DVD Regional Coding Enhancement F.A.Q. (Part One)

Q: What's the difference between Region Coding and RCE?
A: Regional Coding enhancement(RCE) is an additional layer of protection which some studios have placed on REGION One DVDs to prevent them from playing on region-free or multi-region players. Region Coding is a part of the DVD spec which divides the world into 8 regions:
Region 1: U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories
Region 2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, and Middle East (including Egypt)
Region 3: Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
Region 4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
Region 5: Eastern Europe (Former Soviet Union), Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
Region 6: China
Region 7: Reserved
Region 8: Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)

Basically, DVDs released in each region will typically only play on players sold in that region. IE a DVD released in the UK *Region 2* would not play on a player sold in the us *Region 1*. You can tell what Region a DVD is coded for by looking at the back of the box for a Globe with a number on it. The number correlates to the region list above. If a DVD is listed as 'Region 0' it means that it isn't coded for any region and should play on ALL regions players.

Q: What is Regional Coding enhancement(RCE)?
A: It's a digital enhancement added to some Warner Bros and Columbia DVDs to stop region 1 (R1) DVDs from playing on Region-free DVD players.

Q: How Can I tell if I have a DVD that is RCE?
A: If you try to play a RCE DVD in a region-free or multi-region player that doesn't play RCE discs you'll see this map:
RCE World Map


Q: What titles have RCE?
A: Currently the following titles have RCE
6th Day (First Single Disc Release Only)
All The Pretty Horses
America's Sweethearts
Anger Management
The Animal
Auto Focus
The Brothers
Bad Boys 2
Charlie's Angels
Cowboy Bebop The Movie
Daddy Day Care
Darkness Falls
Dogtown and ZBoys
Enough
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (Disc 1 Only)
Finding Forester
Ghosts of Mars
Glass House
Glitter
Hollow Man
Hollywood Homicide
Identity
Joe Dirt
A Knight's Tale
The Master of Disguise
Maid in Manhattan
Men In Black II
Mr. Deeds
National Security
The New Guy
Panic Room Superbit
Punch Drunk Love
Spiderman
The Patriot
Saving Silverman
Snatch
South Park : Chefs Experience
South Park : Xmas in South Park
Stealing Harvard
Stuart Little 2
The Sweetest Thing (Rated & Unrated Versions)
Tears of The Sun
Thomas Tank & Magic Railroad
Tomcats
Trapped
Urban Legend Final Cut
................. to be continued

Titles in BOLD have been confirmed by several sources.
*Starred titles are reported to be RCE but not confirmed.

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