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Old 09-22-2021, 09:17 PM   #1
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Question Longevity of BD-R Releases

Greetings,

As a long term collector I have always tried to avoid BD-R releases, luckily they are few and far between but they are not non existent and in a few cases I have had to settle for them as there was no other option via import etc.

I now have 4 BD-R releases, not many but depending on the outcome of this thread I may be getting a handful more.

My BDRS:
Let Me Make You a Martyr - Filmrise
Ken Park - MaddyGTV Terrible quality, like a dvd but the film is really rare now-a-days and after importing Larry Clark/Harmony Korines other film Kids from Germany (beautiful mediabook btw if you can read Deutsch) I knew I had to get Ken Park as well. These films were very present when I was in High School and they had just come out, and thus had an impact.

My 2 most recent are from a publishing firm called MRG (Meridian) / Noel Film. They have released a bunch of titles that seem to all be similar in genre. Folk Horror by the looks of it. I want to buy the rest of their offerings but before I dive in to collecting BD-R's I want to get an idea of how long they will last under ideal circumstances.

Properly manufactured media from a master when kept and maintained in ideal conditions is essentially indefinite (not enough time has passed since the introduction of optical media to give a real indication at how long the data can be maintained). For example I still have first production run music cds from the 80s that have not been kept under ideal circumstances and function just as well today (nearly 40 years).

Anyone had any experience with the longevity of single write optical media, specifically blu ray? I did alot of burning back in the day CDs & DVDs but I never ended up keeping anything more than a year or 2 and they all ended up in a recycle bin at some point.

Anyways, its a topic for discussion and imo worth having as there are some obscure releases out there available legally and officially in BD-R that will likely never have a pressed master production run so this would be the last opportunity to get them on physical media.

I plan to get at the very least one more BD-R title regardless, and that is Happiness (Also from MaddyGTV) which I expect will be barebones dvd quality.

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Old 09-23-2021, 07:21 AM   #2
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Quote:
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Greetings,

As a long term collector I have always tried to avoid BD-R releases, luckily they are few and far between but they are not non existent and in a few cases I have had to settle for them as there was no other option via import etc.

I now have 4 BD-R releases, not many but depending on the outcome of this thread I may be getting a handful more.

My BDRS:
Let Me Make You a Martyr - Filmrise
Ken Park - MaddyGTV Terrible quality, like a dvd but the film is really rare now-a-days and after importing Larry Clark/Harmony Korines other film Kids from Germany (beautiful mediabook btw if you can read Deutsch) I knew I had to get Ken Park as well. These films were very present when I was in High School and they had just come out, and thus had an impact.

My 2 most recent are from a publishing firm called MRG (Meridian) / Noel Film. They have released a bunch of titles that seem to all be similar in genre. Folk Horror by the looks of it. I want to buy the rest of their offerings but before I dive in to collecting BD-R's I want to get an idea of how long they will last under ideal circumstances.

Properly manufactured media from a master when kept and maintained in ideal conditions is essentially indefinite (not enough time has passed since the introduction of optical media to give a real indication at how long the data can be maintained). For example I still have first production run music cds from the 80s that have not been kept under ideal circumstances and function just as well today (nearly 40 years).

Anyone had any experience with the longevity of single write optical media, specifically blu ray? I did alot of burning back in the day CDs & DVDs but I never ended up keeping anything more than a year or 2 and they all ended up in a recycle bin at some point.

Anyways, its a topic for discussion and imo worth having as there are some obscure releases out there available legally and officially in BD-R that will likely never have a pressed master production run so this would be the last opportunity to get them on physical media.

I plan to get at the very least one more BD-R title regardless, and that is Happiness (Also from MaddyGTV) which I expect will be barebones dvd quality.

Thanks
Nine years ago I won a couple of auctions on eBay for Blu-ray movies "Lust, Caution" and "Seven Samurai" and when they arrived they were obvious bootlegs on BD-R. The seller refunded my money when I complained and I ended up with them. "Lust, Caution" bit the dust a couple of years ago, and sports hundreds of clear bubble-like holes in the recorded layer. Ironically I just ordered a legit copy yesterday. "Seven Samurai" is still OK, but probably not long for this world if the linked source is correct, which gives a life of 5 to 10 years.

https://www.canada.ca/en/conservatio...-cds-dvds.html
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Old 09-23-2021, 08:03 AM   #3
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There are lots of different answers regarding the lifespan of a BD-R. I've seen as little as 5 years, and as long as 50 years. Who knows what the right answer is? I own a few, and have for several years - they work fine.

If you want a title badly enough, and you know it won't get a pressed release, I would go for it. I'd bet the BD-R will last longer than whatever player you're using.
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Old 09-24-2021, 04:19 AM   #4
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Sorry that this is kind of unrelated but is CD-R expected to have a shorter lifespan too? One of my favorite soundtracks (Passengers) is on a CD-R so I'm kind of worried.
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Old 09-24-2021, 04:35 AM   #5
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If it helps, I have DVD-Rs that I burned over a decade ago that are still working fine.
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