Hack Blockbuster DVD Locks With A Corkscrew
As an avid movie watcher, I have had my share of instances where Blockbuster forgot to unlock a DVD case for me. Now, I don’t know about you, but the only thing more frustrating than taking out a bad movie, is taking out a bad movie that you can’t even watch – because it’s case is locked. After the last time this happened, I figured out a way to open it with a corkscrew (desperation breeds ingenuity).
I have not tried this with any other DVD case locks (there are a few kinds), but the basic idea of the locks is a long plastic strip that binds the opening of the DVD. Usually Blockbuster employees remember to unlock it using an opener, but a corkscrew can do the job (although it will ruin the lock).
First, turn the DVD case so that the bottom faces up. Next, twist the plastic several times until the top part falls off, exposing the inner plastic strip (it should be hollow).
Now, take the corkscrew (a cheap, simple one will do) and pretend you are uncorking a wine bottle by twisting the corkscrew until you reach under one of the side holes in the strip.
Then make sure the sharp part of the corkscrew goes through the hole, and yank out the strip. It will likely take 2 to 3 times trying to get the strip to come right out.
Voila, you are ready to watch the movie, just grab some popcorn!
For more reading on other types of DVD locks, see Engadget’s post about hacking DVD locks.
Have you had similar issues with DVD rentals in the past? If so, how did you solve them?