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Punishment Park (Peter Watkins, 1971)
Topic by: cenotaph
Posted: June 27, 2003 - 9:19 AM PDT
Last Reply: July 9, 2003 - 2:41 PM PDT

author topic: Punishment Park (Peter Watkins, 1971)
cenotaph
post #1  on June 27, 2003 - 9:19 AM PDT  
has anyone seen this? i've always been interested in this film but have never watched it. it's available on region 2 dvd - i don't suppose GreenCine would be picking it up? (hint, hint)

(i've decided to spend my money renting dvd's instead of buying them)
dpowers
post #2  on July 8, 2003 - 2:00 PM PDT  
i'm looking for some other watkins movies, what's this one about?
underdog
post #3  on July 8, 2003 - 5:14 PM PDT  
> On June 27, 2003 - 9:19 AM PDT cenotaph wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> has anyone seen this? i've always been interested in this film but have never watched it. it's available on region 2 dvd - i don't suppose GreenCine would be picking it up? (hint, hint)
>
> (i've decided to spend my money renting dvd's instead of buying them)
> ---------------------------------

Wow, that looks fascinating. (I found a page about it on the Web.) I'd really like us to dig it up, too. We can't rent out R2 DVDs here but if we find an all-region copy, we will. Will you give us a special prize if we track it down? ;-)

Craig
GreenCine Associate Editor
craig@greencine.com
cenotaph
post #4  on July 9, 2003 - 1:22 PM PDT  
> Wow, that looks fascinating. (I found a page about it on the Web.) I'd really like us to dig it up, too. We can't rent out R2 DVDs here but if we find an all-region copy, we will. Will you give us a special prize if we track it down? ;-)

awesome - i'm glad you share my interest. i will definitely keep my eyes peeled for all-region copies.

is there a legal reason why you cannot rent out R2 DVD's, or is it just a greencine policy to avoid confused customers?
i dream of finding a R2 DVD internet rental place - there are many R2 dvd's that i'd like to see but i rarely want to buy them.
cenotaph
post #5  on July 9, 2003 - 1:25 PM PDT  
> > Wow, that looks fascinating. (I found a page about it on the Web.) I'd really like us to dig it up, too. We can't rent out R2 DVDs here but if we find an all-region copy, we will. Will you give us a special prize if we track it down? ;-)

i spoke too soon -
http://www.5minutesonline.com/PUNISHMENT%20PARK%20COVER.HTM

it's on backorder, but at least an all-region dvd exists of it.... or does it?

here's another site, that doesn't mention that it's all-region:
http://www.doriane-films.com/english/dvd/pundvd.htm
here's another listing that looks like the same disc, only it says region 2....
http://www.lfvw.com/punishment_park.html

Gradalis
post #6  on July 9, 2003 - 2:19 PM PDT  
is there a legal reason why you cannot rent out R2 DVD's
Not really. There is a problem with parallel imports, of course (which explains why we do not carry any All Region titles that are available domestically, even if the running-times differ).

or is it just a greencine policy to avoid confused customers?
This is part of the reason. I would guarantee that a number of folks would accidently end up with that perfect film they've tried to locate for years only to discover that their player couldn't play it. While I want to spare my friends in Customer Service this minor (probable) headache, the primary reason that we do not buy Region-2 titles is that so few of our subscribers would rent them. Our money is clearly better spent on R1 and All Region discs. Of course, if a significant number of members opt for "Universal" players, we might start adding a few titles. Eventually.

i dream of finding a R2 DVD internet rental place
That dream is probably far from reality. If you live in Seattle, you could visit Scarecrow Video. They rent discs regardless of region and, as such, they have a remarkable selection (our copy of The Kingdom came from there, interestingly enough). Unfortunately, they do not rent-by-mail. Perhaps there is a similar sort of video store in your neighborhood. Similar, but probably not as good.

informatively,
Jonathan Marlow
GC Content Acquisitions
Gradalis
post #7  on July 9, 2003 - 2:41 PM PDT  
Additionally, I am fairly certain that Punishment Park is only available as a Region-2 disc. Of course, if I am mistaken, you can be certain that we'll add it (and any other Watkins films that we can find).

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