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25th March 2006 20:52  #1

Stephen Etherton Member Join Date: October 2003 Location: United States Posts: 706
DVDs from China
Has anyone ever ordered or seen the quality of those Asian releases on E-bay?  The discriptions say there is are asian subtitles which can be turned off, and of course the packaging has the alternate language, but the rest is totally normal.

The prices, compared to the US release is rediculously extreame lower.  A popular Sci-Fi show which sells for $100 a season, sells for $80 for all 7 seasons.  The Transformers Vol.1 of season one in the States is $50, but all of it as the asian release is a fraction of that price.

My question is if anyone has ever seen or compared these or similar items.

25th March 2006 21:10  #2

Mal Webmaster Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 1,290
Not bought anything from China specifically, only official stuff from Hong Kong, which is a SAR of China. If you stick to the mainstream distributors then you can usually get a good transfer. If you must have absolutely perfect video (ie a progressive transfer) then purchase carefully and do some research. That said, the combination of DVDs from China and eBay makes me suspicious.

25th March 2006 21:24  #3

Chris Gould Editor Join Date: May 2001 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 7,120 Send a message via ICQ to Chris Gould Send a message via MSN to Chris Gould Send a message via Skype to Chris Gould
Only decent Chinese DVD I have got is the original release of Crouching Tiger, which has more accurate subtitles than any of the other releases. Other than that, I tend to steer clear of them (especially if they're on eBay).

26th March 2006 10:58  #4

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've dealt with this a lot with helping out the Trancas officials to sniff out counterfeit merchandise.  All the Halloween stuff you see is indeed fake (I've bought a few pieces of it and they all are high quality, but not licensed).  You have to be careful considering you'll never get your money back if you're not satisfied.

26th March 2006 12:37  #5

Mark Lim Member Join Date: March 2004 Location: Australia Posts: 1,211
The only good stuff are the music videos!! Lots and lots of good music videos copied from the U.S. DVD's. Concerts, video clips, etc. Cheaper than buying the original. Basically any artist you want. I also steer clear away from movies, as I hate the chinese subtitles! Older movies are the only good stuff, since they are more likely to be of original quality.

26th March 2006 22:48  #6

Bodhi Member Join Date: February 2005 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 403
Mainland Chinese DVDs are cheap but perhaps not to the extent of $80 for all seasons.

The quality of Mainland Chinese DVDs is shockingly bad. They make zero effort in image/audio quality and the subs are an insult.

I would only use ebay for DVDs that are rare. Other than that, I stick to the online retailers.

30th March 2006 13:26  #7

Trap Door Member Join Date: January 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 250
Bodhi wrote: Mainland Chinese DVDs are cheap but perhaps not to the extent of $80 for all seasons.

I've seen stuff like the entire series of friends, X-files complete season sets for close to that price. Probably all knock offs though. Any DVD I bought in China seemed to be a knock off.

2nd May 2006 20:00  #8

Stephen Etherton Member Join Date: October 2003 Location: United States Posts: 706
Ok, well...
I had once asked about ordering these, because I was on the brink of trying to buy on Ebay from a seller in China.  Since I had extra money in my Paypal account, and was letting curiosity get the better of me,  I jumped blindly into this idea, and I am not advertising the seller, nor am I promoting these, but since no one seemed to have any information about these, I thought I would drop a minor review to the masses.  I have included the item numbers, so you can inspect the items, as well.

My purchase was for:
TRANSFORMERS COLLECTION 15 DVD D9 TIN BOX SET BRAND NEW  
(Ebay Item number: 9118056364)...Cost $9.90 (shipping $37.00)

&

TRANSFORMERS G2-HEADMASTERS/MASTERFORCE/VICTORY 30 DVD
(Ebay Item Number: 9108432862)...Cost $21.00 (shipping $35.00)

My over all review... I am thrilled.  It did take about four and a half weeks to recieve the products.  All DVDs are in the original english soundtracks, and once the captions are off there is no way to tell they are from overseas.  The sound and the picture quality is as good as I have seen on the american releases.  These are not home made knock offs, either.  The quality of the packaging is actually better than the region 2 packaging.  Yes, the packaging has Chinese lettering on it, and the menues are all in Chinese as well, but the shipper even included a translation sheet, and once I muddled my way throught the menues, it is no big deal now.      

Like I said, I am not wanting to advertise for anyone, but I did take a risk, and it paid off quite well for me.  At first I was very hesitant to do it, and was worried I made a mistake, but I gambled and won in this case. For less than $100, I recieved all the original episodes, the Movie, and three more series to now force me to find the time to kick back and watch.


2nd May 2006 20:26  #9

Mr.Badass Banned Join Date: April 2006 Location: United Kingdom Posts: 539
I got all 5 seasons of The Sopranos for £21 and it's 2 epsiodes a dis and all the bonus stuff

2nd May 2006 20:32  #10

Adrian Senior Member Join Date: September 2005 Location: United States Posts: 1,305
Trap Door wrote: Bodhi wrote: Mainland Chinese DVDs are cheap but perhaps not to the extent of $80 for all seasons.

I've seen stuff like the entire series of friends, X-files complete season sets for close to that price. Probably all knock offs though. Any DVD I bought in China seemed to be a knock off.


China doesn't recognize copyrights, do they?  You could produce DVDs fairly cheap if you don't have to pay any royalties to anyone.  Also, they don't pay the royalties to the DVD association for using DVDs (I think.)

4th May 2006 1:49  #11

BoBoi Member Join Date: June 2005 Location: Australia Posts: 1,109 Send a message via MSN to BoBoi Send a message via Yahoo to BoBoi
Adrian wrote: Trap Door wrote: Bodhi wrote: Mainland Chinese DVDs are cheap but perhaps not to the extent of $80 for all seasons.

I've seen stuff like the entire series of friends, X-files complete season sets for close to that price. Probably all knock offs though. Any DVD I bought in China seemed to be a knock off.


China doesn't recognize copyrights, do they?  You could produce DVDs fairly cheap if you don't have to pay any royalties to anyone.  Also, they don't pay the royalties to the DVD association for using DVDs (I think.)

You are absolutely right...!!

and I know this since I lived in Thailand and have seen a lot of dvds coming from China, that are called 'pirated-dvd' here...

it comes in digipak (poorly done in terms of condition and material used I would say) and box-set ... mostly copy of the best package around the world...so let's say movie like WOTW: LE R1 ... the digipak would be copied by many of the chinese dvd...

There are so many logos like MAC, UFO, IF and loads loads which means one movie will get like 10-15 editions!!! This is real, you can even check if you don't believe me

Personally, I don't deal with these discs...I don't collect pirated dvds, as I don't think I'm proud of having it in my posession...that's it!!

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