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All Region DVD Players
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.0792  Monday, 28 April 2003

[1]     From:   Douglas Lanier <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Apr 2003 11:22:11 -0400
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0779 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear

[2]     From:   Mike Sirofchuck <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Apr 2003 08:38:57 -0800
        Subj:   All Region DVD Players

[3]     From:   Alfredo Michel Modenessi <
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        Date:   Friday, 25 Apr 2003 12:37:12 -0500
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0779 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear

[4]     From:   John Zuill <
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        Date:   Saturday, 26 Apr 2003 23:11:12 -0300
        Subj:   Re: SHK 14.0779 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear


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From:           Douglas Lanier <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Apr 2003 11:22:11 -0400
Subject: 14.0779 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0779 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear

For anyone interested in making his or her computer into an all-region
DVD player (if you already have a DVD drive):

Most computer DVD drives force you to select a region code.  After
giving you a small number of times to switch between regions (often 3 or
5), the drive (or the DVD player program or both) locks in your region
code choice.  A handy program called DVD Region-Free allows you to
bypass the region code lock and view DVDs from all regions on your
computer.  The website for this program is here:
http://www.dvdidle.com/.  I've used this program and it works very
well.  (I have no financial interest in the company.)

Before you order, make sure that your particular DVD drive will work
with the program.

Cheers,
Douglas Lanier

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From:           Mike Sirofchuck <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Apr 2003 08:38:57 -0800
Subject:        All Region DVD Players

All region DVD players are readily available world wide.   Type "all
region DVD"  into your search engine and you find a number of on-line
sources.  They seem to start at about $200, but you are getting a
machine that plays both PAL and NTSC and DVDs from all regions.  They
will often play VCDs as well.

Mike Sirofchuck

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From:           Alfredo Michel Modenessi <
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Date:           Friday, 25 Apr 2003 12:37:12 -0500
Subject: 14.0779 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0779 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear

Richard Burt wrote:

"DVDs are kind of like video (NTSC versus PAL or Secam).  DVDs are made
by region, so that region 1 DVDs (playable in the U.S.) aren't supposed
to be played elsewhere, while region 2 DVDs (UK, Europe, Japan) can't be
played elsewhere.  In the U.S. and I assume in the U.K., there are lots
of DVD players, however, that play both regions."

Tanya Gough wrote:

"...there are some machines which are "region coding blind", meaning
that they don't check for region coding and can effectively play any
DVD.  As far as I know, these are much more readily available in Europe
than in the US or Canada, so it's always worth checking out if you're in
the market for a new DVD player."

Sure enough. But isn't the monitor (the TV) an issue?

I have a "code-blind" player that does the job with DVDs regions 1 and 4
(Latin America), but I have always refrained from buying region 2 DVDs
(although some films--i.e. Nunn's Twelfth Night--are available on DVD
only in that format) because, as far as I understand, region 2 DVDs work
only if your player is either region 2 or "code-blind" and your TV is
capable of reproducing PAL output. In other words, in order to play
region 2 DVDs you need to have a DVD player that can read them but also
a TV that can reproduce the output. Am I wrong?

By the way, the DVD encoding system does more than protect the rights
and markets of producers and distributors. It also classifies users in
funny ways. For instance, Parker's Othello is available on region 1 DVD
with all the nice little features that may be rightly
expected--widescreen format included. But the region 4 DVD of the same
(expressly made for distribution in Latin America) comes only in
letterbox format and without several of the features that adorn its
region 1 counterpart. The same applies to countless releases. Still,
region 4 DVDs are by no means less expensive. Also, many films that are
released on DVD for regions 1 or 2 are never issued in region 4.

Maybe it's just my dirty mind but, do distributors think that some of
the luxuries of DVD would only get lost on people south of regions 1 and
2?

Alfredo Michel Modenessi

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From:           John Zuill <
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Date:           Saturday, 26 Apr 2003 23:11:12 -0300
Subject: 14.0779 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear
Comment:        Re: SHK 14.0779 Re: Kozintsev Hamlet and Lear

>There are also Region 0, or Internationally coded DVDs, which can be
>played on any machine.  Generally, these are to be found on DVDs
>produced by smaller companies, while major studios tend to adhere more
>closely to the region coding system to prevent problems with
>international rights issues and piracy.
>
>I will be posting this explanation on my site later today for future
>reference, if needed.

I'm afraid I have had a little trouble with the regions and have looked
into it. Region 0 does not seem to work on all DVDs because it doesn't
work on mine which is formatted for the US. Multi-regional DVD players
are readily available at JR Music and B&H Photo world in New York and
can be ordered on line... or so they tell me.  As far as I have been
able to tell Macs let you change their regional encoding four times.
After that I don't know what happens.

John Zuill

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