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Blu-ray Importing: June 2011 Buying Guide

Ben takes a look at the latest and greatest overseas titles for June 2011.

By: | Australian Import Guides in HT & Movies | Posted: May 31, 2011 3:17 pm

Since the last time we took a look at the 'Guide to Buying Blu-rays from Overseas' way back in December 2010, the Australian dollar has continued its meteoric rise against the green back, exceeding parity and hovering between $1.05 and $1.09. It's a spectacular situation for Aussie importers and definitely time to hit up the likes of Amazon to revel in releases normally denied to Australian fans.


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.


Taxi Driver




Studio: Sony Pictures
Country of Origin: United States
Region: A, B, C


Director Martin Scorcese has made some landmark films in his time, including some of my personal favourites, such as Casino, The Departed and Goodfellas. However, one film was seminal to the career of the young director and an up and coming actor by the name of Robert de Niro - Taxi Driver.


Given an amazing new gritty transfer and some excellent new bonus features including the vintage Scorcese audio commentary recorded for the Criterion collection laserdisc in 1986, Taxi Driver features a veritable treasure trove of priceless features. Sony Pictures have gone all out to treat the film with the utmost care and respect and it filters over every aspect of the Blu-ray, all the way down to the impressive gatefold packaging (with insert lobby cards). Pure class.


Mortal Kombat




Studio: Warner Home Entertainment
Country of Origin: United States
Region: A, B, C


Video game adaptations have a pretty ordinary name for themselves, but it's hard to recall that back when this film was released in 1995, the first adaptation Super Mario Bros was barely two years old.


16 years on, the Mortal Kombat video game franchise is as strong as ever, with new releases on the Xbox and PlayStation consoles that take the series back to its roots (although not if you live in Australia where they're banned!) - The film itself has aged immensely. Some of the visual effects are laughably bad. The acting and script are still as terrible as they always were.


But there is still something charming about this little film which stands the test of time. Fans will no doubt find themselves jumping along with the film when the opening credits begin and the now eponymous Mortal Kombat theme - 'Techno Syndrome' by The Immortals begins.


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