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Old March 23 2010, 04:53 AM   #1
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Target Has Law & Order: UK DVDs in US

Target and *only* Target, apparently. Link

I don't get BBC America, so this is the only way I can see the UK version.
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Old March 23 2010, 08:26 AM   #2
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They only screened 7 out of the 13 episodes here in NZ. Hopefully the others arrive soon. Really enjoyed the series, much more than the US version.
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Old March 23 2010, 12:07 PM   #3
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I have the 6 episodes of series 2, or 1.5 or whatever the fuck it is, on my media centre to watch, but I haven't really felt the need to watch them. I did like the first lot, but I guess it didn't hook me.
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Old March 23 2010, 04:34 PM   #4
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Hmm. $34 from the UK in full resolution, $27 at Target but a crappy conversion. *ponders*
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Old March 23 2010, 07:45 PM   #5
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Hmm. $34 from the UK in full resolution, $27 at Target but a crappy conversion. *ponders*

Wasting $30 on a show that's a redo of 20 year old scripts...

*ponders*
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Old March 24 2010, 03:28 AM   #6
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Hmm. $34 from the UK in full resolution
But what about region coding? My player isn't region free.

$27 at Target but a crappy conversion. *ponders*
Crappy what?
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Old March 24 2010, 03:38 AM   #7
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But what about region coding? My player isn't region free.
Well if it's not, then you don't have much choice. But I have computers that can read them, and they can either be hooked up to my TV or I can rip the discs to play back on my 360.

Crappy what?
The US DVDs are lower-resolution, and are converted (probably by blending, though it's possible they just repeated fields) from 25 frames per second to 30.
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Old March 24 2010, 04:43 AM   #8
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Re: Target Has Law & Order: UK DVDs in US

Saw the season set earlier today...I'll probably wind up pickin' it up, 'cause it has Freema.

Just gotta get paid first...
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I'll probably wind up pickin' it up, 'cause it has Bamber.
Fixed that for me. lol
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Old March 24 2010, 05:32 AM   #10
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The US DVDs are lower-resolution, and are converted (probably by blending, though it's possible they just repeated fields) from 25 frames per second to 30.
Hmm. Well, as I said, this is the only way I will ever get to see this show (I'm guessing that due to the innate technical differences between US and UK broadcasts, this is the only way that a US version of a UK series could ever be released on DVD, so this is the only version we will ever get), so I'll take that chance. Better to have a so-called "crappy" conversion than nothing at all.
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Old March 24 2010, 05:36 AM   #11
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I'll probably wind up pickin' it up, 'cause it has Freema.
Fixed that for me. lol
Lazy - ya couldn't type it out yourself?

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The US DVDs are lower-resolution, and are converted (probably by blending, though it's possible they just repeated fields) from 25 frames per second to 30.
Hmm. Well, as I said, this is the only way I will ever get to see this show (I'm guessing that due to the innate technical differences between US and UK broadcasts, this is the only way that a US version of a UK series could ever be released on DVD, so this is the only version we will ever get), so I'll take that chance. Better to have a so-called "crappy" conversion than nothing at all.
It's the difference between PAL and NTSC, PAL has 576 lines and is 50hz NTSC has 480 lines and is 60hz. So they both have problems when converting them to the other standard. NTSC>PAL has "Chipmunking" which is an effect of 4% speed up of the video and audio because dropping 5 frames every second to convert it from 30 fps to 25 fps, whereas PAL>NTSC you suffer lower resolution and fuzzier picture.
Now in these days there's no real need for it, TVs can handle both resolutions and refresh rates, they can handle both PAL and NTSC, so other than supporting people who haven't bought a TV in about 15 years there's no need for it, and even if they haven't most DVD players can handle the conversion if necessary anyway.

Besides that. it's stupid they haven't released it on region free blu-ray anyway. I saw the first series in HD when it aired, so the fact I won't be able to watch it in HD if I buy it annoys me.
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Old March 24 2010, 03:36 PM   #13
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Re: Target Has Law & Order: UK DVDs in US

^ Since the rate of release on DVD is ABYSMALLY, GLACIALLY SLOW for all Law & Order series (except, for some odd reason, SVU - they're practically day and date, even in the US), expecting any L&O series on Blu-Ray is likely to be a lost cause.
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Old March 24 2010, 03:50 PM   #14
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^ Since the rate of release on DVD is ABYSMALLY, GLACIALLY SLOW for all Law & Order series (except, for some odd reason, SVU - they're practically day and date, even in the US), expecting any L&O series on Blu-Ray is likely to be a lost cause.
Even if it weren't just for slow L&O releases, Universal seems to be reluctant to jump on the Blu-ray bandwagon for TV shows - no House, no Caprica pilot, just Battlestar as far as I know.
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Old March 24 2010, 10:07 PM   #15
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Re: Target Has Law & Order: UK DVDs in US

Just finished watching my first ep (the organ theft one). I *love* this show. I think it's really cool. Definitely worthy of the L&O name. Looking forward to the other 12 eps!

(Interesting that they do have the classic L&O doink-doink noise, but not a variation of the theme music...)

I do have one question though. When the detectives are arresting the surgeon, Devlin gives what I assume is the standard spiel that UK police say to a suspect (their version of Miranda). But he talked too fast, I couldn't understand it. Anyone know what he said?
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