Another problem besides the region coding is that the DVDs are PAL format which most US TVs and DVD players won't play. There are region free DVD/Blu Ray players that also convert the PAL format to NTSC so your TV will play it properly.
I ended up buying a blu ray player (I didn't have one and wanted to upgrade from my DVD player) that was region free and also converted PAL to NTSC from this website:
There are other websites as well:
And others as well. The 220-electronics site was mentioned favorably on some forums I had read. They shipped quickly and the player works very well, although as of yet I haven't been able to try playing a PAL format disk since I don't have any on hand.
If you don't want to go to the expense of buying a region free player which also converts PAL to NTSC, you can play the DVDs on your computer. However, most of the time your computer's DVD player will only allow you to switch regions a total of 5 times or so, so I guess your best bet would be to rip the DVDs to your hard drive which takes out the region coding. Then you can play them all you like on your computer.
I'm definitely no expert, this is just what I've been able to find out with some Google searches. Maybe we've got somebody here who is much more knowledgeable? It's hard to find up-to-date info about this problem.
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