It is still possible to use free tools and backup movies with the latest protection schemes. DVDFab HD Decrypter is free and is still being updated. http://www.dvdfab.com/free.htm RipIt4Me is effective for the vast majority of movies also, though there are a handful of movies it can’t decrypt.
And once you have the dvd on the hard drive, DVDShrink is still a good option for reducing the size of the movie to fit onto a dvdr.
A better option, if you don’t mind taking more time, is DVDRebuilder. It can make very good quality backups once you have decrypted the movie, and there is a free version of this program.
So there is no need to spend money if you don’t want to. That said, I use and recommend AnyDVD, but have never seen a need for CloneDVD2.