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Oct. 21st, 2006

04:16 pm - Capote

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Watched most of "Capote" just now. Near the end, there's a scene in which a telegram appears onscreen. I wanted to go back and pause it so I could read it, but my DVD drive couldn't handle that. It wouldn't rewind, it wouldn't play any further, and I couldn't even start again from the beginning of the chapter. Apparently the disk is too smudged or something. That's the risk of buying used DVDs; whoever had it before may have been a total slob and gotten fingerprints, dog drool, pizza, baby or whathaveyou on the playing surface.

I've bought a couple of used CDs before and not had a problem with them, but I think I shan't buy any more used DVDs. The inability to see a movie in its entirety is kind of a dealbreaker. Well, except I want to go back to Blockbuster and see if I can exchange this filthy thing for a less messed-on copy. Now I'm just debating whether to take it back first, or watch "Rent" and check it for playability, and save a trip if necessary. I don't wanna watch "Rent" right now, though; I've had enough heaviness for one day.

Oh, and how is the movie so far? Pretty good. Very somber. I can see why some people can't stand the voice, but I can handle it. :} Capote strings these two men along (by befriending one and barely giving the other the time of day) to mine for literary gold, then starts to break down as he realizes he's toying with their lives. Powerful stuff, but I can see why my dad hated the guy. :}

Edit: Took it back, replaced it, checked the replacement disk's playing surface. A few light scratches and some fingerprints.

(On the one hand, damn y'all treat these disks shabby! On the other hand, why didn't the designers anticipate that and enclose the disk in some kind of protective shell like computer disks?)

Asked the cashier about cleaning it. She wiped it with a cleaning cloth. I took it home, hoping it would play. Tried to view from the chapter I was watching. Wouldn't work. Tried to view from the previous chapter. No good. Tried the one before that. It worked. Sat through two chapters a second time and watched the end. Dang, Capote got in way over his head and couldn't handle it, and never wrote another book again, and I hope nobody accuses me of spoiling, because this is based on real life.

Current Mood: annoyedannoyed

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From:orv
Date:October 22nd, 2006 10:45 pm (UTC)
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Another interesting fact is that the playing surface is actually much sturdier than the label surface. The playing surface is a fairly thick layer of polycarbonate. The label surface is usually just a thin layer of lacquer. If you damage the label side, you're likely to punch right through to the reflective aluminum data layer. I have a few CDs with little clear spots where this has happened.
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From:zrath
Date:October 21st, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
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Have you tried cleaning the DVD?
Any non-abrasive material will do, like certain Kleenex tissues or even toilet paper.
If the DVD is dirty, then there's no problem.
If it's actually scratched, then there is a problem.

I've had some DVDs misbehave eventhough they didn't seem to have scratches on them.
When that happens, I play them on my PlayStation 2 instead. The DVD usually plays fine.
Voodoo electronics are alive and well.

And yeah, Capote's voice was annoying. I got used to it after a while.
The movie was very interesting. Powerful stuff, as you say.


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From:kinkyturtle
Date:October 21st, 2006 11:02 pm (UTC)
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I didn't think of trying to clean it till I got to Blockbuster.

If there's anything wrong with the Rent disk, I'll try cleaning it first.
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From:orv
Date:October 22nd, 2006 10:41 pm (UTC)
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One trick, when cleaning CDs or DVDs, is to wipe across the disc, never around like you would with an LP. The reason is the error correction algorithm used by CD and DVD players. If you scratch the disc while cleaning it, a scratch going outward across the disc will wipe out only a tiny portion of each track, which the error correction will deal with. A scratch going around the disc is more likely to wipe out a big chunk of one of the tracks.
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From:deckardcanine
Date:October 22nd, 2006 12:44 am (UTC)
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I've had only two DVDs go bad on me so far. One was borrowed from a friend. Ironically, the film was Unbreakable. I decided it wasn't interesting enough to sit thru the moments of frozenness. The other was a rental of The Great Muppet Caper. It froze at the very start of the last chapter. A friend told me later that I'd missed the best part. Maybe I'll catch it on TV sometime.
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