Broadly speaking Region 1 is North America, Region 2 is Europe, Region 3 is Southeast Asia, Region 4 is South & Central America, the Caribbean and Australasia, Region 5 is Africa, Central and South Asia, Region 6 is China, Region 7 is not-for-release preview discs and Region 8 is aircraft and cruise ships.
It's annoying when things are released in one region and not another. Selfishly, it's even more annoying when the region left out is Region 2. I wrote a couple of Please Release Me posts listing things that I'd love to see released on DVD. And so here's:
Please Release Me DVD #3
Movies as yet unreleased on Region 2 DVD:
Time After Time
Pitting Malcolm McDowell as H.G. Wells against David Warner as Jack the Ripper, Nicholas Meyer's debut as writer and director is a film no one seems to have a bad thing to say about and yet it remains stubbornly unavailable in the UK. I really want to see this.
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The Impostors (1998), Don't Drink The Water (1969) & Don't Drink The Water (1994)
Opinion is divided as to the merits of these three films, but I'm a massive Woody Allen fan so it's frustrating that none of them are available of Region 2. This seems all the stranger since there are two versions of Don't Drink The Water. It borders on censorship.
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Serenity, Special Edition
It's a common practice to double dip, but I loved Firefly and Serenity so much that I'd definitely go back to the well. When the latter was released in a special edition festooned with more extras, the geek in me eagerly awaited a Region 2 release, but alas it was not to be. There doesn't seem to be any logic to what does and what doesn't get the special edition treatment in the UK, but this is a more common practice in Region 1. Don't even get me started on The Criterion Collection....
Is there anything that you'd love to see released on DVD?