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Old 09-14-2009, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I just purchased a DVD overseas that I have been meaning to get for some time (Chopper). I go to play it today on both a portable and our tv and it tells me I cannot play it in this region?????

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Old 09-14-2009, 05:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I found this info on the web


DVD region codes is a DRM technique designed to allow motion picture studios to control aspects of a release, including content, release date, and, especially, price, according to the region. DVD video discs may be encoded with a region code restricting the area of the world in which they can be played. The commercial DVD player specification requires that a player to be sold in a given place not play discs encoded for a different region.
Discs without region coding are called all region or region 0 discs. In addition, many DVD players can be modified to be region-free, allowing playback of all discs. There are six different regions on the DVD, while Blu-ray Disc only has three. Also, major DVD player manufacturer countries (Japan, United States etc.) all have different regions, which caused problems for many. This is fixed in Blu-ray, as Japan (and other East Asian countries) and the Americas all have the same region.
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:17 PM   #3 (permalink)
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You need a multi-region player to watch the disc. There are some on the market and can be fairly inexpensive. I buy discs in Mexico that are region 4, but can watch them on the multi-region I have.
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I just purchased a DVD overseas that I have been meaning to get for some time (Chopper). I go to play it today on both a portable and our tv and it tells me I cannot play it in this region?????

Any help much apprecaited.

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I have heard of this before but never had the problem myself.. I included a link to wikipedia on DVD Region Codes..

DVD region code - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 09-14-2009, 05:55 PM   #5 (permalink)
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The other thing you have to watch out for is if they are NTSC or PAL formats. In general North American players/DVD's are NTSC and European players/DVD's are PAL.
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why not order it off netflix?
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why not order it off netflix?
because if he had to find it in europe then chances are it is not made for the u.s or was discontuied in the u.s. happens all the time with older movies they were made on vhs but when vhs died alot of vhs movies were not made in dvd format!!!!!
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because if he had to find it in europe then chances are it is not made for the u.s or was discontuied in the u.s. happens all the time with older movies they were made on vhs but when vhs died alot of vhs movies were not made in dvd format!!!!!
ok but im sure you can find it on ebay or craigslist or something!!
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I love this board. Thanks for all the insight. I ended up buying the movie (chopper) on ebay, but never caught whether they mentioned any sort of code issues.

Can I buy one of these multi region DVD players at Best Buy or am i better of on Ebay?

thanks again

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Old 09-15-2009, 05:20 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I don't believe you can find multi-region players in stores. You'll probably be better of looking for one on Ebay. Once you have one, you never have to worry about regions ever again.
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You can also try and watch it on your computer. Most Media Players allow you to change the region code in the advanced settings, some DVD players also allow you to change the code in the setting menu.
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