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This is one of the most enjoyable movies you could ever watch. It has so much heart and soul, it just reaches out and grabs your inner kid. This is right up there with the Incredibles, Brave, and Toy Story 3, if not better.
It really doesn't get much better than this movie. Also, my little girl who is 2 loves to watch this. Obviously, she doesn't get the same experience as me, but this movie really is for all ages. While you're likely to appreciate this for different reasons than me, you should watch it if you haven't.
the story follows the old man through his love, loss and promises, and the journey along the way.
I will admit, i started crying in the first 10 minutes of the movie, its so incredibly sweet, and it reminded me of my own grandparents in that they were each others first and ONLY love, and my mama just recently passed, so the movie reeeally connected with me on that level because i can see my papa in the old man in the movie.
it's definitely a little different than your typical animated film, but if youre into the kind of more mature animated subjects and dig a sweet story, then definitely give this movie a shot. you won't be disappointed.
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.
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