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X-MEN 2 Limited Ed (JAP IMPORT)

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  1. popeye

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    Has anyone ordered the above and taken delivery as yet.
    I'm thinking of ordering a copy from Movietyme, but at £29.99 I need some asurance that it's worth buying.
    If someone has a copy a review would be appreciated.



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  2. Phil Hinton

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    Hoping to review it but it wont be for a few weeks. placed my order tonight though.
     
  3. popeye

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    Thanks Phil. I think I'll risk it. Is it likely to be a full bit rate DTS track?



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    It's only £25 from cdjapan....
    http://www.cdjapan.co.jp/detailview.html?KEY=FXBF-24224
    I received my copy yesterday morning and although I haven't
    watched all of the film yet, I did try out a few scenes and thought
    the picture and sound quality were superb.
    I did do a comparison on one scene between dolby digital and
    dts and the dts sounded much better but I will reserve judgement
    untill I have more time to watch it on the weekend.
    I have no knowledge of the dts bitrate as my player only displays
    the picture bitrate which did touch 10 mbps a couple of times
    on the scene I tested.
    I won't do a full review once I've seen the whole film as I will
    leave that to the professionals Phil and Matt but I will post back
    views on the PQ and sound.
    BTW, this is a single disc set which suits me fine as I'm not
    usually interested in the extras but if you want a fuller package
    that will also be cheaper, then hold onto your money and get
    the 2 disc set when it eventually gets released here or the 'states.
     
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    Can you tell me if there is any difference between this LE version and the SE 2 disc version that s due out here on the 10 Oct apart from it being NTSC.
     
  6. Phil Hinton

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    Review copy should land on Friday I have been told.
     
  7. popeye

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    Thanks for the info. I'm also not that bothered about all the extras, just give me good transfer & a decent audio track!
    The quality of the picture & sound is always my primary concern.

    It will be interesting to hear a short report when you've watched the disc in full. I'm also looking forward to Phil's full detailed review.

    I ordered my copy yesterday from Movietyme. Did you pay £25 including delivery?, if so that seems like a good price!



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    Apart from the fact that there will be more extras on the forthcoming 2 disc set and much easier menu navigation
    (my Japanese isn't very good!) then I couldn't tell you if
    the films will be the same - i.e.regarding cuts.
    Funny, I just went to the cdjapan website and it states that
    this Limited Edition is now out of print! So "Limited" does actually
    mean that in this case!
    Popeye, yes it was £25 inc. delivery but, as you've already ordered from Movietyme and the fact that they've sold out
    at cdjapan means that you will probably be able to live with
    the £4 difference ;)
     
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    I ordered and received my copy of XMEN2 and MATRIX RELOADED from a web site a copule of weeks ago (I won't mention it) for about £7.50 each incl.p&P. That's for a dual layer (DVD9)
    , case that states region 1 , but it's region 0. Believe me - you cannot tell the difference between this and a region 1/2/4 copy. Where did they get them and make proper production DVD's of them. Nemo is up for sale too.
     
  10. rOAdeh

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    well theres been dvd5 versions of xmen2 and matrix reloaded about for weeks if not months now so no doubt they just took the original of that before it was downsampled to dvd5 so everyone could use it at home and then had access to a industry standard dvd writer.

    £7.50 each tho? :eek: - seems fairly steep to me... why not just wait another month or two and get the proper one for a few quid more - least you'll have a leg to stand on if/when either something doesn't arrive or if you have a problem with the dvd etc...
     
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    proper one ?

    Apart from the fact that the R2 or R1 release might be a twin DVD, I really cannot see the difference. The DVD's are proper IDENTICAL R1 DVD's , but without region encoded. This includes the packaging and DVD's themseleves. I have been using this company for over a year - one word about the service - FAULTLESS. A company is only as good as it's after sales and this one gets A++.

    Some people buy R1 as they are 'normally' released earlier. Well these are even earlier and as I said before THEY ARE IDENTICAL on DVD9 (dual layer), which are not available in the shops to buy and do it yourself.

    These DVD5 you are referring to - are either SVCD copies onto cheap blank DVD's or worse still they are cinama CAM jobbies. You will find most of these DVD5 will NOT have DTS or even 5.1 (the startup DTS scene may have it only). Some may not have all the subtitles the official release will have and I doubt whether any extra's exist or even anormophic widescreen apsect ratio be there.
    When selling some of these DVD's second hand I have a hard job convincing people of the quality because people associate R0 copies as being dodgy quality, but rest assured those who have bough from me normally buy again.....AND no I'm not selling anything at the moment.
     
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    I have just recieved the box set with both films from yesasia.com for only £30 (and the single x-men 2 is £24!)
    Have not had the chance to watch yet though!!!
     
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    surely these are not the officially released dvds?

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    Why not? they are being sold at lots of reputable websites
     
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    Well i bought the region 2 Japanese version from Movietyme its cost me £30 and NO EXTRAS, i hope it has a fullbitrate DTS track or i'll end up gutted when the american 2 disc version is released.

