What is a DVD-9

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  1. Craig Aguiar

    Craig Aguiar Stunt Coordinator

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    I have seen a couple of DVDs that say DVD-9 on them. Are they different than regular DVDs or are they the same?

    Thanks, craig
     
  2. Jerry Klawiter

    Jerry Klawiter Screenwriter

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    google is your friend

    http://www.videohelp.com/glossary?D#DVD-9

    DVD-9
    DVD-9 is a single sided dual layer DVD which can fit up to 8.5 GB or 7.95 computer GB which many commercial video DVDs are using today (a DVD-9 is basicly two pressed plastic DVD-5s pressed together, they are not burned). Video DVD supports this format but DVD-R/W and DVD+R/W does not support this format.

    http://www.videohelp.com/glossary
     
  3. Seth_L

    Seth_L Screenwriter

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    Except both DVD-R and DVD+R have dual layer on the horizon. Meaning they will both have DVD-9 capability (with the right blanks and burner). DVD+R has all the dual layer stuff out now. DVD-R's dual layer burners and blanks will be out shortly.
     
  4. Jeremy Little

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    If the package makes reference to DVD-9, it is typically a BOOTLEG. They put this on there hinting at the fact that while it is really a bootleg, it is dual-layer and therefore typically a higher quality bootleg.
     
  5. JeremyErwin

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    I believe the more conventional term of art is "dual layer", as in Criterion's "Optimal Image Quality: RSDL dual-layer edition". On the other hand, if the film is sufficiently obscure, the disc may be produced by a legitimate manufacturer with less than conventional advertising copy.

    For instance, if, the box for "Almost Famous" bore the moniker "DVD-9", I might well be suspicious, particularly if it was being sold on the street. Dreamworks prefers the term "dual layer".

    But the box copy for "The Furious Fighting Fists of Shaolin XIII: Showdown at Xanji Temple" might very point out the fact that it's a DVD-9.

    And if a reviewer describes a dual layer disc as a DVD-9 instead of a "dual layer disc", you can assume nothing-- many reviewers pointed out that Ben Hur was released as a DVD-14, iirc.
     
  6. Dmitry

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    Ben Hur was released as a DVD-18 (dual-side, dual-layer). DVD-14 is a dual-side, dual-layer/single-layer, like Terminator SE released by MGM.
     
  7. Pat Frank

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    DVD dual layer media's running about $6/disc now, but the single layer stuff's down around 30 cents or less.

    I been wondering why they've never put out double-sided media (i.e. just turn it over to double your storage space). My guess is that people wouldn't use it because there'd be no surface to write on with your magic marker. (grin)
     

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