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Old 04-09-14, 09:10 PM
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Stacked Discs

I don't know if this is a common thing, as this is only the second time it's ever happened to me, but I just got a dvd set that had 5 discs. They were all stacked on top of each other on a single spindle. To me, this is an incredibly dumb thing to do. Luckily, I've found some 5 and 6 disc cases where, unfortunately, the discs overlap, but fortunately (from the reviews of the cases I was able to find) the discs don't touch.

I know that there are a few complete series sets and even season sets that are like this, but is it all that common? At least the dvds aren't double sided.
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Old 04-09-14, 10:02 PM
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Re: Stacked Discs

It's become more common in the past few years. The main studios like to use it for cheaper versions of huge boxsets and smaller distributors like cramming 5-10 discs in value sets together. This was a fairly common packaging method for anime DVDs.
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Old 04-09-14, 10:17 PM
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I guarantee that I hate stacked or overlapping single-sided discs more than anyone dislikes 2-sided discs, or snapper cases for that matter.
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Re: Stacked Discs

I thought it would be a problem as well but I've had better luck with this style than some of the other, poorer methods for storing large sets.
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Old 04-10-14, 10:21 AM
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Re: Stacked Discs

So, you haven't had much scratching problems? Seems to me that it would happen a lot with discs that touch.
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Re: Stacked Discs

I have a lot of these and even purposely buy them sometimes for maximizing storage. Do they occasionally scratch a little? Yes. Do these scratches ever affect playback? No.
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Old 04-10-14, 12:00 PM
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Re: Stacked Discs

I haven't seen this yet with DVD's, but this is quite common with CD's, and I have never had problem with these CDs.
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Guess I'll be alright, then. Can't be any worse that the sets where the discs are in paper sleeves, right?
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Re: Stacked Discs

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I haven't seen this yet with DVD's, but this is quite common with CD's, and I have never had problem with these CDs.
I do have a problem with CDs in this configuration. CDs are so scratch prone I don't like stacking them at all.
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Old 04-11-14, 03:28 AM
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Re: Stacked Discs

Stacking cases seem to be a really bad idea for storage because if they do scratch the discs, it will most like make a concentric scratch that runs along the data. These are the worst possible scratches you can put on an optical disc.

You know how, in the old DVD/CD cleaning instructions, it told you to wipe from the center of the disc to the edge and not across the disc? That's because a scratch radiating out from the center of the disc goes perpendicular to the data layer and either won't affect playback or will be caught by the error correction. A scratch that runs parallel to the data layer can damage the surface over a continuous chain of data and cause errors. Stacked discs, which rotate around a central hub, will put scratches that run precisely along the data, which would be the most damaging kind of scratch.
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Old 04-11-14, 07:15 AM
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Re: Stacked Discs

You people do realize that blank discs (CD, DVD and BD) start out stacked on spindles just like the ones we've been purchasing for years in stores. Stacking them in packaging is not a problem that I see.

Sliding discs into pockets is still a problem because that is where you can scratch a disc (more likely a DVD than a BD) if you're not really careful. I have always removed them and put them into slimline cases to avoid this in the future.

Here's what the DVDTalk review says about the Sanford and Son stacked packaging:
Sony has packaged Sanford and Son: The Complete Series in one of the most embarrassingly flimsy, potentially dangerous (to the discs) get-ups I've ever seen for a DVD release. All seventeen discs come stacked on one single plastic spindle (molded onto an ultra-thin plastic form that fits into the outer DVD box), with a rough corrugated cardboard insert used to hold the whole stack in place. So if you want to pull out disc three from season five, you have to pull out all of the discs that are stacked right on top of each other (hello scratches) to get at it. The cardboard DVD box holder approximates the size of a two-hardcase boxed set, so shelf-space is greatly reduced - along with the safety of the discs. An episode list is included, but no synopses, so you'll have to go on-line if you can't remember what I Dream of Choo Choo Rabinowitz was about. I can see hard-core DVD fans being outraged by this packaging, as well as previous buyers of the individual seasons getting ticked off at the greatly reduced price here for the entire series. However, you lucky few who don't already own any of the discs here, and who are...cheap, will absolutely love this slashed-to-the-bone presentation.

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Re: Stacked Discs

^But even with such sets you only have a issue if you *spin* the disks around on the spindle. If you carefully lift them out and don't let them slide around they'll not get scratches. Those from Sony (See pic above) have nice finger holes which allow you to easily grasp deep into the stack and pull up the disks without having to rotate them. I have the Married With Children one which has 2 stacker "pages" and while I'm not overly fond of the storage system, I've had no problems getting discs out without spinning/sliding them around. I'd much rather have this than any type of those cardboard "book" abominations!
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For the region 2 version at least, even the BBC have used a "stacker" hub for Red Dwarf: Series 8 to hold all three discs (though I think the way this hub is made, the three discs actually have a little bit of space in-between them while they're on that peg).
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Re: Stacked Discs

Originally Posted by TerryW View Post
You people do realize that blank discs (CD, DVD and BD) start out stacked on spindles just like the ones we've been purchasing for years in stores. Stacking them in packaging is not a problem that I see.
True, but those spindles aren't used for storage.

Sliding discs into pockets is still a problem because that is where you can scratch a disc (more likely a DVD than a BD) if you're not really careful. I have always removed them and put them into slimline cases to avoid this in the future.
Agreed.

No optical discs should be stored in a way that the playing surface is contact with something.
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I thought it would be a problem as well but I've had better luck with this style than some of the other, poorer methods for storing large sets.
Agreed. I find a lot of multi-disc sets have tight spindles making disc removal hard; the single spindle is actually easy to get them on and off - even if usually it requires taking them all off..
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