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International Blu-ray discs

#1 Post by yoshimori » Fri Jan 04, 2008 1:26 pm

"of interest" blu-ray discs not available or announced in the US.

Japan:
Gondry, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind [region ABC]
Minnelli, An American in Paris [region ABC]
Oshii, Avalon [region ABC]
Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich [region ABC]
Wong, My Blueberry Nights [region A?]

Kurosawa, Quiet Duel [region A?] [subs unlikely] releases 2.6
Kurosawa, Rashomon [region A?] [subs unlikely] releases 2.6
Kurosawa, Ran [region A?] [subs unlikely] releases 2.6
Kurosawa, Madadayo [region A?] [subs unlikely] releases 2.6

UK:
Antonioni, Red Desert [WARNING: region B]
Bergman, The Seventh Seal [region ABC]
Haneke, Cache [region ABC]
Haneke, Funny Games (v 2.0)[region ABC]
Marsh, Man on Wire [region B?]
Meadows, This Is England [WARNING: region B]
Park, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK [region ABC]
Pasolini, Salo [WARNING: region B]
Powell and Pressburger, Black Narcissus [region ABC]
van Sant, Paranoid Park [region ABC] WARNING: it's 16x9 instead of 1.33:1
Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich [region ABC]
To, Mad Detective [region ABC]
Wong, My Blueberry Nights [WARNING: region B]

Meadows, Somers Town [region B?] releases 1.12
Wong, Ashes of Time Redux [region B?] releases 1.26
Peckinpah, Straw Dogs [region B?] releases 1.31
Garrone, Gomorrah [region B?] releases 2.9
Pasolini, Decameron [region B?] releases 2.9
Pasolini, Canterbury Tales [region B?] releases 2.9
Pasolini, Arabian Nights [region B?] releases 2.9
Davies, Of Time and the City [region B?] releases 3.9
Folman, Waltz with Bashir [region B?] releases 3.20
Richardson, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner [region B?] release 3.23

France:
Allen, Scoop [region B?]
Cimino, The Deer Hunter [region ABC]
Coens, The Man Who Wasn't There [region ABC] WARNING: forced French subs
Desplechin, Un Conte de Noël [region ABC] WARNING: no English subs
Fellini, Casanova [WARNING: region B] [Italian, English audio, no English subs]
Godard, One + One [region B?]
Gondry, La Science des rêves [region ABC] French and English audio, with French subs only
Jarmusch, Dead Man [region B?] WARNING: forced French subs
Klapisch, Paris [WARNING: region B]
Lynch, Dune [region ABC]
Lynch, Wild at Heart [region ABC] WARNING: forced French subs
Minnelli, An American in Paris [region ABC]
Schlondorff, Tin Drum [region B?] [subs?]
Wong, My Blueberry Nights [WARNING: region B]

Salles, Motorcycle Diaries [region B?] [subs?] releases 3.19
Canet, Entre les murs [region B?] [subs?] releases 3.24

Germany:
Corbijn, Control [region B?]
Fincher, Fight Club [WARNING: region B]
Gilliam, Tideland [region ABC]
Lynch, Dune [region B?]
Minnelli, An American in Paris [region ABC]
Soderbergh, Erin Brockovich [region ABC]
Soderbergh, Traffic [region ABC]
Zhang, Hero [region ABC] [English subs reported by SalParadise]

Rafelson, Five Easy Pieces [region B?] releases 3.19

Hong Kong:
Chen, The Promise [region ABC] English subs
Lau, Infernal Affairs [region ABC] English subs
Lau, Infernal Affairs 2 [region ABC] English subs
Lau, Infernal Affairs 3 [region ABC] English subs
Lee, Lust, Caution [region A] English subs
To, Exiled [region ABC] English subs
To, Mad Detective [region ABC] English subs
To, PTU [region ABC] English subs
To, Sparrow [region ABC] English subs
Wong, Days of Being Wild [region ABC] English subs
Wong, As Tears Go By [region ABC] English subs

Korea:
Lee, Lust, Caution [region ABC] English subs

Scandanavia:
Bergman, Fanny and Alexander [theatrical version] [region ABC] English subs
Cuaron, Children of Men [region ABC]
Haynes, I'm Not There [region ABC]

Italy:
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#2 Post by Numéro 2 » Fri Jan 04, 2008 3:49 pm

According to dvd.fr the French Science of Sleep has English and French audio as well as subtitles.

