Some of the things I have noticed about fakes are:
The front cover print will have squared off corners instead of the rounded ones real disney ones.
The white case can be different, a different kind of clasp that actually locks the disk in.
The Disc itself should have a raised, textured feel to it. Most fakes are smooth tho the touch.( you would have to compare to a store bought,known"real" one.)
The insert has faded or a blurred image.( again compared to a known, authentic one)
The insert and cover paper should not be card type stock. Many fakes I have seen try too hard and print on super glossy card stock. ,but yet again, you have to compare it!
The side picture does not line up to others in same series. Their can be slight variations, but some fakes are way Off!!
These are just some things I have learned on my own over the years, Im not a pro like many of the others here
Thank you! This is the info I have been searching for!
While on a little disappointing note, based on the pointers mentioned above, 3 of the 5 Limited Issue DVDs that I've purchased online are bootlegs
These 3 were bought from the same seller who has been mentioned in a thread on this site. At the time I bought them, I had no idea what to look for, I just assumed that if they played great and the covers looked really clear, that it would be fine.
The 3 DVDs that I have that are bootlegs, are The Little Mermaid (surprise, surprise), Lady and the Tramp and The Jungle Book...again all bought from the same seller. These 3 while they don't match every point mentioned above, they do have a lot of things that would determine it to be a bootleg. Things like a white case that locks the DVD in, the DVDs have a smooth surface as opposed to a textured one and the inserts are much glossier than an authentic one.
Having said that, I'm not overly disappointed knowing that those 3 DVDs I have are bootlegs. I bought them solely for my own viewing, and to have in my collection. They all play perfectly and clearly, just as an authentic one would. I didn't pay that much for them either, not compared to the prices that I've seen people talking about here in regards to what authentic copies usually go for!
The 2 Limited Issue DVDs that I bought online that I know are authentic are Pinocchio and 101 Dalmatians. Well...2 out of 5 ain't bad...