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About DVDs, Blu-rays and Videos
Video Home System (VHS): There are three major types of video/TV systems: PAL (Australia, most of Europe, China, and parts of the Middle East), SECAM, and NTSC (North America and Japan) . These systems are not compatible with each other, so a videocassette sent to you from the United States (NTSC format) cannot be played on PAL or SECAM compatible video/TV systems, which are common outside the United States. Please check if your TV/VCR can play NTSC-format videos before ordering.
Digital Video Disc (DVD): DVDs are coded to play in players in selected Regions only (see listing below). Unless otherwise noted, our DVDs are coded to play in Region 1 only. If your DVD player (whether stand-alone or in your computer or TV) is not able to play Region 1 DVD's, we are sorry but our DVD's would be incompatible with your system.
Blu-ray Disc (BRD): Like its predecessor, Blu-rays are coded to play in players in selected Regions only (see listing below). Unless otherwise noted, our Blu-rays are coded to play in Region A/1 only. If your Blu-ray player (whether stand-alone or in your computer or TV) is not able to play Region A/1 Blu-rays, we are sorry but our Blu-ray would be incompatible with your system.
Region All - Playable in all regions.
Region 0 - Playable in regions 1-6.
Region 1 - Bermuda, Canada, United States and U.S. territories.
Region 2 - Europe, Japan, Middle East and South Africa.
Region 3 - Southeast Asia, East Asia.
Region 4 - Australia, Mexico, Caribbean, Central and South America.
Region 5 - The rest of Africa, former Soviet States, and the rest of Asia.
Region 6 - China.
Region 7 - Reserved for future use.
Region 8 - Aircraft, cruise ships, and other international settings.
Region A/1 - North America (except Greenland), Central America, South America, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia.
Region B/2 - Europe (except Belarus, Russia and Ukraine), Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand.
Region C/3 - India, Nepal, Mainland China, Mongolia, Eastern Europe (Belarus, Russia and Ukraine), Central and South Asia.
Region ABC - Playable in all regions.
Fullscreen vs. Widescreen
Fullscreen - These films do not contain the black bars on the top and bottom of the screen because the image is typically cropped at the edges and has been formatted to fit a standard TV screen. This process does cut off the ends of the picture as it appeared in the theater.
Widescreen - These films present the original theatrical movie with black bars at the top and bottom of the screen, sometimes called letterbox. This is necessary to properly fit the movie onto a standard TV screen and still include the entire picture as it appeared in the theater.
Closed-Captioned vs. Not-Captioned
Closed-Captioned - Closed-Captioned programs allows viewers to turn on or off on-screen text descriptions that are displayed simultaneously with the video. Such descriptions transcribe what is said and by whom and indicate other relevant sounds.
Not-Captioned - Not-Captioned programs do not include on-screen text descriptions that can be displayed simultaneously with the video. Such descriptions could transcribe what is said and by whom and indicate other relevant sounds.
Not Rated - Film without rating.
Rated G - General Audiences. All ages admitted.
Rated PG - Parental Guidance Suggested. Some material may not be suitable for young children.
Rated PG-13 - Parents Strongly Cautioned. Some material may be inappropiate for children under 13.
Rated R - Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or legal guardian.
The Dove Foundation Ratings
Faith Friendly 12+
Faith-Based - Caution
Family Approved All Ages
Family Approved 12+