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#3 Post by redbill » Fri Jan 04, 2008 4:12 pm

Numéro 2 wrote:According to dvd.fr the French Science of Sleep has English and French audio as well as subtitles.
I think that is because the movie is in French & English, and the subs are French for the english parts --- could be mistaken, but I seem to recall reading that...

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#4 Post by david hare » Fri Jan 04, 2008 6:36 pm

The link below may prove to be much more useful than just a Non US BluRay region thread - it's a regularly updated list of all BD titles worldwide with and without region coding:

MODS - it probably requires a change of thread title if this proves to be useful.

Hd Dvd & Blu-ray Title Region Coding: Region Free / Region Locked

EDIT yoshi I hope this doesn't stretch too far outside your original notion of titles of interest. Given the monrning's announcement I thought anything like this needs to be managed in tandem with a region code "clearance."

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#5 Post by yoshimori » Fri Jan 04, 2008 7:56 pm

davidhare wrote:The link below may prove to be much more useful than just a Non US BluRay region thread - it's a regularly updated list of all BD titles worldwide with and without region coding
Thanks for the link. It's quite useful.
davidhare wrote:I hope this doesn't stretch too far outside your original notion of titles of interest. Given the monrning's announcement I thought anything like this needs to be managed in tandem with a region code "clearance."
My interests are provincial (I'm in the US) and self-serving (I have a blu-ray player and want to know about non-US releases I might be interested in purchasing, particularly Japanese, HK, and Korean releases with English subs, and European and Australian discs that are region free and subbed). I guess I could buy a second blu-ray player in region "B", but if I can hold off until the Chinese or whoever, inevitably, crack the region coding bs, all the better. But, you're right, the code issue is crucial, really the reason for starting the thread, and I was planning to include that info in the list above when available.

I'm not sure the new thread title is just right, since I'm not really interested in compiling a list of ALL international releases. ... ... But, you know what, maybe just leave it as it is - "International Blu-ray discs" ... on second thought, that's fine. And I'll just cull stuff for my little Americentric "not-available-in-the-US list" from the discussion.

Ideal, of course, would be a "Forthcoming Arthouse etc Blu-ray release" thread, like the long defunct (though still stickied) "New Forthcoming Foreign/Art/Indie DVD" thread, which treats releases from all regions. Unfortunately though, I don't think I'm the guy to manage such a list because, well, frankly, it sounds like it'd take a lot of time and my qualms about including stuff I thought was garbage would probably cause some tension. [In fact, I personally am not particularly interested in any of the abovementioned titles except Zodiac, but I figured a list with just a single title would be pretty pathetic!] Still, if anyone wants to take charge of such a thing, I'm not feeling the least bit proprietous.

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#6 Post by domino harvey » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:12 pm

Didn't someone here say that the Seventh Seal WASN'T region-free?

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#7 Post by yoshimori » Fri Jan 04, 2008 9:25 pm

domino harvey wrote:Didn't someone here say that the Seventh Seal WASN'T region-free?
Maybe someone did. But my link above to amazon UK says it's all-region, as do the dvdbeaver review of the disc and davidhare's Australian DTV Forum link above. I'll try to mark info with "?" if I haven't heard from the manufacturer or from someone who actually has the disc that it's region-free or subbed.

And here's another nifty link to info about region coded (or not) discs: nifty link.

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#8 Post by pro-bassoonist » Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:23 am

Numéro 2 wrote:According to dvd.fr the French Science of Sleep has English and French audio as well as subtitles.
It does not come with English subs. It was announced as such, labeled on the official site as such, yet I can confirm that it is not.

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#9 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Sat Jan 05, 2008 5:30 am

Minor correction: Avalon is actually in Polish, which might be the clincher for the two or three Polish-speakers 'round these parts. Or not.

