According to Warner Bros., “DVDs produced on-demand are similar to, but not quite [the] same as, DVDs you'd buy at the local video store. DVD movies you buy at the local video outlet are manufactured from a mold via a stamping process whereas on-demand DVDs are 'burned.' Each carries information read by the DVD player; [however], the physical properties of the two are different”³. Therefore, Archive Collection titles are individually burned based on order, rather than churned out in bulk amounts and disseminated to retailers and media distributors.
Warner Bros. continues, explaining that their “on-demand DVDs are manufactured using the most widely accepted [DVD] format, DVD-R”³. As noted in an earlier News & Views post (DVD-R vs. DVD+R), DVD-Rs are developed through duplication (disc burning) with retail DVDs that are manufactured with a cost-effective violet dye, thus creating the violet or blue disc bottoms. Almost all contemporary DVD players can read the DVD-R format.
There are several ways you can access Midwest Tape’s “Warner Archive” collection via the Midwest Tape website:
- Select “Warner Archive” while browsing DVD collections via Browse.
- Search via SmartBrowse stock number prefix WDO to access all available Warner Archive Collection titles.
- Select the “Warner Archive” collection displayed on the Midwest Tape homepage.