Thursday, March 31, 2011

Reason #24 To Go Region Free : Arrow Video

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I realized many years ago that the hardcore DVD collector this day and age absolutely NEEDS to own a Region Free DVD player. Different movie releases come out in different areas of the world at different times and it's quite frankly unacceptable to me to limit myself to only the movies American disribution labels put out. Oftentimes DVD's hit the UK long before they hit here in the states and other times completely different releases with vastly different packaging come out over there but not over here; I like to keep my options open and get the best of both worlds.

Just in case anybody out there hadn't yet been converted to the Region Free lifestyle, along came Arrow Video a few years back, a UK home video distribution label that has been putting out a slew of cult classic horror films of late, released completely uncut on both DVD & Blu-ray with several discs, new special features, all kinds of goodies and kickass hand drawn cover arts that evoke the colorful and highly sexualized spirit of the Video Nasties era. The label has had a strong focus on foreign horror fare, particulary the work of Italian icons like Argento and Fulci, and has won the hearts of horror hounds the world over for their incredible releases that are clearly made by and for the diehard fans.

What's that? You want to take a peek at some of Arrow's coolest DVD art? Ok, i'll stop rambling and show you some of my favorites. But only if you promise to strongly consider joining me on the Region Free bandwagon; truly a DVD collecting life without limits!

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Head over to Arrow Video to see and learn more and if you're looking to pick any of these up, Amazon.co.uk is the place to do that.

8 comments:

Jayson said...

I'm personally on an Arrow Video boycott until they stop applying digital noise reduction to their Blu-ray transfers. Their BDs could be incredible if they weren't heavily DNRed, but they're really just a waste of money that will eventually be blown out of the water by other distributors that actually give a damn about the films they release (i.e. Blue Underground, Synapse Films, Anchor Bay).

No thanks to the smeary ruination of the films I love.

Johnny said...

Hm, i've yet to watch an Arrow Blu-ray, so I wasn't aware of this. Then again, I don't tend to notice stuff like DNR, being that i'm admittedly not too savvy or knowledgable about that kinda stuff!

Mikey said...

So, out of curiosity, are Blu Ray movies region free by default ala PS3 games? I wouldn't mind importing some of these.

Johnny said...

Some are, others aren't. Ya really gotta do research before ya buy a Blu-ray from a different region. There's a few sites that can help ya with that, like this one : http://regionfreemovies.com/

As far as I know, Arrow's Blu's are Region free though!

Mike said...

Johnny, dude you're just stratching the surface. Regionless DvD players are all well and good... but for my money the coolest shit is happening on Regionless DvDs. Admittedly it's a needle in a hay stack to find the good releases ( esp if you don't have friends in Hong Kong and Malaysia ) but when it is good it's so very very good.

As you know a lot of films get recut for foreign audiences... some even get cut into new films... well that isn't just films coming into America. If you get a good release from there ( where lets just say copyright is loose ) it will have copies of the movie which are out of print etc and cuts from all over the world packaged together. I saw one movie which has a box set with 20 different international cuts of the movie. Now that's fucking definitive!

Again it's all about what kind of a purist you are... but I loved the re-cut re-dubbed Asian version of the Day of the Dead Remake 'SuperFlu' ( which after butchering the butchered remake actually pulled it all the way back around to make it into a pretty cool stand alone film ). 0 and 360 are the same thing... so often the answer for a film which is off course is to turn into it and bring it back around... Malay VCD companies seem to have mastered that.

There is some crazy awesome shit out there once you start hooking up with people from the south pacific ( since the titles which popup on ebay etc only stretch the surface of the tons of stuff out there ).

With forums where people from the south pacific are trying to get American penpals to shoot the shit with over email tag etc ( so they can better learn the subtleties of less formal English ). Find one which is into horror and besides just shooting the shit start trading and you will find some things which are actually considered 'lost' movies/ shows here never mind the alt cuts and stuff of movies you know.

Fans come in all types. Where as the standards aren't always as high as even the overscrubbed UK movies... it's hard to knit pick when you're watching something you didn't know existed, thought was lost to time, or something you love in a way that you've never seen before.

Mikey said...

Thanks, Johnny, I'll try to pick a few up. :D

Johnny said...

Mike - That's an area i've never headed into. Thanks for the tip. Really interested to check out SuperFlu!

Mikey - Awesome. I just finally picked up their Silent Night, Deadly Night release from Amazon, which i've put off for way too long!

Ross Horsley said...

I'm pretty sure the later Arrow releases (last summer onwards?) are region-free. The equally good Shameless range definitely is.