Collecting US-Release Anime

setokaiba

Brigade Leader
Okay so, I don't own much physical anime because... the series I really like always seem to get US-exclusive releases! It drives me crazy, whenever I find one I actually want to buy, I find out it's actually a US release. Usually this leads me to feeling sad but dropping it, but I've been thinking that actually I do want to collect them.

So, when it comes to a region free DVD/Blu-Ray player, what am I looking for? I'm thinking of converting my PS4 into one since I heard you can change the region (only 4 times so it would have to be a permanent decision, that's why I'm slightly uncertain) but I'm not sure if it would be an easier option to just buy a new player entirely.
What do you think? Could I get some advice?
 

setokaiba

Brigade Leader
You can buy blu-ray modding kits or just a pre-modded blu-ray player, which enables you to pick change your region at will to play a blu-ray or DVD from any region in the world. I personally use this pre-modded blu-ray player and have never had a blu-ray I couldn't play using it.

You change the region by pressing a button on the remote and it can also change your area code to bypass geolocking from the settings menu.
Wow I had no idea that such a thing existed, thank you for sharing! Is there a similar way around it for DVDs? I'd ideally like something that does both.
 

CommanderZx2

Great Teacher
Wow I had no idea that such a thing existed, thank you for sharing! Is there a similar way around it for DVDs? I'd ideally like something that does both.
Multi region DVD players are really easy to find, if you search for multi region player on Amazon you'll find numerous players that play any DVD region including the one I linked above. However there aren't many players that will play any blu-ray region, as someone would have to have developed a mod kit for it and so there's only a select few player models that are available. The one I linked above plays both DVD and BD all regions, there are others of course with better features including 3D BDs, but that just adds cost to the player in my opinion this one is relatively cheap in comparison.
 

setokaiba

Brigade Leader
Multi region DVD players are really easy to find, if you search for multi region player on Amazon you'll find numerous players that play any DVD region including the one I linked above. However there aren't many players that will play any blu-ray region, as someone would have to have developed a mod kit for it and so there's only a select few player models that are available. The one I linked above plays both DVD and BD all regions, there are others of course with better features including 3D BDs, but that just adds cost to the player in my opinion this one is relatively cheap in comparison.
I see, that's really helpful thank you!!
 

Lambadelta

Cardcaptor
there is also the option if you have a desktop pc, or laptop to use a Blu-ray drive and either rip the disc for your own watching pleasure later, or you can integrate the functionality of makemkv to playback the disc without ripping in vlc/mpv/mpc-hc with no issues.

I mostly watch anime at my computer so I found this to be one of the cheaper ways to enjoy watching import discs, and for Japanese/Foreign releases with no english subtitles. I can add them to the playback and enjoy them also
 

setokaiba

Brigade Leader
Thanks everyone for all the suggestions and advice!! Looking forward to fixing this issue (still just deciding which method to go with, really thankful for all the options) and getting my hands on some of those awesome US releases.
 

SkwigglesWorth

School Idol
I use both PC and a modded/CFW PS3
PC works fine and going MakeMKV works fine, or straight from disc playing with Leawo Blu ray player, by default seems to play alot of Region A blu rays and B without change. And I'm pretty sure this is down to the default selecting the correct region for you via "settings > DVD Blu-ray > Forced BD player region = Auto"

PS3 works reasonable well, requires manaually changing the region rather than just being region free. DVD's region changing I have just never managed to get to work, and I'm pretty sure is a know problem. And the way it works does take a bit of getting used.
I'm sure you've worked this out but I think the reason most people go with a PS3 is cause you can grab a 2nd hand one pretty cheap and with it being your likley your first time modding a playstation it's less daunting if you do things wrong.
I'm pretty sure this is the guide I used for modding my PS3 to CFW:
Youtube - How To JAILBREAK Any PS3 Model In 10 Mins! 4.86 (Ps3 slim,Super Slim,FAT) in 2020

NOTE: I have also seen people on ebay selling already modded PS3 and that might be an option for you if you don't have the time or don't feel comfortable doing it (but as you would expect probably gonna cost a bit more)

And in case you haven't come across it here's Denny Fisher list of Overseas titles that are compatible with region B:

Also Australian blu ray titles are your friend too.
 

setokaiba

Brigade Leader
I use both PC and a modded/CFW PS3
PC works fine and going MakeMKV works fine, or straight from disc playing with Leawo Blu ray player, by default seems to play alot of Region A blu rays and B without change. And I'm pretty sure this is down to the default selecting the correct region for you via "settings > DVD Blu-ray > Forced BD player region = Auto"

PS3 works reasonable well, requires manaually changing the region rather than just being region free. DVD's region changing I have just never managed to get to work, and I'm pretty sure is a know problem. And the way it works does take a bit of getting used.
I'm sure you've worked this out but I think the reason most people go with a PS3 is cause you can grab a 2nd hand one pretty cheap and with it being your likley your first time modding a playstation it's less daunting if you do things wrong.
I'm pretty sure this is the guide I used for modding my PS3 to CFW:
Youtube - How To JAILBREAK Any PS3 Model In 10 Mins! 4.86 (Ps3 slim,Super Slim,FAT) in 2020

NOTE: I have also seen people on ebay selling already modded PS3 and that might be an option for you if you don't have the time or don't feel comfortable doing it (but as you would expect probably gonna cost a bit more)

And in case you haven't come across it here's Denny Fisher list of Overseas titles that are compatible with region B:

Also Australian blu ray titles are your friend too.
Thanks so much for all the info!
 

setokaiba

Brigade Leader
Bought my first US release anime... Super Gals Complete Collection! So let's see how this goes.
Well, I got it today. There were a few negative reviews about a flimsy case but I didn't think much of it, since my standards aren't too high... if it holds the disks I'm happy.
Unfortunately the situation was much, much worse than I anticipated. There are 10 disks inside and the portions holding 8 of them just fell out immediately, and I'm going to have to get really crafty to find a way to DIY a solution for this because it cannot simply be put back into place.
The case is also already falling apart, with the front cover part half falling off (split down the side) and tearing part of the paper cover in the process.
The case is non-standard size so I can't buy a replacement one online, or at least I couldn't find one, so I'll have to just try and make it work somehow.
I may upload photos but I thought I'd just warn others that it really is that bad. Not the best introduction to buying US-release anime, huh?
 
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