It’s beginning to look like the new MGM “Alfred Hitchcock Premiere Collection” 8 DVD set might be a victim of poor quality DVD manufacturing.
The packaging, lovely though it is, is a poor design for keeping the DVDs in pristine condition — the rigid cardboard sleeves can easily scuff the playing surface of the DVDs….
Not only that, it would appear that the discs themselves suffer from poor construction and/or poor quality control. Quite a few of the comments on the product page at Amazon back this up. Although the set still has a high rating, most of the 5 star ratings were submitted prior to the actual release of the set.
Although I’m still working my way through the set, at least one of my discs (“Young and Innocent”) refuses to play the second layer in my standalone DVD player. I’ve got hundreds of DVDs in my collection, and this is the first one that I’ve not been able to play. To my eye, it looks like there’s a problem with the bonding of the individual layers of the DVD.
Transfer wise, the set is excellent, so it’s a huge shame that MGM appear to have cut corners with the quality of the discs themselves. The number of comments about the set on various DVD messageboards would seem to warrant a product recall.
If you are planning to purchase the set, it might be wise to check with the vendor that they will be happy to replace individual faulty discs, otherwise you may have to return the entire set for a replacement. As the DVD packaging is heavy, that could be quite expensive.
If you have purchased the set, please leave a comment to say if you’ve experienced any problems playing the discs.