Those that received scratched discs in other like sets, are they actually defective(lock up, does not play) or are they just light, surface scratches.
I own all Wagon Train, and The Virginian sets that are out. I have noticed some scuffs on a few discs, but they all play just fine(of the ones I have watched).
But Bryan, the problem is with this sort of packaging where the jam the discs tightly between what is in essence two sheets of raw cardboard is that the DVD's will get more and more scratched the more you take them out to use them. It's like shoving them in and out of a sandpaper sandwich repeatedly, sooner or later, those discs are going to end up unplayable.
It's a shame because I think the package itself actually looks quite nice, but mechanically they are just poor. What it really needs to to line the card sleeves with a soft material that doesn't scratch, such as Tyvek, which is a synthetic fibre woven into cloth. But that costs money!
Sadly lots of these fancy packages are designed only for looks and are either hopelessly impractical, or so fragile they fall to bits if you use them, or badly designed/utilise cheap materials that end up scratching the discs.
Classic examples are the I Dream of Jeannie "Magic Bottle" set - looks nice, but in reality the thing is so tall it won't fit into most shelving systems, is made of thing card and every time you try to take a disc out you end up scattering them all onto the floor. Or the Wild, Wild West set which was notorious for shipping out with loads of discs scratched because inside they are all jammed together into little holster (or saddlebag?) shaped carboard things that look like accordions and freely allow the discs to rub against the card and each other - all the seaons are stuffed in with each other and whilst the discs are colour coded for season you can only just see the edges peeking out from the card so you can't see what the colour is, let alone what the label says.
Here in the Uk the Complete Avengers 50th Anniversary set was designed a bit like this Lone Ranger one - the book style, with disc sleeves forimg the pages. But the discs are jamme din so incredibly tightly they are a nightmare to get out and inevitably get scuffed in the process....
And so on.
The ideal design are those we have had from Time-Life: the UNCLE set looks lovely, is a standard height for the attache case (which itself is very well built of heavy guage card), whilst inside the discs are packed in multi-disc Amaray cases. The same for the Six Million Dollar Man set, which just had standard cases inside the fancy outer package.
You only have to read the huge numbers of complaints on Amazon about these fancy sets to see how damaging and annoying they are. Even the later Simpsons sets just have the discs in raw card sleeves, which I think was justified by the makers wanting the packaing to be more "environmentally friendly"..but it;s not, when you consider how many DVD's get scratched into unplayability as they are packed up in the factory and end up in a landfill