DVD Talk Talk about DVDs and Movies on DVD including Covers and Cases

Problems with Ray freezing?

Old 03-24-05, 04:56 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 899
Problems with Ray freezing?

I tried searching but "Ray" is too short and if I use "freezing" or "glitch" I get 500 results, so that's no good. I apologize if there is a thread for this already.

Anyway, I purchased the single disc version of Ray about a week ago at a Best Buy in Findlay, OH and took it home and about an hour and 50 minutes into it there were some major freezes and stuttering and pixellation. It wouldn't play forward from there and wouldn't rewind or fast forward through it either. The same problem happened during the credits after the movie. I took the disc back and got another copy and just got finished fast forwarding through the entire disc, on a different DVD player 900 miles away (I'm back at my place in Maine now) and there is a similar problem, only this time in a different spot (about 2 hours and 10 minutes into the movie). Exact same thing. When you watch it the image pixellates, freezes up, and eventually the DVD player stops the movie. These are different brands of DVD players and everything. Was this a problem that anyone else had? I can't be the player, for reasons I've mentioned before. I guess it is possible that a bad batch got sent to that Findlay store and that's why I got two. If I am correct about this, Best Buy here in Maine should exchange the disc that was bought in Ohio, so I will have to try that this weekend. I really like the movie but I'm getting sick of defective discs! I've never had this problem before, ever.
kingtopher is offline  
Old 03-24-05, 05:07 PM
nemein's Avatar
Join Date: Sep 1999
Location: 1bit away from total disaster
Posts: 34,133
Well get him a jacket then

Seriously I netflix it and didn't have a problem on my Sony. Good luck...
nemein is offline  
Old 03-24-05, 05:35 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 256
I had a similar problem. I have a 5 disc Panasonic DVD player. It froze up around that same point, and I bought my "Ray" from Best Buy. I then tried my defective disc on my other RCA dvd player and it froze

I returned it and the replacement copy worked fine.
Hope that helps,
petroc is offline  
Old 03-24-05, 06:06 PM
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 212
I had the same problem. An entire chapter and the first few seconds of the following chapter were unplayable on three different players. I didn't want to go through repeated returns so I took a refund.
Roper is offline  
Old 03-24-05, 07:48 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 899
Hopefully it was just a bad batch at that store and the next one I get up here 900 miles away will be fine. I guess I shouldn't be all that surprised that the disc was made by Universal, should I? Seems like they're letting their subpar quality standards bleed into their mainstream releases now too.
kingtopher is offline  
Old 03-24-05, 08:09 PM
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Michigan
Posts: 2,556
Well, it's not like the DVD didn't already have enough negatives going against it. Seriously, what should've been a deep DVD for a solid film centered around a powerful performance, was treated like a subpar catalog title.
Al Padrino is offline  
Old 03-24-05, 08:13 PM
Senior Member
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: CALiforNIA
Posts: 471
I had the same thing happen at the end of Shaun of the Dead....I watched the whole thing just to have it freeze and lock up at the bar scene at the end. I was pissed. I exchanged it for a new one.
ams is offline  
Old 03-24-05, 08:35 PM
DVD Talk Gold Edition
Join Date: Jul 2002
Posts: 2,065
Originally Posted by kingtopher
Problems with Ray freezing?
The guy is dead, so I don't really think it's fair to view his lack of animation as a problem.
Squirrel God is offline  
Old 03-26-05, 07:28 PM
Senior Member
Thread Starter
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 899
I just got back from Best Buy with my third copy, and it appears to be fine. Interestingly enough, when I opened this copy, to my surprise, it was a two-disc set. Both copies I got in Ohio were double-sided discs. I wonder if this has anything to do with the problems. It seems that almost all the problems with freezing Universal discs have been double-sided sets, like the Abbott & Costello discs and the Monster Legacy sets. I'd be interested to know if petroc and Roper's copies were double-sided discs or the first disc of two-disc sets. Also I wonder why they would do this - is this a common thing for there to be both in different regions of the country?
kingtopher is offline  
Old 03-27-05, 01:18 AM
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
Join Date: Jun 2001
Posts: 4,758
It seems every dual-sided disc from Universal has problems (i.e. Abbott & Costello, Monster Legacy, etc). Hopefully Universal receives enough returns on these discs and completely does away with them. But I see the new Casino SE is planned as a dual sided disc, and I'm guessing some people will have problems with that as well.
D-Ball is offline  
Old 03-27-05, 02:04 AM
DVD Talk Special Edition
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Santa Barbara, Ca
Posts: 1,857
A friend of mine got the Ray single disc and he said it freezes at just under the hour mark.

But his brother tore up and threw out the receipt so he cant take it back.
JP5683 is offline  
Old 03-27-05, 05:26 AM
Senior Member
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 610
I just got around to watching my single-disc copy all the way through, even though I got it when it came out.

No problems watching the theatrical cut. After what I've read about the way the "extended" cut was handled, I don't know if I'll ever bother with it.

Great movie.

rdclark is offline  
Old 03-27-05, 10:58 AM
Needs to Contact Admin about multiple accounts
Join Date: Jun 2004
Location: Winston Salem, NC
Posts: 2,806
extended version

We opted to watch the 'Directors Cut' of the movie with the extra 20mins and I have to say that the way that UNiversal have hendled this is very poor. The movie freezes slightly when the "extra" scene plays and the color fades and isn't in synch with the main movie. It is a very poor transfer to say the least.
DVDMagic is offline  
Old 03-27-05, 11:02 AM
DVD Talk Reviewer
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: NY
Posts: 3,364
Yeah, this way it's much cheaper for them to just do a fade out and fade in to a scene that wasn't in the theatrical version... all they really have to do is throw the extra scenes on the DVD and then create a different playlist for the films entirety really. God forbid they actually edit it all together tastefully as a complete film, instead of breaking it up.
mzupeman2 is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.