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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 4160 reports on 2649 titles representing 1.01% of total collections
Top 100 LDs
(realtime)
  1. Eraser [14202]  (4326)
  2. Air Force One: Special Edition [71886]  (1550)
  3. Cable Guy, The [82426]  (1344)
  4. Lost Highway [ID3946PG]  (1320)
  5. Contact: Special Edition [15041]  (1296)
  6. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory [13665]  (1281)
  7. Starship Troopers [71716]  (1219)
  8. Net, The [11616]  (1092)
  9. Men in Black [82656]  (903)
  10. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls [23500]  (817)
  11. Jumanji [11746]  (756)
  12. Fugitive, The [21000]  (740)
  13. Heavy Metal [74656]  (720)
  14. Copycat [14168]  (714)
  15. Professional, The [74746]  (672)
  16. Fan, The [82476]  (660)
  17. Striptease [84976]  (645)
  18. Fifth Element, The [82406]  (592)
  19. Dante's Peak [43311]  (540)
  20. Shawshank Redemption, The [74596]  (507)
  21. Game, The [ID4260PG]  (416)
  22. Beauty and the Beast: Work in Progress [1591 CS]  (406)
  23. Fargo [800638693-1]  (378)
  24. First Knight [71176]  (360)
  25. Batman Returns [15000]  (338)
  26. Boot, Das (The Boat) [99916]  (336)
  27. Multiplicity [82446]  (308)
  28. The Beatles: Let It Be [4508-80]  (297)
  29. Barb Wire [800639927-1]  (260)
  30. Fair Game [14072]  (253)
  31. Volcano [0603985]  (253)
  32. Dolores Claiborne [59906]  (240)
  33. Demolition Man [12985]  (220)
  34. Grumpier Old Men [14191]  (210)
  35. Hamlet [94996]  (210)
  36. Batman & Robin [16500]  (190)
  37. Star Wars Trilogy: Definitive Collection [0693-84]  (171)
  38. Tin Cup [14318]  (160)
  39. Last Action Hero, The [27936]  (144)
  40. Gattaca [82646]  (136)
  41. City of Lost Children, The [40016]  (128)
  42. Willow [79356]  (120)
  43. Grosse Pointe Blank [10040 AS]  (120)
  44. Crimes of Passion: Special Edition [LVD9523]  (119)
  45. Hunchback of Notre Dame, The [7955 AS]  (112)
  46. Maximum Risk [27416]  (112)
  47. Disclosure [13575]  (112)
  48. Johnny Mnemonic [73476]  (112)
  49. Craft, The [82416]  (102)
  50. In the Line of Fire [52316]  (99)
  51. Anaconda [81756]  (98)
  52. Seven Years in Tibet [21816]  (96)
  53. I Come in Peace [LVD9603]  (96)
  54. Man for All Seasons, A [80986]  (96)
  55. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Special Edition [76866]  (96)
  56. Gunsmith Cats Chapter: vol.1 [CAVGS/001]  (90)
  57. Raw Deal [LVD9545]  (85)
  58. Alien 3 [5593-85]  (84)
  59. JFK [12306]  (84)
  60. Day After, The [13755]  (80)
  61. Aliens: Special Widescreen Collector's Edition [1504-85]  (80)
  62. Fire Down Below [14914]  (78)
  63. Dracula: Dead and Loving It [80096]  (78)
  64. Indian in the Cupboard, The [11646]  (78)
  65. Sense and Sensibility [11596]  (77)
  66. Donnie Brasco [82516]  (72)
  67. Usual Suspects, The [800638689-1]  (70)
  68. Double Team [83236]  (70)
  69. Crash: Special Edition [CC1500L]  (70)
  70. Blade Runner: Director's Cut [12682]  (68)
  71. Replacement Killers, The [21626]  (66)
  72. Hook [70606]  (63)
  73. Mute Witness [41176]  (60)
  74. Bad Boys [10716]  (60)
  75. Devil's Own, The [82466]  (56)
  76. Muppet Treasure Island [7076 AS]  (52)
  77. Japan: Oil on Canvas [MP116-15VN]  (52)
  78. Yor: The Hunter from the Future [VLD 6070]  (52)
  79. Gwendoline (Perils of Gwendoline) [G78F5010]  (50)
  80. I Know What You Did Last Summer: Special Edition [23926]  (50)
  81. Lawrence of Arabia [79626]  (48)
  82. Switchblade Sisters: Special Edition [RT1001L]  (48)
  83. Abyss, The: Special Edition [1988-85]  (45)
  84. Lethal Weapon 3 [12475]  (45)
  85. Specialist, The [13574]  (45)
  86. Billy Joel: Live From Long Island [6297-80]  (44)
  87. Sleepless in Seattle [52416]  (44)
  88. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective [23000]  (44)
  89. Welcome to the Dollhouse [82566]  (44)
  90. Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters [CLV7278]  (44)
  91. Alien: Special Widescreen Collector's Edition [1090-85]  (42)
  92. Unforgiven [12531]  (40)
  93. Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The [76986]  (40)
  94. Crumb [10696]  (40)
  95. Jerry Maguire [82536]  (40)
  96. Class of 1999 [PCLV-10002]  (40)
  97. Superman: The Movie [1013 LV]  (40)
  98. Client, The [13233]  (40)
  99. Virgin Queen of St. Francis High [ID5273ME]  (39)
  100. Extreme Measures [94926]  (36)
"Score" is defined as (Rot Level x Nb of Reports)
Top 10 Makers
(realtime)
  1. DADC USA  (1147)
  2. Pioneer USA  (658)
  3. Pioneer Japan  (413)
  4. PDO UK  (298)
  5. 3M or IMATION  (171)
  6. Mitsubishi  (167)
  7. Kuraray  (127)
  8. Technidisc  (102)
  9. Sonopress  (92)
  10. DiscoVision (MCA)  (84)
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.