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Many helpful people answered. The basic answer seems to be that while
there is only one DVD format, the format includes a "lock" to
artificially splinter the market and keep workable DVDs out of countries
where the movies are still in theaters. DVD players and discs are not
compatible outside of these preset regions. Several people reported
failure of getting foreign DVDs to play. A couple of people suggested
possible ways around that, most involving playing them through the
computer.  These websites were forwarded to me as a source for more

Sarah S. Uthoff
Reference Librarian
Kirkwood Community College
Cedar Rapids, IA

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