What I've noticed is that on the data side you will often see some "funkiness." What I mean by that is that there could be some purple or coffee-brownish discoloration and/or swirls. Also you can have some black pin dots all over the surfaces, and in other cases patches of the disc become nearly transparent as if something is eating up the disc. So, do a visual inspection. I haven't seen too many people comment on this so your mileage may vary.This may have been posted before, so I apologize if this question has been answered before, but there are 34 pages to go through.
Anyhow, I'm just starting to pull my head out of the sand and start looking for problem DVDs that I own. Thanks for the lists of problematic DVDs and DVD sets. I already concur with the Astaire/Rogers set and the first Esther Williams set.
My question is, is there an easy and quick way to determine whether your discs are bad? I've been FF'ing through at 5x speed and think I've caught the problems. But maybe not? But that still takes a while. Is there a way to scan them on a PC and get an immediate answer? Will scanning faster (6x or more) reveal problems or just skip over them?
Any advice or help in this matter would be greatly appreciated.
Another way is to go to some point during the latter part of the film. With the dual layer discs, it seems like the second layer decays long before the first. You will find quite a few observations along the line in this thread that someone will start watching a film, it plays well at first, but at some point during the mid-point the playback starts stuttering, pixelating, freezing, etc. So, try to play a scene during the latter part of the film. If the disc has rotted, you'll likely have issues doing so.