No it seemed to be the mechanism. At first the DVD drive was jammed in, wouldn't open up to let us put the DVD in. Chris got it opening and closing again, but now it won't stay closed, always opens again. Maybe it is reading the DVD and doesn't like it, but I'm not sure it's getting as far as actually looking at the DVD.
I also would prefer if we could scavenge an unused DVD player from somewhere instead of buying one.
The generic remote is there, but it didn't seem to work, It may need to be tuned in, apparently. Maybe it can work.
Region 1 -- dunno.
I've had it with you. If I had an image of a laser gun I would absolutely position it right here in my hand...
Ha! I have a real laser absolutely positioned in my hand!