I'm hoping that with how many people are on this board, someone can clear up something for me.
There is a series on DVD that is now only available in the UK as a region 2 DVD. Here in the US it was called War Planets, but the "real name" was Shadow Raiders (why they switched the name for the US market is beyond me...I even think Shadow Raiders is a cooler name). Anyway, the whole series is cheaply available in the UK via amazon but it's a region 2 DVD. The DVDs were released here in the US when the series aired (late 90s) but to say the DVDs are rare is an understatement (one seller on ebay has the full set, which apparently in this version comprises 7 discs for $600!!!). Amazon.co.uk has the two seasons available as individual seasons for between 11 and 7 pounds sterling! Significantly less, to say the least.
So, here's my decision. Which makes the most sense, economically and which nets me the best quality end product?
1) Buy the UK sets and then buy the cheapest possible region-free DVD player? (anyone know how much that will cost?). If I do this, can I watch it on a non-PAL TV, which is what my TV is (I wasn't even aware that TVs had regions but I guess they do?)
2) Buy the UK sets and then invest in a DVD burner and download one of several conversion programs that I researched on the 'net. None of these is perfect per reviews and usually the menus get altered, and the image may not be as good as it could be
3) Ask someone in the UK if they already have the gear for the above and pay them to convert the DVD for me (I would purchase the DVDs and have them shipped to this person who would be free to keep the original discs and just send me the cases once they are converted)
4) Realize that I will never see the whole series (here in Minneapolis, they only showed the first 6 episodes). Die a lonely embittered person.
By the way, IMO, it's a very cool and very well done computer animated SF series. Much more intelligently written than usual and the computer animation is excellent - good music score too.
Well, if anyone can offer any help or opinions, I'd appreciate it. Has anyone else faced this kind of a DVD region problem?