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Old 01-04-2006, 15:51   #21
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Hi, could anyone who has the new Optimum DVD release of Totoro tell me if it really is a genuine PAL transfer and not a NTSC conversion? I'm hoping it is!
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Old 02-04-2006, 01:12   #22
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The run-time is indeed a couple of minutes less than the IMDB stated time of 86mins so I would say it is.
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Old 08-04-2006, 23:03   #23
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The R4's My Neighbour Totoro and Whispers of the Heart (both released same day as R4 Howl's) are native PAL (well DEFT conversions, but they're just as good as native film-PAL). (source)

Also, I deduced that the R4 of Grave of the Fireflies is NTSC-PAL, since the runtime listed in the Michaeldvd.com.au review is the same as that listed in reviews of the R1.

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Old 06-06-2006, 13:13   #24
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Any chance of an update? All of these are now out on the Optimum Asia label, except Only Yesterday which is scheduled on play.com for an October release, but this probably depends on Disney pulling their finger out and getting an English dub organised (if they can get over the discussion of periods, that is).
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Old 06-06-2006, 19:56   #25
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Good point - I've got the R2/4 Whisper of the heart and looked at specs for the rest. I'll try and spend some time finishing the first post later tonight.
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Well...rumours of a September UK release date for Only Yesterday in R2 appear accurate - that date is now mirrored on the Optimum website here - http://www.optimumreleasing.com/dvd.php?id=234

Not sure what the story will be on the english dub though.
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Old 15-08-2006, 11:11   #27
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R2Js of all Ghiblis have always been my faves. They just look so good.
Getting anything else for me would be like buying epiphone instead of gibson even if you did change the humbuckers.
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Old 15-08-2006, 11:58   #28
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Porco Rosso R1 is an improvement over the R2j, so it's not always a given that the r2j will be the best.
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Old 15-08-2006, 12:27   #29
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R2Js of all Ghiblis have always been my faves. They just look so good.
Getting anything else for me would be like buying epiphone instead of gibson even if you did change the humbuckers.
The problem with the Japanese releases are they're so expensive when compared to everywhere else. The only place I've ever seen them reasonably priced was inside the Ghibli museum. Online and highstreet prices are ridiculously overpriced compared to other DVDs.
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Madman (who Optimum get their transfers from) have gone ahead with an R4 launch and simply omitted an English dub. They've managed to get hold of the 45 minute "making of" documentry and subbed that too.

As for the R2Js, when I was over there in May, the Ghiblis were (give or take a few pence) the same price in the Ghibli museum as the shops, but I did notice they were a few thousand yen more than most other DVDs so maybe Ghibli put's a premium price tag on them.
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R2Js of all Ghiblis have always been my faves. They just look so good.
Howl's was pretty dreadful though.
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Howl's was pretty dreadful though.
In what way? Seems fine to me. Depends if you bought the three or two disk and if you speak japanese.
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As for the R2Js, when I was over there in May, the Ghiblis were (give or take a few pence) the same price in the Ghibli museum as the shops, but I did notice they were a few thousand yen more than most other DVDs so maybe Ghibli put's a premium price tag on them.
Most homegrown J-DVDs cost more, US titles don't cost squat. If you don't buy in the high street there are plenty of places you can find ghiblis at a reasonable price and places like HMV always have offers on new ghiblis that tend to work out.

As I said before in my gibson epiphone comparison, I'd rather pay a little more and have the real thing.
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Sendit have Only Yesterday down for Ł7.89!

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In what way? Seems fine to me. Depends if you bought the three or two disk and if you speak japanese.
It is pretty hazy - at least compared to the UK edition. See this comparison.
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It is pretty hazy - at least compared to the UK edition. See this comparison.
Wow I can't remember mine looking that bad, in fact I'm pretty sure it's not.

They are however comparing the four disk set and they don't say if it is the international or Japanese disk in the picture. The two disk j-disk set is different (this is what I have), it has Japanese and english (only) for example whereas the first dvd from the four disk set does not have an english track and and the internetional disk has a million languages (maybe this took up too much space in the disk?).

I've got a press copy of the UK disk anyway so I might check it out for myself later.
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Well, Only Yesterday has now been released in R2 PAL (UK), as part of the Optimum series. There is definitely no English dub on it though, just Japanese and subtitles.
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I ordered Only Yesterday from ChoicesUK and it still hasn't shipped yet. Once I've watched this I can update the first post with all the releases.
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Mine arrived from Play on Monday
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Old 23-09-2006, 05:41   #40
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Can someone please explain to me the numbering system on the new UK R2 Optimum DVD's? The not in cronicol order or alphabetical order???!!!
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