questionsis it okay to buy dvds off of amazon uk if i live…

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they may be region coded (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DVD_region_code). so, if your player can't handle that region, don't buy the disc. some discs are region free though.

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@carl669: If you order through amazon prime will shipping still be free? and would something like this work?:http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B003VX56MK/

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@jmdeal: Something like that should work. I'm fairly certain PS3s are also region free, Xboxes might be as well, I'm sure someone here can verify. If you've already got one of those, you might not need to buy a region free player.

As for prime, I have no idea, but it would be pretty cool if it did. I'd doubt it though, as it's going to be a lot more expensive to ship internationally and with customs and all, it's really unlikely it would reach you in two days

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I have ordered a couple things from co.uk. and in general find that the shipping cost is included in the price that you see. So not technically free, but you see it upfront so..kind of? I think it is actually because they add a VAT tax to the price, but then it doesn't apply to the US to it gets taken out, so we don't notice when shipping is added in. So evens out. I don't think Prime applies (I have that too). You definitely won't get 2 day shipping from co.uk.

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@jmdeal: that player should work. and no, you won't get prime shipping. but, the shipping cost is pretty reasonable. i got the harry potter bluray set a couple months back and shipping was about $5.

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As long as you have a region-free DVD player, you're good to go. If your DVD player is not region-free you might be able to fix that HERE.

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When I purchased something from Canada recently, I was charged a fee on my credit card for exchange. Be sure that this does not happen with Amazon.

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DVDs, unless stated, are region coded, and IIRC, the UK is in a different region as the US. If you don't have a region free DVD player, you won't be able to view the DVDs. Blu-ray discs are also region coded, but a good number of the discs they sell there are region a/b, which means they will play in US and European regions. Check the description to make sure they are either region free or Region A/B. The content on the discs doesn't look to be any different, from what I can tell, anyway, but the packaging is different, as it has the Eurpoean ratings system on it not the US MPAA ratings.

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It's not just region coding you have to worry about. If you order the PAL edition of a film, your TV may not handle the signal/framerate conversion very well.

For movies encoded at 24fps, you're fine, but if they're TV encoded at PAL's 25fps (where the US release would be 29.97fps), you would have stuttering or possibly even an unusable signal out of your DVD player. I've never tried it, so I don't know what a region-free player would do in this scenario.

On a computer, you're generally not going to have a problem viewing either (provided you're not using mainstream region-coded software).

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Even if there is a stated region coding you still need to be careful. There was a big issue with Amazon UK selling a region free dvd /blu ray limited edition Harry Potter set and it turns out that the DVD where not region free. apparently sales of the set went up in August and some time in late November the product details where changes to state that only the blu-ray was region free even though the item name and description still had it sounding that both where. I don't know if this is something that happens often but I know that myself and some friends had problems with this. It was gift for my wife so i could not just return it when they finally came around to admitting that it was there fault. after a week of emails back and forth I got a partial refund so i could purchase a region 1 dvd box set.