I’ve been belatedly scanning some of my older Blu-ray discs and this morning I did GoodFellas. This Australian version (released by Warner Bros here) turned out to have exactly the same specifications as the US version shown here, including the disc size.

BDInfo 0.5.3 disclosed the usual information, and I was interested to note the existence of a 118 minute SD extra on the disc. This was playlist 00011.mpls, which uses file 00013.m2ts, and no other file. Here’s the playlist report for that one:


Name:                   00011.MPLS
Length:                 1:58:27 (h:m:s)
Size:                   6,535,593,984 bytes
Total Bitrate:          7.36 Mbps


Codec                   Bitrate             Description
-----                   -------             -----------
MPEG-2 Video            6974 kbps           480i / 29.970 fps / 4:3


Name            Time In         Length          Size            Total Bitrate
----            -------         ------          ----            -------------
00013.M2TS      0:00:00.000     1:58:27.900     6,535,593,984   7,356

So what could this be? None of the extras on the disc were this length. Each nicely related to other files and playlists on the disc.

When I finished entering the disc details into my database, I dragged 00013.m2ts into a media player, and it turned out to be the video — and only the video, there being no sound at all — of the 29:36 featurette called ‘Getting Made’. It even had the same average video bitrate.

But clearly that featurette isn’t long enough. So I jumped around within 00013.m2ts and soon discovered that it consisted of the video of this featurette repeated four times end to end.

This item uses 6.09GB of disc space. It does nothing. Without it, the disc could have comfortably been single layered.

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