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"Godzilla" The 1954 Original [aka "Gojira"] on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers With One Of The USA Releases...,
This review is from: Criterion Collection: Godzilla [Blu-ray]  [US Import] (Blu-ray)
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of the 1954 Japanese cult original of “Gojira" (or "Godzilla" as it has become known). And the original is available on BLU RAY in the States TWICE. But which issue to buy?
Unfortunately the uber-desirable USA Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED although it doesn't say so on Amazon.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.
Luckily the other USA issue on Classic Media is REGION FREE – so that will play on UK machines.
Check you’re purchasing the right version before you buy the pricey Criterion release...
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Initial post: 19 May 2014 19:32:07 BDT
Not quite true - there are some workarounds that seem to work on the majority of Criterion (and some other) region-locked blu rays, using Samsung and Panasonic UK blu ray players. This was news to me too until I stumbled across a mention of it in a AV forum (I'll leave that to your imagination), but having googled it, it seems to have been around for a couple of years and has been confirmed by many people:
Play the disc, wait until the "Wrong Region" message appears, then press STOP, then Top Menu... that's it :)
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