My mom got my dad an Ipod with the cable that allows him to hook it up to a TV for the same reason. For the movies that dont include an Ipod version I got him the Ipod ripper from http://www.imtoo.com/
For you get the DVD Ripper pack would be good, and then also get a copy of Any DVD from http://www.slysoft.com/en/anydvd.html
While the Imtoo stuff is ok at getting around some of the copy protection stuff i've still run into problems using it by its self. Any DVD takes care of all those problems.
When rippind just put everything in Divx if you dont plan on using an Ipod, and be sure to use 2 stage pass, as the quality is so much better. takes longer but worth it in the long run. If you do ever plan on putting them on an Ipod, great when wating around airports, or riding in the carry all, then use MP4.