Argos is offering cheapo DivX player for 30 quid. OK, it is not the best and not the cheapest one on market but if someone need it quick or want peace of mind (easy returns, etc) then it might be good deal.
DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD, CD, CD-R, CD-RW and DivX® playback compatible.
I personally don't get the following two lines in descpription - K:
2 channel stereo output.
Supports region 2 coding.
1 SCART socket.
Not sure if it is possible to remove regional protection. I did a quick look at vcdhelp and they had no listed hacks for this machine. Which doesn't mean it doesn't exists, of course.