A Wall Street Journal (WSJ) article on October 18, 2007, highlights two points:
* That many titles from Sony, Fox and Disney that are Blu-ray only in the US are available in HD DVD in other countries.
* And, since HD DVD is region-free, you can order discs on sites like Xploited Cinema and the discs will play on your HD DVD player.
The reverse is also the case, but there is a catch as reported in WSJ:
'Some titles that come out exclusively on HD DVD in the U.S. come out on Blu-ray overseas, such as Universal Pictures' "Bruce Almighty" and "Hollywoodland," but consumers must be sure they are buying from a region that works with U.S. players. For Blu-ray, the U.S. is in the same region as almost all of the Americas and Southeast Asia.'
WSJ writes that the bottom line as far as the format war is concerned:
'Still, most major high-definition titles available overseas seem to reflect a switch to HD DVD, rather than the reverse.'
Gizmodo's notes: The WSJ piece does not mention one little loophole for cult movie lovers: some horror indies such as Dawn of the Dead, Halloween and Evil Dead II are available on Xploited Cinema in "region free" Blu-ray.