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NO LABLES ON THE UK BLU-RAY DISCS - WHO'S BRILLIANT IDEA WAS THAT?!!
on 17 December 2011
First, the good news; all of the features on this Blu-ray set work on a regular Canadian/USA Blu-ray player (which is great, as some non-HD content from the UK is ported over in a PAL formate, which is not playable on most standard Canadian/US Blu-ray players) and secondly, even with the shipping and conversion price, this set still comes out to almost half the price of the Canadian/US counter part.
Now for the bad news; unlike the Canadian/US set, none of the discs in the UK set are labeled.
Okay, so this may sound like a small deal, as you'd figure that what with the discs all having pictures on them that you'd be able to extrapolate which disc was for which movie, right, BIG time wrong.
Allow me to elaborate; you have 8 discs, the first 2 carry the first movie with one disc housing the theatrical cut along with some extras and the other disc housing the extended cut along with some extras, then you have two more discs housing the second film, one, the original cut and extras and the other, the Richard Donnor cut and extras, then you have one disc for the third movie and extras and another disc with the fourth film and extras, and the last two disc house Superman Returns and extras, and the last disc holds the remaining extras.
So of the 8 discs mentioned, only 2 are discernible for what they are from the pictures on the discs, which are, Superman Returns and the extras disc, because the, Superman Returns disc has a picture of Brandon Roth as Superman, and the extras disc has a picture of the Kent's mailbox (which you can only assume, and rightly so, that this must hold the extras, but why a crappy picture of the Kent's mailbox was used to represent the extras disc is beyond me).
The other 6 discs have various shots of Christopher Reeves as Superman (some head shots and some full body shots, etc.) which all look as if they where taken at the same photo shoot and in NO WAY indicate what movie and/or version of the film they represent.
And the case that houses the discs is of no help in solving this problem, as it's a gatefold with only 4 sections, each holding 2 discs (one on top of the other) and so you can't tell if the first disc is the one on the top or bottom (as I believe that my disc 1 was on the bottom).
Each disc has a nice big red area to the left of each picture, which in the Canadian/US set, has nice bold lettering proclaiming the discs main content (i.e. Superman: The Movie - The Theatrical Cut, Superman: The Movie - The Extended Cut, etc.) but for some inconceivable reasoning on the UK counterpart, this has been left blank.
The only way of telling the discs apart (other than popping in each disc and wading through all of the pre-menu crap, and even then the main menu doesn't indicate what disc you have in, and so you need to goto the extra features then look at the discs features table of contents on the other side of the gatefold disc case) is by reading the very small coding on each discs outer edge (there are several codes, but only one ends with 60, then the next discs ends with 61, etc.) but like I mentioned, the codes are hard to find and a b*tch to read.
So keep this in mind when considering to buy this version of the set, as for me, I eventually bought the Canadian/US version and sold off the UK set, as to me, the labeling issue was that big an annoyance for me to spend the extra $$ to get a properly labeled set.
Hope this helps :)