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Anyone uncover what Region 2 discs are available?
Topic by: Sandoz
Posted: August 22, 2009 - 11:27 AM PDT
Last Reply: January 28, 2012 - 4:10 PM PST

author topic: Anyone uncover what Region 2 discs are available?
Sandoz
post #1  on August 22, 2009 - 11:27 AM PDT  
Hi, I'm a new member here at GC (just joined up yesterday), and while my primary motivation for joining was to get a look at some flicks that Netflix doesn't stock (and Blockbuster never even heard of), I was intrigued by the mention in the membership overview that *some* other DVD Region discs were in the inventory here, but wouldn't be specifically listed in an "other Region" catagory, but you'd just have to search around for them...

Well, off the top of my head I searched for these titles that are R2 discs:

VAMPIRE CIRCUS (not on R1)
THE GAME (Huge amount of special features, only R2)
BLOOD ON SATAN'S CLAW (no R1)
SITTING TARGET (no R1)
THE LAST SEDUCTION (SE R2)
THE IPCRESS FILE (SE R2, and Oop R1)
THE DEER HUNTER (R2 has commentary from Michael Cimino)

Well, none of these turned up, so I thought I'd cut to the chase and inquire if anyone has had any luck *discovering* any of these other Region discs?

Like I said, it's not my primary motivation for being here, but Sandoz is nothing if not eternally curious. I's can't help mize elf!
FGaipa
post #2  on August 23, 2009 - 2:10 PM PDT  
Unless there's been a startling and recent change, neither GC nor any major competitor carries other-region DVDs. I've never encountered one in GCs catalog. I always end up buying what I can't do without.

If we do now have them, I'd like to see an all-in-one place listing, especially if GC is newly purchasing other-regions.

Given the current three-per-week service on an over-priced Bay Area three-out account, current other-regions would help justify sticking with GC.

fg

> On August 22, 2009 - 11:27 AM PDT Sandoz wrote:
I'd cut to the chase and inquire if anyone has had any luck *discovering* any of these other Region discs?

> ---------------------------------

weezy
post #3  on August 24, 2009 - 3:07 PM PDT  
> Like I said, it's not my primary motivation for being here, but Sandoz is nothing if not eternally curious. I's can't help mize elf!
> ---------------------------------

Welcome, Sandoz! Unfortunately, we do not carry any other-region DVDs. We DO carry a few all-region DVDs in the case where a Region-1 disc isn't available. Some examples of this off the top of my head are Nostahlgia and Hausu (which, by the way, is getting a Criterion release in the near future!) - perhaps some GC members or staffers can point you in the direction of more.

Suggestions for acquiring all-region discs are welcome at catalog@greencine.com. We'll try to hunt down some of the suggestions you mentioned.

kaream
post #4  on January 28, 2012 - 4:10 PM PST  
I found this thread by idly rummaging around through some old stuff.

There are really two different issues here.

Essentially only the US and Canada use Region 1, and nearly all DVD players sold here are preset to accept no other regions, although there are some all-region players available. Also, it is possible to buy region-code-breaking programs for computers. But by and large, most GreenCine subscribers will be able to play only Region 1 discs.

Probably a more important consideration is not region coding, but rather NTSC vs PAL codecs. Again, most DVD players sold in the US will play only NTSC-encoded DVDs and cannot play PAL discs, although some can. Thus even discs that are region-free (sometimes called Region 0) cannot be played on a standard player if they are coded in PAL format.

(As an aside, many European DVDs marked as being "Region 2 only" are in fact region-free. (Never believe what it says on the box.) Still, these will almost always be PAL-encoded, and will not play on a standard US player in any case.)

I assume GreenCine is not very interested in stocking DVDs that many of their subscribers will not be able to play, even for the benefit of those with specialized players or computer programs. Amazon and its marketplace vendors are filled with complaints from people who either never read the warning disclaimers, or wanted to take a chance anyway. Discs sent to subscribers that they are unable to play would be an extra layer of problems for GC to have to deal with.

In other words, any DVD rental company can realistically stock only discs that are both NTSC and either Region 1 or region-free.

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