Find yourself a bit puzzled by some of the language you've found in our movie listings? Here are some of the terms, abbreviations and vocabulary that are commonly used by movie sellers to describe the items they have for sale.
— a discontinued format of video tape, similar to VHS but smaller. Beta tapes can only be played in Beta players and cannot be played in a standard VHS player.
— a type of DVD that holds over 5 times the data of a standard DVD, offering a high-definition image and improved audio. Blu-ray DVDs can only be played in Blu-ray DVD players and cannot be played in a standard DVD player.
dd or Dolby digital
— A digital multichannel audio format that adds stereo rear channels and a bass channel to basic Dolby surround.
ds or Dolby surround
— A digital multichannel audio format. Basic Dolby surround is recorded and plays back with left/right stereo, centre and mono rear channels.
dts or digital theatre sound
— A digital multichannel audio format that enhances Dolby digital through special audio mixing techniques.
— DVD once stood for digital video disc or digital versatile disc, but now it just stands for DVD—the next generation of optical disc storage technology.
— A version of the VHS video format developed to record and playback digital broadcasts at the same quality as the original digital transmission.
— a type of DVD that holds about 3 times the data of a standard DVD, offering a high-definition image and improved audio. HD-DVDs can only be played in HD-DVD players and cannot be played in a standard DVD player.
oar or original aspect ratio
— The proportion of image display height to width in which a film is released. Significant because some studios or production companies will reduce a film's image quality and aspect ratios for DVD or VHS release, sometimes altering the original vision of the movie's director.
— Out of print.
— The portion of the movie blocked by the edges of your TV screen.
— DVDs are recorded and encoded for use in only one of six designated world regions. This system was developed to enable motion picture companies to release movies at different times in different regions.
Bermuda, Canada, the Cayman Islands, United States and U.S. territories
Albania, Andorra, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, European Union, Faroe Islands, Finland, France, French Guiana, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia (the Former Yugoslav Republic), Malta, Moldova, Principality of Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russian Federation, San Marino, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syrian Arab Republic, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (Channel Islands) Vatican City State, Yemen
Southeast Asia, Hong Kong, Macau, South Korea, and Taiwan
Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, Oceania, and South America (except French Guiana)
The rest of Africa, Former Soviet Union, the Indian subcontinent, Mongolia, and North Korea, Seychelles
All Region, Region-free or Region 0
Indicates that the DVD has no region restrictions and is playable in all regions.
Region A or 1
North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong and Southeast Asia
Region B or 2
Europe, Greenland, French territories, Middle East, Africa, Australia and New Zealand
Region C or 3
India, Bangladesh, Nepal, Mainland China, Pakistan, Russia, Central and South Asia