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Old 12-10-2017, 02:53 PM   #1
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Default How do you tell the difference between US and Canadian Editions?

My collection is made up of hundreds of US and Canadian Editions of both Blu-rays and DVDs. The UPC codes for several do not match up with what is in the Blu-ray.com database, so I would like to contribute them as a new edition/country entries.
How can I tell if a disc is a Canadian release?

Here are the clues I currently use.
- Sometimes the cover is in French and English
- Sometime the address of the studio is a Canadian address
- Sometimes there is a sticker on the front that says "version franšaise incluse"

Often there is a Canada Home Video Rating System symbol, i,e, 14A, but that doesn't seem to be a definitive guide, since I see it on many of the US releases as listed in the database.

Any other suggestions would be helpful when I contribute future Canadian titles.
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Old 12-10-2017, 07:57 PM   #2
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It can be frustrating and tricky and I haven't found any one foolproof method.

First I look at the Amazon's, on both sides of the border, and see what they say. There can sometimes be clues. While their db isn't perfect either, they can be informative. Maybe a title was never released on one side of the border? Or it looks like only one release per country (not always of course). Possibly the number of discs, running time or packaging can hint at the truth. The studio releasing the title can sometimes be helpful, like I've never seen Alliance Atlantis release anything in the US, but they've done a lot in Canada.

I try to look to helpful database's, like this US one: http://dvdlist.kazart.com/DVDList2.php which isn't complete, but includes a lot. If something is there then it'll say for sure. If not then, it's more likely to be Canadian. Here's another one that includes a lot of rear artwork with US UPC's: https://www.dvdempire.com

Sometimes multiple indicators make me almost positive a release is Canadian, and so I add it as such. I put in as much work as possible. Fortunately DVD's can be easily switched from one country to another if you do get it wrong.

As an aside, I'd mention that some very small portion of the UPC codes in the system, especially for DVD's entered years ago, can be wrong or missing. Years ago the system didn't automatically populate that field (and I've a couple times seen it assume the wrong UPC) and so sometimes people manually entering the info would forget a digit or two, or reverse two or three numbers, or something like that. While it probably wouldn't affect anything you're looking at, it can happen.
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Old 12-10-2017, 10:47 PM   #3
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Thanks.

The links provided helped me track down "The Abyss" 2 disc Digipak version I have, is the version with the french audio track, unlike the one listed in the Blu-ray.com database https://www.blu-ray.com/dvd/The-Abyss-DVD/3919/. So I will add it as the Canadian Digipak version.
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Originally Posted by RDBowers View Post
My collection is made up of hundreds of US and Canadian Editions of both Blu-rays and DVDs. The UPC codes for several do not match up with what is in the Blu-ray.com database, so I would like to contribute them as a new edition/country entries.
How can I tell if a disc is a Canadian release?

Here are the clues I currently use.
- Sometimes the cover is in French and English
- Sometime the address of the studio is a Canadian address
- Sometimes there is a sticker on the front that says "version franšaise incluse"

Often there is a Canada Home Video Rating System symbol, i,e, 14A, but that doesn't seem to be a definitive guide, since I see it on many of the US releases as listed in the database.

Any other suggestions would be helpful when I contribute future Canadian titles.
Should have some french on the cdn titles
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