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Initial post: 15 Sep 2011 11:13:18 BDT
mr s j baker says:
Why oh why has Criterion locked all its Blu Rays? The US has some really great releases like Seven Samurai and Path of Glory and the European Blu rays haven't even got a release date - come on Criterion release these in Europe.

Posted on 15 Sep 2011 17:13:12 BDT
Do a google search on BR region free players in the UK and there will usually be some cheap Chinese machines that will be modifiable. We got a Maidston MD-BR-2102 from HMV for £69 which was region adjustable and we now have that set at R1.

You could google that model but be warned, it hadafirmware update later on, which removed it's multi-region ability, so do search. Some of the TESCO own brand Technika players were also MR adjustable, just make sure you get the right model numbers...but with some careful questions, you should be able to pick one up for about £60-£70.

This message will self distruct in 5 seconds....Good luck Jim.

Posted on 17 Sep 2011 16:34:10 BDT
Big N says:
If you happen to own an Oppo BDP-93 BRplayer, there is a cable available at , which is simply installed and allows you to watch zones 1 to 6. It now costs 99 quid (I paid 40 odd over a year ago) but watching Criterion BR discs is no longer a problem.

Posted on 18 Sep 2011 21:01:02 BDT
Last edited by the author on 18 Sep 2011 21:06:04 BDT
I bought a Multi-region blu-ray player in the UK from company in Peterborough (Multiregionmagic, I think) about 2 years ago and had it shipped out to Germany where I live. It was, of course, a high initial investment but it has been well worth it, because I import a lot of blu-rays from the United States. Region locks are simply not an issue any more!
To my knowledge, Criterion usually only obtain limited rights to films for certain period, with the stipulation that the rights are only for the US and Canada. Hence they are legally unable to release their films in the UK or Europe. I'm sure they are well aware that many UK customers would love their products, but their hands are legally tied in this respect. Therefore, the only practical workround is to get a multiregion player. Do it already!!

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Sep 2011 22:45:51 BDT
pete says:
ifyou look at a lot of the comming soon blu-ray you will find that some of the big releases are region free.for instance transformers the dark side of the moon is out on the 30 sep which is a lot earlier thanthe uk.the bluray is region free as is captain america

Posted on 21 Sep 2011 12:33:12 BDT
AJR says:
Cambridge Audio make two Bluray players: 650 and 751. Both are easily made Bluray region-free (no soldering involved - just plugging in cables). And Cambridge Audio is local for you :)

I have a 751 - it's a fine player, and happily plays Criterion discs (I own several now). Yes, they are region-locked. They are one the reasons I went region-free.

BTW: Bluray regions are A, B, C. "Big N" is wrong about region 1-6 - that's DVD region coding, and the Cambridge Audio player is region-free for DVD even before plugging in the mod.

Posted on 21 Sep 2011 22:00:56 BDT
Neal Vincent says:
@ S J Baker: You'd probably do well to get in touch with the "Masters of Cinema" label as they seem to be the UK equivalent of Criterion, and the two companies seem to have parallel Blu-ray releases lined up that must surely share the same source materials, e.g. Island of Lost Souls, Harakiri, etc, which are due for near-simultaneous Blu-ray releases over here (via MoC) and over there (via Criterion).

Obviously the ultimate solution is to get yourself a region-switchable Blu-ray player. I did exactly what Herman Sörgel (above) did, and while it wasn't cheap it was sure as heck worth it.

Those Cambridge Audio Blu-ray players sound very interesting too - I have a Cambridge Audio CD-player and it's a thing of minimalist beauty and sonic excellence. If their Blu-ray players are anywhere near as good, then ... wow :-) Will have to look into those - thanks for the tip, A Rogers.

Posted on 23 Sep 2011 00:59:07 BDT
DeeJay says:
@Neal Vincent. Like Manga entertainment and 99% of their releases, all MOC/eureka do is license the American release and distribute it in the UK. All the work is done for them and it is much cheaper this way. If you look at the covers you'll normally see a reference to Criterion in their somewhere. Given their relationship with Criterion though they are the best bet to get Seven Samurai and the like released over here.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2011 12:52:11 BDT
malcy30 says:
Severn Samurai was I believe released on DVD in the UK by the BFI
Like MoC / Eureka they have been releasing a great range of BDs, so hopefully Severn Samurai will make an appearance. They have released a number of other classic Japanese films on BD.

