Thank you Mutley for your reply I don't understand why all this is happening. There was never an issue in the past with the Lord of the rings box sets. Looks like that weta does not like our money. I am thinking to import it from Germany personally . It must have an English soundtrack
I think I will probably end up importing as well. I've looked at the French and the German editions which seem to be different. The French edition, which is 7 discs, lists the audio as English and all regions but will cost about £76. The German edition is only 5 discs but does not have the same details in the description and will come in at around £64, the box art and text in the pictures are in German though. I'd say that we would be overpaying by about £30 as compared to a UK edition, if it were available (hint..hint Amazon)
I contacted German Amazon with the following question I am enquiring about The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Extended Edition 3D/2D Collector's Edition, including WETA statue which unavailable to buy in the UK. Could you tell me, if I were to order it from you, what the postage costs would be? Also can you confirm that the audio is in English.
And their reply that I received today Thank you kindly for contacting Amazon.de. Should you order the item "Der Hobbit: Eine unerwartete Reise - Extended Edition 3D/2D Sammleredition (5 Discs, inkl. WETA-Statue) 3D Blu-ray", standard shipping will cost you EUR 4,13 and express shipping will set you back EUR 23,75. For a detailed look at our shipping costs, you may view the following page: http://www.amazon.de/gp/help/customer/display.html/ref=help_search_1-2?ie=UTF8&nodeId=200170100&qid=1383132213&sr=1-2 I can also confirm that English is an available language.
So it looks like the overall cost will be around £80 for something that if it were sold through Amazon UK should only be around £40-45. Fingers crossed the price will drop before they are due to ship.
don't forget import taxes will also be added to the price of the blu ray and postage. amazon uk need to get with it ! i saw somewhere (forgotten where now) a date of jan 15th mentioned for the uk version with weta statue ?
Yes, there are import taxes, VAT and an £8 handling fee from the Royal Mail when importing from outside the EU. Plus the US version will be Region 1/A. I have therefore succumbed and placed an order from Germany.
I got this "helpful" reply when I asked Amazon UK customer services again if they will be stocking it.
I understand that you want to have a confirmation that we won't be stocking The Hobbit with Bilbo/Gollum statue. I've checked our website and the item you have mentioned is currently out of stock and I'm unable to guarantee if when it will be availablefrom us. Because of this, the item is currently not listed on our website. Perhaps you could check our website from time to time to see if this item is now in stock or if it is available from a third-party Seller through Amazon.co.uk Marketplace. Clicking on the blue "used and new" link on the product's detail page leads you to items offered by third-party Sellers on Amazon.co.uk Marketplace. You'll be given a list of available copies of an item, their condition and their sellers. Please note that we can't source products from other Sellers. I sincerely hope this helps your decision. We value your business and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
That's what happens when a company gets exclusive rights. With all the LOTR collector's sets you could pick them up in Virgin (remember?), HMV and even Tesco! Someone needs to get their act together. Who signed the exclusive deal? Who got the deal for the UK? - Can't be Amazon they're not doing it!
For the UK territory, the local marketing team reviewed The Hobbit Blu-Ray Weta statue for release here in the UK market. They decided not to release it here because it would not be commercially viable, unlike other countries. Different countries find different packaging and associated elements give varying results.
Even though this will be disappointing to hear, we do keep our options open and continually review these decisions as we would have loved to release it here.
We are unsure if this is a practical solution for yourself, but these disks are not region coded, as per DVD's. This would allow you to play these Blu-Ray disks here in the UK, even if they are purchased from a different
Not commercially viable really come on warner bros are you for real!!!! You are telling us that the UK market is not good for you and France and Germany are? Bring back New Line we never has this issues. Thank you for this Mr Shaw. It was very useful information
So I went ahead a couple of weeks ago and placed an order with Amazon.de, and got it today, it would have been last Saturday (one day after release) but I was out and could not get to the sorting office till today. Following Mr Shaw's comment that it was Warner Bros. who prevented it being released here, I have sent the following email.
Following a discussion on the Amazon UK customer forums, it seems that it is yourselves that we have to thank for not releasing the special edition of The Hobbit with the Riddles in the Dark statue to UK customers.
Because of this, I have had to import one from Germany at the increased price of £69 when I expect it would have been in the region of £40-£45 if it was available in the UK. While £30 may not be much to you, it is to me, and I now have the pleasure of owning the film with German box art which I don't read.
I hope that you will reconsider the future special editions of the Hobbit films for release to UK customers, if not I look forward to reconsidering your products in the future.
Sorry - I understand that (that's why I've bought it to join the others on my Weta/Sideshow shelves). I don't follow why people aren't buying the English version import and going for French/German versions which are 1.5 - 2x the price and French/German text on their artwork and discs.
i'm confused. the uk version does not come with the statue - thats what this thread is about ? if you have imported it - then by definition its not the uk version ? you can get the US version but would need a region 1 player and pay import taxes.
are you saying you've tracked down a uk version with a statue ?
Yes that's right - the US version so all of the packaging etc. is in English. 99% of all Warner Bros Blu-rays have no region coding so no issues there. Amazon don't ship direct from the US - if you buy from .com they ship through Germany so no import taxes either and you can be billed in sterling if you wish :)