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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 6:25 pm 

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Hi everyone,
I hope you guys don't mind, but I'm trying to get the word out about the shop I've just opened. It's called Foreign Exchange Blu-ray Imports, and to my knowledge it's the only brick and mortar store in America that specializes in the sale of import Blu-ray discs. It's at 10826 Venice Blvd. in Culver City, California and it's open from noon 'til 10 pm on Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday, and from noon 'til 11 pm on Friday and Saturday. The shop's closed on Tuesdays.

Foreign Exchange currently has an inventory of more than 120 titles, with orders being placed and shipments arriving every day. It also has a reference copy of every title available for sale, so that customers can verify things like picture quality, region coding, subtitles, etc. before buying. The shop also has an a/v setup that includes two Oppo BDP-103s (one Region A locked and the other a multi-region player).

If you (or someone you know who wants to get you something for Christmas :wink:) are in the Los Angeles area, then come on down and check it out. I think I've got some pretty reasonable prices on a wide range of stuff. Where else can you find Potemkine's Rohmer box, the 36th Chamber of Shaolin Trilogy box, the Japanese 4k color Ozus, the Hou Hsiao-Hsien and Tsai Ming-Liang sets, and the BFI Herzog, Bergman, and Mizoguchis side by side on one retail shelf?

Lastly, since I'm already in total shill mode, here's the shop's social media info:
facebook.com/4xblu
twitter.com/4xblu
instagram.com/4xblu

Thanks, and hope to see you soon!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:21 pm 

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Great idea for a store, and best of luck!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 7:44 pm 

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Thanks for the kind words, I really appreciate it.

(This is the account I'll be using for Foreign Exchange posts going forward. I used my old personal account to make this thread because it wouldn't let me make it with this one.)


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:45 pm 
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Awesome, you're right down the street from my favorite Cuban restaurant. I'll definitely be stopping by when I go down that way again!


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 09, 2015 8:59 pm 

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Versailles, yeah? Great, see you then!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 1:39 am 

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Any plans to do online mail order business at some point?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:29 am 
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I'm totally coming to Foreign Exchange and telling all my friends about it.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:07 am 
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This is awesome. I'm on the wrong coast, but you guys are doing exactly what I dreamed somebody would do. I would be in there all the time, and probably, too often.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 9:47 am 
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Same here, damn it. Best of luck to you!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:05 am 
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Just watch this turn out to be an elaborate organ harvesting scheme


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 12:22 pm 

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Sounds terrific, haven't stepped foot in such a thing since the heyday of laserdisc. While your advertised wares certainly appeal to me, you might consider the market for concert films and av enthusiasts who are willing to pay premium for a lossless audio codec on some mainstream film that is only available in the Netherlands or whatever. Good luck!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 4:35 pm 

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domino harvey wrote:
Just watch this turn out to be an elaborate organ harvesting scheme


Is this a comment on the neighboring restaurants?


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:32 pm 

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PillowRock wrote:
Any plans to do online mail order business at some point?


Nope.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:33 pm 

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warren oates wrote:
I'm totally coming to Foreign Exchange and telling all my friends about it.


Awesome. The more the merrier.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 5:46 pm 

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Zot! wrote:
Sounds terrific, haven't stepped foot in such a thing since the heyday of laserdisc. While your advertised wares certainly appeal to me, you might consider the market for concert films and av enthusiasts who are willing to pay premium for a lossless audio codec on some mainstream film that is only available in the Netherlands or whatever. Good luck!


The shop's initial stock is largely based on my own personal frame of reference as a collector -- what I've either purchased for myself or read about as being available and worthy of hunting down on forums like this one -- but I absolutely want this shop to become a reflection of the community that supports it. Although I personally lack expertise when it comes to stuff like horror films, action films, anime, concert films, etc., I am eager for customers who will passionately express what they love and what they feel I absolutely have to put on the shelves.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 7:31 pm 
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domino harvey wrote:
Just watch this turn out to be an elaborate organ harvesting scheme

If I were harvesting organs, the membership of this forum would not be my first choice of source.

No offence intended!


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 10, 2015 8:28 pm 
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Wow, this news is a nice surprise! I'll try to get down there before Christmas to pick up some goodies!


