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Which of my Anchor Bay DVDs should I be worried about?

Discussion in 'DVD' started by Tim Tucker, Oct 22, 2006.

  1. Tim Tucker

    Tim Tucker Well-Known Member

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    I have been reading some bad things here about certain Anchor Bay DVDs dying on people. Which ones of the following should I be concerned about?

    The Abominable Snowman
    The Anniversary
    Blood from the Mummy's Tomb
    The Captain’s Paradise
    Carry On Nurse/Carry On Sergeant
    Carry On Teacher/Carry On Constable
    Carry On Regardless/Carry On Cruising
    Carry On Spying/Carry On Cabby
    Carry On Cleo/Carry On Jack
    Carry On Cowboy/Carry On Screaming
    Dead of Night
    Demons of the Mind
    The Devil Rides Out
    Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde
    Dr. Who and the Daleks
    Daleks Invasion Earth 2150 A.D.
    Dalekmania
    Dracula: Prince of Darkness
    Fear in the Night
    Four Sided Triangle
    Frankenstein Created Woman
    The Hammer Trailer Collection
    Hell is a City
    Horror of Frankenstein
    Kind Hearts and Coronets
    The Ladykillers
    The Lavender Hill Mob
    The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires
    The Lost Continent
    Lust for a Vampire
    The 'Maggie'
    The Man in the White Suit
    The Mummy's Shroud
    Passport to Pimlico
    The Plague of the Zombies
    Prehistoric Women (Slave Girls)
    Rasputin the Mad Monk
    The Reptile
    A Run For Your Money
    Quatermass 2
    Quatermass and the Pit
    The Queen of Spades
    Return to Oz
    The Satanic Rites of Dracula
    Scars of Dracula
    Shatter
    Straight On Till Morning
    That's Carry On
    The Titfield Thunderbolt
    To The Devil… A Daughter
    The Vengeance of She
    The Viking Queen
    Whisky Galore!
    The Witches (The Devil's Own)
    X The Unknown


    I have heard about Frankenstein Created Woman and The Witches, and that AB was to have repressed those. Is there any way to differentiate between a good pressing and a bad one? Are the single disc Hammer titles more likely to die than same title in one of the Hammer Double Features? Is a DVD from a specific timeframe more likely to die than others?
     
  2. Lyle_JP

    Lyle_JP Well-Known Member

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    The only two that died on me were Heathers and Kentucky Fried Movie, neither of which are on your list. I know that the "Anchor Bay" rot only affects some of their dual-layer titles, so DVD-5's should be safe. I believe it was everything manufactured by Crest National for a period of time.

    -Lyle J.P.
     
  3. BrettGallman

    BrettGallman Well-Known Member

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    Weird, I'd never heard of this problem with AB discs until now, but I guess it explains why their Halloween 4 DVD is the only disc I've ever had die on me. I hope the others don't follow suit because I have a lot of AB titles.
     
  4. Ethan Riley

    Ethan Riley Well-Known Member

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    I hope this doesn't start any bad publicity for Anchor Bay. All the discs I have from them have been satisfactory.
     
  5. Richard_Gregory

    Richard_Gregory Well-Known Member

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    It was a manufacturing problem. As I recall, the only ones affected in your list were the two you'd already heard about - The Witches and Frankenstein Created Woman.

    I think if the discs were going to go bad, they'd have done so by now - the play side turns a dark bronze colour and the disc becomes totally unplayable.

    Don't know if there's any indicator in the discs, but I do know that when they were re-issued as the double features later, they were made by another company and aren't affected.

    My copy of The Witches went bad, and they replaced it (about two years ago).

    It bounced all over the place, because the returns procedure had me send it back to Crest, who no longer have any dealings with Anchor Bay, and also to Crest's old address which they vacated some while back.

    But I got my disc about three months later!
     
  6. Tim Tucker

    Tim Tucker Well-Known Member

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    Is there a way to tell if I have a Crest manufactured DVD? I just checked my copies of Frankenstein Created Woman and The Witches (both of which are from Double Feature sets) and each had an "authored by Grace & Wild" logo after the movie. So is that the disc's manufacturer?
     
  7. Martin_T

    Martin_T Well-Known Member

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    I had a problem with with Dario Argento's film Opera, shortly after it was first issued. Anchor Bay was terrific about sending me out a new copy.
     
  8. Richard_Gregory

    Richard_Gregory Well-Known Member

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    AFAIK, the discs in the Double Features were made by a different manufacturer and are therefore safe.

    Only the single discs, a few specific titles, were affected - it was an error in manufacture by the makes, Crest.

    So the Double Feature discs are safe.

    Also, afaik, if the problem was going to show up it would have done so by now. I believe the discs all went bad within about 18 - 24 months of their being manufactured.

    The disc authoring is separate from the physical manufacture of the discs.
     
  9. Jon Martin

    Jon Martin Well-Known Member

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    They were pretty open about the problems back when they were first noticed a few years ago. They reissued HEATHERS with a Version 2.0 sticker on the back (my version 1 died on me). And, with KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE, they reissued it with new artwork. The last time I checked, my first version was still working, but I haven't checked it in a while.

    Anchor Bay used to be right up there with Criterion, as far as releasing interesting titles. But, ever since the change in ownership (which caused them to drop many future releases, like most of the Wim Wenders series) I can't remember the last title of theirs I bought.
     
  10. Bradley-E

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    So far my only one from Anchor Bay that died was KENTUCKY FRIED MOVIE. My DVD's of DAWN OF THE DEAD, THE CAR, EVIL DEAD and EVIL DEAD 2 all still play fine.
     
  11. Richard_Gregory

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    I'm hoping very hard that the rumours are true that Anchor Bay will be re-acquiring the rights to the Hammer films from Blue Underground (who remarkably got them and decided they didn't want to actually do anything with them) and doing new releases with new transfers.

    The AB Hammers were all pretty good, but of course some of the earlier ones weren't anamorphic.

    And I'm sure that some of them could be improved on by either new or more affordable restoration techniques now available.
     
  12. Thomas T

    Thomas T Well-Known Member

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    The only Anchor Bay disc I've had problems with hasn't been mentioned so far. Curtis Hanson's The Bedroom Window!
     

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