Originally Posted by Mark Booth
I took a look at my HD DVDs today and found 4 Warner Titles that have disc rot (clouding):
Blade Runner 5-disc set (3 out of 5 discs have clouding)
That's the only 4 out of 120 HD DVD titles.
Of course, some of them might look fine but still have disc errors. My copy of 'We are Marshall' had a playback error recently but the disc looks fine. I found a Blu-ray copy for $6.99 and just replaced it.
I've reached out to Warner Bros customer service regarding the others.
Edited to add Blazing Saddles.
I'm curious to hear what Warner has to say, as I'm sure others would be too. I thought about doing the same thing in reaching out to them, although I wasn't expecting anything from them, more hoping for a response at least.
I doubt a replacement HD DVD would be offered (if anything) but maybe its equivalent in Blu?
Its too bad Blade Runner and Forbidden Planet (one of my bad titles) weren't part of the Red to Blu promotion, or DVD to Blu, but honestly I wasn't going to swap my HD DVDs for Blu-rays anyway (I did however replace a lot of DVDs under that promotion, if I didn't have it on HD DVD already).
I did not realize at the time that there was an issue with Warner discs, but I had Constantine and Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory fail to play, so I guess those were my two first Warner discs to go bad. I replaced the Constantine under the DVD to Blu promotion (had it on DVD as well) and bought the Willie Wonka 40th anniversary blu-ray.
Having just purchased the LG 86UH9500 set, I finally hooked my HD-XA2 player back up and I have to say I miss my HD DVDs! I plan on leaving it connected as the picture looks fantastic on this set.
That being said I am going through all my Warner movies based on this thread, and will update my list as I go along. I tested them only on my HD-XA2 and my LG BH200, and as of today:
(408bc509 Error Code)
Blade Runner The Final Cut disc 1
(unknown if error given - I believe I tossed the discs)
Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
300 HD & DVD combo
A Christmas Story
A Clockwork Orange
The Prestige (import)
Not happy with Blade Runner or Forbidden Planet - both were the collectors editions - Blade Runner in the Voight-Kampff case and Forbidden Planet in the metal tin. Neither disc shows any physical signs of damage, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between them and the ones that play. Not a surface issue either, my discs are pretty much mint condition, but just to be sure I tried the old dip the disc in boiling water trick, but it made no difference.