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Posted 7th August 2010 at 08:48 AM by Bringer Of Funerals

As you all know we UK DVD buying public always seem to get shafted when it comes to our fave films etc.

When it comes to special features we don't get as many as the USA edition of the dvd. For example say you bought THE BURNING - Region 2 UK edition).

The special features on it are a few trailers and a making of doc. This is just an example.

Then you look on the US release, not only does it have a different sometimes better cover but you get a 3 disc uncut edition.

With Trailers, Interviews, Documentaries, Making Ofs, Special effects docs, etc. The film is 50 mins longer too.

I want that edition brought out over here but no we get a shit edition.

We have got brilliant 9/10 disc box sets of the ALIENS SAGA and THE MATRIX but I just want the best editions there is out to be released over here rather then a sub standard edition with a few trailers on.

Thank you for reading,
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    Stephen@Cult Labs's Avatar
    I find that MGM, while they have released some nice special editions here, tend to be the company most guilty of leaving special features off of UK dvds, Return Of The Living Dead and The Adventures Of Buckaroo Banzai being the worst offenders.
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    Imo the U.K. DVD and BR industry will never,ever truly compete with their U.S. and European counterparts. Whereas we do get a better release every now and then this occurs way too few and far between for my liking. The major studios do tend to be the most guilty party when it comes to ripping-off the British consumer and i've had enough experience of this perpetual penny-pinching. Whereas indie outfits such as Shameless, Nucleus, Arrow, ABUK and HKL are the companys whose efforts seem to be the most buyable. If i can obtain the movie i want the way i want it from U.K. labels then i'll invest. But otherwise i'll always go the import route. If you ask me, true film fans always demand multi-region playability as standard. I know i do. We may live in rip-off Britain but at least when it comes to DVDs and BRs we can do something about it.
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    Posted 7th August 2010 at 01:55 PM by Splatterdragon73 Splatterdragon73 is offline
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    I do think things are improving. I'm finding there's a lot more available than when I left and a fair amount in better editions in the UK. The UK has been screwed in the past most definitely but you wouldn't believe how much from the major studios are being left to go OOP now here. More seems to be licensed off to smaller companies every week and a studio the size of Paramount seems to be virtually cutting out it's back cat altogether. You also have to consider that the UK is a small market, even compared to other European countries. There can be language licensing issues if we have to have English-speaking or original only so smaller companies in Germany and Italy etc can release English friendly versions of a lot of dubbed Italian films. Exporting to the U.S. is small because of PAL/NTSC issues. In the case of MGM, it can go both ways. The UK version of the original Rollerball kills the awful US version and we had an SE of Misery for about 5 years before it appeared in the States. There's no way I could have survived without multi-region but like I said, the UK is improving, especially thanks to the likes of the labels Splatterdragon mentioned

    Then there's the BBFC...
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    Posted 7th August 2010 at 03:47 PM by the blob the blob is offline
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    Another stumbling block but at least we don't have James Ferman to put up with nowadays!

    God only knows what state our DVD and BR releases would be in if he was still ruling the roost!

    I shudder to think of the situation.
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    Posted 8th August 2010 at 10:57 AM by Splatterdragon73 Splatterdragon73 is offline
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