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Bluray help wanted!

Post by Shocka on Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:11 am

So I've just hit a snag with my film collection and I have some BD questions for those in the know - all answers/help appreciated!

- What are the different BD regions and are there sites describing which BDs are region free? (I'm using a PS3 and AFAIK that requires a specific region or region free)

- What sites internationally and Aus-specific do you buy your BDs from? Where do you get the best prices?

Right now I'm after a cult film from the past decade called Synecdoche New York that isn't available in Australia on BD, and am trying to figure out how and where I can get it at a reasonable price..

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Post by The Dr Of Style on Mon Feb 22, 2010 10:56 am

I know that PS3 games are region free....not too sure on the movie side of things

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Post by TheSweetestThing on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:33 am

Games are region free, the movies are not. Or so my friend told me as he sadly looked at the $10 BR's at Fry's in the US last year.

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Post by TheGoodDr on Mon Feb 22, 2010 11:39 am

Unlike DVD Players, Blu Rays players are not Region Free out of the box. You have to modify them.....which in all instances will void the warranty of the player.
Only the OPPO players released in Australia are modified by the distributor and carry a 12 month warranty. Being over $1000ea though, these players are not cheap.
You can check out this site:http://www.blu-raystats.com/Stats/Stats.php
It details those discs that are region B which are available in the US. However it is still a risk buying them as there is no guarantee that they in fact will play on your locally bought player.
I buy all my BDs from JB HiFi or BigW. The few I have bought from Amazon have all been Warner Bros titlles. I checked the BluRay Stats site before making the purchase.
Hope this helps Smile

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Post by mse6 on Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:21 pm

good info and site...also watch out if you are using a PS3.

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Post by Hemish on Mon Feb 22, 2010 12:57 pm

http://bluray.liesinc.net/

That was the one I use
I mainly buy mine from amazon.uk
Heaps cheaper than over here

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Post by DroothR on Mon Feb 22, 2010 4:23 pm

Shocka wrote:- What are the different BD regions and are there sites describing which BDs are region free? (I'm using a PS3 and AFAIK that requires a specific region or region free)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu-ray_Disc#Region_codes

For reviews that list region coding information for all titles, check: http://www.blu-ray.com/

As a general rule, Fox likes region coding, Warner doesn't, and everyone else flips and flops as they please.

Shocka wrote:- What sites internationally and Aus-specific do you buy your BDs from? Where do you get the best prices?
I get all of mine from the USA, except for specific instances were Region B is better (for better image quality - eg: Twister/Pan's Labyrinth, or because the USA release is a digipak/digibook - eg: The Green Mile, The Shawshank Redemption, Star Wars - Clone Wars Season 1).

USA releases are generally cheapest worldwide (provided you get a decent shipping rate of course).

Apart from the cheaper prices (roughly $5-$20 cheaper than buying local), the main reason I buy US BDs is because they have slimmer cases, roughly 2/3 the width of the ones we have here (which are about the same width as DVD cases).

As for specific retailers, I find Amazon to be best (US and UK).

Plenty of sales means you can almost always find a bargain, provided you're after a large enough spread of titles.

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Post by Shocka on Tue Mar 02, 2010 1:01 pm

Thanks for this, guys! Very useful!

As an addendum, is there a website which compares extras and video quality etc between regions?

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Post by BoloMusashi on Tue Mar 02, 2010 4:05 pm

http://www.dvdcompare.net/

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