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Old 11-01-05, 06:09 AM
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Worrying DVD lifespan for DVD collectors!

Check out my temp site on the A.I. Artificial Intelligence Widescreen DVD deterioration problem.

The temp site has all the images. The main image is the worrying one. Take a look and let me know what's the problem as I'm not sure what causes it.

It's worrying.



P.S. If my temp site bandwidth max out, here's the whole site in zip.

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Old 11-01-05, 09:02 AM
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Bandwidth ran out.

Anyway, here's what I wrote and posted at that temp site.

Recently, I did a random watch on one of DVDs in my growing collection over the years and discovered something worrying. It appears that the movie disc of A.I. is deteriorating (see DSCN5721.jpg). Looks like some oxidization occured inside the disc layer. Because of this, I'm having problem playing this disc on my DVD player. My DVD collection is kept inside a cupboard in room temperature (estimated 28șC) and mild humidity of 50% (maybe higher). So far, only this disc has this problem. A lot of DVDs that I have acquired a few years earlier to this one and are still okay. Strangely, the bonus disc seems okay as seen in (see DSCN5722.jpg). I'm pondering whether I should replace it with another. Then again, the thought of some manufacturing problem in this line will spell the same problem.

Now, the real worrying question.

Will pre-recorded DVDs end up like this in the future?

It's worrying for avid DVD collectors.






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Old 11-01-05, 11:37 AM
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Ewwww, your DVD has an infection - I wouldn't touch it.
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Old 11-01-05, 11:59 AM
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Looking at that bad disc makes me proud that I don't have such an insane dvd collection.
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Old 11-01-05, 12:20 PM
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This is the first time I see a dvd looking that way

It looks as if the paint of the dvd case plastic is eating your dvd.

Does anyone know if the dvd cases are Acid Free like the comic book bags?
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Old 11-01-05, 12:23 PM
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WOW that's strange. Definitely worrying.
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Old 11-01-05, 12:44 PM
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Old 11-01-05, 12:48 PM
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Looks like mildew or mold to me.
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Old 11-01-05, 01:02 PM
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It ain't mildew, mold or measles. It's inside the disc layer.

Yes, it's a first for me too.

Ya, I won't put it in my DVD player or my player would get sick.
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Old 11-01-05, 01:09 PM
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It ain't mildew, mold or measles. It's inside the disc layer.
That doesn't mean it can't be mold. If moisture can get in there it can cause mold.
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Old 11-01-05, 01:11 PM
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well it was only A.I.
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Old 11-01-05, 01:17 PM
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You might want to consider contacting the WB and telling them you want a replacement since your disc has contracted some sort of DISEASE!

I found this: http://www2.warnerbros.com/web/main/...er_service.jsp


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Old 11-01-05, 01:28 PM
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I wouldnt stick my dvds in your player.......

I didnt know unprotected dvd watching would do such things.

Looks like you got burnt with discohria
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Old 11-01-05, 03:53 PM
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How does the disc play? My eyes get tired trying to watch the movie by looking at the shiny side of a disc.
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Old 11-01-05, 04:28 PM
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It looks as though there is some kind of pattern to it... Does it correspond to something on the printed side of the disc?
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I watched my copy of AI not too long ago and it played fine, and I just checked the disc, and it's also fine. I am wondering if this is a case, like with the previous Anchor Bay fiasco, of a DVD being manufactured at two different plants, and one plant used a different glue for the dual layered disc than the other one did?

But whatever it is, that is just not something I've ever seen anybody complain about happening before. I'd be calling WB if I were you and asking for permission to email those pics to them or send them a link to the pics. But I would definately ask permission to send those pics first, whether as an attachment or a link, as they may not be willing to open attatchments or links from unsolicited sources.

And let us know what they say!
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Old 11-01-05, 09:44 PM
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OK, you made me look. Both of my discs look fine, purchased March 2002.
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It's been invaded by that alien goo from the X-Files!!!
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Assuming that the big patch of black near the centre is just that, not a reflection or shadow, my guess is that there was an error in manufacture meaning that the disc layers were imperfectly bonded, or the lacquer layer not applied properly. This has allowed oxygen or moisture to penetrate to the data layer, perhaps because the layers have delaminated.

Sadly, no mass production process is 100% perfect, and just think of the number of discs they churned out.

I think you got unlucky and got a bad one.

I'd contact the issuing studio and tell them what's happened.
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^It's a reflection.
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^It's a reflection.

Of the measles on their face? hah.
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Old 11-02-05, 02:58 PM
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Considering that this board has been around 5+ years since the early days of DVD, and this is the first time anyone has had a DVD that looked like that, I think it's fair to call yours an isolated case. I don't think its an indication of a larger problem (though I agree with everyone that it does have a contagious look about it... I wouldn't let it play with your other discs anymore ).
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This is some sort of viral marketing campaign to get us to run out and buy new copies of A.I., isn't it.
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Is this the first case of Bird Flu jumping from chickens to DVD?
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Old 11-02-05, 04:45 PM
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Maybe instead of "DVD rot" we can call it "DVD pandemic" instead!
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