Region 4 vs Region 1


    There are now a significant number of discs out in the Region 4 marketplace that are significantly better than their Region 1 equivalents, or not even available in Region 1. On the other hand, there are a number of discs in the Region 4 marketplace that are true lemons and should be avoided unless you realize exactly what you are getting. There are also a select few discs in Region 2 or in Canadian Region 1 which are uniquely qualified to be included in this list.

    This list is not for listing subtle differences between Regions, but for giving compelling reasons to prefer one disc over another. In my opinion, first and foremost, the quality of the image and the sound are paramount. If these factors are equal, then other factors come into play which are of lesser importance, but may be significant if you want to own a disc rather than rent it. If a disc is available in Region 4 and not listed here, then more than likely this is because it is the equal of the Region 1 version.

    These are the criteria that I use to determine whether or not a disc gets listed here;

Comments, suggestions, additions and corrections are always welcome.