This recent article from The New York Times alerted me to the existence of a new DVD release of Sam Peckinpah's The Deadly Companions from VCI Entertainment. I watched a lousy transfer a few years ago, and so I was happy to read that the film which, admittedly, is a minor Peckinpah effort is now available in a better transfer.
These days I place most of my DVD orders with DVD Planet, and yesterday a copy of "The Deadly Companions" arrived in my mailbox. What a disappointment! The disc wouldn't load properly in either of my DVD players. I've bought hundred of DVDs over the past ten years, but this was the first new one to be defective straight out of the box.
If I had placed my order with Amazon, I would have noticed the complaints about defective discs posted by other purchasers of the VCI edition. Fortunately, the good folks at DVD Planet quickly responded to my complaint, and so tomorrow I'll return the disc to them. Unfortunately, however, since there are complaints about the VCI edition to which, of course, you can add this post there's not really any point in my getting another copy. After all, there's a good chance that it would be defective as well, and I have other things to do with my time than to keep exchanging discs in the hope of eventually getting one that works properly. So it will be a while before I watch "The Deadly Companions" again, I guess.
Anyway, I just wanted to post about my problem in case anyone else out there has had the same experience but is wondering whether or not other people have also purchased defective DVDs.