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#10 Post by manicsounds » Sun Jan 06, 2008 2:58 am

Avalon BR has English subs for the main film.

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#11 Post by J Wilson » Mon Jan 07, 2008 3:18 pm

From Japan, animator Michel Ocelot's most recent film, Azur et Asmar has English subs on the BR disc (and the SD DVD for that matter). The French SD DVD has no English subs.

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#12 Post by Luke M » Mon Feb 04, 2008 10:03 pm

Almost Famous Bootleg Cut is coming out in the U.K. on 2/11

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#13 Post by yoshimori » Thu Mar 06, 2008 12:23 am

Thanks all, for all the corrections/confirmations/suggestions/links/updates so far. And thanks in advance for those that're forthcoming.

Zodiac blu-ray now up at amazon.co.uk. See link in top post.

Donald Brown posted the link to Tartan UK blu-ray news in another thread.

In sum:

Paranoid Park, 4.28
Lady Vengeance, 5.26
I'm A Cyborg, 5.26
The Proposition, 6.26

I'll add amazon-uk links above when they become available.

Mr Denti A has posted a link in the "blu-ray v hddvd" thread which suggests these will be coming on through Tartan US too, in which case I'll delete them as soon as the amazon-us or other pages go up.

Also added: rAjp Erin Brockovich, 4.23

I'm stunned by this one: a French Paranoid Park - coming 4.24.

Also: a German There Will Be Blood - coming 6.12, Paramount.

I'm sooo not a Tarantino fan - though Death Proof made me laugh - but I'm adding the British Pulp Fiction, and KB1&2 above. Release dates: 3.30. You'd think US releases would be inevitable, but none are listed yet at amazon-us.

And, fyi, the Almost Famous disc Luke M links above is reportedly region free.

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#14 Post by Cinesimilitude » Thu Mar 06, 2008 4:36 pm

that list in the forum is probably not as regularly updated as this site.

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#15 Post by pro-bassoonist » Wed Mar 12, 2008 3:44 pm

A quick note that earlier last night French giant distrib Studio Canal officially switched to Blu-Ray exclusivity, with Jean-Jacques Annaud's Sa Majeste Minor set for an April 22 release:

Info courtesy of Filmsactu.com:
C'est officiel depuis quelques minutes : StudioCanal, exclusif du HD-DVD depuis le début, abandonne le format en faveur du Blu-ray. On pensait à tort que l'éditeur sortirait tout de même, à l'instar de Warner, les quelques titres qui avaient été annoncés sur ce support ; mauvaise nouvelle, StudioCanal annule purement et simplement les éditions HD-DVD de My Blueberry Nights et Sa Majesté Minor.

Nous reviendrons plus tard sur My Blueberry Nights, ce qui nous intéresse ici étant le bide français de 2007. Sa Majesté Minor donc sera présenté dans un transfert 1080p au format 2.35 respecté (à l'inverse du DVD pour lequel Annaud a revu film pour le reformater au format 1.85 : plus d'info ici) accompagné d'une piste 5.1 et d'une piste 2.0 toutes deux en DTS-HD Master Audio. Côté bonus, le Blu-ray sera moins bien loti que son homologue DVD puisque l'on ne retrouvera que les bonus suivants :

- Un making-of (68min)

- Un visio commentaire de Jean-Jeacques Annaud sur le film.

Les fans du film équipé d'une platine Blu-ray ne trouveront donc pas les bonus présents sur le DVD :
- Six scènes coupées avec commentaire audio par Jean-Jacques Annaud
- A la rencontre de sa majesté Minor : portraits croisés de José Garcia, Vincent Cassel et Jean-Jacques Annaud (26 min)
- Module vidéo sur les décors
- Module vidéo sur les personnages
- Le scénario illustré à lire et à imprimer depuis la partie DVD-Rom

La faute sans doute temps top réduit imparti à l'éditeur pour concevoir le disque.

