I have a really cheap DVD player that I was able to convert to "region free" by entering one of those 1-2-up-down-3-4 codes, which means this news is only slightly less awesome for me -- but it's freakin' GREAT news for anyone who loves Shaun of the Dead / Hot Fuzz and has yet to experience the very first experiment from sirs Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and Nick Frost. Now, in most cases I wouldn't cover TV shows (mainly because TV Squad does such a kick-ass job of covering TV shows), but seeing as how most of America "met" these guys through the movies, I figure it's news worth doing at Cinematical.

I'll keep it brief: The two-season Spaced set will be released on Region 1 DVD by BBC Video. Release date is July 22. (One certainly hopes that none of the music has been altered. Allegedly, "music rights" is the reason it took so long for Spaced to make its North American debut.) For those who have yet to experience the blissful magic of Spaced, here's a recap that makes it sound like a moronically conventional sitcom. (It's not.) "Two young 'grown-ups' pose as a married couple in order to rent a very attractive flat." (Yep, that's it.) Mr. Pegg's fantastic co-star is Ms. Jessica Stevenson (now Jessica Hynes), and the supporting cast features Julia Deakin, Mark Heap, Katy Carmichael, and (of course) Nick Frost -- all of whom you'll love after about six episodes.

Collider has the full run-down on the DVD specs, but I'm most intrigued by the commentary tracks that will team Pegg, Stevenson, and Wright with audio guest stars Kevin Smith, Bill Hader, Quentin Tarantino, Matt Stone, and Diablo Cody. Plus the three-disc set promises a bunch of new goodies that are not on the Region 2 DVD -- which means I'll soon be in possession of two different Spaced volumes. But really, the show is that damn good.

(The first one who mentions the upcoming American version will get a cyber-slap from me. After seeing how the American producers treated the Spaced creators, I'm absolutely boycotting the new rendition.)