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Still love the show - the DVDs are the problem
on June 16, 2012
I've been catching up on this show for the last few weeks and have noticed that the video pixellates every now and then. Quite often, actually. I did a little investigating and discovered the discs are DVD-5s instead of the standard DVD-9s. This means that they are about the same quality as DVD-Rs. They say on the pacakaging that they are dual layered discs, but clearly they are not. They are cramming the same amount of data as a normal DVD onto half as much space. A normal DVD (DVD-9) will contain about 7.5GB of information. These DVDs (DVD-5) contain about 4.5GB. Just like DVD-Rs. This means they are over compressed and a lot of data is lost. They are a rip off plain and simple. I don't know if all of these sets were produced this way or not, or if I was just one of the unlucky ones who got a bad set. I hope seasons seven and eight weren't released on similar discs.