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My last DVD

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I recently bought Pixar’s Up in DVD to watch with my kids. We have already seen the movie when it was released in theaters and loved it so much we knew we had to buy it to enjoy it at home a few more times.

Two weeks later, I finally sat with my kids to watch the movie. This is how it went:

  • Insert disk in Mac. Apple DVD player pops up. Wait for 20 minutes of unbearable, unskippable commercials before getting to the main DVD menu.
  • Watch 53 minutes of movie with weird random errors: skipped scenes, frozen image, and finally complete player crash.
  • Try with VLC for Mac: suffer from 20 more minutes of unskippable commercials, move pointer to the 53-minute mark, crash.
  • Switch on a Linux PC: insert disk (different DVD drive) and try with VLC.  New crash, with a new error message.
  • Try with mplayer on Linux. mplayer says it cannot find a DVD menu and stops.
  • Reboot PC with Windows XP. Try with VLC. New crash, with a new error message.
  • Try with Windows Media Player: an error message pops up after 2 minutes of intensive disk scan, saying that I do not have sufficient rights to view this content.
  • Try cracking the copy-protection with AnyDVD: after 5 minutes of intensive disk scan, I get an error saying that the disk contains data in an unknown format.

Scanning the disk structure with low-level tools revealed a DVD menu filled with more than 99 entries (the counter stops at 99), each offering more than 99 chapters. Seems that this DVD just cannot be read on a computer.  Sorry guys, computers is all I have at home to watch movies: no TV, no stand-alone DVD player. And if your copy-protection crap considers all computer users to be criminals I will just pass.

I’m through with DVDs. This copy-protection nonsense and the unskippable ads on top of a 20-euro purchase are just getting beyond what I can stand.  It took me 5 minutes to find a DVDrip and a BDrip version on Google. I could download and watch the DVDrip within the following hour, the BDrip took a whole day on bittorrent.

I really feel legitimated in downloading a copy over the net: we already paid 30 euros to see the movie in theaters and 20 more to get this DVD crapfest. What should I try more? Buy a new DVD? And a TV set and a stand-alone DVD reader to comply with the copy-protection scheme?

Written by nicolas314

Wednesday 30 December 2009 at 6:49 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Eliot

    Thursday 4 February 2010 at 4:45 am

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