I'm not just talking about Malata machines. We're talking Sony, Toshiba, Panasonic, etc. It seems that most players purchased in HK are region free. I personally own a Sony 9000ES. A great thing about this machine is that it will even play RCE discs from Columbia. These secks are sold at legitamte retailers. It just seems strange that this practice is allowed. I wonder if it ships out as R0 machines. Anywhere else in the world like this?