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Region coding and video standards
Region 1 (US) Region 4 (Australia)
Region 2 (Japan)
Region 2 (UK)
Region 2 (Europe)
Region 3/0 (HK and Indonesia)
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Want anime but unsure how's best to get it? Ian Roberts and Tom Ford cover the fastest and cheapest means of purchasing anime DVDs.
This guide is broken up into sections covering how best to purchase DVDs from the various regions.
If you are not familiar with regional coding and the differences between NTSC and PAL discs please read our brief note on video standards and DVD Region codes. This explains if international DVDs will play on your player.
As well as reading the detailed guides below you may be interested in our recommended route to getting the cheapest version of the DVD you're interested in.