I know I'm late to the party, but I just went DVD/BD region free a few weeks ago. Up until this point I had been aware of something called "PAL speedup" but, not being region free, I hadn't bothered to look into it. So I put in my first PAL purchase the other day (Creepshow SE), and immediately noticed something was wrong. There was Tom Atkins on screen, but it didn't sound like Tom Atkins. And, come to think of it, why was everybody buzzing around like hummingbirds? The way that clothes swayed and smoke curled from cigarettes was unnaturally fast. "What the fuck is this?" I thought. Do I have it on some kind of fast-forward? And then suddenly it dawned on me. A little research later, and I knew what the problem was. At first I was really upset. I felt a little better when I learned that BD's don't suffer from this. I eventually tried again (this time with Slaughter High), and found it to be tollerable. If I focussed my attention, I was almost able to ignore it. Ultimately, I ended up enjoying Slaughter High, which I'd never seen before. I tried to watch Creepshow again, but couldn't make it more than 10 minutes in. It was just too painfully, distractingly obvious with that one. Which leads me to believe (in my relative lack of experience) that certain titles are going to suffer from this worse than others. Initially I had planned on splurging on dozens of other-region dvds, but now I think I'll have to be a lot more selective. Blu rays, thankfully, are open season now . But I really wanted to know, how many people are as bothered by this as I am? If you grew up watching PAL, do you notice it at all? Do NTSC DVDs actually appear annoyingly slow? How about those NTSC people who went region free, like me? Did you get used to it eventually? Do you also find that it's more noticeable with some titles than others? Let me know, I'm really curious.