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 11, 2015 11:35 pm 

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A shipment of region free Blu-ray players arrived today...

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PostPosted: Sat Dec 12, 2015 6:23 am 
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I'm on the wrong side of the planet to take advantage, but I genuinely wish you every success. If only such initiatives were legal in the UK, but sadly they're stymied by the 1984 Video Recordings Act. (Mind you, that hasn't stopped a couple of people...)


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 5:56 pm 

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Thanks for the kind words of support, MichaelB.

Since a few people have asked, here's a list of the titles currently in stock:

Woody Allen - "Match Point"
Kenneth Anger - "Magick Lantern Cycle"
Michelangelo Antonioni - "La Signora Senza Camelie"
Michelangelo Antonioni - "Le Amiche"
Gregg Araki - "Smiley Face"
Ingmar Bergman - Classic Bergman box set
Peter Bogdanovich - "Paper Moon"
Andrew Bujalski - "Computer Chess"
Luis Bunuel - "L'Age d'Or"
Luis Bunuel - "Fever Mounts At El Pao"
Jane Campion - "Bright Star"
The Coen Brothers - "Barton Fink"
Henri-Georges Clouzot - "The Murderer Lives At 21"
Francis Ford Coppola - "Rumble Fish"
David Cronenberg - "The Dead Zone"
Jules Dassin - "The Naked City"
Cecil B. DeMille - "Cleopatra"
Brian De Palma - "The Fury"
Brian De Palma - "Body Double"
Vittorio De Sica - "Bicycle Thieves"
Vittorio De Sica - "Miracle in Milan"
Carl Th. Dreyer - "The Passion of Joan of Arc"
Jean Epstein - "Coeur Fidele"
Federico Fellini - "Il Bidone"
Federico Fellini - "Fellini's Roma"
Samuel Fuller - "Pickup on South Street"
Samuel Fuller - "Forty Guns"
Samuel Fuller - "White Dog"
Jean-Luc Godard - "La Chinoise"
James Gray - "The Yards"
Peter Greenaway - "The Draughtsman's Contract"
Peter Greenaway - "Belly of an Architect"
Michael Haneke - "Benny's Video"
Michael Haneke - "Funny Games"
Todd Haynes - "Far From Heaven"
Todd Haynes - "I'm Not There"
Marcel L'Herbier - "Le Bonheur"
Alfred Hitchcock - "Sabotage"
Alfred Hitchcock - "Young and Innocent"
Hong Sang Soo - "The Day He Arrives"
Hong Sang Soo - "Woman is the Future of Man"
Hong Sang Soo - "Night and Day"
Hong Sang Soo - "In Another Country" / "Nobody's Daughter Haewon"
Hong Sang Soo - "Our Sunhi"
Werner Herzog - BFI box set
Hou Hsiao-Hsien - "A Time To Live, A Time To Die" / "Dust in the Wind"
King Hu - "Dragon Inn"
Kon Ichikawa - "The Burmese Harp"
Shohei Imamura - MoC box set
Jim Jarmusch - "Broken Flowers"
Jim Jarmusch - "The Limits of Control"
Jia Zhangke - "The World"
Alejandro Jodorowsky - "The Rainbow Thief"
Rene Laloux - "Le Planete Sauvage"
Fritz Lang - "Dr. Mabuse der Speiler"
Fritz Lang - "The Testament of Dr. Mabuse"
Fritz Lang - "Western Union"
David Lean - "Summertime"
David Lean - "Hobson's Choice"
Spike Lee - "Clockers"
Richard Linklater - "Me & Orson Welles"
David Lynch - "Wild at Heart"
David Lynch - "The Straight Story"
Michael Mann - "Ali"
Leo McCarey - "Ruggles of Red Gap"
Kenji Mizoguchi Artificial Eye box set
F.W. Murnau - "City Girl"
Laurence Olivier - "Hamlet"
Max Ophuls - "Le Plaisir"
Nagisa Oshima - "Cruel Story of Youth"
Yasujiro Ozu - "Late Autumn" (English)
Yasujiro Ozu - "Good Morning" (Japanese)
Yasujiro Ozu - "Equinox Flower" (Japanese)
Yasujiro Ozu - "Late Autumn" (Japanese)
Pier Paolo Pasolini - "Accatone"
Pier Paolo Pasolini - "The Gospel According to St. Matthew"
Pier Paolo Pasolini - "Theorem"
Roman Polanski - "The Pianist"
Roman Polanski - "The Ghost"
Roman Polanski - "Bitter Moon"
Roman Polanski - "Oliver Twist"
Michael Powell - "49th Parallel"
Michael Powell - "Thief of Baghdad"
Michael Powell - "A Matter of Life and Death"
Otto Preminger - "The Human Factor"
Carol Reed - "Follow Me"
Kelly Reichardt Soda Pictures box set
Lotte Reiniger - "The Adventures of Prince Achmed"
Jean Renoir - "Elena and Her Men"
Jean Renoir - "Boudu Saved From Drowning"
Eric Rohmer Potemkine box set
Roberto Rossellini War Trilogy box set
Carlos Saura - "Cria Cuervos"
Martin Scorsese - "The Age of Innocence"
Shaw Brothers 36th Chamber Box
Shaw Brothers - "One-Armed Swordsman"
Shaw Brothers - "Return of the One-Armed Swordsman"
Shaw Brothers - "The New One-Armed Swordsman"
Douglas Sirk - "The Tarnished Angels"
Douglas Sirk - "A Time To Love & A Time To Die"
Seijun Suzuki - "Youth of the Beast"
Johnnie To - "Election"
Johnnie To - "Election 2"
Johnnie To - "Exiled"
Johnnie To "Life Without Principle"
Johnnie To - "Vengeance"
Jacques Tourneur - "Curse of the Demon"
Tsai Ming-Liang box set
Gus Van Sant - "Elephant"
Gus Van Sant - "Drugstore Cowboy"
Andrzej Wajda - "Danton"
John Waters - "Serial Mom"
Orson Welles - "Othello"
Frederick Wiseman - "Crazy Horse"
Wong Kar-wai - "Days of Being Wild"
Wong Kar-wai - "As Tears Go By"
Wong Kar-wai - "My Blueberry Nights"
Edward Yang - "The Terrorizers"
Vadim / Malle / Fellini - "Spirits of the Dead"
Hawks / Hathaway / Negulesco / King / Koster - "O. Henry's Full House"
Rossellini / Godard / Pasolini / Gregoretti - "RoGoPaG"


