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Multi-Region dvd players/PAL-NTSC format conversion

How to overcome regional limitations in movies

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Without Limits and Avoiding bad quality bootlegs....

  • Mar 15, 2009
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There have been regional limitations placed on all dvd players and blu-ray players sold in America. All hardware have been encoded with a so-called "regional encoding" to control the market and all players sold in the U.S. are encoded region-1; Japan is region 2, Korea and Hong Kong region 3 NTSC, while most of Europe is region-4. Thailand and China has a very differerent format than the U.S., they are in PAL format. NTSC is the U.S. standard.

I bought two multi-region players because I got tired of waiting 2-3 years for a foreign film to be released in the U.S. and I don't like being at the mercy of U.S. studios deciding what should be released in U.S. shores and what should be skipped. I also got tired of buying low quality unofficial all-region dvds because most of the time, they skip, freeze and shut down. These copies have high compression: compressing a 7 GB film into a dvd with a 4.7 GB size isn't advisable. It is easy to detect an unofficial copy, all of them don't use dual layer discs and they  full of macroblocking issues.
There are however, certain studios that focus on foreign films--the problem is they edit the films most of the time and we lose what we call its artistry. I want my movies in its purest form--so sad that most Hollywood studios see the American audience  prefers linear storytelling.
Dragon Dynasty, Tai Seng and Tokyo Shock are one of the few who release them in its purest form, and I am glad to hear CJ Entertainment is operating in the U.S. now.

Anyway, in case you wonder as to how I can review Asian films that only has NOT been released in the U.S. , well, now you know the answer. I also own the Korean release of "The Dark Knight" which had a far superior transfer to the U.S. made one. Most dvds in America are made in Mexico so Japan and Korea would have the edge since they manufacture them in their native land. I think U.S. dvds' quality's have been taking a dive to make dvd look bad so the marketing guys can push Blu-ray. Truth be told, all you need is a disc mastered in high-def, and a great up-converting player to make the movies look better. True, some Blu-ray discs still look immensely gorgeous but the difference is still small.

anyway, if you want to see if your exisiting dvd player is capable of being converted into multi-region or region 0, check out videohelp.com. if Not, check out the Toshiba, Philips, Pioneer players with a low price but if you really want the best in up-conversion I recommend the Oppo. (I am still waiting on their Blu-Ray player)

Thanks.  If you want more info also check out "hardwares" in hkflix.com (oh, they sell a lot of cult films)



By the way, Asia is getting the "Blood the Last Vampire" and "Dragon Ball Z" American live action movies first...
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December 16, 2010
March 18, 2009
I hate the way they keep manipulating us with planned obsolescence! Where do they think we're going to get the money to replace all the dvd's we just bought to replace all the vhs movies they sold us with blu-ray? And of course they will win in the end simply by not making anything else.
March 18, 2009
Very well put, your Majesty. I can't tell you how long I've been waiting for some of my favorite foreign silent films to get a U.S. release date only to have to wait some more.
March 18, 2009
Forever? I could kick myself for having sold off some of the films I had on tape. I was just so certain that some of them would be available on DVD, and here I am still waiting.
March 15, 2009
HD-DVD lost the format war also largely because they had NO Region coding--studios didn't like that fact.
March 18, 2009
Through no fault of their own, I might add. We don't want to imply that it's the unwary customer's fault when they get $crewed over by corporate America's greed and capitalistic values.
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