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GC Asian selection = Blockbuster Asian selection, want more
Topic by: percivaln
Posted: April 24, 2005 - 4:23 PM PDT
Last Reply: April 25, 2005 - 2:27 PM PDT

author topic: GC Asian selection = Blockbuster Asian selection, want more
post #1  on April 24, 2005 - 4:23 PM PDT  
I recently signed up with GreenCine because I had read that GC specializes in more esoteric DVD's you wouldn't normally find at Netflix/Blockbuster/etc. More Asian movies, more anime, etc.

I will admit, GC does have a broad (though definitely not exhaustive) current anime collection. However, the Asian movies are essentially from the same distribution channels available to NF/BB.

There are only 3 Vietnamese movies (actually French productions), all of which I've rented previously from the strip mall Blockbuster near work. There are zero Japanese/Chinese TV dramas. Will GC ever expand into truly more non-standard-for-U.S. fare? Currently, I'm forced to go to SF's Nihonmachi for VHS bootlegs or Internet Fansubs for any sort of new/current Japanese mass media.

I'm sure there is a commercially viable number of GC members who want to experience Asian cinema beyond the typical wuxia, triad/yakuza, and anime DVD's currently available here (and from every other major DVD rental provider).
post #2  on April 24, 2005 - 8:53 PM PDT  
Are you asking about other region dvds? We used to talk about that a long time ago, but nothing ever came of it. It would save me some bucks, since I have to rent those elsewhere.

Also, I was under the impression that j-doramas aren't commercially available with English subs...I've checked on yesasia, but haven't seen any there. I know they do have some Korean and Chinese with subs, but that's an addiction I haven't started yet.

There's a slight "grey area" here...I admit it is slight, though.
post #3  on April 24, 2005 - 11:00 PM PDT  
Unfortunately most items aren't released on R1/R0 subtitled DVD with English subtitles in NTSC. I don't think any Asian dramas are. All you get is what is judged to be popular for the foreign market, which is why anime, kung-fu, gangster movies, and art films is the majority, with the occasional romance or comedy. The exception is with HK movies (the popular ones are usually released NTSC R0 w/subtitles), where Greencine's selection is good if not great to my mind. Better than Blockbuster's or Netflix's.

But Vietnamese and Chinese dramas in VCD sets are so cheap, why even bother renting them?
post #4  on April 25, 2005 - 2:27 PM PDT  
Me agree, second motion, do I.

X + Y = XY

Seriously, you and I both know this isn't going to happen. Not unless you know several Asian languages, and have the necessary tools to fansub Asian media....well, do you?

Man!, oh well, it was worth a shot.

Let me know if you come across someone like this, okay.

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