For the moment, I've come up with two solutions; the first is to buy a region 0 DVD player, if I can find one. That way I can play my region 1 DVDs from home and local DVDs as well.
Plan B is to go ahead and hack my DVD drives in my lappy and desktop.
Making Your Mac Region Free
Before you start: this process can turn your super drive into a lifeless brick that does nothing. NOTHING. If you don't feel like this is a risk you want to take, stop here. This worked well for me and others, but your mileage may vary. Don't come crying to me if you break things. May the force be with you.
- Make sure you're plugged into the wall for this
- Open /Applications/System Profiler
- Hardware --> Disk Burning
- RPC-2 indicates that your drive is region locked
- RPC-1 indicates that your drive is region free
- Region X tells OS X which region it should recognize. For playing region 1 discs, use Region X to region 1; for region 2, fire up Region X and switch to Region 2.