Backed by a lifetime warranty, Verbatim DigitalMovie DVD-R media has a street price
of about $11.99 per 3-pack. I found the 3-pack at Buy.com for $11.99, and a special deal on five
3-pack sets for $49.99 (bringing the price down to $10.27 per 3-pack) with free shipping.
The only difficulty
I found in using the DVD-R's was getting the DVD-R out of the jewel case. If you
try to pull it open from the top, and the plastic just bends (and you can see that
it is clasped in the middle). When I tried placing my thumb on the middle of the
right edge and pulling outward, my thumb would just slip off. The best way I found
to open the case (after much experimentation) was to place the palm of my hand on
the front of the cover, and while applying light pressure with my palm, using my
fingers to left the right middle edge open. I've never seen another case open like
this before, so without knowing this trick up front (no instructions on the box),
some less patient consumers may find more drastic ways of freeing the DVD from the
case. Once you know the trick, it's pretty easy.
Case aside, the DVD-R itself is just like any other DVD-R. Load it into your Mac's
DVD burning drive (whether the Superdrive or a 3rd party drive), and run your DVD-burning
software. Piece of cake.
Sporting the movie
reel look, the main selling point of this DVD-R is definitely the presentation.
However, it's important to note whether you are sacrificing quality for a nice look.
In this case, not at all. The DVD-R records from 1x to 4x speeds, and in all my
uses, it recorded flawlessly. The DVD-R discs are based on Mitsubishi Kagaku Media's
Metal Azo recording dye technology, which, in simple words, means that the discs
produce recordings with greater power margin and better sensitivity than earlier
generation discs. The DigitalMovie DVD media also utilizes Ultra-Precise Molding
technology, which means that you get very flat discs with stable high-speed rotation
during reading and writing. Add to these facts that it comes with a lifetime warranty,
and you have a solid and reliable DVD-R product.
Of course, the reason you'll want to buy these DVD-R's is because instead of a plain
non-descript print on the top of the DVD-R, there is a movie reel image printed right
on the disc, providing a very nostalgic and movie-like feel to the media. It's perfect
for putting your home movies on, especially as gifts for family and friends. I used
iMovie to put together a couple of movies of my nephew's first year, and burned them
onto the DigitalMovie DVD-R using iDVD. They made great gifts! There was not a
whole lot of room to write on the disk, so I had to abbreviate the title of the movie.
If I wanted to make a list of all the contents in the movie, I could have created
a printed slip, and placed it in the jewel case. Although the case may not be the
easiest case to open, it is a very nice looking case, and the DVD carrier comes out
so that you can insert a printed description of the contents behind it. You could
also slide in a cover on the front as well (similar to a CD case, except instead
of sliding left to right, the cover slides from top to bottom). The case is also
sized similar to cases that commercial DVD's come in, so it will fit nicely into
your DVD library.
DVD-R discs are stylish DVD-R's that are imprinted with a cool movie reel look, sport
state of the art technology in terms of product design and reliability, include a
tall clear DVD case, and come with a lifetime warranty. These DVD-R's work great
with iDVD, are perfect for your home movies, and make really nice gifts. The jewel
case is difficult to open unless you know the trick of opening it. These DVD-R's
would be great for mailing as well, so it would be nice to have the option to purchase
them on a spool without the cases. For anyone burning home movies, you're going
to love these DVD-R's!
- State of the art DVD-R
- Cool movie reel design
- Tall jewel case fits
your DVD library
- Lifetime warranty
- Case can be difficult
- Limited writing space
- No option to purchase
on a spool
4 1/2 out of 5 Mice