How to Play Region 3 DVD without Region Restriction?

Updated on May 24, 2022
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Play Region 3 DVD without Restriction
1. Remove Region Code from DVD
2. Change DVD Player Region (Limited)
3. Buy Region-free or Region 3 DVD Player

What is Region 3 DVD? Will It Play in the US?

When you purchase a DVD, you may notice a small number specified on the back of the disc and the DVD case. That number indicates the DVD region code, which is to prevent the playback of the disc outside the areas it was released. In the DVD world, there are six major geographical regions, plus two special ones. They are assigned as follows:

  • Region 1 - Canada, the United States (incl. Puerto Rico) and Bermuda.
  • Region 2 – Europe (without Belarus, Ukraine and Russia), Japan, South Africa, the Middle East (including Egypt) and Greenland.
  • Region 3 - Southeast Asia, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macau
  • Region 4 - Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Central America, Mexico, South America, and the Caribbean.
  • Region 5 - Eastern Europe, Russia, the Indian Subcontinent, Africa, North Korea, and Mongolia.
  • Region 6 - China.
  • Region 7 and 8 are reserved for special use.

* There are also region-free DVDs that come in 0 or ALL.

As you can see, region 3 DVDs refer to those discs from Southeast Asia and East Asia. One thing to note is that DVDs released in one specific region can only be played by DVD players manufactured in that region. Therefore, you can't play region 3 DVD in the US in which the DVD players are labeled region 1.

Yet, there are ways to change or crack region code to enable DVD playback in different regions. Here we offer three of the most useful solutions to help you play region 3 DVDs without region lock. Read on.

How to Play Region 3 DVDs without Restrictions?

Method 1. Remove DVD Region Code with DVD Ripping Tool

One of the accepted ways to make region-coded DVDs playable is to remove DVD region code with a DVD region killer. But note that you don’t and you simply can’t erase the regional coding on the physical disc. Instead, you can only rip the DVD to region-free digital videos. And then, you can play the ripped DVDs on any device or player you wish.

We will help you remove your region 3 DVD code with a professional DVD decrypter WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro. It helps remove all sorts of DVD copy protections like the CSS regions, Cinavia Protections, RCE, Sony ArccOS, 99-title DVD, UOPs, Disney X-project DRM and more. Then it converts the DVD to popular formats and devices for smooth playback. Now, free download free download this DVD decrypter and follow our guide below to get rid of your DVD region 3 code.

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Step 1. Load Region-locked DVD

Insert your region-coded DVD into your computer’s DVD drive. Then, launch WonderFox DVD Ripper Pro and click the big DVD Disc button to select the DVD source you just inserted. The software will analyze and load all the DVD videos with the main movie marked into the ripping list.

Step 2. Choose Output Format

Head over to the right-side Output Format section and click on the image to expand the output format list. You will see three main categories there – 1:1 Quick Copy, Format and Device. You can open each tab one by one to see the available profiles. When you find your desired output format, click on it to set it as your output profile. Usually, people like to convert DVD to MP4 or MKV for cross-platform playback or create ISO to keep the full DVD structure.

Tips. After selecting the output profile, the program will automatically smart fit the optimal settings for the conversion and you don’t need to change anything. Yet, users can still customize settings according to their own preferences, such as changing resolution, control volume, etc. in the Settings below.

Step 3. Rip DVD to Region-free Format

Return to the main workspace. You can continue to edit your DVD video, like changing the audio track, keeping or disabling subtitles. When everything is set, click the bottom three-dot button to set an output folder (it should have enough space for the output file). Finally, hit the bottom-right RUN button to start the ripping process. After ripping, you can play the file without limits.

Disclaimer: WonderFox does not advocate any illegal duplication and distribution and all information provided in this article is presented for general informational purposes and personal fair use only. Please refer to the DVD copyright laws in your country before you rip any DVDs. Ripped content CANNOT be used for unauthorized reproduction, distribution or any commercial use.

Method 2. Change the Region of Your Computer’s DVD Drive

Though you can’t make the disc region-free, you can try to make the DVD player region-free so that it can recognize your DVD. Here we mainly cover how to make your laptop DVD player region free for it is simpler to handle. Note that you can only modify the region code of your computer’s DVD drive five times. When you reach the maximum limit, the region code will be locked to the one you last set. Now, follow carefully the steps below to change the DVD region of your DVD player.

* The example below is demonstrated on Windows 10. Steps to change computer region code will be similar on other operating systems.

Step 1. Open This PC on your computer.

Step 2. Find your ROM Drive and right-click on it > Properties.

Step 3. Navigate to the Hardware tab and click the lower-right Properties.

Step 4. Switch to the DVD Region tab and scroll down the available list to find the area for your region 3 DVD, such as Hong Kong. Then click OK to save the changes.

Step 5. Now you can enjoy your DVD on your DVD player smoothly.

Method 3. Purchase a Region-free or Region 3 DVD Player

The last way to play your region 3 DVDs is to buy a region 3 DVD player or region-free DVD player. You may not get such players from your local retailers but you will meet tons of them on online shopping stores like eBay and Best Buy. It's not as efficient as the previous two methods, but it gets the job done easily.


These methods can also solve how to play DVDs from other regions. That’s all I want to share with you about region 3 DVDs and how to play them without region lock. Guess next time you see a wrong region DVD, you know what to do.

That’s all for now. Thanks for reading!

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