2. Will my burner be able to make a copy of them to another disk so that I can avoid scratching the original disks? I use the graveman burner.
Seems like you want to give away/sell movie CDs, but I'll try to buy your story nonetheless.
Yes, you can play VCDs. I personally recommend using Xine
, possibly with the Totem front-end, although I just use xine-ui as the f-e. Downoading the files for it is a breeze, because you're given step-by-step instructions.
I think you can get the Xine (Mandrake/Mandriva) RPMs from here
. You'll need libdvdcss, as well as the ones that the Xine website tells you to get. Apart from that, enjoy!
P.S Oh, and for a good CD burner, I recommend K3b