How to Legally Buy Blu-ray Movies as HD-DVDs

Mon, Oct 22, 2007

HD-DVD/Blu-Ray

hd-dvd.jpgThe format war for next generation DVDs has been going on for some time. Each major studio has picked a side, with many only releasing movies on one format. Take for instant Fox’s “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.” This top selling movie is only available on Blu-ray causing HD-DVD owners to be left in the cold.

Due to licensing agreements, Blu-ray exclusive movies in North America are being sold as HD-DVDs in other parts of the world, and vice versa. Three online stores offer U.S. customers the ability to buy HD-DVD versions of Blu-ray movies:

  1. Amazon.co.uk – Some movies not yet out in HD-DVD like Harry Potter and Blu-ray only titles in the U.S. like Basic Instinct are available as HD-DVDs.
  2. XploitedCinema.com – The first Fantastic 4 movie is available in HD-DVD format for a slight premium of $35.95.
  3. HD-Addicts.com

The Wall Street Journal offers this explanation for this odd distribution practice:

The loophole lies in distribution. Studios often farm out DVD sales in other countries to a patchwork of companies with expertise in those markets. Those partner companies sometimes have arrangements to use a high-definition format different from that of the U.S. studio.

If you are looking for that one elusive movie in either HD-DVD or Blu-ray format not available in the U.S., it is worth trying one of the sites listed above.

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