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Topic # 133772 1-Nov-2013 17:12
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I just noticed that there seems to be a different version of The Hobbit available on blu-ray here in NZ than the ones for sale in the UK and US. This one seems to include a DVD copy of the film instead of a blu-ray 3D one. It seems quite attractive as a gift for someone in the UK who doesn't have a blu-ray player yet. Any idea why the different version for this market? Also, although NZ and UK are the same blu-ray region, they are different DVD regions so I wonder if that would cause a problem. Do you think the DVD copy will be on physically different discs--I suppose it must be. Obviously the significant higher price in NZ is likely to be an factor in a purchasing decision!

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  Reply # 925936 1-Nov-2013 18:47
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The DVD version is always on a separate disc because Blu Ray discs wont work in a DVD player.
There are many different mixes available and no doubt there will also be a Blu Ray 3D, Blu Ray and DVD available at some time.
Anyone in UK can probably get the extended version on DVD if they don't have a Blu Ray player and ususally cheaper than NZ prices and free delivery.

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  Reply # 925951 1-Nov-2013 19:18
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I don't know about The Hobbit, but in the case of LOTR the UK Blu-rays were produced by Entertainment In Video, not Warner Home Video. EIV is of course free to customise things a bit, as indeed they did (they screwed up the subtitles in the Elvish bits).

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