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DVD Region Encoding

Global region codes identify specific DVDs that are compatible with the players typically sold in that region. The majority of all current titles play in only one specific region unless otherwise noted.

Most of the DVDs featured in our Shopping links are encoded for either Region 1 or Region 2 only and may not work on DVD players in other countries (unless you have a multi-region DVD player).

In the majority of cases our Region 1 DVDs ship from the US and are shown in $US while most Region 2 DVDs ship from the UK and are shown in £GBP.

In some cases we feature “All Region” DVDs. Regardless of the country these DVDs ship from, they will play in all DVD players.

If in doubt, please check the manual for your DVD player before purchasing.

Standard DVD Regions
  1. U.S.A., U.S. Territories, Canada and Bermuda
  2. Europe, South Africa, Japan and the Middle East, including Egypt
  3. Southeast Asia, East Asia, including Hong Kong
  4. Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Mexico, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean
  5. Former Soviet Union, Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea and Mongolia
  6. China

Blu-ray Regions

A/1: North America, Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.

B/2: Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

C/3: India, Nepal, Mainland China, Russia, Central and South Asia.

International VHS Formats

Any VHS video tapes featured in our Shopping links are in either 60 Hz NTSC format (the video format used in North America and Japan) or PAL-format, which will work on most players in Europe, Australia, China, and parts of the Middle East.

NTSC videotapes will not work on most videocassette players in countries that use PAL, SECAM, or other video standards.