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Guide to Buying Blu-rays from Overseas - Guide to Buying Blu-rays from Overseas - Cont.

Where the good ole' DVD is no longer bound by region locked woes, Blu-ray still is. Ben assists in bypassing this issue.

| Australian Import Guides in HT & Movies | Posted: Jul 31, 2008 4:00 am

Guide to Buying Blu-rays from Overseas - Continued

 

Because of the distribution of movie rights between different companies around the world; let's say, Disney distributes a movie and has not made it available on Blu-ray in Australia, this doesn't mean a different company whom hold the rights in a different country haven't done so. In fact, it happens frequently. Or, it may be available with better quality video or audio, or with more extra features. This is where things get exciting, expensive and at times, a gamble. But I will try to help out.

 

As we have established, Australia (where I write this - I know we have a large international readership) resides in 'Region B'; the same as Europe. So, Australians can import any European release with certainty.

 

A good starting point for importing European Blu-rays is Amazon.co.uk. Because of the exchange rate of the British pound, coupled with relatively high shipping can make this a slightly expensive proposition.

 

However, for American Blu-ray releases, this is where things can get slightly confusing. Whilst they are officially 'Region A', many distributors choose not to region code their discs...but sometimes they do.

 

Let's break it down by company:

 

Universal catalogue releases - No coding

 

Universal new releases - No coding

 

Disney catalogue releases - No coding

 

Disney new releases - Often coded

 

Twentieth Century Fox catalogue releases - Always coded

 

Twentieth Century Fox new releases - Always coded

 

Paramount catalogue releases - No coding

 

Paramount new releases - No coding

 

Sony Pictures catalogue releases - No coding

 

Sony Pictures new releases - Often coded

 

Warner catalogue releases - No coding

 

Warner new releases - No coding

 

Lionsgate catalogue releases - Often coded

 

Lionsgate new releases - Often coded

 

New Line catalogue releases - Often coded

 

New Line new releases - Often coded

 

MGM catalogue releases - Always coded

 

MGM new releases - Always coded

 

So, pretty much any release from Universal, Paramount and Warner are safe to be imported (as of publishing date anyway). Twentieth Century Fox titles can't be imported and the rest you will have to keep your eyes peeled to the following site, which check all releases quite promptly - Blu-ray Region Code Info. They are a great resource.

 

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