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I just got a brand new copy of the two-disc edition of Blade Runner: The Final Cut. I had planned to watch it for the first time this evening to set the mood for playing Deus Ex 3 when it unlocks later tonight. I popped the disc in my DVD drive, started up Media Player Classic Home Cinema, aaaaaaand...
Copy protection fail. The movie won't play.
Unsurprisingly, Windows Media Player is no better.
Windows Media Player cannot play this DVD because there is a problem with digital copy protection between your DVD drive, decoder, and video card. Try installing an updated driver for your video card.
This isn't the first time I've experienced problems like this, but it was always with older DVDs, like late 90's to 2000-ish, which is the era where I thought obtuse, overkill copy protection on DVDs (like requiring a shitty included proprietary media application to play them and such as a lot of them did back in the day) was more the norm. But this edition of Blade Runner TFC came out in 2007. I thought we had moved beyond such nonsense by then.
My knowledge of media copy protection and codecs and all of that is basically nil. You put the disc in, hit "play" or "open" or whatever in your media player weapon-of-choice, and away you go; that's all I understand, and it works out fine for me about 99% of the time, but tonight I'm annoyed enough to actually want to try to find out what's going on here and how to fix it. If somebody could give me a quick primer on the way this stuff works and direct me where to go or what to do to allow me to play my brand new movie on my PC like I want to, whether its installing some specific codecs or whatever, I'd really appreciate it.
Warning/Disclaimer: I'm not sure it's even necessary to say this, but I'm going to anyway just for paranoia's sake: This thread is not about piracy and I don't want to hear about piracy in anybody's advice/suggestions. I don't want to get anybody infracted, I just want to watch my damn movie that I legally bought without whatever copy protection scheme it's using preventing me, if there's any safe/legal way to do so.
I can list my video card and any other system specs if they're relevant, but even with what little knowledge of these things I have I suspect this is not just an issue of updating my video card drivers.