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Old 03-06-2008, 11:45 PM   #1
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At least with dvd region coding they stuck to it but with blu-ray some dont even bother with region coding such as warner and others actually put A,B and C all region onto the back of the packaging so why even bother???
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Old 03-06-2008, 11:57 PM   #2
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because some companies put more stock in protecting their property. region coding is why disney liked blu, they're big on region coding. i personally don't care to much. why does it bother you would be the question.
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I just imported Capricorn One from Europe to the US. It doesn't have a region code, therefore I'm able to watch and own a movie that will probably never be released on BD in the States. I also picked up Almost Famous, because I didn't want to wait for it to be released here.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:24 AM   #4
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At least with dvd region coding they stuck to it but with blu-ray some dont even bother with region coding such as warner ...
i'm really curious how this is a disappointment to you.
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:26 AM   #5
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I just imported Capricorn One from Europe to the US. It doesn't have a region code, therefore I'm able to watch and own a movie that will probably never be released on BD in the States. I also picked up Almost Famous, because I didn't want to wait for it to be released here.
Capricorn One? I heard that movie was staged.
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:42 AM   #6
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Capricorn One? I heard that movie was staged.
Pfff LOL Marcusarilius
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:49 AM   #7
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Capricorn One? I heard that movie was staged.
HAHAHAHAHA!
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:11 AM   #8
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Why do they do it any way? I have no good explination for it.
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Old 03-07-2008, 08:20 AM   #9
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wow looking at the uk amazon site for like 2 minutes i saw at least four must buys for me with no usa release dates that are ALREADY AVAILABLE over there!!!! didn't know there was such a time difference in release dates. that stuff better becoming to the US soon.

starship troopers
the island
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and they are just now getting full metal jacket....saw.....and 2001?

sucks for them but i want the island

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Old 03-07-2008, 08:36 AM   #10
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i can sort of see why some studios would region code the new releases, but i dont understand why some studios like FOX would still put region coding on older catalogue movies being released.
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Old 03-07-2008, 09:51 AM   #11
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i dont understand why some studios like FOX would still put region coding on older catalogue movies being released.
FOX lives in a reality distortion field. It's not viable to release without Region Coding, just ask Paramount, Warner, New Line, Tartan, Star...
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because i had to buy die hard 3 from austraila and also have to wait an extra 2 motnhs for i robot and many others
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:32 PM   #13
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LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOL!
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i'm really curious how this is a disappointment to you.
no youve read it wrong
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Old 03-07-2008, 01:05 PM   #15
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wow looking at the uk amazon site for like 2 minutes i saw at least four must buys for me with no usa release dates that are ALREADY AVAILABLE over there!!!! didn't know there was such a time difference in release dates. that stuff better becoming to the US soon.

starship troopers
the island
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and they are just now getting full metal jacket....saw.....and 2001?

sucks for them but i want the island

Different distributors in those regions in most cases. They likely did thier own encode.
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Old 03-07-2008, 02:55 PM   #16
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This whole region coding thing is very interesting!

For example: Sony/Columbia released lately a lot of movies Code Free but only put an A on the Back Cover (We own the Night).
Then they will release the upcoming Water Horse as A,B,C which is surprising again for a brand new movie but at the same time Walk Hard will be only for Region A.
(Info from DVD Empire which has the Back Covers).

Now Walk Hard is clearly for Region A according to the Back Cover but it might be Region Free after all - someone has to check with a B-Player.

Sony really has to drop Region Codes because it really gets complicated.


However I'm not surprised that Disney/Miramax release of No Country for Old Men is Region Free.
It would have been a Paramount release in Europe and that would have meant an HD-DVD release with no code at all.
So why should Disney limit their release to one region....? Of course they didn't knew that HD-DVD would be a thing of the past in March 08.
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:31 PM   #17
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Next they will region code only half the discs of each movie, just to screw around with the websites that report on them.
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Old 03-07-2008, 04:50 PM   #18
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Maybe I'm just a little too confused about the whole thing but if a lot ((most) some?) movies are region free, why then are they not sold worldwide from the get go?

Capricorn One for instance... It's available overseas (though I don't understand how much appeal there would be for it outside the U.S as it's about our space program) and region free but not available here directly.

Film companies are starting to release movies in theaters worldwide on the same day (BIG movies I should add), so why can't they do the same for the home market?
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Damn the studios anyway for doing what they want with their property.
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because some companies put more stock in protecting their property. region coding is why disney liked blu, they're big on region coding. i personally don't care to much. why does it bother you would be the question.
It's not about "property protection" its about "price discrimination." That's economist gibberish for being able to charge people different prices to maximize revenue.

The disposable incomes of people are different in different countries. So studios like to charge people in developing nations, lower prices for dvds than people in industrialized or post-industrialized nations. If region coding didn't exist however , entrepreneurs would quickly buy the dvds from cheap price areas, and sell them in higher price areas, otherwise known as arbitrage. Region coding therefore prevents such activity and allows for price discrimination.
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