Originally Posted by SJX
The presence of Korean/Chinese/Japanese etc characters on a box does not necessary make it a fake. There are legitimately licensed DVDs/VCDs like that made for sale only in specific countries. HMV, Tower records etc over here sometimes carries discs like that. They are usually cheaper, but the quality of the content is identical to those with English only packaging.
Yes, they are doing that in order to combat the rampant illegal copies sold in those regions. When the avg. worker is only making a few hundred dollars a year, then its difficult to sell a DVD at the prices seen in the States. Its kinda like the different prices for the same textbooks, where they are much cheaper overseas. But, I thought I had read something that only recently had there been a deal to do that.
But, although they are cheaper, isn't there a tradeoff of having asian characters at the bottom of the screen that were intended to translate the scene for the asian audiences?
What kind of DVD player do you have?
The Chinese cheapie ones will pretty much play anything since they have their region encoding removed. Weird rule of thumb is the better the player the more the problems. A lot of the better players (notably Pioneers from my own experience) you will be able to remove the region encoding, often just with some fancy remote controllin'.
I just bought the cheapest, made in China DVD player for around thirty dollars and I still had issuses with playing foreign DVDs where it played some scenes on a DVD and not other parts from the same DVD. Does this mean that I still have to remove the region encoding from the DVD player, and how would I do this?