My boxset is belatedly on its way. I'll report back when it arrives, wondering whether it will work on a UK PAL player?

I bought the deluxe box and had no problem at all playing the blu-ray disc here in the US.  I've got an Oppo blu-ray player.  I haven't tried the DVD yet.  I'll give it a spin tonight. 

 

P.S. The blu-ray looks and sounds great!

Originally Posted by mmart1:

I bought the deluxe box and had no problem at all playing the blu-ray disc here in the US.  I've got an Oppo blu-ray player.  I haven't tried the DVD yet.  I'll give it a spin tonight. 

 

P.S. The blu-ray looks and sounds great!

Wow, so we all need to do to enjoy this product is buy a $500 Blu-ray player?  Well, sign me up!

 

http://www.amazon.com/OPPO-BDP...lu-ray/dp/B009LRR5AQ 

Originally Posted by Paināporo:

Wow, so we all need to do to enjoy this product is buy a $500 Blu-ray player?  Well, sign me up!

 

http://www.amazon.com/OPPO-BDP...lu-ray/dp/B009LRR5AQ 


I'm sure other players will handle it.  What brand player do you have?  Have you installed the most recent firmware? 

 

I'm actually quite curious as to what is going on.  I don't think blu-rays have a PAL or NTSC encoding, and the disc is region free, so there must be some other issue.  I've looked around in a couple technical forums and found this: "Some 1080i content can be 50hz and won't play on many US players. Some select units can convert the 50hz to 60hz, but most don't."  Again, I found this on a random forum, so this could be incorrect as well, but it may point to the issue with the blu-ray.

 

Blu-ray player firmware can cause issues with disc playback as well.  The firmware (in the player) allows the software (the blu-ray disc) to be played.  http://hdguru.com/blu-ray-play...ware-upgrade-issues/

 

Again, I'll test the DVD tonight.  Haven't had reason to pop that in yet.

Popped in the DVD last night.  My computer and blu-ray/DVD player display that it's region 4.  Clearly a refund or replacement is due to those who purchased expecting region 0. 

How ridiculous to put a region code block on a DVD that is only going to be made available in Aus/NZ.  The only point of the region code is to enable staggered release of a DVD across different regions.  That makes sense for general release movies etc.-   but no sense at all for a music DVD with a limited market - especially one which the record company/distributors have already confirmed will only ever be released in Aus/NZ.

 

Getmusic have clearly screwed up here and should own up to their mistake and provide full refunds for folks in North America who have forked out for this.

Personally, I'd rather have a replacement DVD that works rather than a refund.

 

No response as of yet from getmusic to the email I sent 5 days ago...

I received a reply from Getmusic:

 

"Hi Adam,
Thanks for getting in touch!  Our apologies for the issue with the region coding of this title. Please be aware we are working on a solution at this time and will update you shortly.

Best wishes,
T @ Getmusic Team"

For those struggling to play a Region 4 DVD, you might want to try the VLC media player. VLC is an open source freeware cross-platform media player which will play pretty much any type of media you throw at it on a computer. It will certainly play DVDs from any region without prompting you to change the DVD or computer's region code.

So if you want to play the DVD on your computer, head over to:

http://www.videolan.org/

and check it out. I discovered this application several years ago and it is now my de facto standard media player on my Windows PCs...

As for the PAL versus NTSC issue, as a Brit living in the US, I do know that most UK DVD players and TVs can play NTSC-encoded content without any problems, but that in general US-purchased equipment does not/cannot play PAL-encoded media.

I think this is probably because there's so much more interest in the UK in purchasing and watching US-derived/sourced content. In the US there seems to be very little interest in (or even awareness of) British content...(not trying to be rude here, just making an observation). I have a bunch of PAL DVD content (BBC stuff, mostly), so I bought a $40 Philips DVD player on amazon,com which can play both PAL and NTSC content, and can be set to play discs from any region. So for those in the US, this may be option if you can spring for that... Here's a link to a more recent model than mine:

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-...Player/dp/B004BI6MVS

It does sound as though the company marketing this DVD has been a little careless in its assertions that it's Region Free, but if you are stuck with the purchase, I hope that one or both of these notes will help you at least be able to play what you paid for!!

