DVD Players and the discs that they play have Region Coding to specify which countries a DVD can be sold and played in. Both the disc and the player have region codes set, if the codes used in both do not match, the DVD player will be unable to play that disc.
The majority of the DVDs that we sell are Region 0. This means that they will play on any DVD player anywhere in the world. We state the region coding of every DVD we sell and will take steps to warn you if you attempt to purchase a DVD that has the potential to be not compatible with your DVD player.
In the UK, Europe and Japan the standard DVD Region Code is Region 2 whilst in North America it is Region 1. If you are unsure as to what region your DVD player is set to, we recommend you avoid purchasing any DVDs that are not coded for the region you live in. Since DVD Region Coding is a software restriction, many DVD players can be modified or altered using operator codes that allow the player to read DVDs with region coding other than their own.
If you would like to attempt this we recommend you search for 'dvd player multi region unlock' online. We also recommend you speak to the manufacturer as this may invalidate any warranty on your DVD player.
If you want to buy a DVD that is not coded for your region and you don't have a multi region DVD player, it is possible to play these titles on your PC or Laptop using playback software. We recommend VLC Media Player which available for free at www.VideoLan.org
For your reference, here's a map of the DVD Regions used around the world:
Region 0: Works anywhere in the World
Region 1: USA, Canada, and USA Territories
Region 2: UK, Europe, Japan, South Africa, and Middle East (including Egypt)
Region 3: Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
Region 5: Eastern Europe, Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
Region 6: Peoples Republic of China