    Just couldnt wait i had to buy.
     
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    Foxy there is extra's on this disc.. may suprise you how many - it's one loaded DVD!
     
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    Review Copy arrived in the post today from Movietyme. The dts track is half rate 768kbps, and it also has deleted scenes, trailers and a making of.
    It is an official Fox release as well.(For those doubting the validity of the discs)
     
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    ok maybe i took the wrong end of the stick...... sorry

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  19. popeye

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    What a missed opportunity! I guess the reason Fox went for half rate was due to all the encoding space on the disc being taken up by the extras and the 5.1 DD track.
    Personally I say to hell with the extras. Give me a full bit rate DTS track!!!


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  20. popeye

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    Just noticed on the Movietyme web site that they are now shipping X-Men 2 as part of thier next day delivery service at no extra cost. (UK customers only)


    popeye:clap:
     
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    awwww i'm so disappointed i only bought it cos i expected a fullbitrate DTS track, i don't really care for extras i have about 200 discs worth of extras that ive never watched.
     
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    THX 1138 , you talk about half rate dts 768kbps- On my DVD player is there any way I can check this rate ? How do you check it ?
     
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    The best way to find the audio bit rate is to use either PowerDVD or WinDVD on your PC. Some players also have the option to view the bit rates in their OSD settings.
     
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    I have held off from buying this .. as the US release is so near.. I am in no rush.. so in my book its not limited (or different) enough.

    If anyone still wants it.. you can get it from amazon.co.jp as well.


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    Tag processors also give information:

    Disc bit-rate
    Sample rate
    Dialogue normalisation

    On all generic sources.

    Regards


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    Having just watched the film i'm now able to comment on
    the quality of both picture and sound.
    Firstly the picture....
    This transfer is very detailed indeed, definately on a par with some of the best dvd's I own. When you consider that the scenes
    in this film vary a lot between bright, snow covered landscapes to
    very dark shots you would expect to find the odd few artifacts
    creeping in but I didn't notice any of real note. There were a few
    instances where halo's were present around some objects but
    that was only on rare occasions and was my only minor gripe.
    The colours and contrast levels were spot on too.
    Overall, an excellent transfer.
    Secondly, the sound.....
    I listened to the dts track from the word go and only did comparisons between both formats afterwards.
    From the moment the film starts you know you're in for a sonic
    treat! The fantastic opening score belts out from all the speakers
    and only sets the scene for whats to come.
    The clarity of this soundtrack is superb - everything sounds precise, from the dialogue to the multi-directional sound effects.
    I won't go into specifics about certain scenes as it may detract
    from some people's enjoyment of the film but, beleive me, this is
    one aggresively mixed soundtrack with superb bass reproduction
    which had my wifes valued collection of figurines dancing around on many occasions!
    There are differences between the dd and dts soundtracks...
    Firstly, the directionality of sound effects is much better in dts.
    The bass is punchier - it seems a little more accurate in dts,
    and also the ambient sound effects are more pronounced - an
    example of this is when Wolverine enters the school hallway in
    one of the early scenes. You can hear much more detail in the
    sound coming from the corridors around the hall.
    This in no way should detract from the fact that the dolby digital
    soundtrack is very good but, on this occasion, it is outdone by an
    absolutely superb dts track.
    So, those who have ordered this Japanese version and everyone else who are waiting for the other regions will not be dissapointed.
    Great film, excellent picture and superb sound. What more can you ask for? :smashin:
     
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    I checked my copy on my laptop using Power DVD and it shows the audio setting as NOT AVAILABLE when on DTS and I hear nothing. When I switch it to 5.1 it shows DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 448Kbps and I can hear it.

    When I'm playing the DVD on my Sony DVD player through the amp it does switch to DTS (displays on amp) and everything is perfect.
    Maybe the laptop needs DTS decoder ??
     
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    No you just have a two channel version of Power DVD like me. I downloaded DVD Shrinker which gives the readings.

    I have a Tag processor, how do I engage the Read out on the bit rate?
     
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    Is there anybody else in the same boat as me?

    I ordered this from Movietyme five weeks ago and my order has been sat with a status of 'Processing' for the last two weeks. I've used the mail system via 'Contact us' and emailed back to their sales mail address. Both emails have been unanswered.

    I can't find a telephone number on the site and am starting to despair. It does remind me though why I stopped using Movietyme for my run-of-the-mill orders!

    Anybody got their phone number?

    John
     
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    I ordered my copy from Movietyme and I'm fed up of waiting!:mad:
    In thier defense I've never had any problems with thier service and they do tend to ship titles before offical release dates.
    Movietyme's obviously out of stock and they now appear to be having problems getting hold of this title. Ill be really pi**ed off if the disc goes OOP when I've also had it ordered all this time!

    Come on Movietyme what going on?:confused:


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