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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 4498 reports on 2801 titles representing 1.03% of total collections
Top 100 LDs
(realtime)
  1. Eraser [14202]  (4968)
  2. Air Force One: Special Edition [71886]  (2030)
  3. Contact: Special Edition [15041]  (1647)
  4. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory [13665]  (1608)
  5. Lost Highway [ID3946PG]  (1425)
  6. Starship Troopers [71716]  (1375)
  7. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls [23500]  (1248)
  8. Cable Guy, The [82426]  (1196)
  9. Men in Black [82656]  (1081)
  10. Heavy Metal [74656]  (990)
  11. Net, The [11616]  (980)
  12. Fan, The [82476]  (833)
  13. Fugitive, The [21000]  (819)
  14. Copycat [14168]  (792)
  15. Professional, The [74746]  (782)
  16. Dante's Peak [43311]  (779)
  17. Fifth Element, The [82406]  (646)
  18. Striptease [84976]  (645)
  19. Jumanji [11746]  (608)
  20. Shawshank Redemption, The [74596]  (602)
  21. Beauty and the Beast: Work in Progress [1591 CS]  (576)
  22. Game, The [ID4260PG]  (555)
  23. Fargo [800638693-1]  (406)
  24. Boot, Das (The Boat) [99916]  (390)
  25. First Knight [71176]  (360)
  26. Batman Returns [15000]  (338)
  27. Multiplicity [82446]  (308)
  28. The Beatles: Let It Be [4508-80]  (297)
  29. Demolition Man [12985]  (288)
  30. Fair Game [14072]  (288)
  31. Dolores Claiborne [59906]  (275)
  32. Volcano [0603985]  (264)
  33. Johnny Mnemonic [73476]  (240)
  34. Barb Wire [800639927-1]  (230)
  35. Batman & Robin [16500]  (220)
  36. Grumpier Old Men [14191]  (210)
  37. Hamlet [94996]  (210)
  38. Star Wars Trilogy: Definitive Collection [0693-84]  (200)
  39. Hunchback of Notre Dame, The [7955 AS]  (162)
  40. Tin Cup [14318]  (160)
  41. Grosse Pointe Blank [10040 AS]  (144)
  42. Last Action Hero, The [27936]  (144)
  43. Gattaca [82646]  (136)
  44. Craft, The [82416]  (133)
  45. I Come in Peace [LVD9603]  (133)
  46. City of Lost Children, The [40016]  (128)
  47. Donnie Brasco [82516]  (120)
  48. Willow [79356]  (120)
  49. Anaconda [81756]  (120)
  50. Crimes of Passion: Special Edition [LVD9523]  (119)
  51. Mute Witness [41176]  (119)
  52. Disclosure [13575]  (112)
  53. Day After, The [13755]  (102)
  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. Hook [70606]  (88)
  58. Raw Deal [LVD9545]  (85)
  59. Alien 3 [5593-85]  (84)
  60. Maximum Risk [27416]  (84)
  61. JFK [12306]  (84)
  62. Aliens: Special Widescreen Collector's Edition [1504-85]  (80)
  63. Seven Years in Tibet [21816]  (78)
  64. Dracula: Dead and Loving It [80096]  (78)
  65. Indian in the Cupboard, The [11646]  (78)
  66. Bad Boys [10716]  (78)
  67. Sense and Sensibility [11596]  (77)
  68. In the Line of Fire [52316]  (72)
  69. Usual Suspects, The [800638689-1]  (70)
  70. Double Team [83236]  (70)
  71. Crash: Special Edition [CC1500L]  (70)
  72. Blade Runner: Director's Cut [12682]  (68)
  73. Unforgiven [12531]  (66)
  74. Replacement Killers, The [21626]  (66)
  75. I Know What You Did Last Summer: Special Edition [23926]  (66)
  76. Titanic [LV334812-WS]  (64)
  77. Specialist, The [13574]  (60)
  78. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective [23000]  (60)
  79. Jerry Maguire [82536]  (60)
  80. WarGames [4714-80]  (56)
  81. Client, The [13233]  (55)
  82. Blade Runner: Special Edition [CC1120L]  (55)
  83. Laserdisc: What it is, How it works [USP-001]  (55)
  84. Robocop [ID5168]  (52)
  85. Yor: The Hunter from the Future [VLD 6070]  (52)
  86. Devil's Own, The [82466]  (52)
  87. Japan: Oil on Canvas [MP116-15VN]  (52)
  88. Gwendoline (Perils of Gwendoline) [G78F5010]  (50)
  89. Tingler, The [07776]  (50)
  90. Lawrence of Arabia [79626]  (48)
  91. Switchblade Sisters: Special Edition [RT1001L]  (48)
  92. Sword and the Sorcerer, The [13-010]  (48)
  93. Fire Down Below [14914]  (45)
  94. Abyss, The: Special Edition [1988-85]  (45)
  95. Lethal Weapon 3 [12475]  (45)
  96. Pavarotti & Friends: For War Child [440 074 202-1]  (44)
  97. Now You Can See the Music [080 546-1]  (44)
  98. Sleepless in Seattle [52416]  (44)
  99. Welcome to the Dollhouse [82566]  (44)
  100. Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters [CLV7278]  (44)
"Score" is defined as (Rot Level x Nb of Reports)
Top 10 Makers
(realtime)
  1. DADC USA  (1228)
  2. Pioneer USA  (741)
  3. Pioneer Japan  (444)
  4. PDO UK  (327)
  5. 3M or IMATION  (190)
  6. Mitsubishi  (178)
  7. Kuraray  (133)
  8. Technidisc  (106)
  9. Sonopress  (99)
  10. DiscoVision (MCA)  (93)
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.