So why won't that foreign DVD play at home? It has nothing to do with PAL or NTSC. It has to do with region codes. DVD movies are coded by region so that movie studios can control where in the world their movies can be viewed. Similarly, hardware manufacturers encode DVD players for the regions where they are sold. In other words, the disc you bought in Japan - coded only for region 2 - won't play on your region 1- coded DVD player. So look to see what region a DVD is coded for before buying it. And look at what region your DVD player is set up to play. DVDs cannot be returned due to incompatability with DVD players. Also be aware that some DVD players do not play DVD9 discs. A Thief in the Night DVD is the only DVD9 disc we are aware of that has had problems playing on international DVD players.
What's the code for your region?
Region 0: All Regions
Region 1: Canada, and the United States and its territories
Region 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, and the Middle East
Region 3: Southeast and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, and the Caribbean
Region 5: The former Soviet Union, the Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
Region 6: China
Most of our DVDs are Region 1 encoded, but many are Region 0 (All Regions). Search "All Region" DVDs here.