Good places to rent/buy DVD's

#1 Feb 25th, 2006, 22:33
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Most of the DVD's in the stores I have seen are either Bollywood or recent Hollywood films and the extra features for the latter are usually inferior to R1 (US/Canada) releases.

Is there any place where you can rent or buy older/independent etc. films? Is it possible to buy R1 releases or order them online?

Apart from DVD's are there any theaters/film groups which show non-mainstream films?

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#2 Feb 26th, 2006, 00:03
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you can forget getting R1 films with a large selection. though i would recommend Heera Panna which is near Haji Ali in South Bombay. you will get movies here but they will be a bit more than the original prices Statesside.

you can also join some kind of a DVD club which will drop off and pick up movies as and when you want it. in South Bombay there is Casablancas at Altamount Road and Shemaroo at Malabar Hill
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Thanks. I will check out Heera Panna and see what they have got. I was hoping there might some place at Lamington Road with a decent collection of DVD's. Has anyone had any experience ordering DVD's (or books for that matter) from Amazon.com or other online retalers?
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Originally Posted by Periscope Thanks. I will check out Heera Panna and see what they have got. I was hoping there might some place at Lamington Road with a decent collection of DVD's. Has anyone had any experience ordering DVD's (or books for that matter) from Amazon.com or other online retalers?

Lamington Road has i think 2 stores but i cant recall the names and i cant tell u if they have R1 movies. but Heera Panna is def the best bet.

i bought Seinfeld Season 1,2,3 from Amazon and it got here i think in like 2 weeks and shipping was like $10 or something.
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buy on line

I agree with skinnylizard.

I have boughts several DVD's through amazon.com and amazon.co.uk and they are here in Dharamshala in 10-14 days.
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I dropped by at Heera Panna and there were indeed some R1 DVD's though not many. The prices were quite ridiculous though: roughly twice the original. I seriously wonder if anyone would be interested in buying at those prices. I would imagine that anyone able to pay such prices would have the means to obtain them directly from the US.

So how does ordering from Amazon work? Will a regular Indian credit card do? Are there any import hassles or are the packages just delivered to your place?

I will also check out Shemaroo and see what they have. If they rent out R1's for reasonable prices that would probably be best.
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Originally Posted by Periscope I dropped by at Heera Panna and there were indeed some R1 DVD's though not many. The prices were quite ridiculous though: roughly twice the original. I seriously wonder if anyone would be interested in buying at those prices. I would imagine that anyone able to pay such prices would have the means to obtain them directly from the US.

So how does ordering from Amazon work? Will a regular Indian credit card do? Are there any import hassles or are the packages just delivered to your place?

I will also check out Shemaroo and see what they have. If they rent out R1's for reasonable prices that would probably be best.

almost all indian credit cards are international cards so tht shouldnt be a problem. i havent had customs checks thus far. although i did have a customs label i recieved recently but that was a USPS package vs a courier.

Shemaroo and Casablanca both have rental services and majority of the DVDs are R1
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Thanks again. I will definitely check out the two places and I will post here about prices/selection for anyone else who might be interested.
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can anybody explain what is meant by R1 releases?
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R1 stands for Region 1 which is US/Canada in the DVD regional coding system. R1 contains many films which haven't been released in India especially foreign-language, independent and older films. For some reason even movies released in India often have fewer special features than their R1 counterparts even though the prices aren't much lower.
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I have been trying to find a good quality DVD of Pather Panchali (English subtitles) for a very long time, but the only place I can find it is Amazon.com, and that for almost $50. Out of print, apparantly, and the price reflects it. I think I've been to every store in Bangalore and Chandigarh, with no luck. Any suggestions? May be a while before I will be back in India, although family could pick it up in Bangalore if a source is available there.
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Originally Posted by In the parlour I have been trying to find a good quality DVD of Pather Panchali (English subtitles) for a very long time, but the only place I can find it is Amazon.com, and that for almost $50. Out of print, apparantly, and the price reflects it. I think I've been to every store in Bangalore and Chandigarh, with no luck. Any suggestions? May be a while before I will be back in India, although family could pick it up in Bangalore if a source is available there.


wow. i wonder if you could try something even more obscure mate. dont think i have ever seen a copy of one of Rays except for maybe Chess Players.

Do try Rhythm house at Kala Ghoda, they might not have R1 but they have a good selection of Indian stuff
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Originally Posted by skinnylizard wow. i wonder if you could try something even more obscure mate. dont think i have ever seen a copy of one of Rays except for maybe Chess Players.

Do try Rhythm house at Kala Ghoda, they might not have R1 but they have a good selection of Indian stuff
Skinnylizard, thanks for the advice, but where is Kala Ghoda? Mumbai? I didn't realize that Pather Panchali is so obscure, but it obviously is. I already own the final two in the Apu trilogy and a few other Ray movies, including Shatranj Ke Khilari (the Chess Players). Really a pity if Pather Panchali is obscure, and so many Bollywood movies aren't.
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You may not have realized it but this is the Bombay sub-forum. Anyway Rhythm House is in South Bombay near the Jehangir art gallery.

However from Jyotirmoy's post above it appears that Palika Bazar in Delhi has an excellent selection of DVD's; certainly better than any I have seen in Bombay. So if you are going there, give it a try.

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