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Region 1 DVDs by iramcynyc on 16 June 2005 10:56pm
I know that there has been plenty of discussion and inquiry about whether the travel series will be coming out in DVD for region 1...does anyone have any updates? I've been checking regularly on the BBC America online shop, but with no luck. Is it possible to somehow convert region 2 dvds to region 1? Someone, PLEASE make the 16 dvd set The Michael Palin Collection for region 1! :)
Re: Region 1 DVDs by cycletourist on 17 June 2005 12:10am
Using a PC it is very easy to watch other region discs, and even fairly easy to convert region 2 to region free so you can burn your own discs. There is great, free software out there that will remove all that region encoding (look for DVD Shrink - one program - very easy to use).

I'm tempted to buy the set and convert - burning my own region free copies (I want to watch them on my TV), but it is still a hassle (time consuming) and the quality is not necessarily as good if you want to keep the DVD menus intact. It is also far too much work to have to do after spending that much money. I find the whole situation quite aggravating.

I'm still hoping for a miracle (duh?) Maybe someone will realize that US sales would make it worth producing Region 1 sets (The whole region encoding scheme is a bunch of crap, anyway).

I see that Himalaya is available, but Why buy Himalaya in region 1 if you think some day the complete set could become available?

It feels like someone is trying to bilk "US" and I ain't playing that game.

I'm also planning on getting a new DVD player/recorder (to replace my VCR) and when I do, it will be one that can be hacked easily to play all regions.
Re: Region 1 DVDs by bplummer on 26 June 2005 12:09am
I'm with you on all counts!! I just sent an email to the BBC Shop on this issue. I'll post again with their reply, since they usually do, reply that is.
Re: Region 1 DVDs by salty underpants on 15 July 2005 5:58pm
I've emailed the BBC shop about this and they never responded. I went on a tour of the BBC Television Centre in London last month and I was frustrated to see all those Palin DVDs in the shop, knowing they wouldn;t work on my player back here.
Re: Region 1 DVDs by bruey on 11 August 2005 6:09pm
have been typing out some instructions on change regions within Windows, will finish them soon. Promise!
Re: Region 1 DVDs by bruey on 6 September 2005 11:32pm
As promised here are the instructions on how to change the DVD region on your PC from within Windows

How to change the region on your DVD drive
in Windows.

1. After Windows has started up, click on the Start button
2. Having done that, go to Control Panel and click on it
3. Once you are in Control Panel, click on System
4. Once you are in System, click on Device Manager
5. Once you are in Device Manager, click on DVD/CD-ROM Drives
6. Once you are in DVD/CD-ROM Drives, click on your DVD drive
7. Once you have done that, click on DVD Region
8. Once you have clicked on DVD Region, making sure that the non-region DVD is in the drive, select the DVD region that you need, but beware you can only change the DVD region on your PC a maximum of 4 times and then it will lock the region, you can change your DVD drive and it won’t make a difference, so please exercise caution when doing this.

Re: Region 1 DVDs by Ontariario on 25 September 2005 2:54am
You can get an excellent "Diamond Vision" DVD player from Walmart for cheap, that you can program into it ANY region in the world, or Region 0 which means Region free, by just pressing a code. (1389)
It takes 2 seconds, and you can play any DVD from anywhere in the world on it. (it also plays all types of CD's etc.)

So you could order the Michael Palin Collection, and play it anywhere.

Get a Region Free DVD player for $30 and be done with it!!!
Stop The Insanity!!!!!


Diamond Vision DVDC803-04 Multi-Region DVD Player
Re: Region 1 DVDs by Strewth on 25 September 2005 8:45am
Ontariario and bruey, I love you.
Re: Region 1 DVDs by sighthound on 30 September 2005 3:53am
My DVD supplier (who is usually well clued in and looks out for things he thinks I might be interested in) told me he thought the rest of MP's docs would be released in Region 1 versions late this fall so I went to the shop at bbcamerica.com to check it out. I just got this response:

"Thank you for your interest in the Shop. Unfortunately chael Palin's "Full
Circle", "Pole to Pole", "Around the World in 80 Days" and "Hemmingway
Adventure" are not currently available or planned for release in the U.S.
and Canada. However, we use requests like yours to help us plan future

We appreciate your taking the time to contact us. Thanks and have a great

Kind regards,
Dan "

So, all you Yanks and Canucks, e-mail the hell out of this guy Dan and let him know there's a demand. His e-mail address is customer.service@bbc.co.uk (I'd have to rearrange all my furniture to find a place to put a second DVD player....)
Re: Region 1 DVDs by Ontariario on 30 September 2005 2:01pm
Just a note, the DVD player I mentioned is small, only 8" or so square.
And it has component video, so the picture is excellent.

I doubt they will release these in Region 1 in a timely fashion, for various complex reasons, with licensing, distribution, etc.

I am personally opposed to the DVD Region stuff, and happy I am finished with it. Its mainly about price-fixing in the various markets, in my opinion.

With a region-free DVD player, you can get all the Palin stuff off Ebay as well, for a great price. Most of the stuff is available there at great prices right now.
You can also buy DVD's from Chinatown in your city from all over the world.

So anyway, I will never go back to being held hostage by this Region stuff, when it is effortless to order things from anywhere in the world.

check out the prices at Ebay for a Michael Palin DVD search


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