In order for each country’s distributors of films and DVDs to be able to control local release schedules each DVD player and disc is given a code for the region in which it is sold. The player will refuse to play discs that are not coded for its region. This means that a disc made in one country may not play on a player from another country. It is possible to purchase DVD players which are able to play discs from multiple regions. It is also possible to modify most single-region players to make them multi-region. If you do not have a multi-region DVD player you should not purchase discs from regions other than your own. It is YOUR responsibility to ensure that the disc you are purchasing can be played by your DVD player. Minotaur does not exchange, refund or credit any DVD title that does not play due to a region incompatibility. If in doubt about which regions your player is able to play please read your player's manual.

There are 8 regions. Each region is assigned a number.

1: U.S., Canada, U.S. Territories
2: Japan, Europe, South Africa, and Middle East (including Egypt)
3: Southeast Asia and East Asia (including Hong Kong)
4: Australia, New Zealand, Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean
5: Eastern Europe (Former Soviet Union), Indian subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia
6: China
7: Reserved
8: Special international venues (airplanes, cruise ships, etc.)