It's region B (not 100% sure if region FREE), and apart from having different cover art to the individual releases, I think they are basically the same in terms of features and quality. And yes it is brand new... Hope that helps.
I don't know, I'm not much of a digipack fan. What do you do, once a case is broken? How do you replace it? I'd rather have an amaray case. Besides, this repackaging takes very ittle space. Btw, it is not that cheap anymore. Should've taken the chance, because, at the price it's been available for a few days, it really was a bargain.