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received a couple of emails
about some severe problems that some folks have experienced with
Disney's "Dinosaur" DVDs. Apparently, DVD players are skipping
chapters right after the FBI warning, and the disc is un-watchable. The
emails were specific to the 2-disc Collector's Edition, but based on
info around the net, it sounds like the problem has affected not only
"Dinosaur" but also "The Kid" and "Scary
Movie." Disney has admitted that there is a problem, and they have
issued the following statement:
From what I've been able to find out, the problem with the discs is isolated to certain DVD players which may not follow the DVD hardware specifications 100%. The players that The DVD File has cited as having problems include: Samsung, GE/Thompson/RCA, JVC, Sanyo/ Fisher and Philips. Unfortunately, there is no way to tell if your player will have problems...
So, you can wait for a while and hope that Disney fixes the problem somehow (I've heard that there are plans to remaster these discs, but no time frame has been given), or you can buy them and try them now. If it doesn't work, you can always return it to the place of purchase or call the Buena Vista's Customer Relations Hotline (1-800-723-4763) and ask for a refund or replacement. As more info becomes available, I'll keep you updated.
I've also tracked down a couple of Disney DVD release dates of interest:
To cap off the news, here's Disney's press release for the October Platinum Collectors Edition DVD release of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs":
It sounds really promising, and I hope they deliver! As soon as I get more specific info on the bonus material, I'll let you know.
That's it for now, but stay tuned for more!
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