My brother lives in Canada and when he was over last he really enjoyed watching the Vicar of Dibley.
I would love to buy him a DVD for his birthday next week, but he can't watch region 2 dvd's does anyone know where I can get a region 1 from, or if I can get it converted or indeed if it possible at all ?
DVDs (and CDs) are cheaper in US than UK and cheapest of all in Canada. Amazon.com in US has Vicar of Dibley DVDs. If you visit that site, search for DVDs, search for Vicar of Dibley, then click "Used & New from..." you'll get some US (or even Canadian) sellers which are cheaper even than Amazon.
It might be easiest to find the 'region unlocking code' for the DVD player. Enter the manufacturer name and model number in google and 'region-free'.
Often, this will give you some weird combination of remote control and button-pressing on the DVD player to allow you to change region.
These 'hacks' are often listed in the DVD magazines too.
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Alternatively, it may be possible to get the machine modified (modded) to be region-free, or at least allow region-selection from the remote in a convenient way. He'd have to find a local shop to do this. (Cost perhaps $30 - $50).
It may be desirable to simply shop for a new DVD player which is region free. Many are (even from leading quality brands).
Finally, there are DVD playing programs for use on reasonably modern PCs / Macs. There are region-free cracks for these too, and they often have video output so you can connect them up to the telly etc.
Circumventing region protection is illegal, and modifying hardware may void your warranty yadda yadda yadda.
Yeah, but for a Canadian living in Canada watching Region 1 DVDs it's hardly an issue normally!
There was a piece about this on <yawn> You and Yours the other day; apparently it is much easier to find a code to unlock cheap DVD players because they tend to just make one model for everywhere - the big companies make different players for the different markets so they're much harder to unlock. (The best bit about the piece was the woman representing the DVD manufacturers flatly denying that there is a significant price diff between here and there )
I appreciate what you're saying JanH: playing local region 1 DVDs in Canada will never be a problem for golds' brother, but if it is tricky for golds to find / pay for a Region 1 Vicar of Dibley DVD, modding the player (or using a remote control keypress hack) would allow him to watch a DVD bought by golds in the UK.