even new technology has its problems

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Mar 23, 2012.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Recently I hired out a movie on Blu-ray disc. I loaded it into my Blu-ray
    player and then after waiting a while a message came up indicating that my
    player could not play the disc. To make sure that my player was not at
    fault I tried it on a PS3 from a shop and it still would not play, not even
    the menu would be displayed.
    The surface of the disc was in good condition and it was a multi zone disc.

    Why did it die? I suspect it may have been cheaply manufactured and the
    chemicals might have deteriorated over time, much like cheap DVD's do.

    If your curious the name of the movie was 'The fourth element'
    I googled this title and found other people having similar problems.

    Has anyone had this problem or know what might have caused the disc to die?
    Brian, Mar 23, 2012
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    Frank Guest

    Brian, hate to ask, but is "The Fourth Element" the correct title? I'm
    thinking that "The Fifth Element" (the 1997 flick with Bruce Willis
    and Milla Jovovich) might be more likely.

    Just curious.
    Frank, Mar 23, 2012
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    ushere Guest

    probably didn't play since it had lost one of it's elements ;-)
    ushere, Mar 23, 2012
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    Brian Guest

    LOL....in my case it's lost all its elements.
    Brian, Mar 23, 2012
  5. Brian

    Brian Guest

    Sorry, my error, yes it is called "The Fifth Element"....the 1997 movie
    with Bruce Willis.
    Brian, Mar 23, 2012
    David Ruether, Mar 23, 2012
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    Frank Guest

    Okay, that's better.

    As to what's happening, I don't know the specifics of what information
    you found on the Net (you said that you Googled it and discovered
    others with similar problems), but here's my guess:

    a. NZ got a batch of bad pressings. It happens (very) rarely, but it
    does happen.

    b. Since it's a Sony title and Sony is (overly) concerned about
    piracy, the disc is not playing because they (Sony, that is) decided
    to tweak the copy protection just a little bit (too much).

    My best suggestion, since you hired ("rented", for those in North
    America) the disc, is to try it again in your PS3 *after* checking to
    make certain that all available firmware updates for your PS3 have
    been downloaded and installed. If you haven't updated the firmware in
    a while, and it's a copy protection related problem, that might
    resolve the issue.

    Good luck!
    Frank, Mar 23, 2012
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    Brian Guest

    Brian, Mar 24, 2012
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    Brian Guest

    Being a hired Blu-ray disc and one that is popular; I'm wondering why
    others have not reported the problem. It must have been working at some
    Scratches are difficult to see on the highly reflective surface of a
    Blu-ray disc, so it could have a very fine circular scratch as someone
    suggested. The hire place has a disc surface polishing machine so they are
    likely to try this to fix the problem. I'll be returning the disc on
    If I find out more I'll let you know.
    Brian, Mar 24, 2012
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    Dan Wenz Guest

    Whenever I have a non-playing disk, Blu-ray or DVD, I've had success
    most of the time just immersing the disk in warm water with a drop of
    soap, and lightly "caressing" the disk while immersed with a paper towel
    radially from center out. Then rinsing in water and laying gently on a
    couple of layers of paper towels, covering both surfaces gently until
    dry. Rarely fails, and, no, I don't clean my camera lenses the same way!
    Dan Wenz, Apr 2, 2012
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    Brian Guest

    It was a hired movie but if I have this problem with my own movies I'll try
    what you suggested thanks.
    I've even heard of putting tooth paste on CD's to make them work
    again...but never have tried it.
    Brian, Apr 2, 2012
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