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 6:39 pm 
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4xblu wrote:
Thanks for the kind words of support, MichaelB.

Since a few people have asked, here's a list of the titles currently in stock:

Kenji Mizoguchi BFI box set


Is this a worldwide exclusive? :P


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 14, 2015 7:04 pm 

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perkizitore wrote:
4xblu wrote:
Thanks for the kind words of support, MichaelB.

Since a few people have asked, here's a list of the titles currently in stock:

Kenji Mizoguchi BFI box set


Is this a worldwide exclusive? :P


Oops. #-o Artificial Eye, sorry.


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2015 4:53 pm 

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Today's new arrivals:

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 12:09 pm 
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So what's the reasoning behind NOT doing mail order? Legalities?
How about stocking or taking in used copies of imports as well?

On a side note, an import video shop I went to at times suddenly closed its doors. Went to the store and it was just an empty shell. Checked their Twitter and they closed down in July... Shame as it was there for about 30 years, and not only there, but probably in the last 5 years, 3 import video stores I knew of closed down. Currently I only know of 3 that are still open, though one of them I haven't visited in a year or so, so it may be gone too!

Internet has really changed import video and music businesses: from the 80's to early 2000's, it was hard for people to try to import stuff themselves because A. they didn't know how B. they didn't know what was available C. it cost a lot. I do have to say, at those import stores, I almost always only browsed, because their prices for new discs were extremely high, and it was much easier to just pick up a smartphone, check online prices and order that way... So as much as I liked walking into those stores to browse around, it was customers like me who didn't support the places enough to keep them going.


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PostPosted: Thu Dec 17, 2015 2:09 pm 
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4xblu wrote:
Today's new arrivals:

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Have you decided to stop doing the unboxing videos? Just curious, I was enjoying those.


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