Plays *Region 2* DVDs From Japan! *FREEZE* After FBI Warnings On Some DVDs But Will Play Them!
Dec 7, 2010
I decided to buy the JVC XVBP11 ALL REGION DVD/BD PLAYER for two reasons: my only Blu-Ray/DVD player was my PS3 and I was wearing it out just playing movies, and secondly because I bought some DVDs from Japan that were supposed to be "Region 1 or 0" but turned out to be "Region 2." I didn't want to go through the hassle of returning the DVDs, so I just played them on one of my computer's DVD drives that I changed to play region 2 DVDs, but I can't stand watching movies on my computer screen, when I have a nice widescreen TV, so I finally took the plunge and went for the multi-region player.
Naturally I was a little concerned about buying because this is coming from a third party seller here on Amazon. But Amazon does handle the shipping and transaction, and after reading the mostly favorable reviews, I figured this is the player for me.
===== SHIPPING AND WHAT'S IN THE BOX ===== It shipped out on time and was decently packed. The player itself is thin and sleek, and the DVD/BD drive slides out--unlike my PS3 where I have to feed the disc in through a slot. The JVC XVBP11 is also pretty light-weight and comes with remote control, HDMI cable, RCA (yellow, red, white) cable, and instruction book. There's also a USB slot in the front of the player for viewing pictures, loading music or digital movies, and providing firmware updates.
===== SET-UP ===== Setup is fairly easy as long as you have an HDMI ready television; just plug in the HDMI cable to the player and then connect to your TV (make sure the HDMI cable isn't twisted or you might not get sound, that's what happens on my Sony Bravia) and you're ready to go. Same with the RCA cable -- just plug one end to the player and the other into the TV and you're done. The JVC XVBP11 won't be able to connect to older TV sets that only have the RF input and they advise not running the player through a VCR because that will trigger copyright protection and mess up the image quality on most DVD/BDs.
===== PLAY BACK ===== I played my Japanese Region 2 DVDs with no problem. Same with my USA Region 1 DVDs. And my USA Blu-Ray Discs work fine, too. Unfortunately I don't have any PAL or other Region DVDs to try, so I can't comment on those.
===== DRAWBACKS/TROUBLE SHOOTING ===== Like another reviewer pointed out the JVC XVBP11 doesn't have a connection for internet so you won't be able to access features like Sony's "BD Live" and other internet capable functions available on certain DVD/BDs. I don't use these features anyway, and I can just use my PS3, which is hooked up to the internet, so this is no big deal for me.
I also discovered a weird anomaly that another reviewer pointed out: on two DVDs playback stops, actually freezes, right after the "piracy warnings" and "record keeping requirements" title screens, both around :29-second mark. These two are adult movies ;-) and "Region All," so they play back on any player. The way to get around it is just hit "Display" on the remote to get to the on-screen display, and then select the next "Chapter" which is usually "2," by hitting the "-->" arrow key and it will move to the next chapter, which is usually either the menu screen where you can hit "Play" or "Scene Select," or the beginning of the film. Problem solved.
Anyway, that's why I deducted one-star from this player. If you didn't know how to access the chapter menu, you'd probably think that the player or the disc was defective because you can't do anything when it gets frozen at this screen. It won't allow you to go back to the disc menu, you can't forward or reverse, and you can't press stop. The only thing you can do is power off or eject the disc but once you start up again, you just go through the same process. Maybe that's why another reviewer thought that this player doesn't play other regions because the DVD just froze after the warning titles. I do see a firmware update on the JVC website that might actually fix this problem, but I haven't done it yet.
Also, the display will only show you the running time of either the feature or special featurette, that has lapsed, so you can't see the total running time or use a countdown timer like on the PS3.
Other than that it works just great and I can give my PS3 a rest, LOL.
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Alex Honda (Sox575)
Dec 6, 2010
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