Background: So, I’ve been on the hunt for a nice Limited Edition DVD collection for a while now. After having seen the prices on the US Amazon and Ebay (upwards of 70 USD per film), I wanted to expand my search for a nice GOUT DVD at a somewhat lower price. I perused the French and German Amazon sites but couldn’t find anything other than the PAL versions. Having read on these boards that PAL is just a sped up NTSC from the same NTSC master with a few wonky missing/added frames, I knew I wanted the NTSC version (also, everything is synced up to it).
Where I bought GOUT for cheap(er): Call me a bit paranoid, but I like Amazon. I’ve bought everything from school books to DVDs to computer parts and have never had any big problems. Shipping is also not bad. I was able to find the “Star Wars” and “Empire Strikes Back” GOUT NTSC versions on the UK Amazon site for 15 GBP each (“used - very good” condition). Adding in international shipping, I paid about 34 GBP (40 EUR, 44 USD). I grabbed the last cheaper SW and ESB NTSC DVDs, but you can still find more expensive used versions on the site for a 40+ GBP (in line with the US prices after shipping). I’m still on the hunt for a cheaper “Return of the Jedi” so I hope this tip doesn’t lead someone else to find it before me!
If PAL is OK with you, you’re also in luck (a lot luckier than anywhere else in Europe, for sure). All three films are on the UK Amazon as “limited edition” for 15-20 GBP each and you can the tin case version for 70 GBP total. This is much better than what I’ve seen on the other sites in Germany and France (plus, the boxes are in English!).
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