Why Movies Have Different Runtimes On DVDs In The US & UK
The US and the UK share a lot of similarities but DVD running times wasn’t one of them. Here’s why you could save a few minutes watching a UK DVD.
A common occurrence for DVD owners is the realization that there’s a difference in the runtime of movies sold in the US and the UK. Basically, the UK version was always shorter, even though the edit was the same. Here’s why.
After replacing VHS as the go-to standard, DVDs themselves became under threat when Blu-ray hit the scene. With an increase in video and audio quality, thanks to the additional free storage per disc, Blue-ray is often seen as the better, or upgrade to DVD. Even though Blu-ray has yet to fully replace DVD, and it too, has now come under attack by the advent of streaming. Regardless, with the arrival of Blu-ray, the issue of the US and UK varying runtimes has largely become a thing of the past.