DVD sides and layers question

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  1. Thik Nongyow

    Thik Nongyow Stunt Coordinator

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    DVD-Video has many types:

    a) single-sided, single-layered
    b) single-sided, double-layered
    c) double-sided, single-layered
    d) double-sided, double-layered

    With a diversity of types, why on some DVD releases, the widescreen version is on one disc, while the full-screen (pan-and-scan) version is on another disc? Why not have both version of a movie on a double-sided, single-layered disc; one side the widescreen version, the other side the full-screen version? Has it had something to do with the cost of producing double-sided, single layered discs, economics, popularity, or technical issues such as compression or image quality?
     
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    A number of studios used to put out discs just as you describe - double sided, single layer with the POS P&S on one side and widescreen on the other. Though I haven't seen many like this recently.
    My question is, why bother with a lousy P&S version at all? [​IMG]
     
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    THIK,

    Often the film will not be a quality presentation on a single layer. So a disc must be dual layered for either version of the film. In those cases, if you're looking to offer WS and P&S the option is doing a dual side/ dual layer DVD (DVD-18) or do 2 seperate Single sided versions. DVD-18 is still pretty rare and a bit expensive, so a 2 version release is often the best solution.

    -Vince
     

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