One point is they tend to use their own extras rather than buy in from elsewhere

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Sep 2011 22:25:07 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 Sep 2011 22:26:50 BDT
Cerberus says:
The Criterion DVD release of Seven Samurai was better than the BFI one, Seven Samurai was due out sometime ago now by the BFI on Blu-ray but it's gone walkabout...

I hope they just re badge the Criterion Seven Samurai, Yojimbo and Sanjuro Blu-rays as they did an outstanding job ( according to reviews and looking at stills ) on the image and audio side of things.

Posted on 24 Sep 2011 08:17:03 BDT
Last edited by the author on 24 Sep 2011 08:19:19 BDT
Check-out Kogan. They have an on-line store in Australia and the U.K.

I purchased one of their Blu-ray players and found it to be region free (out of the box, no modification required). The player is made in China; AC:110V-240V 50/60Hz.

I own two Blu-ray players; a Sony BDP-S360 and a Kogan KGNBD2VBA. Since buying the Kogan I no longer use the Sony.

Regarding Criterion; they manufacture and distribute their Collection under license to the Major Movie Companies and only have distribution rights for the Americas. So their hands are tied.

This doesn't prevent you from playing their discs using a software player on your PC and hooking it up to your TV/Display Panel, or buying a region-free player. So the ball is in your court.

Posted on 24 Sep 2011 13:01:10 BDT
Phelings says:
More than 75% of US Blurays are region free so its usually ok to import if you don't have a MR player .
The Criterion Collection is one of the reasons I got a player from Multiregion Magic 3 years ago.
Since then most Hollywood mainstream product has become region free , even Disney and Fox who were coding in the early days , but Criterion remain one of the few to lock every title which is odd because they were one of the few to not using coding on their dvd's for many years.
But if you are a dedicated collector you really do need a MR player , not least of all because it means you can pre-order US releases without having to worry whether they are coded or not

Posted on 14 Oct 2011 17:53:42 BDT
If you play BR on a PC, you're in for a luck. There's a small app that can reset most playback software's region counter on the fly - and since BR regions are entirely software and you don't need to concern yourself with hardware regions, that app is all you need!

Posted on 14 Oct 2011 18:09:44 BDT
Bob Drake says:
Criterion licenses ALL their films. Many are licensed from Canal+ which releases for Europe and has a massive library. In fact Criterion has lost licenses when they were withdrawn by Canal+, sending the resale price through the roof.

Posted on 17 Oct 2011 04:20:49 BDT
D. Lench says:
all this region crap gets on my nerves, but it's a lot easier now to unlock any region disc these days with certain software on the pc or unlocking the player etc

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2011 04:33:34 BDT
Bob Drake says:
Not easy for Blu ray. I bought a USD200 Momitsu 799 that could be region-set by the remote. It arrived as BD A, DVD 2 (Japan) but I reset it for BD B and DVD 0. Their update blocked that ability. I avoided the update. More recent solutions are more expensive. To avoid problems with my U.S. panels I play things back in 1080i rather than 1080p.

Few PCs have a BD drive, and playback of commercial BDs requires software. For Macs the playback is even more problematic since Steve apparently hated BDs almost as much as Flash.

In reply to an earlier post on 16 Aug 2012 22:46:57 BDT
hello! can you tell me exactly how to unblock the 751?! i bought a circuit board online and installed it perfectly and it's giving me nothing but grief! looking for a good simple mod.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Aug 2012 14:04:48 BDT
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In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 13:03:21 BDT
Kipugandit says:
You've said it. Today it is frustrating not to be able to get zone free Criterion blu rays. We need these discs to be available in the UK.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Oct 2013 14:25:07 BDT
Bob Drake says:
Many Criterion BDs are similar to BFI BDs that are Region B locked. Most StudioCanal BDs are Region B locked including The Wicker Man, The Outsiders, Rumblefish. A Repo Man BD has only recently become available from Criterion. It became available on BD many months ago in the UK.

In reply to an earlier post on 23 Oct 2013 23:42:02 BDT
Shout Factory are another company that has got it's hands on some great titles but just like Criterion, region lock them.
Bloody frustrating!

In reply to an earlier post on 11 Nov 2013 10:59:44 GMT
mr_madiba says:
That 751 model is £800...probably a bit out of most people's budget to play a bluray disc
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