@Lord Voldemort: yes, images were fine because when I burned them on branded media using DVDD they played no issues.
@chas0039: Yes even bad media will burn 'correctly' once in awhile. Out of the first 30 I burned with DVDD, only about 8 turned out good. On the other hand, 8 out of 8 burned fine using Nero.
I forgot to look at DVDD last nite, but as I recall, there are 4 or 5 burning engine options to choose from.
There is another forum wherein certain burners are having issue with one of the later versions of the VSO engine, so I am not sure that it is just up to the firmware.
Anyway, I just thought this was interesting, I am going to continue experimenting over the weekend.