March 21, 2009

DVD gift Obama gave UK leader does not work in UK.

While not exactly a film buff, Gordon Brown was touched when Barack Obama gave him a set of 25 classic American movies – including Psycho, starring Anthony Perkins on his recent visit to Washington.

Alas, when the PM settled down to begin watching them the other night, he found there was a problem.
The films only worked in DVD players made in North America and the words "wrong region" came up on his screen. Although he mournfully had to put the popcorn away, he is unlikely to jeopardise the special relationship – or "special partnership", as we are now supposed to call it – by registering a complaint.

Why exactly is President Obama considered so bright?


Daniel said...

Who called it?!? Huh, Huh? I deserve a prize... Although region locks aren't quite the same as encoding differences.

Lee said...

You did indeed imply that they would not work under typical UK standards. kudo's, your smarter then the president.

flyingvan said...

Sorry, Lee---I have to back Obama on this one. By gifting those DVD's, it forces the Prime Minister to import an American DVD player. This purchase will do more to stimulate the economy than the trillion spent on pork projects. It will actually bring in some foreign currency. Obama needs to give DVD's to ALL world leaders. This will stimulate his Hollywood buddies too.