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# 99715 26-Mar-2012 09:28
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Hi all,

I was looking through my shelves of Blu-ray movies over the weekend and it struck me just how many I have that I've viewed and probably won't do again for some time.

What I'd like to propose is a scheme whereby people post in this thread and offer 'x' number of Blu-rays that they would be willing to loan out. There will obviously need to be some rules around that - the key ones being the sender pays postage and the movies are not to be kept by the person borrowing (unless stated otherwise).

When the receiving person has viewed the Blu-ray, they post back into this thread and someone else can ask for it etc.

Is this something that would be useful - do please reply if you have some titles to offer and would like to give this a go.

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  # 600061 26-Mar-2012 09:42
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I like the idea, but is this just the hard-copy version of torrenting?

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  # 600065 26-Mar-2012 09:49
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mattRSK: I like the idea, but is this just the hard-copy version of torrenting?


Only if it's being ripped.

It's the hardcopy version of Netflix (watch it and don't keep it) :D




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  # 600069 26-Mar-2012 09:50
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I think its a good idea, not really relevent to me but is a nice idea



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  # 600081 26-Mar-2012 10:04
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mattRSK: I like the idea, but is this just the hard-copy version of torrenting?


No, as the person receiving it doesn't make a copy, just views and passes on.  



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  # 600197 26-Mar-2012 12:54
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We post what we have to add into the "pass on" chain and people claim it with the only condition that they pass it on to the next person that posts in the thread once they're done with it. So the only rules are that the sender pays for postage and the receiver promises to pass it on to the next person and pay for postage also. If you want to request a title, post in the thread requesting it!
You can donate ratty old discs that you have been using for coasters, discs you don't want anymore or ones that have been given to you for free.

Just to clarify:

Rule(s):

- Sender to pay the postage to the receiver, who then pays postage to the next person and so on and so forth.
- After you've watched it and are ready pay it forward/pass it on, Please, post it in the thread so we know it's available again.
- If you have finished with a disc and someone has already requested it, post in the thread anyway that you are done with it and who you are sending it to (then we can track down titles if need be) - this way, all you need to do is perform a quick search on the title you want and see the most recent posts
- If donating a disc, please PM me so I can update the "Master List" and list region coding and/or country of release, if not please list whether it is playable on a Region B machine

Thanks to DVT Forum for this idea!   


Now, over to you...        


      


          


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  # 600207 26-Mar-2012 13:00
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I looked in my shelves and was reminded of how discs I have bought and are still in shrink wrap! There must be at least forty!




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  # 600221 26-Mar-2012 13:15
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lchiu7: I looked in my shelves and was reminded of how discs I have bought and are still in shrink wrap! There must be at least forty!


Sounds like you NEED to join this venture! Care to list some you would be willing to loan out (if any). I will put a list of mine together tonight.

 
 
 
 


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  # 600233 26-Mar-2012 13:25
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So is this only Blu-rays?

If you extend it out to dvds as well you may have a lot more uptake.

I know some movies are best seen in blu-ray personally I have no problem with dvds still.




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  # 600241 26-Mar-2012 13:28
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jbard: So is this only Blu-rays? 



Yes, Blu-ray only. Mainly down to the fact that's all I've got and the number of titles are lower. But if someone else fancies starting a similar thread for DVD then go for it.  

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  # 603247 1-Apr-2012 11:53
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Many Blu-rays aren't available in NZ or the price is far too high. blu-ray.com has nearly every release listed.

You need to be careful to check the technical details of Blu-ray releases before buying. Often a title will have a different release in different countries so for example one title in shops here may be cut for no good reason while Europe or America has the full version. Or they do things like release a 24fps film title sped up by 4% on 1080i50 or telecined to 1080i60, do a 50Hz title in 1080p (24Hz) for marketing releases and slow it down by 4%, or the latest stupidity that is to release 4:3 material on Blu-ray with the heads and shoes cut off to fit 16:9. In that case you're better off with the DVD.

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  # 603255 1-Apr-2012 12:31
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Wow.

I had been thinking about suggesting a similar type of idea.

One thing I can see being of huge benefit with an idea like this might be for Blu-rays that haven't yet been released in NZ.

For example, I recently purchased BBC's Sherlock Series 2 from Amazon UK. In fact, this was the Blu-ray that spurred the idea on.
I felt that this series is just so damn good that it would be a crime for me to keep it to myself, and thought, why not offer it for people to borrow? Take money out of the equation, and just get people to pay for postage.

Another rule should be that if the original owner of the disc wants/needs the disc back, the person who currently has the disc should be required to immediately send it back.

Of course, what are the legal issues surrounding an idea like this?
Isn't it technically still "unauthorised distribution"?
Are we all about to get the geekzone ban-hammer slammed down on us for even participating is such a conversation?

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  # 603268 1-Apr-2012 13:32
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The Warehouse has started selling imported UK release Blu-ray titles. They're putting the circular "DVD Import" stickers on them warning that you need a multiregion DVD player to play them.

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  # 603271 1-Apr-2012 13:44
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bfginger: The Warehouse has started selling imported UK release Blu-ray titles. They're putting the circular "DVD Import" stickers on them warning that you need a multiregion DVD player to play them.


Have you seen any releases that are not officially released in NZ (or have played on TV etc). i.e. the likes of Sherlock Series 2?

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  # 603282 1-Apr-2012 14:13
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bfginger: The Warehouse has started selling imported UK release Blu-ray titles. They're putting the circular "DVD Import" stickers on them warning that you need a multiregion DVD player to play them.

That's somewhat amusing considering that UK and NZ are both the same region :P

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  # 603287 1-Apr-2012 14:31
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lchiu7: I looked in my shelves and was reminded of how discs I have bought and are still in shrink wrap! There must be at least forty!


So why do you buy them? Personally I've never understood why people have huge DVD/Blu-ray collections as I'm pretty sure they don't actually watch them more then once. Streaming is where its at, all the movies you love on demand without having to store them all somewhere at home plus cheaper then buying shiny disks. 

Sorry, off topic I know. 




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