Something about Anchor Bay pressings?

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  1. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

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    Is there any reason why I would have an inordinate number of problem disks from one label?

    Tonight it was "Summer Holiday". The last 10 minutes had sticky bits all thru it. "Scandal" broke out in pixilattion in the last 10 minutes. "Candy" wouldn't even start up. WIcker Man, only one disk plays.

    I guess I've been lucky that my Peter Sellers and Alec Guiness box set movies all play, but I'm almost at the point where I may not be able to buy another AB product.

    No other brand gives me this kind of problem. ITs driving me crazy, because the label issues so many movies I like.
     
  2. Ian_H

    Ian_H Supporting Actor

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    At one point I thought I read that the one manufacturer they used had some problems, and supposedly they have corrected that. If you have any of the first pressings of Kentucky Fried Movie that was one that worked fine for a while then went bad.

    -ian
     
  3. Mark Zimmer

    Mark Zimmer Producer

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    The problem was Crest National, which for a while was using a faulty lacquer to press Anchor Bay discs. AB and Crest acknowledge the past problems and have a very good disc replacement program, so contact AB to get a new one.
     
  4. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

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    Thanks for the tip! I had noticed that SUMMER HOLIDAY was Crest authored, but I thought the problems were cleared up by the time Summer Holiday was released in 2002.

    I will try to contact Anchor Bay, tho my e-mails to the company from last year about Wicker Man and Scandal were not answered.

    [​IMG]
     
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    soop.spoon Supporting Actor

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    I've had similar problems with Anchor Bay's Hammer titles The Witches and Frankenstein Created Woman
     
  6. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

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    Well, I managed to find an obscure part of the AB site, and when I entered Wicker Man it immediately gave an address to send the disk, and specifically said not to send the box. Since there are 2 disks in the Sp Ed, guess I only need to send the one that doesn't play.

    As for the other titles that bothered me, they were not recognized, and I was prompted to fill out info about myself and the problem with the disk and SUBMIT. That produced a "We'll get back to you shortly" message, but since they had not asked for my e-mail address, it wasn't clear how they will do that.[​IMG]
     
  7. Jay E

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    Jack

    This past weekend I went to play The Witches and it wouldn't play on either of my machines either. I'd better go check my other Hammer titles.
     
  8. Mark Cappelletty

    Mark Cappelletty Cinematographer

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    In a panic, I checked all of my Anchor Bay releass from that period (Heathers, Repo Man, Hellraiser 1 & 2, Kentucky Fried Movie & The Wicker Man) and they all play fine. The only titles I've ever had real trouble with were WAMO ones-- The Maltese Falcon and Deep Blue Sea.
     
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    I've never had a problem with any AB titles. Curious.
     
  10. John Watson

    John Watson Screenwriter

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    Well, its 17 May, and the We'll Get Back to You Shortly measage when I filled in a form on the AB site has not produced any response. [​IMG]

    Wonder if I can express my concern on the upcoming discussion with AB, tho I'm not sure how that works?
     
  11. Thomas T

    Thomas T Producer

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    I discovered my first DVD gone bad this morning when I attempted to play Anchor Bay's The Bedroom Window.

    The disc looked darker than other DVDs so when I held it under the light next to a good disc (one that plays) it was kind of golden hued while the other was clear and worked like a mirror in that I could see my reflection in it with accurate likeness and color while with the Anchor Bay disc my image was "gold-ish".
     
  12. Kevin M

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    Dual-layer discs have a "Gold-ish" hue.

    My Kentucky Fried Movie went bad after about a year, however Anchor Bay has one of the best return policy's of any DVD house I have ever seen, certainly better than any major studio....how they will behave when an out of print DVD goes bad I don't know.
     

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