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DVD/Blurays from the US to the UK
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Posted 9/25/14
Hey guys I was just wondering how would I go about Importing DVD/Blurays from the US to the UK (where I live), ive seen so much Anime thats in the states thats not in the UK for some reason or another.

How would I go about Buying or Pre-Ordering these?

Im looking at sites such as:

Amazon (UK) - Shows titles I can import
Sentai Filmworks
Crunchyroll

And so on...

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks

Phraquards


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i say amazon is there best place to go i have just pre ordered high school dxd new or if you ever go over there go in there stores
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i have a region A blu ray player with 0 to 8 dvd region since i have xbox one and dont need multi region so im all good you just have to worry bout the price to import it and thats a pain in the ass tbf
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Posted 9/25/14 , edited 9/25/14

samj6 wrote:

Just make sure you can play them in your dvd player/laptop because of region coding, we in the UK are region 2 whilst the US are region 1 I think. Other than that I think as long as you only order a few at a time you shouldn't have any customs problems.

Just to add if you haven't heard of Base.com, I've find they are really good quality for anime and pretty cheap too, it's the only UK based one I've found with a great selection and free delivery. I also get some at ebay from top rated sellers with great reviews for region free dvds. I've ordered official releases off Malaysian based sellers before and had no problems, good eng subs.


You do know those Malaysian DVDs on eBay are not legal, right? They are not official at all. They are bootlegs like the Chinese DVDs which you can also find on eBay. It's obvious they are illegal as the packaging is terrible with some even using what looks to be fan art. In the past I've seen Malaysian DVDs of anime that have only ended 2 weeks before! If it's region 0 then there is a 99% chance it is a bootleg. You might as well just illegally download them than put money in the pockets of the people who make and distribute those unofficial releases.
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Posted 9/25/14 , edited 9/25/14


First of all, there are two types of US anime releases. Some US anime releases are region coded A,B,1 and 2, those types of releases are the once you should look for.

But if you show you want to import is coded in 1 or A then you can't view them on a European DVD/Blu-Ray player. Check your DVD/Blu-Ray region code (some expensive DVD/Blu-Ray players are region free).

Funimation.com shows what region codes their releases are in;




America uses region code A where as Europe and Australia uses region code B for Blu-ray's (asia uses region code C and russia uses D).European DVD's region code is 2, US has region code 1 or 3. If your lucky then you have a region free player.

If your planing to watch them on a Mac then it won't work since mac refuses to read disc's from other region codes... However, if you own a PC then you can use software to region break the region locked content on Blu-Ray's and DVD's, I'm not going to tell you how to do it because it's illegal.

Anyways, here's a few sites you can import from;

http://www.rightstuf.com/rssite/main/

http://shop.funimation.com/Shop/ShopMain.html

http://www.amazon.co.uk/



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Posted 9/25/14 , edited 9/25/14

stevencharlton wrote:

i have a region A blu ray player with 0 to 8 dvd region since i have xbox one and dont need multi region so im all good you just have to worry bout the price to import it and thats a pain in the ass tbf


Your console might be region free (just like the PS4). But a region free player isn't always the solution, if the DVD's/Bly-Ray's are region locked then they won't play... It doesn't matter if the player is region open or not.
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Posted 9/25/14 , edited 9/25/14
Bear in mind that the UK has a stupidly low value on imports from non-EU countries before tax and fees are charged.

If the item value of a package (not including shipping) is over £15, it is likely to be stopped and charged Import Duty (and possibly VAT, I don't remember.)
The charge will be calculated based on the combined value of the item and the shipping. Then Royal Mail will demand another £8 handling fee.

If the item costs less than £15 then you're fine. If it costs more, your options get a bit more limited...

Amazon.com lets you prepay the customs charges (they're refunded if the package goes through ok) but, you have to pay for Expedited Shipping.

Or, there are some sites that send the package to an EU country before sending it on to you (meaning that you won't get hit for charges), but these sites tend to be a bit more expensive (cos they're paying the fees themselves).
DVDexpress247.com and DVDworldUSA.com do this.

Of course you can just take the chance and order, hoping that you won't get charged but, you never know.


As for region coding, animeblurayuk.wordpress.com is pretty helpful on the subject


I hope this didn't make it seem too scary! if you want to know anything else, just message me, I'm happy to help!
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Posted 9/25/14
For a start you can buy region free dvd players from loads of places. We got ours from Richer Sounds. DVDs are region free, however blu rays are not (they are A/B. Region A being America and won't work in the UK. However it they are A & B they will work here)

And use this place. They are so so good. Found them at MCM Expo and not that expensive.

https://www.up1.co.uk/
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Rightstuf has International Shipping, so why not check out Rightstuf if you never heard of it. I personally love Rightstuf and it's where I purchase basically all my anime. I live in the U.S. so I don't know how their International Shipping is, but they will ship internationally. Just realized TheOmegaForce gave Rightstuf as a recommendation too...........well now you have two people recommending Rightstuf to you.
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Posted 9/25/14

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stevencharlton wrote:

i have a region A blu ray player with 0 to 8 dvd region since i have xbox one and dont need multi region so im all good you just have to worry bout the price to import it and thats a pain in the ass tbf


Your console might be region free (just like the PS4). But a region free player isn't always the solution, if the DVD's/Bly-Ray's are region locked then they won't play... It doesn't matter if the player is region open or not.


you misunderstood pal i have a xbox one witch is region B where the the second blu ray player is region A and has 0 to 8 dvd player
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Acturly removing region codes isn't illegal it may affect warranties but its not illegal its a grey area as its not in any laws its a company made thing to control customers.
Posted 12/9/14 , edited 12/9/14

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Acturly removing region codes isn't illegal it may affect warranties but its not illegal its a grey area as its not in any laws its a company made thing to control customers.


Not quite
http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1107&context=dltr


That said I live in the U.S (we have the DMCA), and I don't care. I rip every DVD and Blu-Ray I get (admittedly not all that many).
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Phraquards wrote:

Hey guys I was just wondering how would I go about Importing DVD/Blurays from the US to the UK (where I live), ive seen so much Anime thats in the states thats not in the UK for some reason or another.

How would I go about Buying or Pre-Ordering these?

Im looking at sites such as:

Amazon (UK) - Shows titles I can import
Sentai Filmworks
Crunchyroll

And so on...

Any help would be very much appreciated.

Thanks

Phraquards




I live in the UK and use www.up1.co.uk (United Publications) they are based in the UK and specialize in region 1/A anime (also region 4 anime if your interested). I've always had excellent service from them. And there is never custom charges going through them
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Posted 12/9/14
So up1 have US titles in stock over in the UK and they send us them?
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Posted 12/9/14

nooneinparticular wrote:


Deathwatch101 wrote:



Acturly removing region codes isn't illegal it may affect warranties but its not illegal its a grey area as its not in any laws its a company made thing to control customers.


Not quite
http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1107&context=dltr


That said I live in the U.S (we have the DMCA), and I don't care. I rip every DVD and Blu-Ray I get (admittedly not all that many).


Luckily UK doesn't ahve that as per say for affecting breaking your region locks
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