anydvd and clonecd will be a good bet for DL burning for 1:1 copies.
clonedvd will work if you want to remove content, but be warned that the layer break is compromises if you start messing with things like that. you can let clonedvd2 insert one automatically or you can do it manually in pgcedit. if you don't remove items like warnings and such, clonecd will keep the layer break in the original position.
if you prefer working with images, rip with dvd decrypter in ISO>READ mode (with anydvd running in the background) and then burn the .mds file with ImgBurn.
as far as media stick with Verbatim. make sure your firmware is up to date.
DL burning has been rehashed over and over. do a search and you'll find a lot of results. we can't answer "what is the best software" since we all have different preferences.
(anydvd, clonedvd2, and clonecd can all be purchased from www.slysoft.com. dvd decrypter and ImgBurn are both freeware)