Have you ever met the situation that you can’t play your Region 2 DVD on your DVD player? It may due to the region restrictions. If a disc has been coded as “Region 2” that means it can only be played on equipment manufactured in Europe (which is where Region 2 discs are made).

If you live in another part of the world (the United States is an example, which is Region 1), you can’t immediately put your disc in your DVD player and have it play. However, it doesn’t mean that there is no way to solve. This guide will teach you how to play Region 2 DVD with just few clicks.

Part 1: What Does Region 2 DVD Mean and Will It Be Played in USA

Movies are released on DVD at different times around the world, typically America and Canada first, Australia and Japan 6 months later, and Europe 12 months after US release. In some instances, DVD movies are available for purchase in America and Canada before they are released in European cinemas. Due to the high quality of DVD and the movie release system used by Hollywood, 5 regions were established to prevent people from watching Region 1 movies before they were released on Regions 2-6. DVD region code is used to protect copyright and film distribution rights, so as to ensure movie studio profits. DVD Censorship between countries also plays a part, another reason for DVD region coding.

Region 2 includes Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Greenland. A commercial region 2 DVD made in these countries can only be played on DVD players manufactured in these countries. A disc from one region is not compatible with a player made to play discs from a different region unless you have one of region free players. Therefore, just as mentioned, Region 2 is only playable in Japan, Europe, South Africa, Middle East and Greenland. So, will region 2 DVD be played in the USA?

Obviously, the answer is negative. However, in order to play the DVD discs correctly, you have to purchase the discs with region 1. Additionally, region 3 is for Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korean, India and so on, region 4 is for Australia, New Zealand, region 5 is for Russia, East Asia, Indonesia, North Africa, North Korean, etc and region 6 is for China.

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Part 2: Best Way to Play Region 2 DVD on PC

This article takes the region 2 DVD, for example, to show you how to play a region 2 DVD in other regions effortlessly. If you don’t want to spend money on those heavy multi-region DVD player devices, download a free multi-region DVD player software would be much easier. It enables you to watch any encoded DVDs and CSS-encrypted DVD movies on your computer for free. Leawo Blu-ray Player is exactly such a multi-region player which can fully support Region 2 DVD discs.

Leawo Blu-ray Player works like a professional solution for your video playing needs and runs every file smoothly without creating any burden over CPU. As an all-inclusive media player combo, Leawo Free Blu-ray Player features region free Blu-ray player, free DVD player, free 4K video player, free 4K Blu-ray player, free audio player and free ISO player. With the support of several different advanced audio decoding technologies like Dolby and TrueHD, DTS, AAC, DTS-HD, etc. it can enhance your viewing experience over all file formats with ease. And it is also capable of playing videos from DVD discs, from ISO images, from local disc folders, and from local standalone multimedia files.

Furthermore, though it’s a free tool, it’s also comprehensive and powerful, being capable of playing up to 1080P HD videos. Selecting specific subtitles and tweaking the parameters of the video and audio streams are also possible. It’s also worth mentioning that this feature-rich tool supports playlist, custom skins, and a large variety of video file formats. Beside, its interface is simple, intuitive and snappy. If you look for a lean, smooth performing Blu-ray player that’s good in just that: playing your region 2 DVD, this is the one for you. Following article will show you how to play region 2 DVD on Windows.

Step 1. Download Leawo Blu-ray Player and install it onto your computer

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Step 2. Enter the main interface and load the DVD disc

When you have imported the DVD region 2 DVD disc, then you can see the movie icon immediately on the main panel. Click it to enter the viewing screen.

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Step 3. Set subtitles

After loading the DVD disc, it will be played automatically. During the playback, you can move mouse to the title area. Then you could see 4 icons. Click the first icon to enter the subtitle setting panel which can enable you to set the “Enable subtitles”, “Subtitle offset”, “Subtitle” and “Browser for subtitles” options.

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Step 4. Set video and audio parameters

Furthermore, you can click the second “Videos” icon on the top-let corner, or right click on the main interface and then choose Videos option to enter the Video Settings panel.

