Roger Ebert Region Free Recommendation via Twitter

Roger Ebert Region Free Recommendation via Twitter

Gregory Han
Sep 29, 2010

Our go-to-guy for insightful movie critiques, Roger Ebert happens to also be one of the best Twitter personalities out there. Smart, relevant (especially in regards to his ongoing discussion of video games as art) and always informative in the confines of just 140 characters, we took note yesterday of his tweet about non-region DVD players.

As fans of foreign films and even hard-to-find/unreleased domestic gems, we used to enjoy a region-free Oppo DVD player. We've since abandonded DVDs for downloadable or streaming content via Netflix, AppleTV and XBMC for awhile now. But we know there are still plenty of users who still like to use/watch DVD or Blu-ray media for the movie watching habits, so this list of players with builtin PAL to NTSC converters linked by Ebert via Twitter may come in handy (though the site looks strangely dubious), alongside a Windows software solution which supposedly unlocks various DVD drives we have no experience using (anyone?).

As an OS X user we just use VLC player to skip all the region-coded nonsense; Windows users have the same option, alongside those using GNU, Linux, BeOS, and BSD. You can also update a drive's firmware for permanent hardware conversion, but we think for non-tech inclined, a region-free DVD player might be a best bet for these last days of physical media delivery consumption.

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