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


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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Tim Tucker

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Posted October 22 2006 - 06:36 AM

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?
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#2 of 12 OFFLINE   Lyle_JP

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Posted October 22 2006 - 07:04 AM

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.

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#3 of 12 OFFLINE   BrettGallman

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Posted October 22 2006 - 03:53 PM

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.
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#4 of 12 OFFLINE   Ethan Riley

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Posted October 22 2006 - 06:26 PM

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

 


#5 of 12 OFFLINE   Richard_Gregory

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Posted October 22 2006 - 10:31 PM

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 of 12 OFFLINE   Tim Tucker

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Posted October 23 2006 - 12:42 AM

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?
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#7 of 12 OFFLINE   Martin_T

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Posted October 23 2006 - 01:18 AM

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 of 12 OFFLINE   Richard_Gregory

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Posted October 23 2006 - 02:06 AM

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 of 12 OFFLINE   Jon Martin

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Posted October 23 2006 - 02:06 AM

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 of 12 OFFLINE   Bradley-E

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Posted October 23 2006 - 07:53 AM

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 of 12 OFFLINE   Richard_Gregory

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Posted October 23 2006 - 11:58 PM

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.

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Posted October 24 2006 - 04:32 PM

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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