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Report Your Disc Rotted DVD's Here
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DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorCyclograph
Binome (since 2001)
Registered: March 13, 2007
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A short while ago we tried to play "Wallace & Gromit: The Complete Collection", 884487104419, US Blu-ray from Sept 2009. Totally unreadable on two BD-ROMs and two standard players. I've read elsewhere that this is a known issue with this release.

As this has been OOP for some time I couldn't trust a replacement, so ended up picking up the UK release instead (5051561000621) which is working fine - still in-print and region free. 
DVD Profiler Unlimited Registrant69samael69
Registered: April 1, 2007
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The only disk I've ever seen "rot" was a CD copy of Judas Priest Live. It still plays to this day but had bad lacquer around the edges so the reflective layer pealed off a few millimetres around the edge. Luckily CDs read from the inside out. I don't think it had a UPC as it it was a Columbia House CD Club version from probably the late 80s. I still listen to CDs in the car, many of them upwards of 20+ years old and have never had problems with anything other than JP: Live. I've also been collecting DVDs since 2000 and have many older than that that I bought second hand, and never had a DVD arbitrarily become unreadable. I did have one video game that was very flaky. That was Rayman: Raving Rabbids for the Wii (DVD format), but it was bought second hand and while it looked OK I always figured the disk was polished incorrectly by the store making the laser read inconsistent.

I wonder if rot is more prevalent in certain climates, say coast ocean areas where the humidity is high and there is salt in the air.
DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorRutan
Registered: March 14, 2007
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A friend alerted me to this having died. He could not play in BD or computer nor copy it. Fortunately mine was dead but was able to copy it on my computer.
The Prodigal: Cult Camp Classic


Regions: 1, 2, 3, 4

Released: 26/06/2007

Anamorphic 2.55:1





Might be an idea for others who own it to check.
DVD Profiler Unlimited Registrantvoyager_one
Registered: June 23, 2007
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A few years ago, I had the predecessor to DVD's - the LaserDisc this was in 1982. I had a good selection, very good films/copies, including the original Star Wars.

When I moved back to the UK, I still used it off and on, but I noticed that some of the discs started playing up on picture playback.

I noticed that some of the discs were corroded, looking exactly like aluminium does when it oxides, this was only after about 10 years of the purchase date.

I no longer have the system, sold the player and the discs on eBay some time ago.
DVD Profiler Unlimited RegistrantStar ContributorCubbyUps
Registered: March 14, 2007
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Quoting voyager_one:
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A few years ago, I had the predecessor to DVD's - the LaserDisc this was in 1982. I had a good selection, very good films/copies, including the original Star Wars.

When I moved back to the UK, I still used it off and on, but I noticed that some of the discs started playing up on picture playback.

I noticed that some of the discs were corroded, looking exactly like aluminium does when it oxides, this was only after about 10 years of the purchase date.

I no longer have the system, sold the player and the discs on eBay some time ago.


Boy laserdiscs, I still have some in storage. Way overpriced. I can remember paying a lot for 20th Century Fox LDs. Especially those Alien and Alien collector'a editions. I even bought imported versions of the Star Wars trilogy that were in the CAV format. Think those were around $140 per each one.

Now, I look back and think that I spent way too much. Especially considering that I can buy the blu-ray for a lot less.

I've seen Ld's at Goodwill and at Half Priced Books, but I don't think I'd buy any. Probably most are bad anyways. Laser Rot or other defects. Perhaps as a collector's item, maybe. But not likely either.
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Registered: March 30, 2007
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I had all 9 Series of the Flying Doctors from the UK that I bought in 2010 suffer from it. Was right across many of the discs in the 9 boxes. Strange discolorations started to occur across the disks and they became unreadable.

Was lucky in the meantime that a local release happened so I replaced it that way. I am sure I would of had trouble getting them replaced from the UK to Australia. These were released by Fabulous Films.
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