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Can a US VCR be made to play PAL format videos?

I recently got a code that gave access to a hidden menu on our DVD player and the ability to make it all region. Can you do the same for VCR's?
We have three old VCR's.

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    I'm buying "Ally McBeal Season 4" VHS and I dunno if video tapes from the UK are picky, but I'm also getting "Ally McBeal Season 5" and that's a DVD. Can I have the code please? I don't understand this international movie formatting stuff....

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VCR's cannot be open region enabled. I would try and play the PAL region video if you havent already just to make sure it works. I dont think videos are region sensative..

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