If I buy imported UK version DVD film will it work and will it be in english?

@apples99 (6564)
United States
September 24, 2009 6:07pm CST
I was going to buy this DVD film that I've wanted for a long time, but its an import from the UK and I'm from the US and my question is if I purchase this DVD will it play properly on my DVD player, and will the audio sound be in english? would any of you happen to have experience in buying imported DVDs online if so what do you think?
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@pyewacket (43962)
• United States
25 Sep 09
As the other posters here indicated, each DVD has a "region" If you're in the US or Canada that is considered "Region 1" and one has to get a dvd that indicates that region, so nope, a DVD from another "region" will not be compatible with US made DVD players
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I just checked the region, and it said that the film is in region 2, so I guess it wont work in the US. awww and I really wanted this film.
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• United States
25 Sep 09
If you check online for your DVD player and model, you may be able to find a code that will let your DVD player play any region. There are codes for most players. Unfortunately, mine doesn't have a code, so I have to play other region discs on my computer. If your computer will play it, and you have software that can rip it and remove the region code, you can then burn it to a blank DVD and be able to play it in your regular player. A lot of people are against being able to rip a DVD, but if you paid for it, and just want to be able to play it, it's probably okay, though some companies try to say that copying for any reason at all is illegal.
@ferdzNK (3214)
• Philippines
25 Sep 09
You really want that video, right? You can check your player if it can read that format, or else you could use your computer to convert it to the region your player can play. There are tools available on the net that can simply do that, some of them even free. Can't help my self wonder what the special movie of yours.)
• United States
25 Sep 09
I am with ferdzNK - my curiosity is peaked - what is this special film that you want so much? (I know curiosity killed the cat, but I really want to know). :-) Is it possible that you can download it from a movie site like Netflix or BlockBuster, or is it quite rare and difficult to get?
• United States
24 Sep 09
Most manufacturers encode their DVDs with a region code. They do this so that they can control the prices, and what release it is (like maybe the UK version would have more bad language than the US version OR the European version would have subtitles in German and French and the US version would have Spanish subtitles). Region 1 is for the USA and Canada and this is what you need. Region 2 Europe (this is what the DVD you are trying to buy probably is) Regions 3-6 -Other areas of the world. HOWEVER, this is where it gets a little bit tricky - there is Region 0 which means it will play anywhere and is either set for all regions or has no regions set at all. Most Chinese DVDs are Region 0 so they will play here in the US, in Europe or pretty much anywhere. Before purchasing your UK DVD I would ask the seller to please specify the region. If it is Region 2 for Europe, your DVD player here will not play it and your computer most probably will not play it. It would have to be a 'REGION-FREE' or region 0 DVD. Having bought numerous DVDs online, many foreign, my opinion is that you can definitly run into trouble, not with the sellers necesasrily, but with the DVDs. Some sellers may claim that a DVD is Region Free or Region 1 and it is not, or the DVD is actually Region free which means it very easily could be a ripped-off copy of the "real" thing and so not very reliable. As with everything in life, communication is the key. The vast majority of online retailers are honest and will answer your questions without hesitation - of course, there are always the bad ones, but shop at large sites with a good reputation. If you have never heard of the online store that you are shopping at, check them out... look for seals or signs that show they are a member of safe shopping networks, or Better Business Bureas. Also, look for the store name and search for reviews, complaints, or customer feedback. Using these tools, and thinking before you purchase immediately should help to protect you. The first step was to find out more information, so posting here was a great idea. (Most movies in the UK are in English just like ours, but they have "foreign films" as well that could be in another language - again, the seller should be happy to provide all of this information, and if they are not, you probably shouldn't be doing business with them.) Hope this helps, good luck!
@apples99 (6564)
• United States
25 Sep 09
Thank you for posting such detail it dose help a lot, though I just found out that the DVD is in region 2 format, so I guess that means that I shouldn't buy it cuz it will not work on my DVD player, and thats really disappointing, oh well thanks agin.