Anyone who desires to be region-free) -
Go to www.jbox.com/DVD/DVRF_1.html
to purchase an affordable, region free DVD box.
Their units are imported from Japan and ready-to-go, plug and play, no hacking involved. Generally they feature only one or two units at a time (they import a bunch of Japanese stuff, like an all-purpose online convenience store). Currently (10/13/04) they're featuring a $78 region-free Lasonic that can play any PAL or NTSC disk in any country (built in converter). $20 shipping US/Canada, $48 shipping overseas.
More sites, somewhat more comprehensive, featuring various models, from a little to a lot more expensive (often high-end brand names) and a lot of supplementary information to help you make an informed choice, are:www.codefreedvd.comwww.dvdcity.comwww.220-electronics.com/dvd/dvdorig.htm
Sometimes they even offer relatively inexpensive units that are VCR and/or DVD Recorder friendly as well (meaning they disable Macrovision interference). Not endorsing, just reporting.
There are numerous other such sites (a search engine query using various combinations of key words will call them up) but the above will get you started.