For anyone looking to share some DVD’s in this time of giving I have found a wonderful solution. Rip It 4 Me. It bundles DVD Decrypter, DVD Shrink, and FixVTS into a one click operation that will duplicate a DVD to your hard drive.
To play the ripped files from your HD you can use the open source / GNU VideoLAN – VLC media player.
To burn the ripped files back onto a DVD that can be played in any DVD player use ImgBurn.
(for mac users I hear Mac the Ripper is the shit.)