Tony Simonelli is the owner of xploitedcinema.
The following is just generally for everyone, I remember (and you mentioned it in this thread as well ) your player can't be hacked Ghost of Sartana.
When you look for a DVD player, look at the cheapest ones (they cost like what, $20-40 or something?), and search http://www.videohelp.com/dvdhacks for a hack to the models. Just because they don't mention region free on anywhere in the product page or whatever, doesn't really mean a thing. I was able to make mine region free in 2003 even though the store and Sony said it can't be done (Sony of course lied because the region free mode was accessible through the software). Many, especially cheaper brands, can be made region free easily with the remote that comes with the player. These kind of players have probably existed since the dawn of time but they aren't just advertised with the region free capability.
The last player I bought was a Philips (can't remember the model) in 2008 which cost $25 and region free mode was accessed with a few pushes of a button.
These are just examples of prices, I don't know how good these models are. :P
$38 isn't such a bad price I think? Seems to play everything, upscales even, the product info says will play both PAL & NTSC on american TVs.
This $35 Samsung can be made region free according to videohelp: http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-DVD-C350-DVD-Player-Black/dp/B003ANS2YK/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1289098247&sr=1-2-fkmr0
This $20 Coby can be made region free according to videohelp: http://www.amazon.com/COBY-DVD-224-DVD-player-black/dp/B001RQI9J0/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1289098247&sr=1-2
All should be able to handle PAL as well. Of course the amount of different kinds of inputs and outputs can vary so it would be good to check what you need.