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Blu-ray Importing: December 2010 Buying Guide

Ben takes a look at the latest and best overseas titles for Dec 2010.
By Ben Gourlay from Dec 9, 2010 @ 11:27 CST

Since the last time we last took a look at the 'Guide to Buying Blu-rays from Overseas' in November, the Australian dollar has continued to remain reliably close to parity with the US dollar, ensuring that Christmas 2010 will be a great time for importers of Blu-ray media. Studios have done their best to pump out content at this lucrative time of the year, but not everything has been, or will be released into the local market in time.


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.


Apocalypse Now




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


A movie produced via trial by fire if there ever was one, Apocalypse Now stands as one of the best films of the 1970's and indeed the 20th Century.


LionsGate have given this landmark film the high class treatment, with a newly restored image transfer based off the original negative and presented in the original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, which has never before been seen on home video.


Not only that, LionsGate have gone above and beyond by creating some new extra features in addition to housing all previous extra features, including the wonderful 2006 audio commentary by Director Francis Ford Coppola and restoring the renowned Hearts of Darkness documentary, in full high definition, no less. Fans of the film will be very happy with this boxset.


The Bridge on the River Kwai




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


Continuing the theme of classic films, none come more classic than David Lean's 1958 opus The Bridge on the River Kwai.


During World War II, a British commander is kidnapped by the Burmese and forced to build a bridge to span the river Kwai. However, opposition turns to assistance when no other options are available and building the bridge becomes a matter of British pride.


Sony Pictures have gone back to the original negative, and struck a transfer that is nothing short of astonishing. Gone are the scratches and film artifacts that littered previous releases, revealing an incredibly sharp and detailed image that looks none of its 53 years.


Sony have also produced a number of new features including an informative picture in picture video track and it's all housed inside a booklike digipack, with a nice booklet, along with a DVD version as well. Class all the way.


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