Hope some of this helps!

It is very easy to burn DVDs and Blu-rays without checking to see first if the programmer has overridden the regional code block. And we all know that once the content is burnt to the disc, its too late at that stage to correct any errors in programming.

 

Still, can't help but feeling that the company should have enough sense to have admitted the error long before now.

Originally Posted by Steve Bodd:

For those struggling to play a Region 4 DVD, you might want to try the VLC media player. VLC is an open source freeware cross-platform media player which will play pretty much any type of media you throw at it on a computer. It will certainly play DVDs from any region without prompting you to change the DVD or computer's region code.

So if you want to play the DVD on your computer, head over to:

http://www.videolan.org/

and check it out. I discovered this application several years ago and it is now my de facto standard media player on my Windows PCs...

As for the PAL versus NTSC issue, as a Brit living in the US, I do know that most UK DVD players and TVs can play NTSC-encoded content without any problems, but that in general US-purchased equipment does not/cannot play PAL-encoded media.

I think this is probably because there's so much more interest in the UK in purchasing and watching US-derived/sourced content. In the US there seems to be very little interest in (or even awareness of) British content...(not trying to be rude here, just making an observation). I have a bunch of PAL DVD content (BBC stuff, mostly), so I bought a $40 Philips DVD player on amazon,com which can play both PAL and NTSC content, and can be set to play discs from any region. So for those in the US, this may be option if you can spring for that... Here's a link to a more recent model than mine:

http://www.amazon.com/Philips-...Player/dp/B004BI6MVS

It does sound as though the company marketing this DVD has been a little careless in its assertions that it's Region Free, but if you are stuck with the purchase, I hope that one or both of these notes will help you at least be able to play what you paid for!!

Hope some of this helps!


Thanks, Steve.  That worked beautifully.  I can even play my Enz with a Bang DVD.  Great!!!

 

Hmmm, VLC won't play the disc for me either.  I get some kind of strange error where the disc keeps attempting to play and then stops.  I was starting to think it was going to the damage the disc (LOL why do I care?) so I quit the program.

Now, you guys are really beginning to scare me.  What exactly is going wrong.  When I tried it yesterday, it seemed to be working for me.  I even tried it with my "Out of the Bag" and "Split Enz" dvds and they seemed to work fine too.

Originally Posted by amjfrenz:
Now, you guys are really beginning to scare me.  What exactly is going wrong.  When I tried it yesterday, it seemed to be working for me.  I even tried it with my "Out of the Bag" and "Split Enz" dvds and they seemed to work fine too.

But didn't you say in a previous post on this thread that you leave your computer DVD drive in region 4?  That's probably why it plays for you.

Then that must mean that VLC is affected by the region code.  Then Steve was mistaken when he said that VLC doesn't care about region code.

Hi,

 

I'm very sorry that some of you are having problems with VLC after I gave it such a rave review...I have never had any issues, but when I saw some of the replies above I felt a little nervous that I'd passed on some bad advice, so I thought some Googling would be in order... Herewith, a couple of links which may help:

 

http://mergy.org/2010/09/using...or-dvd-region-codes/ and

http://www.rightnowintech.com/...on-code-on-your.html

 

In the second of these, the author does note that:

 

"Either it may play, or it may seem like it is not doing anything at all.

Don't worry if it doesn't. Wait for a few minutes. As mentioned in the answer in the FAQ above, the player may require some time to decode the stuff or something. Go take a break from your computer. Help yourself to something. Celebrate. You have finally found a way to play all your DVDs on your computer.

After some time, return to your computer and check. Your movie may be waiting for you. If it does not work, sorry. Your celebration was a waste for now. You need to find a different way. Maybe you can get an external DVD drive or something."

 

I have seen this happen too - sometimes it takes a while for VLC to read the DVD and decrypt it before it starts to play. Maybe as much as 20 - 30 seconds, maybe even longer.

 

So... Yes, it does look like I was, perhaps, over-optimistic that it could always play everything... sorry about that. But I would say that it may be worth waiting for a while to see whether the player can play the disk after some period of drive access...even if it doesn't leap into life immediately.

 

Good luck!

 

Steve

 

 

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