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doctor chain saw massacre

so apparently a small handful of "Doctor Who Series Two" DVDs rented at Netflix have a DVD encoding error that during the episode "New Earth" will suddenly switch to "Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning" which includes a graphic scene where someone's legs get cut off.

[good times].

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zqfmbg
Jan. 19th, 2007 08:47 pm (UTC)
should point out, just so people don't get the wrong impression:

it's not an encoding error -- it's a physical assembly error. DVDs these days are made by physically gluing together two plastic carriers with the data layers facing the joint. so what they think happened is a layer from one got glued to a layer from the other.
c_wraith
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:52 am (UTC)
Encoding errors typically don't result in scenes from other movies.

Man, imagine what kind of compression scheme would be required for that to happen.. Here's my video encoding standard:

Each movie will have a 64-bit id value. Per frame, you specify what movie id, resolution/scanning mode, and frame index within the movie.

You could get some truly awesome compression ratios with that setup. If you didn't mind the player software requiring billions of terrabytes of lookup tables.
zqfmbg
Jan. 20th, 2007 01:57 am (UTC)
You could always store the lookup tables remotely.

Heh, the movies-on-demand model. A frameserver sitting somewhere in the middle of the internets servicing requests from clients.
sleeplessone
Jan. 23rd, 2007 04:12 pm (UTC)
And normal consumer internet connections are getting to the point where they could handle it.
sleeplessone
Jan. 23rd, 2007 04:13 pm (UTC)
Could you imagine getting the other half of the mistake?

Someone's right about to get their leg chopped off....and BAM Dr Who.
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