I wouldn't be surprised if MPEG-2 support was missing by default due to
licensing/patent restrictions.

Please try this command:

  sudo apt install ubuntu-restricted-addons

and tell us if it improves the situation.

** Changed in: gstreamer1.0 (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Incomplete

** Changed in: totem (Ubuntu)
       Status: New => Incomplete

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  DVD playback error:  unable to play . . . DVD source is required . . .

Status in gstreamer1.0 package in Ubuntu:
Status in totem package in Ubuntu:

Bug description:
  Successful installation of libdvd-pkg and dpkg-reconfigure,
  afterwards, to complete compilation.

  Inserted known-good DVD and clicked on "Open in Videos" which launched
  the Totem player.

  Error msg:  "Unable to play the file, DVD source is required, but is
  not installed."

  DVD will play normally in VLC player after installation on same

  ProblemType: Bug
  DistroRelease: Ubuntu 18.10
  Package: libgstreamer1.0-0 1.14.4-1
  ProcVersionSignature: Ubuntu 4.18.0-12.13-generic 4.18.17
  Uname: Linux 4.18.0-12-generic x86_64
  ApportVersion: 2.20.10-0ubuntu13.1
  Architecture: amd64
  CurrentDesktop: ubuntu:GNOME
  Date: Tue Dec 18 15:21:45 2018
  InstallationDate: Installed on 2018-11-13 (34 days ago)
  InstallationMedia: Ubuntu 18.10 "Cosmic Cuttlefish" - Release amd64 
   PATH=(custom, no user)
  SourcePackage: gstreamer1.0
  UpgradeStatus: No upgrade log present (probably fresh install)
  XorgLog: Error: [Errno 2] No such file or directory: '/var/log/Xorg.0.log'

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