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Old 04-02-2013, 09:42 PM
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Our review of 'The Pianist' (UK Import) has just been posted. Check it out!

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Although the version reviewed here is considerably cheaper (£8 vs. £25), there is a slightly newer, better, edition available.

"The Pianist" was re-released in the UK by Optimum/Studio Canal via the "Studio Canal Collection" in 2010. The re-issue is an AVC encode on a dual layered BD-50, and has both on-disc supplements (the 40-ish minute "A Story of Survival" making of documentary from 2002, plus ~an hour of "new" interviews) and a booklet.

Both versions are locked to Region B.

I was surprised Universal didn't do a US BD last year, as it was both their centennial and the film's 10th anniversary. Universal released the film on HD DVD (1080p/VC-1 and 5.1 TrueHD on an HD-30) in 2008. It was one of their last catalog discs. I still have it... somewhere.
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Great movie. If there's grass on the field, play ball.
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Great movie. If there's grass on the field, play ball.
I see what you did there.
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Remember, it's "The Pea-ANN-ist," not "The Pea-uh-nist." Becuase the latter sounds too much like "penis," and stupid Americans will giggle at the title.

(An actual conversation held by Universal marketing executives.)
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How does it compare to the HD DVD import?
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How does it compare to the HD DVD import?
It's the exact same encode.
Not sure what they mean in the review by "a slightly thicker than normal amaray case" - have they never seen an amaray case outside of North America before ? That size case IS normal in the UK at least.
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It's the exact same encode.
Not sure what they mean in the review by "a slightly thicker than normal amaray case" - have they never seen an amaray case outside of North America before ? That size case IS normal in the UK at least.
The U.S, Canada, France, HK, Germany (and possibly other regions as well) also use the slimline Blu-Ray cases, whereas the nordic countries + GB, JP, Aus & NZ (and possibly others) use the fat ones. It really makes no sense why the different regions cannot use same-sized cases, as was the case for DVD.

I highly prefer the slimline ones due to their looks and most importantly, being able to fit more titles in an ever-decreasing shelf-space. The fat ones also has a tendency to not hold the disc properly in place, causing it to float around during shipment.

Sorry for not talking about the film in question, btw. I'm highly awaiting a good release of this title, but refuse to get it from Optimum due to their disc-mastering policies (tons of forced previews, region locking, even advertisements) on their previous titles.
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