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dvd regions and other HK disk issues

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18th March 2006 10:01  #1

thalo Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 2
dvd regions and other HK disk issues
i was directed to this web site from another to find out some info about dvd regions due to some dvds that I got from my last trip to Hong Kong.  They have a number of shops where you can buy dvds for cheap (from about $3-20 us for current titles).  most of the titles have a ntsc region code of 3, but most of the chinese/hong kong kung fu/police type movies have region code of all.

i got a copy of the movie the myth, it is a jackie chan movie that came out in the theaters (at least in HK) last summer.  the movie region is all but when I try to play it there is no normal sound track, only the commontary sound track.  the subtitles work okay.  has anyone experienced anything like this?  is the audio track embedded into the video somehow?

cheers

18th March 2006 14:30  #2

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Sometimes you cannot change the soundtrack via a DVD player's soundtrack button, so have a look around the DVD menu system to see if you can find it there.

Suppose it could be a pirate copy, most of the mail order companies over there sell proper versions, but you are likely to find dodgy versions on the streets whilst visiting.

Unfortunately my version of this film isn't from Hong Kong, so can't really be more helpful.

11th April 2006 0:39  #3

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
I saw DVD regions in the subject line and thought it best to post here than create a new thread.

Region 0: Will it work in any DVD player? (I have R1, so will it work in there?)

11th April 2006 0:44  #4

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Region 0 means that it isn't locked to any particular region, so any DVD player will play it. The thing to look out for is whether it is encoded with NTSC or PAL, and then if your system is capable of displaying the standard.

11th April 2006 1:25  #5

Cheddar J. Cheese Member Join Date: October 2004 Location: Canada Posts: 1,492
Thank you so much for your help.

11th April 2006 1:41  #6

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
No problem. Happy

11th April 2006 6:46  #7

Franchise Member Join Date: March 2006 Location: United States Posts: 294 Send a message via AIM to Franchise Send a message via MSN to Franchise Send a message via Yahoo to Franchise
I spent the extra money a while back for a Multi-region DVD player with a built in PAL converter.  Those are always nice.  Sometimes you can buy a cheap DVD player from Wal-Mart and unlock it.  Norcent was my old standby, but had problems with PAL being that it would block the video and play it in the middle of the screen with the video being very small.  hah

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