Sunday, April 29, 2012

Has Your Copy Of "Battlestar Galactica - The Complete Epic Series" Begun To Suffer From "Disc Rot" Yet?

quote - "I am bringing this topic up since Universal Studios released this set as flipper discs using some gold colored discs. It would seem that they don't stand the test of time. Discs that worked perfectly now seem to have flaws in them. Disc one has so much data on it that compression must be an issue. I am wondering if anybody else is having an issue." - unquote

quote - "James, you're talking about Universal Studios. They seem to have zero love for *any* older series. I'm beginning to think they are waiting on the world of "software as a service" where they'll only offer a monthly subscription to titles available only to stream.

To the OP:
Universal released *many* series/movies on poorly manufactured DVD-18s (2 sides, 2 layers). The gold color is indicative they are DVD-18 disks, although many are silver. I do not know if those which are gold are more problematic. In spite of complaints about and *many* issues with those pressings Universal continued to release flawed product. Most titles released in that format have never been given a updated release to fix those issues. I've read comments that they may have a shorter life span due to instability with the glue holding the layers together. I have *many* Universal titles in this flawed format but so far I've had no problems outside initial ones where I've been able to get a replacement disk during the "warranty" period. However, every time I play one of these disks my enjoyment is lessened as I expect issues. This is based on comments from others, like yours. While other manufacturers released titles in that format they didn't seem to have as many issues as those from Universal. However, I stopped purchasing "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" (Fox) because I *never* got good copies of S1V1 or S1V2 (after several exchanges on both). I do not own the original "Battlestar" so can't help you on that one, but "reviews" at amazon indicate others had pixilation/skipping/freezing issues when this set was released. Even so, I'd suggest contacting Universal about your issue. Worst case is they ignore you, but they might actually replace your disk(s), although you would have to pay postage for the return." - unquote

quote - "I now know what dvd rot is since my disc 3 which contains Living Legend pts one and two will not play anywhere. It even jammed in my dvd player and broke when I managed to get it out. I owned two sets with the huge Cylon head and now have two incomplete sets since the other disc 3 had a huge crack and broke in my hand. This was caused by the packaging itself since to get the discs out of their respective hubs is a job in itself. Gold coated discs stink imho and seem to have the largest failure rate. Why Universal would want to use them is beyond me since the sets went for good money at the time of there release." -unquote

quote - "True true! But I actually just meant the customer could copy the movie to a burned form of media as a backup and a way to get it to play. As long as you have the original and don't sell (or give away) copies... are you doing anything illegal? I don't think so...not sure. Still, Universal is selling something that doesn't work as advertised and I feel they have cheated us." - unquote

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