How to play region 2 DVD on U.S. Player

I’d like to get my brother a DVD of the Laurel & Hardy movie “Brats.”

But the only DVDs I can find for that title are from Britain and encoded for Region 2.

Is there a simple way to make a back-up of a Region 2 DVD that will play on a U.S. player?

I already have Nero 7, DVD Shrink and RipIt4Me. Would one of those do the job?

You can sometimes find region free hacks for your dvd player…usually just involves pushing the right combination of buttons on your remote control. Look at the dvd hacks list at videohelp.com and see if there is one for your player: http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks

The other thing you have to know is if your player (or your brother’s player in this case) can handle dvd video in PAL format, since that is the standard in Britain. US uses NTSC.

Converting PAL to NTSC is possible, but not always fun to do. You can try it in Nero Vision, but no guarantees for it to work.

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The other thing you have to know is if your player (or your brother’s player in this case) can handle dvd video in PAL format, since that is the standard in Britain. US uses NTSC.

Converting PAL to NTSC is possible, but not always fun to do. You can try it in Nero Vision, but no guarantees for it to work.[/QUOTE]

I used to think that the region codes had to do with the incompatibilities between the different television broadcast standards used in the U.S. and Europe.

But then I read this wikipedia article that seemed to be saying that the only function of the region codes was to permit distributors to control prices from region to region.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code

Are you saying there are two factors I have to take into consideration?

  1. Region code

  2. Pal vs. NTSC

Yes, both come into play on a stand alone dvd player when playing from the original disk.

On the computer, it won’t matter, at least not for ripping purposes. You can rip the dvd to the hard drive, then convert to NTSC format.

You might want to get DVDFab HD Decrypter for ripping. This movie is unlikely to have advanced encryption, but knowing how to use this free tool may come in handy in the future. I know it will remove the region code on the movies…don’t remember if Shrink or DVDDecrypter do that…will have to look that up. Anyway, DVDFab HD Decrypter is the free section of DVDFab and will continue to function even after the trial for the main part of DVDFab expires. It is also still being updated.

http://www.dvdfab.com/free.htm

Yes, DVDDecrypter can get rid of region codes too…losing what I used to know. Don’t play with DVDDecrypter much anymore.

Did you find hack codes for your brother’s player? Is it one that can handle PAL without having to reencode this dvd?