If you buy the dvd from outside the USA. The DVD most likely not work. The DVD needs to be formated for Region 1 which is for the USA DVD players.
Some consumer DVD players (not computer optical drives) are multi-region by default and do not need to be altered to play another region's disks.
Another alternative in some cases is to search online for a player specific special code that you can type in using the DVD player's remote to enable a player to be set to multi-region (region 0) also known as region free. This will allow the player to ignore the disk's region setting.
This is what I have had to do in order to play US region 1 titles that I have bought as I live in the UK and we are stuck with region 2.
A WORD OF WARNING. Not all players can be altered in this way and the Sony PS3 cannot be altered this way. This trick also works with some Blu Ray players although this I believe only works with DVDs played on Blu Ray players as Blu Ray disks use a different region system i.e. Blu Ray Region A = DVD Region 1.
I'm not sure if there are codes available for the Blu Ray system, certainly not for my Philips Blue Ray player which has been modified to play Region 1 DVDs but is still unable to be modified to play Region A Blu Rays. That being said I've yet to buy a Region A only Blu Ray title.
I use my internal DVD optical drive on my Compaq Laptop to play Region 2 DVDs and a dedicated external DVD optical drive to play my Region 1 titles on the same computer.
Edited on 01/11/2012 2:13pm Edited 4 total times.
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