Region 2 dvd players and Region 1 dvds

  • warrior1234

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    Jun 29, 2013 6:54 AM GMT
    Hi everybody.
    As some of you guys may know that Shout Factory have now released a Power Rangers dvd box sets. I was a huge fan of Power Rangers back when I was a kid and I still like the ones back in the 90's.
    Unfortunately the box sets are only released in America and are in Region 1. I live in the UK and we have region 2 dvd players. I want to own the box set so bad but I want to know if will it work on a region 2 dvd player because I have purchased some dvds from the UK in the past and some region 1 dvds have worked on my region 2 dvd player and some haven't.
    Does anybody know why a regions 2 dvd player can play some region 1 dvds?
  • Apparition

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    Jun 29, 2013 1:43 PM GMT
    A used dvd player is probably 5 bucks on ebay.
  • HorrorHound

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    Jun 29, 2013 5:43 PM GMT
    A foreign dvd can only play in a US dvd player if its "ALL Region" encoded....

    However yes US DVD players "region 1" have gotten pretty cheap!

    Or, there are "all-region" dvd players.....that play any region coded dvd.

    Shout-Factory/Scream-Factory are THE best dvd/bluray re-releasers!
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    Jun 29, 2013 5:47 PM GMT
    From Wiki

    DVD region codes are a digital rights management technique designed to allow film distributors to control aspects of a release, including content, release date, and price, according to the region.

    This is achieved by way of region-locked DVD players, which will play back only DVDs encoded to their region (plus those without any region code). The commercial DVD player specification requires that a player designed to be sold in a given place play only discs encoded for that region (plus those without any region code).

    The American DVD Copy Control Association also requires that DVD player manufacturers incorporate the regional-playback control (RPC) system. However, region-free DVD players, which ignore region coding, are also commercially available,[1] and many DVD players can be modified to be region-free, allowing playback of all discs.[2]

    DVDs may use one code, a combination of codes (multi-region), every code (all region) or no codes (region free). There are six different official regions and two informal variations.
  • purdont4

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    Jun 29, 2013 5:54 PM GMT
    If you buy the DVD in the wrong region, you can use these two programs... DVD Decrypter and DVD shrink to burn the DVDs. DVD Decrypter copies the disc and then DVD shrink formats it to fit on normal DVDs that you can burn and can remove the region code. Sometimes this does not work 100% tho. If not, try other programs to copy disc then use DVD shrink.
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    Jun 29, 2013 7:13 PM GMT
    If you can watch DVDs on a PC, the region code is stored on the DVD drive. Those can be replaced for $20.

    Usually, you can change the region code up to five times before it becomes...permanent.

    Also, there are software packages that allow you to rip a DVD to a media file for playback on laptops, tablets, even cellphones along with stripping the region code.

    Ran into this with a music concert DVD encoded for Japan.
  • btm7969

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    Jun 30, 2013 3:27 AM GMT
    I know Toshiba dvd players play all region coded dvds cuz I have a few horror dvds that are regions 0 and 2 coded
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    Jun 30, 2013 4:26 AM GMT
    Buy a cheap LG or Phillips DVD player. Often times, they have remote control hacks that allow you to play DVD movies from any region.