Greetings to all, I am a totally new member. I've spent 48 hours trying to find out why my branded Ritek discs would simply freeze at a certain point(usually in the last third region). I make back-up copies using DVD Shrink (latest version) and burn with Nero 6.3 (automatically, through DVD Shrink), using LG GSA-4040B burner. I also always re-author discs, keeping only the movie and removing as much of the stuff I don't need as I can. Usually, my movies are even uncompressed. While burning on an unknown brand Choice DVD-R, everything went smooth, although my Panasonic MV1 would sometimes have a hick-up with highly compressed things like TV shows with 4 episodes on a disc, nothing more than that. About a month ago I bought a batch of purple discs with Ritek brand on them (actually written Ritek on top left) and my troubles started. Alas, I've solved the problem by compressing movies up to a limit of max 3Gb. Than, all would be well. Would someone confirm (or not) my belief that I have simply come into possession of a bad batch of disks that have problems when playing the last 1.5GB or so...? I bought them from ukdvdr.co.uk Also, does anyone know of a certified on-line shop in the USA, something like USA's dvd-and-media.com? Lastly, am I right in thinking that if I paid top dollar for media like Maxell or Sony, I would be assured of almost 100% success and compatibility, or is this a totally wrong assumption? Thank you for your patience if some (or all) of the answers have already appeared in this forum. I have spent quite a lot of time scanning through various topics and the above are the only doubts that still keep nagging at me.