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BMWfilm.com Presents The Hire - anyone got defective discs?


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#1 of 12 OFFLINE   Jonathon M

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Posted March 22 2008 - 12:41 AM

Okay, so a couple of years ago a friend of mine ordered a couple of copies of The Hire when BMW offered them for shipping cost. This was the third version of the films, including The Follow, and all of the first and second seasons, so 8 shorts in total. We haven't watched it in ages, and we both checked our copies a couple of days ago to fine that BOTH of us have copies where The Follow is unplayable. Can't even copy it off the disc to burn a new version. Here's the intriguing thing. The t****nts that are online have a different file size than the discs we own, and I was wondering (since BMW aren't distributing the set anymore, nor have the shorts for viewing either!) if someone could hook me up with the vob file I need, in order to make a copy to actually WATCH again! The downside is it's 0.99GB in size. It's VTS_1_04.vob Anyone else have similar issues with their disc? To check, select the short for "The Follow" and if it plays, you're lucky (at least in my eyes!).

#2 of 12 OFFLINE   David_B_K

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Posted March 22 2008 - 04:09 AM

Mine is now unplayable. The one with Madonna (don't remember the title) is unplayable. Could not copy mine to do a re-burn either. Sucks.

#3 of 12 OFFLINE   Jonathon M

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Posted March 22 2008 - 07:08 AM

maybe we can all try to organize something so we can get whatever files we need from our now defective discs? i mean, since bmw have removed most traces of the series from its website and all...

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Posted March 22 2008 - 11:12 AM

I have a copy that someone gave me outside a concert in Atlanta. I haven't watched it since. I'll check it and see if it's playable.
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#5 of 12 OFFLINE   David_B_K

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Posted March 22 2008 - 04:26 PM

Jonathon, weren't the ones from BMW's site quicktime movies? I have some of them on a CD somewhere. Can they be converted to MPEG2 files? The ones I have are Ambush, Chosen, Star, Powder-Keg and Hostage. I think at the time that The Follow was not available.

#6 of 12 OFFLINE   Tim RP

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Posted March 25 2008 - 09:38 PM

I've got both complete discs: the original/first pressing jewel case release which included The Follow (which was subsequently removed) and the second season keep-case release which included all films. I've not looked at them recently but will check tonight and report back.

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Posted March 26 2008 - 10:52 AM

I checked mine yesterday, and it seems to be fine.
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Posted March 26 2008 - 10:13 PM

I've got the same problem on the 8-film disc. The Follow wont play and Star plays but continually stalls. Can't extract the vob (01-4) either. Can't find the original season 1 disc atm but will dig it up - hopefully that one's ok...

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Posted March 27 2008 - 09:42 AM

I saw these online years ago but never ordered the dvd but I would love to buy a Blu-Ray copy of the films.

#10 of 12 OFFLINE   David_B_K

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Posted March 28 2008 - 01:37 AM

Blu-ray? They weren't even anamorphic on the DVD.

#11 of 12 OFFLINE   ChadMcCallum

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Posted March 28 2008 - 07:11 AM

All the more reason for a Blu-Ray version!

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Posted March 29 2008 - 01:24 AM

Watched four of the segments on mine this morning and didn't see any problems; you guys had me worried. Pity they didn't do any more of these, as they're pretty enjoyable.
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