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DVDs have the ability to encode an option which specifies which regions in the world the discs can be played. The movie studios have collectively divided the planet earth into zones which corresponds to their distribution system.

Region Countries
0 No Region Coding
1 United States of America, Canada
2 Europe, including France, Greece, Turkey, Egypt, Arabia, Japan and South Africa
3 Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Borneo and Indonesia
4 Australia and New Zealand, Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America
5 India, Africa, Russia and former USSR countries
6 Peoples Republic of China
7 Unused
8 Airlines/Cruise Ships
9 Expansion (often used as region free)

For those out there that will only play DVDs from your own region don't worry about the information on this page. This really only affects people that collect DVDs from other parts of the world. Technically speaking there is no such thing as region zero. This is a designation used to indicate that a DVD was not encoded with a region flag. This way, it will pass the testing of any DVD player and, that is, you can play it in any region. Note: we sell DVDs with 0 region coding which means that they could be played in any country with equipment set for any specified region code.

When intending playing DVDs from Georgia take into consideration that the video output format is the most important issue. There is the added layer of incompatibility imposed by the great and wonderful powers that be. You also have to make sure the video formatting is the same. For example, both Georgia and Japan are included in Region 2. Unfortunately, Georgia (like some other European countries) uses the PAL video formatting while Japan (and US and Canada) is NTSC. In order to play a disc intended for the Georgia in Japan you will also have to have equipment (DVD player and TV set) that recognizes the PAL video format. The technical documentation for both DVD player and TV contains important information on which formats they are good for. In many cases it is written on the front panel of the equipment. Normally all new, modern DVDs players of good quality recognize both PAL and NTSC formats automatically (player with a built-in converter) and do not need any manual intervention. The same applies TV sets. In case they do not, there are converters that will permit the mixing of PAL and NTSC so if you plan on using discs from different countries and do not have DVD players with built-in PAL/NTSC converter consider investing in such an additional box. Georgia produces DVDs and video tapes (all above said applies to video tape recorders and players) mainly in PAL format. It is designated on our website in each case.

One new aspect of region coding is Region Code Enhancement (RCE). This is deigned by the studios to prevent viewing a Region One disc on a Region Free DVD player. It will not prevent watching the movie on a MultiRegion Player. The reason for this is to prevent people from the popular practice of hacking the player to be able to view all region discs. So far some Warner Bros, New Line, Columbia and now select MGM have this feature. But this is not the case for Georgia since initially our Region Code is 0.

Our Advice

If you have DVD player with built-in PAL/NTSC converter arrange testing if your TV set also is good for playing in this mode. Just borrow PAL system DVD disk from your friends or nearest DVD disk lending shop and try to play it on your equipment even the DVD player’s technical specification says it plays PAL format. Sometimes DVD player and TV set do not “understand” each other in this case.

Additional information for our users which is given just for your information and does not refer to Georgia.

If this system of region encoding doesn't cause enough problems for the consumer not all discs of the same film with the same region are created equally. In region one discs intended for release in the United States are often not the same as those for Canada. The most infamous cases were with Pulp Fiction and Chasing Amy where the Canadian releases preceded the US release by a significant amount of time and the Canadian releases had a ton of extras while the US versions were fairly plain vanilla. The same can also hold true for region two where discs intended for Japan are often not the same as those released in the UK. So, when you buy a DVD you have to check the region code, the video format, the transfer specifics and the extras.


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