American Psycho (4K+2D Blu-ray SteelBook) (Manta Lab Exclusive No. 63) [Hong Kong]

Apr 14, 2017
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France
Release date: June 21, 2024
Purchase links: Box Set - Pet Full Slip - Double Lenti A - Double Lenti B (Pre-order on April 19, at 8 PM - Hong Kong time)
Price: $164.97 (Box Set) - $49.99 (Pet Full Slip - Double Lenti A - Double Lenti B)

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We're excited to announce our upcoming Steelbook project featuring artwork by the very talented illustrator, Karl Fitzgerald. We believe many collectors have seen his artwork online such as "Blade Runner", "Kill Bill" and others. We've always admired his work and style and we are very happy to work with him on our next project.
For our latest project, Karl has created an "American Psycho" Steelbook illustration paying homage to the original book cover. We're truly impressed by how he's captured the essence of the film in his unique way.
If you are interested in seeing more of his works, please check out the websites below:
IG - https://www.instagram.com/karlfitzgeraldart/
Website - https://www.karlfitzgeraldart.com/
Pre-order information for our Steelbook will be released soon through our retailers.
Thank you for your support,
Manta Lab
 
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That doesn't actually surprise me. I'd expect it was someone in the US, reporting it to WB US. WB US are going to have no idea about distribution agreements in place in HK. Exactly the same as Disney US had no idea about the HK WandaVision release.
i think it has more to do with a random uk shop selling wb items which are licensed for sale *from* hk..
 
Well, that's another story haha one for the tax man rather than WB. I would have thought that large GB host shipments would usually hit customs though.
yes, maybe... still, the entire setup seems slightly dodgy tbh...

and idk how import service functions regarding intellectual property like movie rights... i do recall many discs and editions statings things like only for sale within eu or whatever

it might be a different story for a groupbuy where the item is directly shipped from manta to the customer, but iirc he ships those item from the uk? at least parts of them too
 
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yes, maybe... still, the entire setup seems slightly dodgy tbh...

and idk how import service functions regarding intellectual property like movie rights... i do recall many discs and editions statings things like only for sale within eu or whatever
I think It's all a grey area tbh. One that studios don't care about unless it's big business, which is the reason why storefronts like HMV wouldn't do it. Import services for music and film have been in business since the dawn of home media, so it's evidently "allowed" to happen, to a certain extent anyway.
 
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Perhaps it’s for the best in the long run, they have been releasing title that are sub-par at best, - superhero movies and franchises that nobody is interested in anymore. And despite a couple of interesting releases (Leon and American Psycho) they have not really been the same as they once were.

Lines like this make it very hard to feel sympathetic for the host. Comes across as very childish in a 'well I didn't like you anyway' kind of way. But then the host has a reputation for that kind of behaviour anyway so not surprised. It's just not a professional look at all.
 
I think It's all a grey area tbh. One that studios don't care about unless it's big business, which is the reason why storefronts like HMV wouldn't do it. Import services for music and film have been in business since the dawn of home media, so it's evidently "allowed" to happen, to a certain extent anyway.
yes, this all sounds plausible.. i dont know, however, if those import services dont need some sort of legal arrangement with the studios as well (as in only small quantities, etc)
 
yes, this all sounds plausible.. i dont know, however, if those import services dont need some sort of legal arrangement with the studios as well (as in only small quantities, etc)
I'd expect it's the fact that they don't have agreements with the UK studios which allows this to happen. If they did, they'd be regulated to some extent, and selling non BBFC approved media in their stores would put their contracts in jeopardy.
 
yes, maybe... still, the entire setup seems slightly dodgy tbh...

and idk how import service functions regarding intellectual property like movie rights... i do recall many discs and editions statings things like only for sale within eu or whatever

it might be a different story for a groupbuy where the item is directly shipped from manta to the customer, but iirc he ships those item from the uk? at least parts of them too
Why are we framing selling perfectly valid and legal imports as if they're somehow unlawful?

The only issue for a business here is if you're also a customer of that manufacturer, e.g. Nintendo can threaten to stop supplying you if you want to sell imports (as they did to CEX back in the 00's) but if they're not buying direct why should they care?
 
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Why are we framing selling perfectly valid and legal imports as if they're somehow unlawful?

The only issue for a business here is if you're also a customer of that manufacturer, e.g. Nintendo can threaten to stop supplying you if you want to sell imports (as they did to CEX back in the 00's) but if they're not buying direct why should they care?
Yep, that's pretty much my understanding of the situation.
 
Where did that email originate from?
I haven't received anything from KOSM via email. Is this a membership thing?

Wait, so how do we get a refund - sit around until it's refunded?
The (soon to be dissolved) paid Facebook group, which is why I paraphrased in my initial post. Read the full statement noodles posted. Refunds are mentioned, but yes, essentially sit tight.