1. Repeatedly issuing fake press releases (since 2001) about a "Battlestar Galactica" production supposedly being made with a former theatrical film director who can't find work of any sort in Hollywood, aside from directing the occasional sitcom for NBC-Universal ("Mockingbird Lane") or directing ice cream commercials (Magnum Gold Ice Cream.)
August 3rd, 2012 Press Release
October 21st, 2011 Press Release
2. Releasing intentionally damaged DVD sets of the "1978 Battlestar Galactica" series...
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
3. The fake "Battlestar Galactica" productions on the SyFy Channel and http://www.youtube.com that aren't really "Battlestar Galactica" at all.