okay, Church AV Guy, you shamed me into burning another HS copy of that movie
this copies plays fine, played in 2 different players (sony & samsung) and no drop outs
it had to be some freaky defect on the disc - as i said earlier, no video drop out that i saw, but i seem to recall there was a slight "freezing" to the video whenever the audio was out so it may have been the player compensating thru whatever ability that keeps motion scenes from looking like they're "stuttering" - hope that conveys, i'm sure it conveyed my AV illiteracy
it might still have been a freaky software glitch in the pan or maybe a small pc of dust on the disc, but i'm satisfied it was the disc, as i've burnt about 7 episodes of Breaking Bad at HS with no repeat of the drop outs and now a 2nd copy of the same movie, which at least eliminates the coding in the movie.
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