from an Amazon seller, new... decided to go for this over the UK one because of the bitrate, though from dvdbeaver it looks like the PQ difference is marginal (much like the difference between the European and US transfers of Minority Report, where the lower bitrate in Europe apparently doesn't count for much). I do prefer the cover with slipcase of the UK release though...
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I just got this 2 days ago for like $17 from an Amazon seller, new... decided to go for this over the UK one because of the bitrate, though from dvdbeaver it looks like the PQ difference is marginal (much like the difference between the European and US transfers of Minority Report, where the lower bitrate in Europe apparently doesn't count for much). I do prefer the cover with slipcase of the UK release though...
But Minority Report has lossless on both uk and us. And one could argue that the uk one has better audio. And us release was Disc 1-38gb plus Disc 2 15gb, while uk is 49gb on 1 disc, just 4gb difference.

Zodiac Us is 46gb plus 24gb! While uk has everything cramped minus lossless audio in 1 disc. So Minority Report and Zodiac is a very different case each.

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Sorry if this has been already covered but you guys have been referring to a one disc import version of 'Zodiac' and then I found this import which is also region free, it may even be the one that has been referred to but Amazon claims this one is 2-discs. Here' a link to it - http://www.amazon.com/Zodiac-Directo...eywords=zodiac

My question is, does it have the commentaries like the US release, as it seems it carries over the same features as the US disc on this versions 2nd disc. I really don't wanna pay out over $80 for the US release, I'm just curious as to how this version holds up against the US release, and where is it imported from?
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Sorry if this has been already covered but you guys have been referring to a one disc import version of 'Zodiac' and then I found this import which is also region free, it may even be the one that has been referred to but Amazon claims this one is 2-discs. Here' a link to it - http://www.amazon.com/Zodiac-Directo...eywords=zodiac

My question is, does it have the commentaries like the US release, as it seems it carries over the same features as the US disc on this versions 2nd disc. I really don't wanna pay out over $80 for the US release, I'm just curious as to how this version holds up against the US release, and where is it imported from?
It's the UK release (the 2 disc info refers to the US one, not this one), which has all the same special features and commentaries as the US release. The extras aren't in HD however. I'd say you're better of getting it directly from Amazon UK though as it works out to just $14.70US shipped:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
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It's the UK release (the 2 disc info refers to the US one, not this one), which has all the same special features and commentaries as the US release. The extras aren't in HD however. I'd say you're better of getting it directly from Amazon UK though as it works out to just $14.70US shipped:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...A3P5ROKL5A1OLE
Okay, this one claims it has 2 discs too, is that correct information or are all the extras on one disc and Amazon has the wrong information under the product details? Also, how is the picture quality on this one compared to the U.S. release? Thanks for the help by the way.
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I just looked at some customer photos of the product, it does appear to be only one disc.
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