@ chef ,The OP may not know what a pressed DVD is.
He posted his drive
[QUOTE=trigger_613;2507314] my DVD Drive is TSST Corp+RW TS-H653A [/QUOTE]
@trigger_613 , Try Kerry56 suggestion & try VLC player.
On the “newer DVD movies” Are you trying to play blueray discs ?
If that is the case then your drive won’t read (play) those.