I know there is region free BR consumer player (yes there is), but not for computer.
Anyway for computer, the OS also comes into play, unless you have a BR player program that does not require the drive to be set to a region and can skip the checking of region like what VLC can do for DVDs... As far as I know VLC don't do very well with BRs.
Well, they do have another lower version BDP-80. I believe SLT is the distributor here, so it should be considered official - no?!?. As far as i know the 2 companies are in contact with each other, especially in terms of support as well.