Folks, I'm asking the wife (:b ) for a region-free player for Christmas. I don't plan to go nuts buying region-free DVDs, but there are a dozen or so I want right away and I really hope to find what I'm looking for in a player. I know someone here has the answers I need. Criteria: -- It must be CHEAP. -- It must be DECENT but not necessarily progressive scan. -- It would be great if the player generated black windowbox bars for 1.33:1 material like my JVC progressive scan player does, but if it doesn't, no biggie. -- And do I really need PAL-to-NTSC conversion as a feature? For instance, I really want the Prince of Darkness special edition (which I believe is region 2) so would I need that feature for that DVD? Thanks for your help... would really appreciate suggestions.