sure enough, the DVDs play fine! I was holding off on trying them because it was one of those "once you open the DVD you can't return it" deals.
so after all that fuss, they played o.k., but now I have another problem:
I use AOA DVD Ripper. The DVDs look fine when I play them in any player on my PC. The problem is when I view ripped clips, horizontal lines appear whenever there's any motion in the objects in the scene (they disappear quickly when motion stops). When the objects in the scene are not moving, the image looks fine.
For what it's worth, when watching certain programs on my plasma HDTV, I sometimes see the same type of horizontal lines when objects are moving. The lines in the ripped clips are much more noticeable though.
This is the first time I used the DVD Ripper on region free DVDs, so I'm guessing this has something to do with the problem. Does this have to do with interlacing?
Can anyone recommend a solution for this, or can someone recommend better ripper software that wouldn't have this problem?