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Other-Region provider?
Topic by: FGaipa
Posted: August 13, 2005 - 1:29 PM PDT
Last Reply: August 16, 2005 - 1:47 PM PDT

author topic: Other-Region provider?
post #1  on August 13, 2005 - 1:29 PM PDT  
Not that GreenCine isn't perfection, but does anyone know of a by-mail DVD rental setup that stocks other-region releases?

I got into GreenCine to break a DVD-buying habit that's kept me poor for too long. But the temptation remains. For instance Shinoda's film of Shusaku Endo's Silence, Cha no aji by Sharkskin and Peachhip director Ishii, Hidden Blade by Twilight Samurai & Torasan director Yamada, a Koku Yakusho WWII thing that looks maybe not great but interesting and unlikely for release here, etc., from expensive CD Japan, and the dozens of things, including the Torasans, in Shokchiku Co. Ltd's still expanding but Region 3 "Platinum Classics" series sold through US based Hong Kong importer I have dozens of things in my own collection that GreenCine can't stock.
post #2  on August 13, 2005 - 9:57 PM PDT  
I do use Nicheflix right now, but I'm probably gonna cut that out soon. They do have some of the things you're looking for, but the pricing is steep, you're still at the mercy of the post office, and their ability to keep things in stock is really bad. They are basically phasing out buying anything but Hong Kong discs, which are pretty cheap. I understand the problem, but the reason I started using them was to see discs that were too expensive for me to buy (the Region 2 Japanese discs and Korean SE's, for example...they also had a lot of R2 UK Asian stuff like that great version of Oldboy). And you're still at the mercy of the post office, so whether or not you get your money's worth is up in the air.

Anyway, it's
post #3  on August 14, 2005 - 7:39 AM PDT  
Cinflix is another option. I still haven't joined yet though so I can't give a personal review of the service.
post #4  on August 16, 2005 - 1:19 PM PDT  
Thanks. Evaluating cin and niche flix looks like an hours-long project each. I'm not big on China or Korea, so if they don't keep up with CD Japan, there might be too little new to sustain a subscription.

Problem with Hong Kong releases, though I own many, is too often the English subtitles seem to be translations of the Chinese subtitles, not the Japanese original. On the middle dvds of my latest, a ten disk set, Hikaru no go, virtually every verb is in the wrong tense. For some reason, live-action mistranslations can be even more disturbing.

(I hear GreenCine is going to stock a new Viz editon of the truly great and novelistic Hikaru no go, but whether Viz will cram 3-plus hours on each disk to keep it down to ten remains to be seen. I'd pity people having to rent on 15 or more.)
post #5  on August 16, 2005 - 1:47 PM PDT  
You can now put in your request for Hikaru no go!

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