by Harry on February 27, 2006

Kieran might have opened a Pandora’s Box here. I am, more or less, obssessed with old children’s TV shows, so my own kids get to watch a great variety. It is easy to watch a region 2 DVD in the US if you have a DVD-Rom and an S-video outlet from your laptop (there is, to my surprise, no PAL/NTSC problem), so I order DVDs from the UK, and they watch them on our TV (though, as my 9 year old points out, this is slightly ridiculous, since my laptop screen is as big as our TV screeen. I’ll devote a couple of future posts to the joys of nostalgic children’s tv, but first I have a question. Why is Champion, the Wonder Horse available only on region 2, PAL, DVD through Amazon.co.uk, but Larry The Lamb available only on region 1, NTSC, DVD through Amazon.com (you can get it through the UK site, but it ships from the US)?



Alex Earl 02.27.06 at 12:21 pm

My childhood will remain forever shrouded in mystery until they release 80’s era ‘The Little Hobo’ on DVD.


Barry Freed 02.27.06 at 1:51 pm

as my 9 year old points out, this is slightly ridiculous, since my laptop screen is as big as our TV screeen.

Where did you get a laptop with a 36″ screen? That’s p….

Oh, wait a minute…

That teh sux0rz!


Jeremy Osner 02.27.06 at 2:45 pm

You might like to check out the animated Moomins series, which was originally in Japanese but is translated into English and available from UK Amazon. There is also a puppet “Fuzzy Felt Moomins” series from the 80’s, I have never seen it except the stills which I use as screensavers, but they are selling DVD’s at this web site.


tylerh 02.27.06 at 4:24 pm

Harry, Region Free DVD players are widely available and cheap. I’ve been watching the British Comedy “Look Around You,” a region 2 PAL, with no problems on my NTSC plasma using a Phillips DVP642 DVD player, for example. You can get one from Amazon fo $60 (or other places, often cheaper). There are lots of other models to choose from.

The only catch is that when it arrives you have to use your remote to put in a magic code so that it goes into “debug mode” and ignores all region encodings. Happily, the codes for a wide variety players are posted all over the internet


Iron Lungfish 02.27.06 at 5:33 pm

I just posted this on the other thread, but a host of cheap Region 1 players have multiregion hacks of the “enter code X at stage Y” variety which can be readily found via Google.


Alan 02.27.06 at 10:47 pm

My CyberHome CH-DVD 300S


cost $40 and a three-quarter hour converting it to a
region-free player with a remote hack discovered here…your one-stop shop for DVD remote hacks.


Now I just have to order those Clanger DVDs…oh, shit, I forgot. I don’t have any kids.


Alan 02.27.06 at 10:50 pm

Just to clarify, it wasn’t that complicated, but I did have to keep pressing the same combination of buttons on the remote and inserting, taking out a DVD, then opening and closing the DVD tray before it
did the trick.


thepoetryman 02.28.06 at 1:58 am

“Poetic Justice (Don’t burn the flag. Wash it!)” has a new poem posted that may interest you… Persecution’s Lament…
Kind regards,


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