Warner owes no explanation. DVDs are a problem because the European TV standard is PAL and the U.S. standard is NTSC. Even if the DVDs were "region free" they would still have the PAL/NTSC problem on a US TV. (The DVD would "play" but you would not see a picture.) In the U.S., buy a cheap DVD player like the region-free Phillips models that allows you also to set the output to NTSC/60Hz (vs. PAL/50Hz). Most European panels will play either 50/60Hz signals, but U.S. panels may not.
No, I'm not going to go out and buy a DVD player for one DVD that was inappropriately/incompletely described on Amazon. Besides, I wanted the DVD so I could watch it on my iMac. But Apple stupidly only lets you change the region 5 times. AND the digital download is only good in the UK, despite this being an "international edition". So they're just going to have to swallow it.
Apple is generous in letting you reset the region 5 times, but iut does allow them to sell the same product worldwide. The DVD rulebook specifies different regions for different countries. Apple MUST comply. There are ten regions for nine numbers only because Japan is Region 2 NTSC while Europe is Region 2 PAL.
A region free DVD player would allow you to order Region 2 DVDs from Amazon.co.uk and Region 4 DVDs from Australia.
The "big deal" here is that the 3D BD is region free because it is a proprietary product in the U.S. as is Avatar 3D and others. I do have a Region B BD player, but my 3D BD player is Region A only.
Uh... no it doesn't have to comply with anything. There is no rulebook. And if there was, it would be illegal to sell region-free DVD players, which it is not.
And older machines were able to play all DVDs and not select a region.
I HAVE discovered, however, that I can play the DVD in VLC player, which is not Apple's native player. So clearly it's a software design by apple specifically to force people to choose a region, and has nothing to do with the capability of the DVD player itself.
Ignorance is bliss. According to Wikipedia, "The American DVD Copy Control Association in California requires that DVD-player manufacturers incorporate the regional-playback control (RPC) system."
Region-free = hacked. It only makes sense that "world" manufacturers make one unit that can be set using an infrared beam on the production line for a particular region, and that it can be reset with the remote if the reset code is known, unless there is some sort of lock code applied. Most BD players are now really locked.
So I am returning this set because the DVD is not Region Free and is Region 2. Amazon is sending me another set. Will that one be Region 2 also? I am still amazed that I can not buy this set in the United States so that the DVD can be the proper Region. So wierd!!!! Any advise from anyone?
A DVD can be region free, but if it is European PAL encoded you still cannot play it on a US NTSC machine. The "region free" means the 3D BD will play on a US region A machine as most Warner BDs do. But chances are the next DVD will be region 2 AND PAL. BDs have a universal picture (on 1080p BDs) that is limited only by an A-B-C flag. U.S., Canada and Japan use NTSC DVDs and pretty much everyone else uses PAL DVDs. You need either a region-switchable (or settable) DVD player or a BD player to play this set.