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Multiregion DVD Players

Multiregion DVD players. Are they DVD Hollywood’s dirty little secret? Most DVD aficionados, like myself, know the benefit of owning a DVD player that can play DVDs for all six regions DVDs are encoded for.

Having a multiregion or code-free DVD Player opened the rest of film world up to me, different versions of films were available. I am able to acquire films that are not yet released in the United States or that are still in theater. This was the case with Wolf Creek. After I saw this horror film in theater, I came home and looked it up. And there it was, available for DVD purchase on a non-US (Region 1) encoded disc. I didn’t buy the DVD but I had the option to. That’s the point. I am able to watch movies from Regions 1,2,3,4,5 & 6.

The most utilitarian aspect of the multiregion DVD players showcased below (I chose Philips DVD Players because that is the brand I own, not because it is the only game in town) are that almost all of them play DivX, Mpeg4, Mp3s, Jpeg (Images), WMA, CDs, VCD, DVD,DVD+R/RW and DVD-R/RW. They all play PAL/NTSC DVDs as well.

The best aspect, above all of the aspects and features described thus far, are their price. You can purchase a multiregion DVD player that does the job for just under $80. I would go with the DVP5140 or the DVP5990. The DVP5140 has a faster processor than the one I have (DVP642) and the DVP5990 has USB support (which mine doesn’t have). And there are firmware upgrades for increased functionality for some of the units as well (you download the file, burn it to a CD and then load it once the CD is inside the DVD player). The codes to make the DVD Players region free are on the Amazon page for each player and online as well.

Well, now you know. You don’t have to be living in a certain part of the world to get the version of a film you want. Now all you have to do is research which version you want.

Philips DVP3040$35.44

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  • Plays CD-R/CD-RW, CD, DivX, DVD, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, Video CD/SVCD.

Philips DVP3140$48.00

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  • Progressive Scan component video for optimized image quality; Plays CD, (S)VCD, DVD, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW; DivX for standard playback of all DivX media files; Plays DivX, MP3, WMA and JPEG digital camera photos Progressive Scan.

Philips DVP642$33.12 (This is the one that I own.)

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  • Plays CD-R/CD-RW, CD, DVD, DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, Video CD/SVCD, JPEG, MP3, MPEG-4, DivX 3.11/4.x/5.x files.
  • Optical and coaxial digital-audio terminals pass Dolby Digital and DTS surround signals.
  • Progressive Scan; SmartPicture and 4x video up-sampling.

Philips DVP5140$47.99

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  • Plays CD-R/W, DivX, DVD, DVD+R/W, DVD-R/W DVD-Video, MP3, MPEG4, Picture CDs, VCD, and SVCD.
  • The DVP5140 is “DivX Ultra” certified. The DVP5140 uses a 12 bit/108 MHz video system instead of the 10 bit/54 MHz system used in the DVP642.
  • Progressive Scan.

Philips DVP5990$76.99

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  • Plays DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW, VCD/SVCD, MP3, WMA, DivX, DivX Ultra, JPEG, MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 formats.
  • 108MHz/12-bit video digital-to-analog (D/A) conversion; 192kHz/24-bit audio digital-to-analog (D/A) conversion.
  • Built-in USB port.
  • 1080p up-conversion for standard DVDs.

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Rollo Tomasi

A Political Science and MBA grad who started FilmBook during an eCommerce B-School course in 2008. Cinema and TV addict. Former writer at Empire Movies, Blogcritics, and Alternative Film Guide. In addition to writing for FilmBook, he also edits the copy published on the website, manages its writing staff, manages the back-end operations, site finances, its social network accounts, and works with publicists, actors, and companies on press coverage and promotions. He has also created ProMovieBlogger.com and Trending Awards.com.

  • harosa

    I has the 642 for awhile but it just died on me all of a sudden so I just got the Phillips with the USB port and the HDMI port so I could get the best picture on my tv. These players are really great because they play anything u burn, which these days is a neccesity on top of proper PAL conversion. It is sad that the internet is making getting foreign stuff easier, back in the day it was cool to be the only one with something, now it’s a level field for everyone.

  • harosa

    I has the 642 for awhile but it just died on me all of a sudden so I just got the Phillips with the USB port and the HDMI port so I could get the best picture on my tv. These players are really great because they play anything u burn, which these days is a neccesity on top of proper PAL conversion. It is sad that the internet is making getting foreign stuff easier, back in the day it was cool to be the only one with something, now it’s a level field for everyone.

  • You’re telling me. I thought I was the shit being one of the only people (that I knew of) with the 3-Disc Canadian version of Brotherhood of the Wolf then two years later a US version with the exact same features comes out here.

    My Philips still works. I actually gave it away as a present so the 5990 is looking real nice. Which Philips do you have?

  • You’re telling me. I thought I was the shit being one of the only people (that I knew of) with the 3-Disc Canadian version of Brotherhood of the Wolf then two years later a US version with the exact same features comes out here.

    My Philips still works. I actually gave it away as a present so the 5990 is looking real nice. Which Philips do you have?

  • Hugo

    I just saw the Wolf DVD online for sale, hell, u and me had it exclusive for awhile at least, the internet makes it even easier now with downloading also, people dont even have to pay for a damn foreign release anymore, I still import maybe 1 movie a year (has ot be something that looks awesome) but nowadays more than ever everything eventually does hit the US with a ton of foreign stuff just hitting DVD directly, Blockbuster and Netflix get alot of them, or people just posting foreign releases online. Its a new world. I just looked up what i got, its the Phillips DVP5982. Works cool so far after i got a HDMI cable, for some reason hooking it up with regular wires to my tv was making the picture get dark every once in awhile.

  • Hugo

    I just saw the Wolf DVD online for sale, hell, u and me had it exclusive for awhile at least, the internet makes it even easier now with downloading also, people dont even have to pay for a damn foreign release anymore, I still import maybe 1 movie a year (has ot be something that looks awesome) but nowadays more than ever everything eventually does hit the US with a ton of foreign stuff just hitting DVD directly, Blockbuster and Netflix get alot of them, or people just posting foreign releases online. Its a new world. I just looked up what i got, its the Phillips DVP5982. Works cool so far after i got a HDMI cable, for some reason hooking it up with regular wires to my tv was making the picture get dark every once in awhile.

  • You have that version Wolf too huh? I researched the hell out of it before buying it.
    I won’t know about downloading movies but I have heard that it has added in the proliferation of hard-to-find films and versions of films.
    I wrote up a post with advice on optimal Blu-ray playback on a Playstation 3 here:
    http://film-book.com/the-jokers-primary-retainer/

  • You have that version Wolf too huh? I researched the hell out of it before buying it.
    I won’t know about downloading movies but I have heard that it has added in the proliferation of hard-to-find films and versions of films.
    I wrote up a post with advice on optimal Blu-ray playback on a Playstation 3 here:
    http://film-book.com/the-jokers-primary-retainer/

  • This code-free DVD player is a very useful device for all film freaks. I can watch films from almost all regions. It has very good picture quality and access to many regions. I can enjoy latest releases on it. It is really amazing and provides great entertainment.

  • If you liked those region-free players, check out the other region-free DVD/Blu-ray players here:
    http://promovieblogger.com/movie-tech/

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