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Old 03-12-2007, 06:54 AM
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Hi, as I'm waiting for the PS3 to release here in Holland on the 23rd of march, I'm very interested in buying Bluray movies. But I'm wondering, are there any differences between European and American releases of the same Bluray movies? For instance, is it possible that some European releases make us of a different codec (like Mpeg-2) instead of the American one (maybe the superior Mpeg-4)? Or are there any other differences between the two regions when looking at image / sound quality or extras?
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Old 03-12-2007, 08:01 AM
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Hi, as I'm waiting for the PS3 to release here in Holland on the 23rd of march, I'm very interested in buying Bluray movies. But I'm wondering, are there any differences between European and American releases of the same Bluray movies? For instance, is it possible that some European releases make us of a different codec (like Mpeg-2) instead of the American one (maybe the superior Mpeg-4)? Or are there any other differences between the two regions when looking at image / sound quality or extras?
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I think there are some differences sometimes. Espacially if you look at the audio.

I usally look at this site for the European BD-titles:
http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/index.php?page=HDDVD

If you look the specs for Ultimate Avengers and Big Fish and compare them to the specs at this site it does looks like there are differences.
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Keep in mind that Blu-ray supports region coding. North America is Region A, while Europe is Region B. Not all discs are flagged with the region coding, but some desireable titles are (Casino Royale, for example).
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Keep in mind that Blu-ray supports region coding. North America is Region A, while Europe is Region B. Not all discs are flagged with the region coding, but some desireable titles are (Casino Royale, for example).
Most movies do not have region coding. For more info take a look here:

http://bluray.lindsite.dk/

Casino Royale will be released in Europe March 19 and is not region coded (it's coded in multi-region for A, B and C):
http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=63849

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Casino Royale will be released in Europe March 19 and is not region coded (it's coded in multi-region for A, B and C):
http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=63849
The American disc was announced as A,B,C, but people in Europe who imported it claim it won't play.
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The American disc was announced as A,B,C, but people in Europe who imported it claim it won't play.
They must have got the disc really early including shipping...

It's released tomorrow but some test discs are available. Might be different discs.
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