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5 Deadly Venoms
Topic by: shiftless
Posted: January 18, 2008 - 3:50 PM PST
Last Reply: January 21, 2008 - 8:43 PM PST

author topic: 5 Deadly Venoms
shiftless
post #1  on January 18, 2008 - 3:50 PM PST  
I just watched 5 Deadly Venoms last night and as much as I enjoy this movie, the DVD quality was pretty lamentable. I see online, that a Hong Kong company Celestial has restored and re-released this film along with hundreds of others Shaw films, about 5 years ago, but only for Region 3 (asia). Even amazon.com apparently only offers a bootleg version (and how is that possible I wonder?). This is such a kick ass movie, and I am so disappointed that the USA can't get a Region 1 copy. Is it even possible to buy Region 3 DVDs and use a local service to transfer them to a compatible format? Probably illegal, but for personal use I'd be willing to risk it...:)

Anyway, just wanted to express how upset I am at not being able to see it in all it's restored glory. It's a nostalgic favorite.
kaream
post #2  on January 19, 2008 - 12:46 AM PST  
> On January 18, 2008 - 3:50 PM PST shiftless wrote:
> ---------------------------------
Is it even possible to buy Region 3 DVDs and use a local service to transfer them to a compatible format? Probably illegal, but for personal use I'd be willing to risk it...:)
> ---------------------------------

Yes. And yes. Or are you asking whether GC might do it? Definitely no.

Doesn't your computer have a region-free player?
shiftless
post #3  on January 19, 2008 - 9:09 AM PST  
I have no idea if my computer has a region-free DVD player. I don't watch movies on my computer, so I've never tried. I've also never had a region 3 DVD to try it with.
kaream
post #4  on January 19, 2008 - 5:07 PM PST  
My daughter and I went in together on a region 4 DVD (Australian) of Latcho Drom from an importer listing at Amazon marketplace, since it's never been released in region 1. A beautiful transfer, much clearer than the old VHS, and it plays perfectly on both of our computers.

Try rummaging there for something you've really been wanting but has never neen available here -- you can find the most amazing goodies there, and unlike individual dealer websites everything is guaranteed -- and give it whirl in your computer. Even if it won't play, a replacement region-free drive is cheaper than a new desktop player.
kaream
post #5  on January 19, 2008 - 5:42 PM PST  
Apparently you can also hack the firmware in your present drive, but this seems not to be generally recommended. I've never needed to.
shiftless
post #6  on January 19, 2008 - 8:08 PM PST  
I'm on a brand new 3.0 quadcore Mac, but I'm sure that whatever you're referring to will somehow not apply to me... ha ha...life of a mac person. I'm sure there must be something for Mac, maybe I will look into it
Vanamonde
post #7  on January 19, 2008 - 8:13 PM PST  
> On January 19, 2008 - 5:42 PM PST kaream wrote:
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> Apparently you can also hack the firmware in your present drive, but this seems not to be generally recommended.
> ---------------------------------

Or looking at it another way, you search the Internet and obtain a tool that allows you to restore your God-given Fair Use rights to your equipment that you use in you own home.

Still, you must understand what you are doing or you could end up with a DVD drive in your computer that is useless and no longer has a warranty. There are tutorials. There is a gentleman known as Doom9 who has a very informative web site that has long been a support of Fair Use. And he has links.

kaream
post #8  on January 20, 2008 - 1:06 AM PST  
> On January 19, 2008 - 8:08 PM PST shiftless wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> I'm on a brand new 3.0 quadcore Mac, but I'm sure that whatever you're referring to will somehow not apply to me... ha ha...life of a mac person. I'm sure there must be something for Mac, maybe I will look into it
> ---------------------------------

Probably the Mac people can simply tell you if your drive is supposed to be region free. But if not, I'd suggest blowing five bucks (including shipping) for something really cheap in the way of any used foreign-region disc, and first try it in your present DVD drive before you head back to the computer store with money in hand.
troublemaker
post #9  on January 21, 2008 - 4:34 PM PST  
Or just download VLC player for Mac. Using that program to watch DVD's negates any region setting you have on your drive. Try it out, it's freeee!
shiftless
post #10  on January 21, 2008 - 8:43 PM PST  
saw that via google, i just am not too excited about watching movies on my computer at my desk. rather be on the couch in front of the much larger television, not in my office, but evertone's advice was great, might have to make a trip to chinatown or japantown this weekend and see what's on the shelves.

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