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

By: Ben Gourlay | 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 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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