The simplest method is to do it from a standalone DVD player to a standalone DVD recorder using the SCART leads. You just press play on the player and record on the recorder when you have it set to record the input from the player on the SCART.
But the player must be multiregion for this to work. If it isn't it and is locked to PAL then it wouldn't be able to read it.
A lot of players and recorders can be made multiregion and its worth a look to see if theres a region free hack for it. As an example my Liteon DVD recorder can be made multiregion like this click here
If you have a look on the web for your DVD player you might find it can easily be made region free. Alternatively pop round some of your mates houses with the dvd and see if any of them can play it. If one of them can then either borrow their machine or take your standalone DVD recorder round with a SCART lead and set it up and record it.