Dvd distributors in the UK, re: macro protection.

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Dvd distributors in the UK, re: macro protection.

Postby trevor826 » Sun Jun 04, 2006 7:44 am

I note that you can rent some R2 dvds in the US now, I thought a list of the distributors and whether they use macro protection or not may prove useful.

Although we cannot condone copying films, sometimes it is the only way to obtain a decent print without going to a great deal of expense, as long as its for your personal use theres no harm.

Artificial Eye. Good quality range including films such as Black Cat, White Cat, one of the best and most highly regarded UK distributors - macro free.

Eureka Entertainment. Overall good quality but their Masters of Cinema range is amongst the best in terms of quality even out-doing Criterion macro free.

Nouveaux Pictures. Nice range, the Godard films in particular are well presented - macro free.

Optimum Releasing. A company that has certainly improved over the years in terms of the overall quality of the dvds, good range of films including the Ghibli Collection macro free.

Revolver Entertainment. Small but growing range, decent quality in terms of sound, picture and extras macro free.

Second Run. The most exciting newcomer, good prints, interesting range of films and documentaries macro free.

Second Sight. Some good releases though most are lacking in extras macro free.

Tartan Video. Large range, a mix between the commercial, usually horror or violence, through directors collections to more controversial releases macro free and region 0.

This is only a start, Ill go through as many distributors as possible, if there are any in particular you need or want to know about, please ask.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: Dvd distributors in the UK, re: macro protection.

Postby A » Sun Jun 04, 2006 6:13 pm

Thanks for your effort in listing all those companies. Here in Germany it also isn't easy to obtain DVD's from the UK, but if I do rent some, this is very helpful.
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Re: Dvd distributors in the UK, re: macro protection.

Postby arsaib4 » Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:38 am

Welcome back, Trev. Thanks for the list. It's quite obvious that most distributors don't employ that technology; after all, there isn't a need when niche films are in question. "Pathe," however, is one whose discs (at least the new releases) aren't macro-free.
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Re: Dvd distributors in the UK, re: macro protection.

Postby arsaib4 » Mon Jun 05, 2006 1:53 am

Also, I came across this article in "The Guardian" recently. I truly hope that it doesn't become a cause for concern.

Act, Knatchbull acquire UK distributor Artificial Eye :

In a further shake-up to the UK distribution market, Artificial Eye Film Company, for 30 years the UKs leading distributor of arthouse and foreign language films, has been acquired by Act Entertainment Group, owner of Curzon Cinemas, and Knatchbull Communications Group.

Terms of the acquisition were not released.

Set up in the mid-1970s by Pam and Andi Engel, Artificial Eye owns a library of more than 200 films as well as two first-run cinemas in central London, The Chelsea Cinema and The Renoir.

It has long been the doyen of UK arthouse distributors, handling work from such renowned filmmakers as Robert Bresson, Claude Chabrol, The Dardenne brothers, Eric Rohmer, Krzysztof Kiewslowski, Andrei Tarkovsky and Alexander Sokurov.

Robert Beeson will stay on as managing director of Artificial Eyes distribution company and Pam Engel will remain as a consultant.

Artificial Eyes cinemas together with the Curzon Mayfair and Curzon Soho and the Richmond Filmhouse will be absorbed into a new subsidiary, giving the group nine screens on five London sites.

Andi and Pamela Engel have created a unique, quality brand, said Roger Wingate, who owns Act. Philip Knatchbull and I feel honoured to carry the torch from now on. Artificial Eye is now the leading UK label for foreign films. With their distribution expertise and our plans to diversify and grow the group through new digital platforms we will make this an internationally recognised brand leader.

This is the third takeover of an independent UK distributor in recent months, following on from Lionsgate's acquisition of Redbus and StudioCanal's takeover of Optimum.
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Re: Dvd distributors in the UK, re: macro protection.

Postby wpqx » Mon Jun 05, 2006 3:52 am

Well New Yorker employs heavy copy protection here in the US, and about half of Home Vision/Criterions are as well.
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Re: Dvd distributors in the UK, re: macro protection.

Postby arsaib4 » Mon Jun 05, 2006 4:24 am

New Yorker had it on their old vhs tapes as well. Quite infuriating, but if you go back and check, they used to sell anywhere from $50 - $75. It's understandable why Criterion does it. Most others don't, since they don't feel that there is an issue, and rightfully so.
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Re: Dvd distributors in the UK, re: macro protection.

Postby trevor826 » Mon Jun 05, 2006 7:37 am

There are several distributors who do use "macro" protection including:

British Film Institute who are probably the most well known distributor plus some of the smaller companies like

Soda Pictures Head On, Reconstruction etc.

Momentum Pictures which is a large distributor with a small core of decent foreign films and

Tai Seng who have released some good films but are very poor in terms of product quality.

And of course Pathe as arsaib4 has already mentioned.

Hopefully the takeover of Artificial Eye will not affect their status, without them, World Cinema in the UK would be in a much poorer position.

Cheers Trev.
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Re: Dvd distributors in the UK, re: macro protection.

Postby A » Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:44 pm

Hmm, these takeover's sound like bad news... but let's see how things will develop.
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