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My R4 Seven Samurai DVD is a Lemon.

Old 03-05-07, 03:32 AM
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My Seven Samurai DVD is a Lemon.

My Region 4 DVD of Seven Samurai plays the first 194 minutes fine, but in the last ten minutes or so, the picture becomes so pixellated it's unwatchable, and there is no audio.

There is a strict no-returns rule for DVDs for piracy reasons in NZ but they do accept exchanges for the exact same product. I'm kicking myself, however, for throwing away the sales receipt. I figure brand new discs bought from stores ought to work fine, so I do it all the time without thinking (though I might stop this habit after this experience).

Anyway, bottom line, I can't see the end ten minutes of the film. The store won't accept a return/exchange without the sales receipt and I don't really want to spend the money to buy/rent it again just for the last ten minutes. I was wondering if somebody could tell me what happens (in spoiler tags if necessary) in the closing moments of the film.

EDIT: Updated with Screenshots

Last frame I can see clearly before it distorts (around 7 min 40 sec left in the film)



No audio after that; some examples of the picture from here on in




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Old 03-05-07, 12:40 PM
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I think you're in the wrong forum, bub'.
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Old 03-05-07, 03:56 PM
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I think Movie Talk is the correct forum, although the thread title should probably refer to what the OP actually wants (ending to Seven Samurai) instead of referring to why he wants it.

Wikipedia has a summary of the overall plot of the film, up through the ending, and can give you an idea of what the last 6 minutes contain:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seven_Samurai#Plot

Otherwise, I'd look for a way to trade out or fix that disc. Is the store able to look up your receipt in any way? Will any other store exchange it without a receipt? Are there any obvious smudges, scratches, or marks on the surface of the disc? Have you tried it in multiple players?
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Old 03-05-07, 06:33 PM
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Go to your local realgroovy store and sell the DVD. You should receive at least $8.00 for it, for which they will inflate the price so high that no one will buy it. Hence you are not ripping anyone expect realgroovy.
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Old 03-07-07, 12:51 AM
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Hey glad to see some other kiwi's here. I'm a Kiwi but living in Canada

Sorry to hear about your problem mate, have you tried playing it on your PC? I usually find that my DVD drive reads better than my player.
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Old 03-07-07, 08:08 AM
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Sorry to hear about your problem mate, have you tried playing it on your PC?
I'm thinking his PC DVD-ROM drive is how he got the screencaps.
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Old 03-07-07, 11:49 AM
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I'm thinking his PC DVD-ROM drive is how he got the screencaps.
I thought it was because he is a terrible drawer.
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Old 03-07-07, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by Fok
Hey glad to see some other kiwi's here. I'm a Kiwi but living in Canada
Hey, that would make you a goose, not a kiwi!

Yeah, we're everywhere (OK, I'm an American who married a kiwi, so I'm just a wanna-be)
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Old 03-08-07, 02:12 AM
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I had the UK DVD it was also like that. Maybe it's a direct port? I'm surprised there's not been more people complaining but maybe it's because most people can't get to the end of the film anyway.
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Hey, that would make you a goose, not a kiwi!

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Hello, fellow Aucklander!
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Old 03-24-07, 07:04 PM
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hardercore, I have a copy of that R4 dvd. You can have it, just pay shipping. PM or email me.
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Old 03-31-07, 03:29 AM
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