[Videolib] FW: DVD center ring damage

MARYG (MARYG@mail.selco.lib.mn.us)
Mon, 31 Mar 2003 11:33:06 -0600

I'm forwarding some recent correspondence with Jim Taylor whose site
http://dvddemystified.com is my bible for technical DVD info. After tossing
far too many DVD's because of center ring damage the last straw for me was
purchasing "Lord of the Rings : Fellowship of the Rings (Extended Version)"
and almost damaging the DVD by trying to remove it from the case. I
decided to see if there was any way to try and get the message to
distributors that this product is a failure. Since they're making $$ hand
over fist, I doubt that much will be accomplished but I'm encouraged that
Jim & his colleague from PC Magazine are taking it seriously enough to
address the problem in a national magazine. Keep a lookout
for the article.


-----Original Message-----
From: Don Labriola
To: MARYG
Sent: 3/25/2003 9:36 AM
Subject: FW: DVD center ring damage

Hi Mary:

Jim forwarded me your message and thought that the two of us might be
interested in discussing this further. I'll be writing a feature for PC
Magazine next month about these issues, which might help achieve the
goal you mention in your final sentence.

Don Labriola
Contributing Editor, PC Magazine

-----Original Message-----
From: Mary Gontarek [mailto:maryg@selco.lib.mn.us]
Sent: Monday, March 24, 2003 3:06 PM
To: jtfrog@usa.net
Subject: [subs] DVD center ring damage

I'm a media services librarian at a medium sized public library. We own
over 5,000 videos and up to 1,000 DVD's. I'm sure our DVD collection
will continue to grow as videos are phased out. I'm finding more and
more DVD's with cracking around the center ring - regardless of the
case. I no longer purchase Alpha cases which seemed to be the worst
culprits in causing this type of damage - but I'm now finding similiar
damage using cases which at first glance seem to be harmless. This is
something I've never seen with CD's or CD-ROM's even with typical
careless use by library patrons. The only conclusion I can draw is that
there's a fundamental flaw in the design of the DVD itself. Could the
dual layers put more stress on the center ring even under normal
handling conditions? I know our local video rental stores are not happy
with the format either. Do you have any suggestions for expressing our
dissatisfaction to the powers that be? Mary Gontarek Owatonna Public
Library maryg@owatonna.lib.mn.us

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