Last night Mr. D and I eagerly tore into season two of Doc Martin, anxious to see our curmudgeonly London surgeon's new adventures in Portwenn, England. Mr. D had ordered seasons two and three from Amazon.com.UK per my request for Christmas (good man) and we inserted the first DVD into the player.
A message to this effect came up on our TV set:
This disc will not play in this region.
Huh? I studied the back of the case. I reinserted the disc. I compared the fine print on the case to the fine print on Kung Fu Panda (yes! A new record--my obsession for this legendary film is becoming legendary--the stuff of legend indeed). No mention of region on Kung Fu Panda.
Mr. D couldn't figure it out either--we always thought a disc was a disc was a disc. Apparently not. Are DVD players made differently across the Atlantic? The DVDs are.
But don't panic--my brilliant husband told me to fire up the laptop. He put in the disc and after the notice came up again that the disc could only play in region 2, he clicked a couple of times and reformatted the Windows Media Player on my laptop. THEN my genius husband hooked up my laptop to a screen projector that he carts around in his car for when he does demos of software for his job. We lay in bed watching Doc Martin on our bedroom wall--it was positively lovely.
But we'd still like to know the story about regions and DVDs--any of your Brits out there willing to tell this Yank why this is? Season three has the same fine print, so we'll be watching it on my laptop as well ...