The way to get a VHS copy of a movie is the legal way. Buy it in a store.
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Actually their is a way, albeit illegal, like software piracy. A low end Chinese DVD player, the Apex AD600A (sold @ Cicuit City-newer ones don't have this though!) has a 'secret' loophole menu on it that was intended only for service techs etc but the code to enter it is available on the net. By entering this secret menu you can shut off thics copy protection and thereby could copy DVD's to VHS tapes. THIS WOULD VIOLATE COPYRIGHT LAWS though! That said they are almost always available on Ebay for ~$300 and I've even seen one or two on Audiogon for sale. The real question is why bother?? DVD's have far better picture quality and once on a video tape, there's no AC-3! You'd do just as well recording it off you're digital cable or DSS!
The protection scheme used to prevent analog copies of DVD Video material is known as MacroVision. The protection is applied by the DVD player if invoked by the disc (a choice in the authoring step). All compliant players are required to support this scheme. It is possible that some VCRs may ignore the protection to some degree. Kevin Halverson