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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 4247 reports on 2680 titles representing 1.03% of total collections
Top 100 LDs
(realtime)
  1. Eraser [14202]  (4472)
  2. Air Force One: Special Edition [71886]  (1664)
  3. Contact: Special Edition [15041]  (1400)
  4. Lost Highway [ID3946PG]  (1320)
  5. Starship Troopers [71716]  (1296)
  6. Under Siege 2: Dark Territory [13665]  (1281)
  7. Cable Guy, The [82426]  (1196)
  8. Men in Black [82656]  (1081)
  9. Net, The [11616]  (980)
  10. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls [23500]  (880)
  11. Heavy Metal [74656]  (840)
  12. Fugitive, The [21000]  (740)
  13. Copycat [14168]  (714)
  14. Dante's Peak [43311]  (702)
  15. Professional, The [74746]  (672)
  16. Fan, The [82476]  (660)
  17. Fifth Element, The [82406]  (646)
  18. Striptease [84976]  (645)
  19. Jumanji [11746]  (608)
  20. Beauty and the Beast: Work in Progress [1591 CS]  (510)
  21. Shawshank Redemption, The [74596]  (507)
  22. Game, The [ID4260PG]  (476)
  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. Fair Game [14072]  (288)
  30. Dolores Claiborne [59906]  (275)
  31. Batman & Robin [16500]  (220)
  32. Demolition Man [12985]  (220)
  33. Hamlet [94996]  (210)
  34. Grumpier Old Men [14191]  (210)
  35. Volcano [0603985]  (200)
  36. Barb Wire [800639927-1]  (198)
  37. Star Wars Trilogy: Definitive Collection [0693-84]  (171)
  38. Johnny Mnemonic [73476]  (170)
  39. Tin Cup [14318]  (160)
  40. Grosse Pointe Blank [10040 AS]  (144)
  41. Last Action Hero, The [27936]  (144)
  42. Gattaca [82646]  (136)
  43. I Come in Peace [LVD9603]  (133)
  44. City of Lost Children, The [40016]  (128)
  45. Willow [79356]  (120)
  46. Anaconda [81756]  (120)
  47. Crimes of Passion: Special Edition [LVD9523]  (119)
  48. Hunchback of Notre Dame, The [7955 AS]  (112)
  49. Maximum Risk [27416]  (112)
  50. Disclosure [13575]  (112)
  51. Craft, The [82416]  (102)
  52. Day After, The [13755]  (102)
  53. Replacement Killers, The [21626]  (98)
  54. Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Special Edition [76866]  (96)
  55. Man for All Seasons, A [80986]  (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. Aliens: Special Widescreen Collector's Edition [1504-85]  (80)
  61. Seven Years in Tibet [21816]  (78)
  62. Indian in the Cupboard, The [11646]  (78)
  63. Dracula: Dead and Loving It [80096]  (78)
  64. Sense and Sensibility [11596]  (77)
  65. In the Line of Fire [52316]  (72)
  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. Hook [70606]  (63)
  72. Mute Witness [41176]  (60)
  73. Lethal Weapon 3 [12475]  (60)
  74. Bad Boys [10716]  (60)
  75. Client, The [13233]  (55)
  76. Yor: The Hunter from the Future [VLD 6070]  (52)
  77. Devil's Own, The [82466]  (52)
  78. Japan: Oil on Canvas [MP116-15VN]  (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. Fire Down Below [14914]  (45)
  85. Specialist, The [13574]  (45)
  86. Sleepless in Seattle [52416]  (44)
  87. Billy Joel: Live From Long Island [6297-80]  (44)
  88. Welcome to the Dollhouse [82566]  (44)
  89. Close to You: Remembering the Carpenters [CLV7278]  (44)
  90. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective [23000]  (44)
  91. Alien: Special Widescreen Collector's Edition [1090-85]  (42)
  92. Superman: The Movie [1013 LV]  (40)
  93. Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The [76986]  (40)
  94. Crumb [10696]  (40)
  95. Unforgiven [12531]  (40)
  96. Jerry Maguire [82536]  (40)
  97. Class of 1999 [PCLV-10002]  (40)
  98. My Best Friend's Wedding [82726]  (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  (1173)
  2. Pioneer USA  (674)
  3. Pioneer Japan  (423)
  4. PDO UK  (311)
  5. 3M or IMATION  (179)
  6. Mitsubishi  (170)
  7. Kuraray  (122)
  8. Technidisc  (105)
  9. Sonopress  (96)
  10. DiscoVision (MCA)  (86)
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.