I recently moved back to Canada after spending the past two years as a postdoctoral fellow at a university in Germany. While there, I accumulated several good German-language DVDs, but in my haste to move, I never thought to bring my German DVD player with me. Of course, these DVDs will not play on my equipment here. I have read that there are region-free DVD players, as well as ones that will convert data read from PAL DVDs in the player and output the necessary format for a NTSC TV, but I am a bit confused. Can one simply walk in to a store and buy such a player, or must you buy a region-specific player and modify it somehow? If such a player can be directly purchased, which is a good one to buy? Thank you.