Have you tried unlocking your DVD player? Do a google search with your make and model number and terms like "unlock" or "region free". If in doubt, buy a Philips player as you can unlock those using the remote control in about five minutes.
I live in Brazil and I found in the internet a site where they explain how to unlock each DVD player step by step. LG and Philco are very easy to unlock. A tip: when they ask what region put region 0 because then you will be able to play a DVD from any area of the planet. My original DVD-player was region 4 but with the unlocking it now plays DVDs from region 1 and 2 ( a bonus because I love DVDs from UK and France!). Only the DVDs players from Panasonic are locked by hardware so they cannot be unlocked by programming the remote control.