Re: [Videolib] DVD disc colors?

Randy Pitman (
Mon, 7 Feb 2005 14:05:32 -0800

Hi Barbara,

DVD+R and DVD-R discs can have a purplish-blue tinge to them (or greenish,
or clear). These can be created individually using a computer; it does not,
however, mean that the DVD in question is a "bootleg" (although if you are
talking about a major theatrical release or any studio title then I would
say that it almost certainly is). But many smaller producers are now
releasing titles on DVD+R and DVD-R, and these are perfectly legit.



Randy Pitman
Video Librarian
8705 Honeycomb Ct. NW
Seabeck, WA 98380
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----- Original Message -----
From: "Barbara Rhodes, Media Consultant, Northeast Texas"
To: "Videolib list" <>
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 1:34 PM
Subject: [Videolib] DVD disc colors?

> Videofolk--I do not as yet deal with DVDs, so I am ignorant on how to
> answer this question. I have a librarian who called to ask if you could
> indeed tell that if a DVD or CD was a bootleg by the color of the disc, as
> in the disc in question was had a purplish-blue cast on the play side
> rather than the customary silver. This sounds bogus to me--the
> bootleggers would be out of business if their discs were that easy to
> spot--but I lack real world experience to back up my supositions. Can you
> lovely people help? I haven't ever run into odd colored DVDs in my
> limited personal experience.
> Thanks,
> Barbara Rhodes
> Media Consultant
> Northeast Texas Library System
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