posted: Aug. 25, 2012 @ 6:50p
There are several major releases coming over the next 5 weeks containing some of the best movies and biggest Bluray collections ever.
EDITS from the OP are BOLDED
A note of caution since none of these sets have been released/reviewed. There seems to be a very high likelihood that most/all these sets
will be Region Free and compatible with US Bluray equipment (50Hz issues), but nobody knows this 100% certainty yet.
These studios have been very consistent at releasing Region free/US compatible discs and insider correspondence has "confirmed"
all these movies and included extras will be US friendly. Amazon UK's listings conversely are extremely unreliable at providing
information of the region status of Region B releases.
Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection [Blu-ray]
Release Date September 24, 2012 (UK) September 25, 2012 (US)
Current UK Price £90 (approx $126.70 USD shipped)
UK James Bond - 22 Film Collection (Blu-ray)
All 22 of the official 007 movies from Dr No to Quantum of Solace with be released in a beautiful boxset on 22 BD's along with a
23rd disc filled with bonus materials. Over 130 hours of bonus material will be included.
The original Casino Royale (David Niven) and Never Say Never (Connery) are not part of this set.
All movies except #22 QOS reported on Amazon UK to be Region Free -- not confirmed by reviews yet
Better news from actual reviews are that the previously released movies will be missing the Mono/Stereo original, but the 9 unreleased "new" Blurays will have the original audio tracks just like the US set.
1. Dr. No
2. From Russia with Love
5. You Only Live Twice
6. On Her Majesty's Secret Service
7. Diamonds Are Forever
8. Live and Let Die
9. The Man with the Golden Gun
10. The Spy Who Loved Me
12. For Your Eyes Only
14. A View to a Kill
15. The Living Daylights
16. Licence to Kill
18. Tomorrow Never Dies
19. The World is Not Enough
20. Die Another Day
21. Casino Royale (UK gets the extended version, US still has the slightly edited version]
22. Quantum of Solace Confirmed as Region B only
23. Bonus Disc -- Extras Confirmed Region Free
Amazon US price $150 for an almost identical set though the US set. Limited Edition commemorative book (Amazon Exclusive Excerpted) appears to be
dropped for orders after 9/20, but which the full version can be bought separately for under $25.
The LE book is a scaled down 70 page version of the original 330 page edition possibly with a different cover and without the
slipcase and is no longer available with the orders
US Bond 50: The Complete 22 Film Collection (Blu-ray)
Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection (Bluray)
Release Date: October 1, 2012 (UK) October 2, 2012 (US)
A) Current UK Price £36 (approx $54USD shipped)
UK Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection (Blu-ray)Region Free)
B) Special Edition "Coffin" Release
Current UK Price £44 ($65 USD shipped)
UK Universal Classic Monsters Collection: Limited Edition Coffin (Blu-ray)(Region Free)
This set includes 9 of the most significant early cinema Monster movies ever made -- Lugosi, Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr, Claude Rains, etc
1. Dracula (1931)
2. Dracula (1931 separate Spanish Cast filmed simultaneously on the same movie sets and is listed as an extra)
3. Frankenstein (1931)
4. The Mummy (1932)
5. The Invisible Man (1933)
6. The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
7. The Wolf Man (1941)
8. The Phantom of the Opera (1943)
9. The Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) - including the 3D version
US Universal Classics Monsters bluray $112 (and the US doesn't even get the option of the Coffin)
US Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection (Blu-ray)
Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection [Blu-ray]
Release Date Novemver 5, 2012 (UK), October 30, 2012 (US)
The only major content difference b/w the UK and US sets is that the US set includes North By Northwest which was released as a
standalone 3 years ago while the UK sets do not have NxNW. NxNW distribution rights are owned by Warner, but apparently the
US branch negotiated a deal with Universal to include it here in exchange for Warner being able to include Universal's Spartacus
in the US Stanley Kubrick Boxset.
Both UK Hitchcock sets may be missing original English mono 1.0/stereo 2.0 audio options and only will contain remastered 2.0 or 5.1 tracks -- confirmed at least on Vertigo by first review of Final preproduction Check Discs
A) Limited Edition with Acrylic Display, Hardback Book, Display cards, etc
UK Price £100 (approx $140 shipped)
UK Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection - Limited Edition (Blu-ray)(1942)(Region Free)
B) The standard Bluray release which looks very much like the US set
UK Price £97 ($136 USD shipped)
UK Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Blu-ray)(1942)(Region Free)
Included in the UK sets:
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Rear Window (1954)
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
The Birds (1963)
Torn Curtain (1966)
Family Plot (1976)
Amazon US Hitchcock Bluray Collection @ $225 for 15 Movies
US Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) (Blu-ray)
THE FINE PRINT AND GENERAL Amazon UK FAQ
1. Prices are approximate since the exchange rate varies constantly (currently around 1.58 USD/£). Amazon UK does not charge you until
shipment and the exchange rate then will determine the exact price.
2. Shipped to US prices factor in the removal of Value Added Tax (around 17%) which US consumers do not pay for buying from UK. Standard shipping for
most single sets is £3.08 (around $5USD). If you combine shipments, the additional items are about £1 each. Normally US consumers
don't have to worry about customs duties, but there is supposed to be some sort of daily allowance (maybe per package) on imported
goods, but I've never heard of anyone of the forums that have ever been charged for an order for personal use including some very large $$ orders.
3. Many US Credit Cards charge a foreign currency exchange fee. This varies b/w cards, but typically is around 3% which can be added
directly to the charge or often listed as a separate line item. There are cards that do not charge this fee most notably Capital One cards
plus a number of the Premium co-branded cards from Chase, AMEX, Citi though these usually charge a yearly fee. Discover Card is free,
but I don't think Amazon UK accepts it. Amazon does allow you the "option" of being charged in USD to avoid the 3% CC fee, but for that
convenience they pad their exchange rate 3.5-4% so you end up paying more. Most of the time you are better off charging it in native currency
even if you don't have the option of a Currency Free Card.
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information should be there already.
5. Amazon UK does NOT normally accept Amazon US gift cards and Amazon account cash balances. Those are specific to the originating country.
6. Regular shipping from Amazon UK is usually through Royal Mail and average shipping time is around a week during non holiday
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other carriers (DHL) and this is usually far slower averaging 14-21 days. Unfortunately you can't really request which service is used.