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#16 Post by yoshimori » Mon Mar 17, 2008 5:55 pm

SncDthMnky wrote:that list in the forum is probably not as regularly updated as this site.
That site is also linked in the seventh post in this thread. It lists whether or not released blu-rays are region-coded or not, very helpful info.

Two more from the UK.

6.16 - Wong, My Blueberry Nights
3.17 - Ivory, Maurice

amazon-uk links are in the first post.

From France:

4.10 - Lynch, Dune

from France:
Scorsese, Gangs of New York - 6.4

from the UK:
Jones, Monty Python and the Holy Grail - 6.2
Fincher, Zodiac - 9.1 (new date)

amazon links above.

new: Black Narcissus (UK, 6.16), Be Kind Rewind (UK, 6.30)
new date: Death Proof (Germany, 6.30)
amazon links now available: The Proposition (UK), I'm a Cyborg (UK), Lady Vengeance (UK), Paranoid Park (UK)

all links in first post

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#17 Post by Luke M » Tue Mar 18, 2008 9:49 pm

More UK Blu-rays:

The Boys from Brazil

Bugsy Malone

Escape to Athena

Strictly Ballroom

And I have to give a shout out BLACK NARCISSUS!!

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#18 Post by pro-bassoonist » Wed Mar 19, 2008 3:57 am

My Blueberry Nights set to be released on June 3rd in France/Monaco. UK disc also upcoming.

Fox are set to release Braveheart on April 4th in France/Monaco.

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#19 Post by yoshimori » Wed Mar 26, 2008 7:51 pm

added from UK: Helvetica
deleted from UK: Maurice - old link now claims a DVD release instead of a blu-ray release
updated release dates

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#20 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:49 am

Hong Kong:
Behind the Yellow Line (Taylor Wong)
CJ7 (Stephen Chow) [due 4/7]
Flash Point (Wilson Yip)
Invisible Target (Benny Chan)
Protege (Derek Yee)

All have English subs; all are region-free except CJ7 and Behind the Yellow Line, which I'm not sure about.
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#21 Post by yoshimori » Sun Apr 20, 2008 9:07 pm

added Traffic - 5.30 German release

deleted Gangs of New York - to be released in the US on 7.1
deleted Helvetica - to be released in the US on 5.6

[Note also: Stone's NBK is listed at amazon US as a 6.10 release.]

updated various release dates

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#22 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Sat Apr 26, 2008 1:40 am

A bunch of new titles from Megastar:

As Tears Go By, Wong Kar-wai
Assembly, Feng Xiaogang
A Chinese Odyssey (Parts 1 & 2), Jeffrey Lau
Days of Being Wild, Wong Kar-wai
Exiled, Johnnie To
Infernal Affairs II, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak
Infernal Affairs III, Andrew Lau & Alan Mak
Perhaps Love, Peter Chan
The Warlords, Peter Chan

Some very exciting titles in there, but only Infernal Affairs III seems to have a solid date (April 28th) at this point. The entire IA series will also be released in a boxset.

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#23 Post by yoshimori » Wed May 07, 2008 6:50 pm

I've deleted the French 400 Blows because, according to the new Criterion Newsletter, the following blu-ray will come from Criterion in the Fall. [See thread in "rumors and news"].

The Third Man
Bottle Rocket
Chungking Express
The Man Who Fell to Earth
The Last Emperor
El Norte
The 400 Blows
Gimme Shelter
The Complete Monterey Pop
Contempt
Walkabout
For All Mankind
The Wages of Fear


And: deleted There Will be Blood, The Proposition, and Be Kind Rewind, since they have been announced for US release. Added Mad Detective.
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#24 Post by Cosmic Bus » Tue May 13, 2008 11:46 pm

yoshimori wrote:Black Narcissus [region B/0?] releases 6.16
Pro-bassoonist informed me last night that this one definitely appears to be region-B although reviews may reveal otherwise, but I'm not optimistic. Such hugely disappointing news.

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#25 Post by yoshimori » Fri May 30, 2008 9:19 pm

Added: Funny Games (UK), Vidocq (Japan).

UK I'm a Cyborg is reportedly region-free.

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