As the same, you can click Audio icon on the upper-left corner to DIY the audio output effects of the DVD disc. The editing features of Leawo Blu-ray Player could allow you to obtain a customized video and will give you more special watching experience.

With Leawo Blu-ray Player, you can be easily allowed to play all kinds of DVD discs from various countries with different region codes. What the most important is that you don’t have to pay for one penny for this trial.

Part 3: Copy Region 2 DVD to Play on All DVD Players without Region Code Restriction

If here and now you are not inclined to play the DVD region 2 discs on your computer, and you insist to play them on your current DVD players which don’t support region code 2 discs, what should you do? Are there any good solutions for this issue? Absolutely, in order to play the region 2 DVD discs on all DVD players without region code restriction, you have to first make an exact copy of the original DVD disc which can be stored without any region code protection. Well, what you need to obtain is a piece of DVD copying program that can complete the copy process. In terms of the best DVD copying programs, you have to keep Leawo DVD Copy in mind which can definitely offer you the best solution.

Step 1. Download Leawo DVD Copy and install it on your computer

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Step 2. Open the program and insert the DVD disc

Then you only need to click “Add Blu-ray/DVD” button to load the DVD content to this program.

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Step 3. Choose relevant settings

Before copying this original DVD disc, you can select the Disc Type, Copy Mode (Full Movie, Main Movie and Custom Mode) and subtitle and audio track. You can choose your own preferred modes according to your own requirements.

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Step 4. Start copying DVD to a new DVD disc

Once set all the parameters, you can click the big green button “Copy” on the top-right corner. Here, in order to make an ISO copy, you must take a tick in the box before “ISO File”. Then, click “Copy” button below to start copying the process.

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Direct DVD to DVD Copy. If you have dual DVD disc drives on your computer, then you can insert the original DVD disc and the new blank DVD disc to the drives at the same time. If unfortunately, your computer only has a single DVD disc drive, you can, ahead of time, save the DVD content in ISO files which can be simply kept on your local computer. When the copying process has been completed, then you can copy it to the new DVD disc.

Part 4: Convert Region 2 DVD to Other Common Video Format

To convert region 2 DVD to your desired video format, here we will recommend you a powerful tool Leawo Video Converter Ultimate. Conversion of video and audio can be done between more than 180 formats, which includes MP4, H.265 MP4, AVI, MKV, FLV and more. Furthermore, this tool also can convert HD and 4K video as well.

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How to convert region 2 DVD to other common video format as you need? Here you can follow the steps as below:

Step 1. Run Leawo Video Converter Ultimate

Then go to the home page, in which click “Convert” button from the sub-menu to go into converting panel.


Step 2. Add region 2 DVD source files to the program

Hit on “Add Video” button from the converting panel to add the source files, or you can click on “Add Blu-ray/DVD” to get region 2 DVD imported to the program. After the source files are added, they can be reviewed via the internal media player, also the subtitles and audio tracks can be chosen, the source files can be edited.


Step 3. Select output profile

Click on a drop-down box with the name “MP4 Video” near the “Add Photo” button, in which you can click on “Change” button to go into the “Profile” panel. Here you can choose your desired output profile below the “Format” or “Device” option.


Step 4. [Optional] Adjust parameters for video and audio

You can change the parameters for video and audio which includes Video codec, Bitrate, Resolution, Frame Rate, Aspect Ratio and more. Just go to the panel of Profile Settings via hitting on the same drop-down box, by clicking on “Edit” button, you can finish the parameters settings. After that, hit on “Save to Custom” to get the customized profile added to the “Custom” group.


Step 5. Choose output directory

Once the profile settings are finished, you will go back to the converting panel, where you can click on the green “Convert” button to choose the output directory to save the output files. Click on “Convert” button to pop up a right-side bar, where you can choose an output directory below “Save to” option.


Step 6. Begin conversion process

Click the “Convert” button from the bottom of the right-sidebar to begin the conversion process. You also can stop the process by pressing on the “Cancel” button during the conversion process.