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Old 12-18-2012, 02:02 AM   #1
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Looking for tips on great British region free blu rays.

Preferably titles that have yet to be released in the US, and we all know about Arrow releases so we can skip discussing those for the moment. Doesn't have to be horror, any great movie will do. The two region free discs I own so far are Deep End and Jan Svenkmajer's Alice, both released by BFI Flipside. The reason I'm asking is that I still have about $12 in US dollars left on a gift card for amazon.co.uk and am at a loss as to what to use it on. Again, not interested in Arrow because most all of the movies are available in the US or are sure to become so soon, and extras are nice, but I'm not willing to go out of my way (or spend more) for them. I'd love some of the latest classic Hammer discs and BFI Flipsides edition of The Innocents but sadly none of those are region free.

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:06 AM   #2
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Isn't Witchfinder General region free? That's one I've been wanting to get.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:18 AM   #3
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Isn't Witchfinder General region free? That's one I've been wanting to get.
Hmmm. That hasn't been released stateside yet or will be soon? I thought I heard something, but maybe it was the British disc.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:21 AM   #4
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I'm not sure if Shout has obtained it (or Synapse). But I heard the british BD is nice.
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Old 12-18-2012, 02:44 AM   #5
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Black Sheep, Four Flies on Grey Velvet, and Candyman are all region free.
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:00 AM   #6
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Oooohh Four Flies! How does it compare to the Mya?
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Old 12-18-2012, 03:19 AM   #7
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There's also the Andy Milligan double feature Nightbirds/Body Beneath from BFI. I believe that's region free. I doubt anybody would ever bother with these in North America.

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Hmmm. That hasn't been released stateside yet or will be soon? I thought I heard something, but maybe it was the British disc.
Haven't heard anything directly but Cliff said Shout's working on some Vincent Price stuff but not the Corman titles. So with MGM controlling Witchfinder General stateside that could certainly be a possibility.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:09 AM   #8
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Oooohh Four Flies! How does it compare to the Mya?
It's a solid upgrade. There are optional English subtitles for the full Italian audio track, unlike the Mya DVD. It also offers the longer cut (as well as the theatrical) of the film which runs around a minute longer.

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Old 12-18-2012, 04:21 PM   #9
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Return of the Living Dead. It isn't totally region free, but an easy button trick makes the HD stuff (movie and main new doc) playable anywhere, and it has the original audio! My favorite import so far.
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Old 12-18-2012, 05:54 PM   #10
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I can recommend the Witchfinder Blu ray. Great transfer and extras.
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:29 PM   #11
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I can recommend the Witchfinder Blu ray. Great transfer and extras.
Agreed, I think the transfer looks really great.

Detailed screen comparisons can be found here: http://caps-a-holic.com/hd_vergleich...on.php?cID=524

^^ I'm kind of shocked the difference in those isn't more striking however.
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Old 12-20-2012, 02:09 PM   #12
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I love Vincent Price, but Witchfinder I'm not really a fan of, mainly because the subject matter doesn't appeal to me. It's a good movie but not really worth the money because I'm not inclined to revisit it much, if ever.

Return of the Living Dead is available on blu ray in America. The original audio is a curio, but nothing I've ever missed while watching the DVD.

I didn't like Black Sheep.

Candyman is a bit too fashion handicapped for me at the moment. I'm going to hold off on that one until my nostalgia for 1990 kicks back in sometime late this decade.

The Andy Milligan films on BFI are an interesting choice to release on blu, but again they're nothing I need in my collection.

So I guess out of all of the tips so far I'm definitely most inclined to get Four Flies, although from the sounds of it the German disc sounds like the best (yet still not perfect) release yet. And actually, between the Mya, Shameless and Koch discs I have a bit of renewed faith that the ultimate edition is just a short wait away. Or am I just deluding myself?

Any other blus I should be made aware of? Again, they don't have to be horror.

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Old 12-20-2012, 10:56 PM   #13
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You could always have a look on the Blu ray.com forum and look through the region free section of the UK and Ireland thread. Maybe you could get some inspiration from there. Only a thought though.
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Old 12-21-2012, 09:18 AM   #14
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You could always have a look on the Blu ray.com forum and look through the region free section of the UK and Ireland thread. Maybe you could get some inspiration from there. Only a thought though.
I know. I could also glean most other information from sources on the internet other than horrordigital.com. That isn't the point, nor would it help me reach a decision based upon the opinions of people I've learned to respect over the past ten years.
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Old 12-21-2012, 06:41 PM   #15
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I know. I could also glean most other information from sources on the internet other than horrordigital.com. That isn't the point, nor would it help me reach a decision based upon the opinions of people I've learned to respect over the past ten years.
Like I said. Only a thought.
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