Posted June 06 2007 - 07:11 PM
Reports are now coming in from various members on AVS that The Departed
on BD and Stranger Than Fiction
are popping up with the same disc rot issue.
| Originally Posted by Jim_K |
With HD-DVD the problems are mainly with the Combo's
And those were fixed with firmware update v1.6 for the HD-A2/XA2/A20, read parameters for a slightly thicker disc needed to be adjusted.
| Originally Posted by Walter Kittel |
The boiling comment is a snark reference to the problems that some folks have experienced with Children of Men due to incorrect bonding on the HD-DVD release as posted over at AVS, and has absolutely nothing to do with rot, or the occurrence of problems on some copies of The Prestige on Bd.
Some people assume that the handful of Universal titles with this issue are at fault, however it is very possible that the Toshiba HD DVDROM drive was slightly out of spec prior to firmware v1.6 as the gen1 HD DVD players had no problems reading said "problematic" HD DVD Combo COM+TGS Universal discs with their NEC HD DVDROM drives. Universal has a replacement program set up with newly pressed discs, but that may just be goodwill for the HD DVD format given their large role in it. As a parallel, note that prior to firmware v1.5 the Toshiba gen2 players were slightly out of spec in being unable to read HD DVDs authored in "Basic" mode instead of "Enhanced" mode (Two of the Discovery Atlas discs as well as National Geographic Relentless Enemies) - while there were only a few titles authored in this mode, they had major difficulty playing until the gen2 players were brought up to speed in firmware - again, the gen1 players had no issues with these titles, either. Thankfully with the ethernet port for downloads & the free firmware upgrade discs sent out by Toshiba, firmware upgrades have been painless thus far.
Of course, as you note this is unrelated to the incidence of disc rot on BD, and further the affected HD DVD discs now play fine with the latest firmware. The most obvious difference being that no firmware upgrade is going to erase the visible BD rot shown in that AVS thread.
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