Posted March 23 2009 - 04:34 AM
| Originally Posted by AndyMcKinney |
Considering the DVD-R nature of this, one would hope they'll offer some sort of warranty on such product. DVD-R is just too unstable compared to proper stamped discs.
Maybe this would be a good avenue for shows they have consistently pushed aside, like Logan's Run or Shazam!.
Per the FQA on the Warner Archive site, they will replace defective discs. They also say the discs might not play on computers that can copy discs due to the copy protection used and on some DVD players manufactured before the year 2000.
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Since these will only be available from Warners what we won't have is DVD bargains. These won't be available as a deal of the day at Amazon, they won't be a part of the Deep Discount semi annual sale, nor will they be in the Walmart $5 bin. Price is definitely a consideration. Per the thread on the movie forum, if these sell well they could be released commercially. Of course if this happens people will be angry about spending money on the DVD-Rs. Kind of like the TV season ver. TV series argument.