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NOT Region Free!
on August 1, 2014
The movie itself is an easy 5 star. The reason I gave 3 star is as a word of caution to potential future buyers.
Only the 3D title is region free. Regular blu-ray and bonus features are region B only (Europe, Greenland, French territories, Australia, New Zealand and few other places that could care less about DRM).
If I had known this, I wouldn't have made the purchase as you pay for all 3 discs, whether you can use them or not.
The bright side is that I do own a 3D TV, so at least I didn't dump my hard earned money into a black hole.
After I've received the blu-ray and I was unable to play it, I went to the merchant's page I found the following disclaimer:
1. The feature film on 100% of our titles will play in North American Blu-ray and PS3 players. (False, regular blu-ray and bonus features are B region only)
2. Special Features on our titles may or may not be region-free (While bonus dvd might be considered bonus feature, blu-ray movie isn't - whether they say it is or not. Either way, if I pay for it I should be able to play it, at least in my primary region.)
3. We guarantee that the main film on 100% of the Blu-ray discs that ship will be Region-Free. Any accessory DVDs enclosed with the movie may or may not be Region-Free. (Fine, but don't sell Region B products for the full price to Region A customers).
This disclaimer needs to be on the product page, not the merchant page. In addition, they need to specify region code for which the region exclusive content is for. Otherwise, there is no way for the customer to know that they are actually making a purchase on.
It is a deliberately deceptive tactic and is a scam in my opinion.
I've talked to Amazon customer support and they were amazing as usual (should have parked that amazing.com domain/brand).
They have issued a full refund and I am happy about that. I have shared this story with their customer support and was promissed that it will be passed along the chain.
I would love to see this merchant either disclose this info on the product page and inform the customer before the purchase is made and time is wasted, or this merchant removed from the marketplace.
In case none of these two happen, I hope future customers get to read this review before they get into this frustrating situation.