This thread over at the Home Theater Forum is discussing an interesting phenomenon regarding some very early DVDs from Universal and Warner Bros. They simply stop working. It probably has something to do with the glue used to seal the data between the layers of plastic that make up the disc. It seems the most common titles this is affecting are Psycho, Vertigo, Apollo 13, Contact, and Ghostbusters. Now, some of these titles have fairly new editions (all except Contact), but it is only the older versions of these DVDs that are affected. Whether or not other DVDs will begin to fail 8-10 years after they are manufactured is something we'll have to wait and see about.
But what was funny (hilarious -- to me, at least) is this exchange between two members as follows:
But first, a few things you need to know:
1.) Alfred Hitchcock made the original Psycho in 1960. Gus Van Sant made a shot-for-shot remake of Hitchcock's classic in 1998. Both are available on DVD.
2.) Alfred Hitchcock made Vertigo in 1958. To my knowledge, no one has ever made a remake.
3.) Psycho is spelled P-S-Y-C-H-O.
Alright? -- here we go:
Martin: Also, are we talking about the original classic "VERTIGO" or the Gus Van Sant remake?
Martin: Ooooops. Sorry "PSHYCO"
Martin: Sorry. "PYSHCO"
Ah, emoticons. Some love them -- others hate them, but when used correctly, they can make me laugh out loud.
Click here to see the actual discussion. The above exchange happens on page 2.