Amazon or Similar Stores with International Shipping for Foreign Language DVDs

If you’re looking for DVDs of movies or TV shows in European languages with the subtitles in that language, you’ll most likely have to look to European stores. Even though you  can often buy foreign movies from Amazon.com or Fishpond.com.au, the subtitles will usually be in English only or there will be a weird combination of dubbing and subtitles in mismatched languages (e.g. a French movie dubbed in Spanish with subtitles in English and German, why???) Not all foreign DVDs include subtitles unfortunately, but a lot of countries are starting to be kinder to the deaf population and are making an effort to include them. Just make sure to check the DVD specs before you buy.

Amazon currently has French, German, Italian and Spanish stores based in Europe that offer international shipping; however, the DVDs are region 2 so you’ll need a region-free DVD player. Luckily most DVD players in Australia are region-free (even my cheap $29 one I got at Kmart), but it’s still not a standard feature on American DVD players. There is also a Dutch store called bol.com that sells books and DVDs though there is a rumor that Amazon might open a store based in the Netherlands soon.  If you’re in America and do not have a region-free player, you can still take advantage of the large Spanish-language DVD selection on Amazon.com and get French Canadian DVDs from Amazon.ca. For those in Australia who would like Mexican Spanish-language DVDs, Amazon.com ships to Australia for $5 per shipment + $5 per book or $1 per DVD with delivery taking anywhere between 18 and 32 business days.

 

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Canadian French: Amazon.ca

to US: $8 per shipment + $2 per book or $8 per shipment + $2 per DVD (8 to 16 business days)

to Australia: $11 per shipment + $7 per book or $5 per shipment + $3 per DVD ( a whopping 10 to 12 WEEKS)

 

European French: Amazon.fr

to US: 7€ per shipment + 1,50€ per item (10 to 12 days)

to Australia: 10€ per shipment + 1,50€ per item (12 to 15 days)

 

German: Amazon.de

to US: 3€ per shipment + 3€ per kilo (8 to 12 business days)

to Australia: 9€ per shipment + 4€ per kilo (7 to 19 business days)

 

Dutch: Bol.com

to US: 17,35€ per shipment

to Australia: 19,80€ per shipment

 

Italian: Amazon.it

to US: 10€ per shipment + 5€ per kilo (10 to 15 days)

to Australia: 14€ per shipment + 5€ per kilo (12 to 15 days)

 

European Spanish: Amazon.es

to US: 10€ + 7€ per kilo (10 to 12 days)

to Australia: 20€ + 10€ per kilo (12 to 15 days)

 

There is also a Brazilian Kindle store if you want to read Portuguese. No word yet if this store will eventually sell actual books and DVDs.

 

Anyone know of other stores to add to the list?

 

All prices are for standard shipping. Expedited and priority are often available if you want to pay more.

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