FYI - I've been fighting the same battle this week copying Troy. I have tried copying it with the latest AnyDVD 188.8.131.52 and tried with CloneDVD 184.108.40.206 and 220.127.116.11 (latest). It does as described above, gets to around 20-30% (reading) and stops with some stupid error. I agree with what "oweowe" said above. It's definitely suspect to being an issue with the latest versions of CloneDVD, and here's why.
A buddy of mine at work has the same DVD burner model number as me, with the same firmware version as I do. But he uses AnyDVD and CloneDVD versions from roughly October 2004. Last night he was succesful in copying Troy, and last night I tried again, after upgrading to newest CloneDVD 18.104.22.168, and again it failed on the "read" at around 20-30%. Again, our DVD burner model numbers and firmware we're both using, are exactly the same. Yet, he had no problems last night copying Troy and I did.
I suspect this problem goes beyond just the movie Troy, and might be related to latest versions of CloneDVD copying movies that are in excess of 2 hrs. I recently, within the last 2-3 weeks, had issues copying all 3 LOTR movies, extended and regular versions. That equates to copying 6 titles (extended and regular versions). More recent versions of CloneDVD would copy LOTR but had playback freezing issues on 2 new Philips DVP642 players I bought a month ago. Yet movies under 2 hrs, no issues on copying or playback. I tried about 6 different brands of DVD media, and still had playback freezing issues on my players, and I think 1-2 of those 6 wouldnâ€™t copy (canâ€™t remember which out of the 6 titles). Now hereâ€™s the kicker. My buddy at work has the same model DVD burner, same firmware, and also has the Philips DVP642 player. He has no issues copying LOTR, nor issues during playback. Again, I suspect newer versions of CloneDVD might have issues copying movies that are 2-3 hours long.
Hopefully a few people will let Elaborate Bytes know about this issue. I'm now somewhat concerned about what other 2-3 hr movie titles this sort of CloneDVD issue might happen with.