If I mostly watch store bought or rented region 1 DVD's and occasionally burned with Nero DVD's is there a reason I need to change my Momitsu 880 to region-free? or for that matter turn the macrovision off?
Wow, that's some pretty good reading. So, if I am understanding this correctly, if I do not remove macrovision the maximum the movie will play would be 480p? Otherwise, I could view it at 720p or 1080i? or even a custom resolution if I was so inclined.
The cineaste will prefer having access to discs from all over the world. Some movies haven't been released in Region 1, some discs from other regions have more/better/different supplemental features, and some even have better transfers. Websites such as www.dvdbeaver.com track different versions of many movies (mostly art movies, but popular ones as well) and make recommendations. Illegal? Don't know. But a multi-region, PAL/NTSC player is essential for me, maybe not for you.
Mine was the Medusa release of Il Gattopardo, the only way in the world to see that movie at the time. It was later restored again (from different elements this time) and released by Criterion. But now I have stuff from everywhere. Some of the choices the studios make are bizarre: I have a Region 4 of Scorsese's Kundun only because the Region 1, which has the same transfer, isn't anamorphic. Duh!
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