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Old 01-19-2008, 03:49 AM
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Default Next week's imports (21.-28. January)

Upcoming week is pretty good in new import titles. Which ones are you planning to get? 1408 is expected to become available in Xploited Cinema early on the week, I'll order mine from there. I've also got both Japanese releases on order from Amazon Japan. Looking forward to all those!

M6 online shop seems to have Asterix and the Vikings HD DVD in stock now though Amazon France doesn't yet list it as being in stock. Hairspray's release date is based on this shop's entry: http://www.dvd-store.it/Cerca.asp (though they don't ship internationally).

1408 (Dutch release) (22-Jan)
Bol.com $36.01 (€24.99)
Note: Info at Area-HD.de and HD DVD Format Blog.

Hairspray (2007) (Italy - MHE ; New Line) (23-Jan)
mondohe.com $36.93 (€24.90)
Note: U.S. release canceled. Italian release is expected to come out on 23rd of January (according to www.dvd-store.it).

Asterix and the Vikings (Astérix et les Vikings) (France - M6 Films) (24-Jan)
Amazon France $36.37 (€25.08)
Note: M6 Video's page indicates English subtitles. New release date: 24-Jan.

The Magic Flute (Kenneth Branagh's) (Japan release) (25-Jan)
Amazon Japan $30.45 (¥3478)
HMV Japan $32.51 (¥3713)
YesAsia $43.75 (free international shipping)
Note: Classified as DVD. Comes with HD DVD as an extra, including the main feature. Only the first edition will include the HD DVD. Info at HD DVD Format Blog and Showgate's page.

Vexille (Japan release) (25-Jan 2008)
Amazon Japan $44.93 (¥5032) (Normal edition)
Amazon Japan $64.76 (¥7252) (Special edition)
YesAsia $64.99 (Normal edition) (free international shipping)
YesAsia $87.75 (Special edition) (free international shipping)
HMV Japan $48.57 (¥5440) (Normal edition)
HMV Japan $69.14 (¥7742) (Special edition) (more discount with "multibuy" option)
Note: Japanese Anime title. Contains both HD DVD and NTSC (probably region 2) DVD. MPEG-2 video (?) and Dolby TRUE HD 5.1 audio. Special edition includes additional 2 DVDs (NTSC, region 2?) with extras.
Warning: Availability of English audio/subtitles not known yet.
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Old 01-19-2008, 06:55 AM
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I want to get 1408.

How ever i will wait untill we get some impressions from somebody about the quality since Dutch releases are rather hit and miss.
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I want to get 1408.

How ever i will wait untill we get some impressions from somebody about the quality since Dutch releases are rather hit and miss.
I'll certainly post my impressions once I get it. I'm going to order from Xploited using Federal Express so I will get it very fast once it's been shipped. I hope DFW is improving their quality. I reckon I can take the risk with this one since there are no other HD versions available and the announced German release is from Senator who are going BD exclusive, so their release is probably not coming out. I'm not counting on Weinstein to get anything released in HD either...
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I'll certainly post my impressions once I get it. I'm going to order from Xploited using Federal Express so I will get it very fast once it's been shipped. I hope DFW is improving their quality. I reckon I can take the risk with this one since there are no other HD versions available and the announced German release is from Senator who are going BD exclusive, so their release is probably not coming out. I'm not counting on Weinstein to get anything released in HD either...
Awsome.

I await your impression with high anticipataion

Ye it is a shame about senator going blu
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I also have 1408 in preorder - DFW has confirmed they will use better masters for their new batch (including 1408) HD DVD's and BR's.
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I also have 1408 in preorder - DFW has confirmed they will use better masters for their new batch (including 1408) HD DVD's and BR's.
That's good, I hope they also use VC-1 or AVC
What's the best place to buy discs for local residents in Holland?
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That's good, I hope they also use VC-1 or AVC
What's the best place to buy discs for local residents in Holland?
Locally it's usually MediaMarkt (no online shop) or Free Record Shop where you can get the best deals.
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That's good, I hope they also use VC-1 or AVC
What's the best place to buy discs for local residents in Holland?
DFW has already confirmed they will be using VC-1 and AVC from now on. Also, they will create new menu structures for their releases that make better use of the capabilities of both HD formats.

Source: http://www.dvd.nl/nieuws.php?id=2858 (in Dutch)
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Review of 1408 is up (it's the BR review, but HD DVD has the same specs) : http://www.dvd.nl/reviews.php?reviewid=3288 (dutch).

Very positive review, especially on video + sound
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Old 01-21-2008, 10:06 AM
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Ahh, can't wait until Tony gets this in.

I'll get Reservoir Dogs and 1408, next week.
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