Converting Region 2 DVDs to Region 1

#1
Folks,

I really enjoy watching British films and television programs. The problem is not all of my favourites are available on Region 1 DVDs. Any ideas on how to convert a region 2 DVD to region 1? I'm sure there is a way to do this, I just can't figure out how.

So far only the first season of 'Sweeney' is available on region 1, so you can understand my dilemma. I'm also looking to be able to watch the following;
'Carrington V.C.' (1955),
'The League of Gentlemen' (1959) and
'A Prize of Arms' (1962), amongst others.

All are only available on region 2 DVD.

Any advice is welcome.

Dan.
 

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#3
exspy said:
Folks,

I really enjoy watching British films and television programs. The problem is not all of my favourites are available on Region 1 DVDs. Any ideas on how to convert a region 2 DVD to region 1? I'm sure there is a way to do this, I just can't figure out how.

So far only the first season of 'Sweeney' is available on region 1, so you can understand my dilemma. I'm also looking to be able to watch the following;
'Carrington V.C.' (1955),
'The League of Gentlemen' (1959) and
'A Prize of Arms' (1962), amongst others.

All are only available on region 2 DVD.

Any advice is welcome.

Dan.
I'm fairly sure every DVD player is actually manufactured as a multi-region player limited by the firmware programmed into the machine. This firmware can simply be reprogrammed by applying a hack. Try this website, look up your DVD player and simply click on the hack then apply it, et voila multi-region. Linky Thing
 
#4
lamri,

Excellent question. I never thought that I could unlock my DVD to play other than region 1. I always just assumed that the region 2 disc would have to be converted. It was the 'how to do it' that I couldn't figure out.

Maybe unlocking my DVD player is the ultimate answer. Any ideas?

Dan.

PS: chietiff, I saw your reply after I posted the above. I'll give it a try, thanks.
 
#6
OK guys,

The site came up great. Unfortunately my player isn't listed. I've tried googling for a similar site over here and will continue to look.

Do you know of any hack sites that are not UK specific?

Dan.
 
#8
lamri,

I have an LG LDA-731. I've looked at some sites and two have said 'no known hacks'.

If that's the case, any ideas on disc conversion?

Dan.
 
#10
exspy said:
OK guys,

The site came up great. Unfortunately my player isn't listed. I've tried googling for a similar site over here and will continue to look.

Do you know of any hack sites that are not UK specific?

Dan.
Be careful when trying to unlock your DVD so its region free, theres no guarantee it'll work and certainly no assurance that it won't totally muck up your DVD player.

I think you best option (apart from buying a multi-region dvd player - mine was £23) is to burn copies of them off using something like Nero 8, you'll be able to 'strip' the region codes off of them then. Your DVD will then be all regions, so to speak.

Hope this helps.
 
#11
Most of the cheapo models you see at Big Lots/Target/Walmart are hackable, Ive done several, eg Cyberhome CH-DVD 300S, $24 (USD), DVD 224, $24, Yamakawa DVD275 $60, they play almost all DVDs and extra features, I havent come across any that dont even with the most recent titles, but have read of ones that have trouble with DVD RW disks with compression etc. They did play all of Creature comforts, Footy DVDs, feature films, BBC stuff with no issues.

I would check Amazon, search "Region free" and a wide choice of players will come up.

However for your player one user at least claims it plays region 1/2 out of the box.......
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks/lg-lda-731/7245

Region code posted by Moose, August 04 2006:
Just bought (August 4 2006) at FutureShop Canada (Vancouver DownTown). It plays region 1 and 2 out of box. Do not have any other region DVD's to test against but am pleasantly surprised.

Tested against
bought Region 1 and 2
created Region 1 and 2
and all worked fine

Region code hack posted by vwpower, March 10 2007:
Use the image for lda-730 dvd player to set region to your dvd.

http://rs44.rapidshare.com/files/18720120/LG_LDA-730_Region_Hack.rar
 

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