What is the fastest reliable way to verify a commercial DVD? I just bought Leave It to Beaver Season 1, found one episode would not play on either my Pioneer stand-alone DVD recorder or my computer’s BenQ DVD-RW drive with Nero ShowTime, even after cleaning the disc and checking for visible flaws, and was lucky enough to still be within the 30 day return period, so have had it replaced. How do I check the replacement, without spending about 20 hours watching all 39 half-hour episodes plus the pilot?
This is a real issue with TV series. Perry Mason Season 1 will take nearly 40 hours to watch. I’m sure that I speak for most people on the planet when I say that I’m not interested in being forced to watch everything on every DVD set I buy within 30 days (some places locally have 14 day return policies!). I like variety and it could be a year or two before I’ve watched every episode of a full 39 episode season of a TV show.
I’ve spent a lot of time googling this question, as well as trying a couple of software packages (Nero CD-DVD Speed’s Scan Disc feature, and EMSA DiscCheck). And, of course, doing the first half of a copy (or backup) of each disc – both my Pioneer stand-alone recorder, and Nero’s OEM software, refuse to even start the read for a copy of copy-protected DVDs.