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Laser Rot

Well, Laser Rot is a problem important enough to deserve a dedicated page.

Metal Layer Oxydation (also called laser rot) is the plague of LDs. Impossible to forecast, useless to fight, it can happen anytime during the lifetime of a disc. Hopefully not all LD titles manufactured are suffering from this disease and some Factories are more famous than others on this issue (SONY DADC being #1).

Current Status 5826 reports on 3458 titles representing 1.02% of total collections
Top 100 LDs
(realtime)
  1. Eraser [14202]  (6600)
  2. Air Force One: Special Edition [71886]  (4116)
  3. Starship Troopers [71716]  (2520)
  4. Contact: Special Edition [15041]  (2208)
  5. Cable Guy, The [82426]  (2146)
  6. Net, The [11616]  (2016)
  7. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls [23500]  (1876)
  8. Copycat [14168]  (1809)
  9. Men in Black [82656]  (1769)
  10. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory [13665]  (1750)
  11. Jumanji [11746]  (1664)
  12. Lost Highway [ID3946PG]  (1482)
  13. Heavy Metal [74656]  (1456)
  14. Professional, The [74746]  (1254)
  15. Fugitive, The [21000]  (1152)
  16. Shawshank Redemption, The [74596]  (1100)
  17. Striptease [84976]  (1020)
  18. Beauty and the Beast: Work in Progress [1591 CS]  (924)
  19. Game, The [ID4260PG]  (893)
  20. Dante's Peak [43311]  (860)
  21. Fargo [800638693-1]  (840)
  22. Fifth Element, The [82406]  (798)
  23. Demolition Man [12985]  (741)
  24. Fan, The [82476]  (736)
  25. Volcano [0603985]  (540)
  26. Batman Returns [15000]  (528)
  27. The Beatles: Let It Be [4508-80]  (416)
  28. Willow [79356]  (406)
  29. Fair Game [14072]  (406)
  30. Boot, Das (The Boat) [99916]  (392)
  31. Dolores Claiborne [59906]  (377)
  32. First Knight [71176]  (348)
  33. Star Wars Trilogy: Definitive Collection [0693-84]  (336)
  34. Johnny Mnemonic [73476]  (308)
  35. Bad Boys [10716]  (300)
  36. I Come in Peace [LVD9603]  (297)
  37. Barb Wire [800639927-1]  (297)
  38. Gattaca [82646]  (276)
  39. Multiplicity [82446]  (275)
  40. Batman & Robin [16500]  (264)
  41. Hamlet [94996]  (242)
  42. Grumpier Old Men [14191]  (242)
  43. Hunchback of Notre Dame, The [7955 AS]  (231)
  44. Fire Down Below [14914]  (231)
  45. Maximum Risk [27416]  (220)
  46. I Know What You Did Last Summer: Special Edition [23926]  (209)
  47. Abyss, The: Special Edition [1988-85]  (200)
  48. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective [23000]  (200)
  49. Tin Cup [14318]  (198)
  50. Aliens: Special Widescreen Collector's Edition [1504-85]  (180)
  51. Blade Runner: Special Edition [CC1120L]  (171)
  52. Anaconda [81756]  (170)
  53. Blade Runner: Director's Cut [12682]  (168)
  54. Mute Witness [41176]  (168)
  55. Craft, The [82416]  (160)
  56. Alien: Special Widescreen Collector's Edition [1090-85]  (156)
  57. Double Team [83236]  (152)
  58. WarGames [4714-80]  (147)
  59. Donnie Brasco [82516]  (144)
  60. Last Action Hero [27936]  (136)
  61. Disclosure [13575]  (135)
  62. Crimes of Passion: Special Edition [LVD9523]  (126)
  63. Sense and Sensibility [11596]  (120)
  64. Jerry Maguire [82536]  (119)
  65. Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The [76986]  (114)
  66. Raw Deal [LVD9545]  (114)
  67. Usual Suspects, The [800638689-1]  (112)
  68. Grosse Pointe Blank [10040 AS]  (112)
  69. Dracula: Dead and Loving It [80096]  (112)
  70. Day After, The [13755]  (108)
  71. Muppet Treasure Island [7076 AS]  (108)
  72. To Die For [73436]  (104)
  73. Unforgiven [12531]  (104)
  74. Desperado: Special Edition [11656]  (104)
  75. City of Lost Children, The [40016]  (98)
  76. Few Good Men, A [27896]  (98)
  77. Lethal Weapon 2 [11876]  (98)
  78. Devil's Own, The [82466]  (96)
  79. Kate Bush: The Whole Story [080 504-1]  (95)
  80. ABBA [74-006]  (90)
  81. Gunsmith Cats Chapter: vol.1 [CAVGS/001]  (90)
  82. Safe [11846]  (90)
  83. Hoodlum [ML106282]  (90)
  84. Hook [70606]  (88)
  85. Video Standard, A [LD-101]  (84)
  86. Boyz N the Hood: Special Edition [CC1289L]  (84)
  87. Lethal Weapon 3 [12475]  (84)
  88. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Special Edition [76866]  (84)
  89. Titanic [LV334812-WS]  (81)
  90. Crash: Special Edition [CC1500L]  (80)
  91. Seven Years in Tibet [21816]  (78)
  92. Specialist, The [13574]  (77)
  93. Robocop [ID5168]  (75)
  94. American President, The [80176]  (75)
  95. Lawrence of Arabia [79626]  (70)
  96. Pavarotti & Friends: For War Child [440 074 202-1]  (70)
  97. Switchblade Sisters: Special Edition [RT1001L]  (70)
  98. Sword and the Sorcerer, The [13-010]  (70)
  99. Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms [080 166-9]  (70)
  100. Replacement Killers, The [21626]  (66)
"Score" is defined as (Rot Level x Nb of Reports)
Top 10 Makers
(realtime)
  1. DADC USA  (1473)
  2. Pioneer USA  (906)
  3. PDO UK  (563)
  4. Pioneer Japan  (561)
  5. 3M or IMATION  (250)
  6. Mitsubishi  (237)
  7. Kuraray  (181)
  8. Technidisc  (130)
  9. DADC Austria  (123)
  10. DiscoVision (MCA)  (114)
Ranking is defined as Nb of Reports/Factory

Note that humidity/water do not provoke laser rot. I sadly had a water disaster in my basement and some of my LDs spent 8 hours half immersed in freezing water. Except for the damaged covers and inserts, the disc are still playing nicely.

The main consequence of rot are those "multicolor video speckles/lines" appearing randomly on your screen and becoming more visible at the start or at the beginning of a side.

A stronger consequence can also affect the Digital Audio Tracks that will play with "clicks" and sometimes become completely mute for a few 10th of second because the data is so distored that it has no more meaning for your A/V Amp. This happened to me on Princess Bride CRITERION.

The final effect of a deadly rot will be a completely unwatchable LD. The player simply won't find it's start/timing/chapter sequence and give up playing after several tentatives.

Note that 8" LD Single do not use glue to keep the two sides together and should not be affected by laser rot. None reported so far.

Also, rot is disc/side dependant and could affect Side A while Side B remains untouched. People with access to several copies of the same set might sometimes be able to "reconstruct" a rot-free full set by checking each disc individually and selecting only the good ones.