Hi maryann,
You could always unlock your dvd player and make it region free which will allow your player to play any dvd in any format.

Links below
http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks
http://www.dvdhacks.co.uk/
http://www.avforums.com/forums/dvd-player-hacks/
http://www.dvd365.net/?hacks/hacklist.htm

hope this helps