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Dissecting Universal on Blu-Ray
Joined: September 13th, 2006, 8:24 am

April 7th, 2013, 4:26 pm #161

For those of us with the CREATURE problem, I think we could obtain every single copy of this title and none of them would play right in our machines. The discs are most likely all the same. I am virtually certain it is a compatability issue with our specific players. I took my "defective" disc over to a friend's house and it played fine. It is too bad that Universal (and others) either can't or won't try a little harder to avoid this issue. This is not the first time I have run into this.
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Joined: April 22nd, 2007, 10:37 pm

April 7th, 2013, 6:27 pm #162

Just what I was thinking, Slyfox. Its never been one of my faves and the fact that I was kinda expecting this to be the bad disc prepared me.
Strangely, I had my first problems with a legitimate DVD last weekend, the R2 Chinatown, which had sat on my shelves about 2 years, just wouldnt work after 10 mins.
I've had probs with boots and burnt discs, but never a "proper" disc.

If it's an issue like Marshall described, Uni need to get their act together.
Mind you, I never had a problem, like others described , with the Hammer Uni 18 set

Snakes and Roundabouts...

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April 8th, 2013, 7:56 am #163

I think the problem with the CREATURE disc is that it includes both 3D & 2D versions on the same disc.
My player makes a few whirring noises when I put the disc on but it plays ok.
My DREDD 3D disc which also includes the 2D version does the same.
Maybe if companies kept 3D & 2D versions on seperate discs we wouldn`t have this problem.
PROMETHEUS has seperate discs as does THE HOBBIT.
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Rick
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April 8th, 2013, 12:18 pm #164

About 10 days ago I was finally able to plop the CREATURE disc in the player and give it a spin.  I'd watched the other 8 movies in the set and they all looked great.  I only watched a few minutes of CREATURE and it didn't look good.  Not at all.  It reminded me of the old days of watching TV when another station's signal would bleed through just a bit.  It was not only a bad image for a Blu-Ray, it would have been a bad image on a '60s rabbit-ears Philco.

I didn't watch more than a few minutes (though I did skip ahead to see if the problem continued -- it did), so I can't comment on the sound problems others have mentioned.  I'm not too concerned about it, frankly.  In the whole set CREATURE is the film that interests me the least, plus I'm happy with my Legacy version.
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April 29th, 2013, 3:56 am #165

I just watched the Mummy and Creature UK discs and didn't have any problems with either, thankfully.
"The important question is not, are there aliens on other worlds? No. The important question is, do they have ray guns?"
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dickieputnam
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September 25th, 2016, 5:52 pm #166

HI there..having a problem with my Univeral Monsters blu-ray set. Bought a couple years ago and there has always been a little stickiness as I remove the discs from the cardboard accordian sleeve. But this year with several discs I could barely get them out. When I did they had gummy residue along the edge. Not sure how to remove it. Any ideas? I sent an email to Universal Home Video and got no response. Thanks Rick
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September 25th, 2016, 6:49 pm #167

dickieputnam wrote:
HI there..having a problem with my Univeral Monsters blu-ray set. Bought a couple years ago and there has always been a little stickiness as I remove the discs from the cardboard accordian sleeve. But this year with several discs I could barely get them out. When I did they had gummy residue along the edge. Not sure how to remove it. Any ideas? I sent an email to Universal Home Video and got no response. Thanks Rick
I had the same exact problem with my set. To remove the gummy residue (which I think is the glue that holds the pages in the box together), I used Mothers Mag and Aluminum Polish (which I found at Walmart). Apply to areas with glue and wipe with DVD cleaning wipes (or an old undershirt if you don't have any wipes, which is what I did). You might want to put on more than one coat if the disc doesn't look clean afterwards. Once the disc looks as good as new, you can try playing them in your blu ray player. And don't put the discs back in the original packaging or you will probably have to do this all over again. 

This happened to me about a year ago, and I haven't had any issues since I cleaned the discs this way. 
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dinost
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September 25th, 2016, 7:49 pm #168

So glad I switched to individual cases with custom covers.
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June 13th, 2018, 4:12 am #169

Well, back in '12, I bought the UK box and have been very happy with. At this point, considering it does absorb a width equal to 5-6 Blu-rays on my shelf, it has been (or will soon be) rendered almost completely redundant by the Legacy collections. The only items that will remain unique to it are THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA and the gorgeous booklet/miniature lobby cards that were included in the box. I'd sell it but for those. 
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