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Blu-ray Importing: August 2010 Buying Guide

Ben takes a look at the latest and best overseas titles.

| Australian Import Guides in HT & Movies | Posted: Aug 11, 2010 4:49 pm

Since the last time we last took a look at the 'Guide to Buying Blu-rays from Overseas' in June, the Australian dollar has remained at a fairly consistent level of around 90 cents to the US dollar, so importing has continued to be a lucrative option for Australian Blu-ray fans wanting to fill out their burgeoning collections.

 

So let's jump into the latest instalment of this epic series, covering some of the later titles released only to import, but safe from the horrors of region coding.

 


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Collection

 

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Studio: Warner Home Entertainment
Country of Origin: United States
Purchase: Amazon.com
Region: A, B, C

 

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle craze coincided pretty squarely with my formulative years, so revisiting the franchise is always fun, but fraught with danger. However, I'm glad to say that the films aren't quite as terrible as I braced myself they would be. The first film (released in 1990) shows a dark and gritty New York City, and is the most realistic (well, as realistic as a film about giant, crime fighting, wise cracking turtles can be).

 

The second, lovingly referred to as "the one with the ooze", eskews the gritty tone and plays it pretty much for laughs. It's also remembered for the live action rendition of the song 'Ninja Rap' by Vanilla Ice. The time travelling third film was released in 1993, at the tail end of the franchise and was met with relative indifference. It's not bad, but it's definitely a case of shrinking returns. In 2007, Imagi Entertainment released the CG animated film which aimed to revamp the franchise, without straying too much from the formula originally established. This boxset wraps up all four films.

 

Warner Brothers Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Blu-ray boxset is a real treat for fans. Housed inside a cardboard box designed to resemble a pizza box, inside you'll find a disc for each film, a beanie, some character cards and a reproduction of the comic adaptation of the first film. Awesome!

 


Dogma

 

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Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Country of Origin: United States
Purchase: Amazon.com
Region: A, B, C

 

Kevin Smith films are a bit of a mixed bag; they can easily alternate between funny and moving drama (Jersey Girl), lowest common denominator humour (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back) and this - whip smart blasphemous wise cracking on a no-go area; the bible. Outsiders will find enough to keep them occupied, but just like Monty Pythons classic Life of Brian, those with a bit of prior biblical knowledge will either laugh themselves into stitches, or will turn off in disgust. Dogma remains Kevin Smiths best film to date.

 

Whilst the Blu-ray looks and sounds a decent upgrade from the DVD, unfortunately some of the fantastic extra features have been left behind. Despite this, it still gets my recommendation.

 

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