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Can a DVD Wear Out?

May 30th, 2010 05:11 am | by Ed |

I remember when I first heard that Tolkien's epic trilogy was going to be brought to the wide screen in a three movie, live action movie with all that 21st century movie making technology could do to bring that story to life in a way that it never had been before. I eagerly anticipated the release of the movie on DVD. (I don't do movie theaters anymore, they're expensive, crowded, noisy and you only get to see the movie once.)

So when Lord of the Rings-Fellowship of the Ring came out it wasn't long before we had a copy. The only downside about it was that my wife didn't like "letterboxed" movies and so we ended up with a full screen pan and scan version. Still, it was a great story and Peter Jackson's work was truly epic. The only bad part about it was that the second movie would not go on sale for a year after the first and the third would wait until a year after the second.

Still, it was worth the wait. We loved all of those movies and have watched each of them six or seven times. Which is something when you remember that they're three hours long!

The problem I have now is that recently I decided to watch the trilogy again. I put Fellowship Of The Ring into the DVD player and .... nothing. No matter what I did, use a head cleaner, Etc, the disk would just not play. The DVD player wouldn't even recognize it as a playable disk.

Then I tried it in my computer's DVD drive. I've watched plenty of movies that way and while not quite optimal, if it works then that's cool. As far as the computer was concerned however, all I had done was put a damaged blank disk into the drive. It was totally unreadable. The computer's player couldn't even confirm there was a disk in the drive.

So now I'm going to have to buy a new copy. The one good thing about it is that this time I'm getting the wide screen version because I want to see ALL of the picture!

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