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3.0 out of 5 stars Content very good, container rubbish, 1 Nov. 2013
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This review is from: NCIS - Seasons 1-8 Box Set [DVD] (DVD)
I always enjoyed those NCIS episodes I watched occasionaly so I bought the whole boxed set. The DVDs are contained in cardboard slip in fold out sleeves, a bit like National Geographic or Britannica used to do for CD roms. Great in theory but sliding the discs in and out of the cardboard sleeves can cause scuffing and hard scratches. Blue ray players do not like sharp scratches, scuffs maybe okay so if you buy this set, perhaps use a standard DVD player. My Blu Ray player froze completely because of a small sharp scratch caused by a bit of sharp and extremely small matter in the sleeve. I have checked a few other discs in the set and there are a few similar minute scratches on other discs that I have yet to play so the marks were already there when supplied. Nothing you can do about it no matter how careful you are handling each DVD, the damage can happen in transit either from the manufacturer to retailer or finally to you. There is an awful lot of watching time to get through before you may find a problem, mine ocurred during disc two of season one but it may not have been evident until disc 3 season 6 or 7, be aware. Unfortunately buying individual seasons (as the Yanks like to call Series!) may be the only sure fire way of avoiding the problem but it also costs lots more. Actual episodes are great entertainment but not so good if it locks up just as you are about to find out "Who dunnit". The hinged book like plastic boxed sets can have problems but I have never had this type of failure with many dozens of discs contained in such storage.
Since my earlier comments about discs freezing due to minute damage, I have had the same happen in a couple of disc for two later series in this set. This time I could see no scratches or anything to cause the stopping so there must be something in the manufacture of "pits" in the data layer that my two blue ray players don't like. A non blue ray unit and a stand alone DVD player plugged into my laptop were unaffected, just not as sharp. So far the problem has only ocurred with this set and no others, so if you encounter the same thing, you will have use another player as neither of my Sony Blue Ray units will play through the stoppage which completely crashes the machines. One I have had for fifteen months and the other is the latest 2015 version. I usually have to unplug and and reconnect to the power supply to get the eject function to work so unless I have been very unlucky with two pieces of hardware, then I presume the discs are at fault. I did see in the ordinary reviews that someone else commented about having had discs from this eight series issue locking up when playing.
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