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Old 08-02-2009, 03:37 PM   #1
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Grettings all, my first post here.

After stumbling on a fan made tribute to UFO on YouTube, I have been looking online for the best DVD collection of UFO to purchase. I saw the movie Invasion: UFO here in the USA a long time ago, and I remember loving it.

It seems the Australian Umbrella collection seems to have the most extra features, including the movie made from episode parts. Is that true? Is the picture quality the same as the UK Carlton or US A&E sets, or is it an new and better transfer? I know the AU set is PAL, but that doesn't bother me, as I'd be ripping it to my computer and watching it over my AppleTV. I did this with the UK Network restored Space 1999 and it was well worth the effort. It looks fantastic.

And of course, does anyone have an idea where I could buy the AU set that would ship it to the US? Here the A&E set price goes for anywhere between $30 and $80US depending on where you buy it. Do the AU and UK sets vary that much in price also?

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Old 08-02-2009, 03:50 PM   #2
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Pretty sure the recent Australian UFO DVD set is the same quality as the UK set, which is very good, though possibly not quite as good as the Network Space:1999 season one set. The Oz set seems to have by far the most comprehensive set of extras, so may be more pricey as a result. May be one of our Australian Alphans could suggest a good supplier ?
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Elinder at the forum, nice to have you onboard!
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Old 09-02-2009, 01:15 AM   #4
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Thanks for the welcome. It's too bad Amazon doesn't have an Australian outlet. When I ordered the Space 1999 set from the UK, I had it in 5 days. Heck, it takes most things longer to get here when I order them the US Amazon.

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True. I got them from EZDVD in AU. Not cheap, but way worth it.
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Old 10-02-2009, 11:49 AM   #7
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Rats, EZDVD is out of stock. They do however ship overseas, but you're right, they're definitely on the expensive side.

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They're worth the buy though. Ezdvd has got into a bit of financial trouble but seem to be getting sorted out. Watch that space and remember they're region 4 if you get the AU one's
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Are you sure they have the region code actually set? One of the reviews I read mentioned that tho they are PAL they didn't have a region encoding. That may complicate things as I'm not sure how many more times I can reset my computer DVD drive.

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Old 11-02-2009, 04:24 AM   #10
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One solution is an inexpensive region-free DVD player for your television, although once you go to all the effort to get a top class dvd set it might be worth while investing in a quality region-free player. Another option might be ripping your dvds into your computer with an external dvd that doesn't pay attention to the region. I've been successful with that pulling my collection of Region 2 dvds into my laptop while keeping it Region 1.
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Most DVD players can be hand-set configured to become multi-region, the only caveat is some of the really cheap ones [the thirty quid ones] have a fixed bios and can't be altered. Other than it pays your money and takes your choice.

The Umbrella and the Carlton sets have pretty much the same picture quality. The slight advantage the A&E sets have, because they are authored for NTSC, they inherently play at the right speed for 35mm, PAL slightly speeds them up. Only by 1 to 2% but it is noticeable when A/B'd and over a 50 min episode but accounts for a couple of minutes . The A&E have a slightly better sound defination as a consequence. I also have a feeling that the Umbrella DVD's are indeed region free, all my players are region free so they play automatically.

I got my Umbrella set from an eBay.au dealer/power seller for $90 Aus "all in", at a time when sterling was better placed against the $Aus. It might be worth hunting on eBay Au?

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Old 23-04-2009, 12:21 AM   #12
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Well, I finally got my Umbrella UFO collection. I got tired of waiting to find a cheeper online alternative that has them in stock, so I ordered direct from Umbrella. The good news, they are definitely set to the ALL region, so they'll play on any PAL machine (or any computer drive). The bad news, my disk 1 is bad and won't even mount.

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