Regions are just another protectionist effort by the film and game industry designed to stop pirating. If they would pull their brains out of the dark hole between their cheeks, they would see that if they lowered their selling cost, people would not need to pirate jack snot. DVDs are less than 50 cents apiece, takes a few minutes to record (and they record them en masse, like 100 at a time or more) but, yet once they record on it, it becomes worth 20-40 dollars. How stupid is that?
Look at what you pay for going to the movies: 15.00 to get in, 10 dollars for popcorn (that costs about 10 cents or less to make per person), even water costs 5 dollars, when you can go to the water store and pay 1.25 for five gallons. How stupid is america, and the rest of the world, for letting them do this?
Stay away from movies, don't buy snacks when you *do* go, and for pete's sake don't buy movie dvds once you have seen the movie. It will be on cable soon enough.
I personally do not go to the movies, don't buy retail movies and use torrents to download any movie out there and it only costs me the cost of the dvd to put it on and less than 20 minutes to record it. View away. In the time it takes you people to watch one movie, I can record 10, then watch them at my leisure.
Spend that money, or make the idiots at the movie studios stop pulling their stuff. Who do you think came up with that protectionist stuff, anyway? It certainly wasn't some consumer asking to be screwed some more, I guarantee it. It was the studios, saying they weren't making enough money.
Why do you think they built in copy-protection, so you can't copy the VCR's you already bought nad paid for to dvd. How stupid is that to think I am going to rush out and buy the dvd, because I have seen the vcr tape, oh, about a hundred times. They paid congress to allow them to do this. If you take away their money base, they won't have the money to pass laws that screw the consumer.
The consumer is always the first to get screwed, and the last to have any rights at all. Federal law says you are entitled to one backup of anything you buy, so how is it they get away with copy protection? The rest of you need to know there is always a way around that copy protection, anyway. Always.