| DVD Regional
Coding Enhancement F.A.Q. (Part One)
What's the difference between Region Coding and RCE?
is Regional Coding enhancement(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
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,
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.
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
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:
Q: What titles have RCE?
A: Currently the following titles have RCE
6th Day (First Single Disc Release Only)
All The Pretty Horses
Bad Boys 2
Cowboy Bebop The Movie
Daddy Day Care
Dogtown and ZBoys
Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (Disc 1 Only)
Ghosts of Mars
A Knight's Tale
The Master of Disguise
Maid in Manhattan
Men In Black II
The New Guy
Panic Room Superbit
Punch Drunk Love
South Park : Chefs Experience
South Park : Xmas in South Park
Stuart Little 2
The Sweetest Thing (Rated & Unrated Versions)
Tears of The Sun
Thomas Tank & Magic Railroad
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.