This is kind of old, but I haven’t heard any discussion on it, so I figured I’d warn everyone.
If you are planning on buying certain DVDs, such as “Close Encounters Of The Third Kind,” “Lawrence Of Arabia,” “Final Fantasy,” “Cast Away,” and a bunch of others (check this site out, they might know), DO NOT BUY THEM FROM A NORMAL STORE! Buy them from Amazon or somewhere online. Why? There are SINGLE-DISC editions, whereas there are also two-disc editions with more features. I don’t care, either, but I think that some people like those pointless things on DVDs about how they did things, or stupid Easter Eggs like a music video of “Thriller” with the models from “Final Fantasy.” (It’s silly. Check it out if you get the chance.) This isn’t a flaw with the DVDs, but rather a way to make Columbia Pictures and 20th Century Fox more money with cheaper DVDs.
Also, as you may know, “Back To The Future” has been released in a 3-disc special edition. If you own the full screen edition, your screen ratio sucks. If you own the widescreen version or are planning on buying it, there seem to be flaws on discs 2 and 3 (parts 2 & 3) involving the ratio. Parts are cropped out. It might not seem like much, but it’s annoying as Hell. Worse, there are anecdotes on all 3. The latter 2 have a flaw (I think) where a strange box will appear. You will not be able to read the subtitles (unless you’ve got really good eyes), and parts of the movie will be off-colored. This might be a flaw with my DVD player, but with the DVDs having bug reports, you might experience it, even if you don’t own a super-cheap DVD player like mine was. Fullscreen is unaffected, but if you’ve got two black bars (they’re not a flaw–they’re supposed to be), then send them back to Universal. You should get DVDs that have been fixed in late February/early March. Again, go to this site for the full story, along with where to send the DVDs.