What does “RETAIL” mean?
This means the release is taken from the retail version – the one bought from stores, as opposed to a limited edtion or otherwise different version.
To elaborate, a retail release is one sold to the general public by shops – on the high street and online. It is a physical release such as a physical CD or DVD.*
Some examples of non-retail releases are:
- Incomplete releases, where some parts have been stripped. Common in DVD-R releases, where trailers, adverts, or alternative audio tracks, subs etc have been removed.
- Screeners, CAMs, etc – releases not meant for public consumption.
- Limited versions, of which only a small number were created or sold. For instance, a special edition BluRay disk.
* I don’t know if iTunes store and the like count as retail. Anyone care to comment, or have an example release nfo which answers this?