PAL is higher quality anyway.
in what way? sharpness is not one of the things pal has if you compare it with ntsc. i prefer region 1's in front 2's.
PAL has a higher number of scan lines than NTSC... I forget the numbers, but you can Google it if you like.
Of course, if you watch a PAL DVD in the US, on your NTSC TV set, the multi-region DVD player is going to convert the signal into the smaller, NTSC number of scan lines, so the quality will be the same as what we're always used to. People will tell you they think the picture looks better, but it's psychological... if you're watching it on an NTSC set, you're seeing a regular NTSC regardless of the disc format. Mogwai, if you see a difference in region 1 and 2 DVDs on your setup, it may be the way your player compresses those extra lines that's causing a little phase or blurriness or something. I've never seen a PAL-to-NTSC transition look bad, though.
BTW, JB and others, I have a cheap little Apex DVD player (the 1500 model) that's like $65 at Wal-Mart or online, and you can get a patch off the internet (or from me if you want) that makes it region-free. It plays both PAL and NTSC. It's great... I have a nicer Toshiba that I keep hooked up most of the time, but when I want to watch one of my Region 2 or 4 DVDs, or something that's in PAL, I hook up the Apex and away we go.