@schwitzer_at: I'm sorry that you feel DVDpedia has become useless without the Amazon connection. Unfortunately there is nothing we can do about the regulations that Amazon puts into place regarding their data and its access. If you'd like to sign up for an associate ID with them to continue using their services, you can do that here
. You can also read more about the issue on our blog
A good alternative to Amazon is Doghouse - DVDpedia's own database built exclusively by and for DVDpedia users from around the world - since it supports search by UPC and includes Blu-Ray information as well. The downside is that the data depends completely on what users have contributed so it might be that a particular DVD/Blu-Ray hasn't been added yet or that only the DVD version (or only the Blu-Ray version) has been uploaded. In those cases you could add the other version and adjust those fields that change or if the movie hasn't been uploaded at all there's always IMDb with their vast database albeit of only movie information, not the physical products so you'll have to do a title/keyword search and some manual adjustments might be necessary. But it's still be a lot faster than entering each movie completely by hand.
The majority of our users are from the US so there is inevitably a bias towards US movie data in Doghouse at this point but as more UK/Australian/Canadian users upload their data and more importantly their UPCs, the search improves for everyone.
We are very proud of Doghouse and how far it has come in its first year. And it wasn't a minute too soon considering all the problems Amazon has caused us in the last few months again...