Scratched DVD playback: Windows vs Linux

Few things are as frustrating as watching a DVD and suddenly the sound stops and the screen freezes. Well, the last few months we have been lucky in this area, but yesterday evening it was that time again.

VideoLAN on Windows yesterday skipped a lot of frames when I invoked it (no idea why?), so I went with PowerDVD to watch this rented DVD. We already watched two episodes of Desperate Housewives Season 3 disc 5 and suddenly playback froze.