HAHA. You're stating the obvious, "did you finalize it?" hit the nail on the head! I did the bid rate dub onto the DVD-R and did not finalize it.
Well, before I was able to get it back into the Toshiba to finalize it, I had to polish the scratches out to get it to read. Wow, polishing a DVD is NOTHING like polishing a CD. That DVD plastic seems drastically softer that CDs.
Anyhow, this is Great News.
Yeah, that black level bug really sucks, but that is what video correctors are for.