that damned dvd rot

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  1. Grim

    Grim Well-Known Member

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    Agh. I need to go through all of my old Lionsgate discs. Maybe I should just go ahead and make backups of everything on a RAID system.
     
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    That's what I just did, though not on a RAID system. Basic Instinct, King of New York, American Psycho and all of the Saw films are now all backed up. All of which except Saw 3-7 are in desperate need of a restoration.
     
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    And now I discovered that my HK disc of "Royal Warriors" is fucked up, and won't load anymore...
    It was maybe a year since I last watched it, and it played without any problems back then.
    I need to start backing up my favorite discs.
    Who knows how long these damn plastic discs will last.

    Meanwhile, my 35 year old VHS tape of Terror Train, keeps on going.
    Remember many years back, when they said that the magnetic tapes, would be unplayable in the near future?
    I can still load my old Commodore 64 tapes, and discs, without any problems.

    Maybe they should start releasing movies on SD cards instead ;)
     
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    To be fair, that Terror Train VHS tape cost a lot more than your DVD did. You get what you pay for.
     
  5. buck135

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    Evil Dead 2 is another title affected with this issue according to someone on bluray.com. Check your copy.
     
  6. Steel76

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    It cost me 100skr (about $12).
    New retail VHS tapes cost about $10-15 over here in Sweden back in the 80:s/90:s, nowhere near the insane prices you had to pay for them over in the US.
    I don't know why the tapes were so damn expensive over there?

    Though, things were made to last back then, and was released on high quality tapes, in SP mode (thankfully, we didn't get movies released on LP over here).
    Then things got a bit shitty, when DVD was released, and they turned to cheaper tapes, in the late 90:s/early 2000:s.

    Wouldn't be surprised, if my tapes still work, 10-20 years from now, when all my discs have rotten away :D

    I don't buy that many discs anymore, but from now on, I will start to do backups immediately.
     
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    Thanks for the warning. Will check my disc later today.
     
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    No problems so far with my Evil Dead 2 disc :)
     
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    Yeah watched Evil Dead maybe a month ago and it played fine.
     
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    Has any one had trouble with their "The Frighteners" blu? Mine seems to hang up on the graveyard scene ( with Lee as a seargent going eserk with a rifle) , maybe a back up is needed?
     
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    I'll definitely watch mine tonight to check--love this movie!
     
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    its all hit or miss with these. I have a ton cds and cd-r... one cd-r is from 1999, and plays as well as it did in 1999.. if cds are well cared for kept in their jewel cases. they should stay fine for years ..
     
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    Mine seemed to work fine, but I watched the theatrical version--which one gave you trouble?
     
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    The director's cut, it worked (somewhat) on my Philips player, but both panasonics froze after the bathroom scene where MJF was washing his hands during the resturant scenewith T.A.
    A backup worked fine on all my players. Maybe there was something wrong with my disc.
     
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    Okay, great! I'll check mine again but I'm glad you at least got it backed up.
     
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    Bumped.

    Since this whole Corona bullshit hit, I've been going through my DVDs and watching stuff I'd overlooked. I've had 3 Warner titles crap out on me:

    Bullets or Ballots won't load at all.

    The Big Cube and City for Conuest freeze about halfway through.

    The discs are absolutey immaculate. Bloody hell. I have alot of time on my hands, so I'll be spinning a LOT of WB in the coming weeks.
     
  17. X-human

    X-human I ate my keys

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    I found out this December that my WB Blu-ray of A Christmas Story died on me. I'm waiting for the inevitable UHD but in the meantime have an ancient unmatted full frame DVD to tide me over.
     
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    Was it the original Blu-ray issue, or the later SteelBook disc (with lossless audio)?

    I bought the SteelBook years ago for the audio upgrade, but did have the original Blu-ray release before that... and it had the absolute weirdest manufacturing defect I've ever seen. The Blu-ray was literally "sliced in half" from the rim to the inner hub. It was even purchased direct from WBShop and was still perfectly factory sealed. I'm still trying to figure that one out. :eek:
     
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    X-human I ate my keys

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    Man that blows, but with the way things are automated I'm not surprised something like that can happen.

    Mine was the original Blu-ray issue. I didn't realize there was a lossless re-issue. As I recall the original elements were lost so I don't know how realistic a UHD disc will be. But it's a format staple so I image it coming out eventually.

    But that DVD has some god awful compression. The movie has a heavy use of soft focus and filters on low quality stock so it's very grainy giving the compressor a hell of a time. Looking at the editions it may have just been WB re-using the MGM master originally used for LD/VHS!
     

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