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Re: Laserdisc Player question please help....

Posted: Fri Jan 13, 2017 9:44 am
by oldtimer
lupogtiboy wrote:I got very lucky early on in the boot sale season last year and bought a Pioneer CLD-D515 for £8! Its huge and works perfectly. I only have 4 laserdiscs though:

Escape From New York
E.T (this has a scene only found in the laserdisc version apparently!)
Return Of The Jedi
Total Recall
Yes I think that's the scene with Harrison Ford and the frogs in the schoolroom scolding Elliot

Re: Laserdisc Player question please help....

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 7:02 pm
by Katzkatz
Yeah, the Laserdisc machines looked impressive back in the 1990s. I often used to go into the local Sony Centre and watch the machines(hooked up to those big Trintron CRT TVs) display films there. They also had the Dolby Surround and it was very impressive at the time - especially as at home I had to watch films on a 21 inch CRT TV and a VHS.

I do remember in about 1996, reading in a HiFi and Video magazine about the first Laserdiscs with Dolby Digital 5.1. I think that only the NTSC disks got that - as there wasn't enough room for it on the PAL disks. I think they reviewed True Lies - which was also not the cut version that the UK had at the time.

I was sort of inspired to post here because of a YouTube video on the subject by Techmoan, which I saw a couple of weeks ago.

I think there's a few rare things that you can only get on Laserdisc. There's The Godfather : The Mini Series - which is the first two films, but in chronological order and with extra scenes. I think it was also on VHS and I there's also a version that was actually broadcast on US TV, but that is cut for sex and violence - and it also has some different scenes in it. I think that also John Woo's The Killers has different subtitles from the Japanese translation.

Anything that was perhaps good about the format was the massive long sleeve cases they came in. They usually had booklets with lots of information about the film.

Re: Laserdisc Player question please help....

Posted: Thu Feb 23, 2017 9:39 pm
by The Hardest of All Freds
[quote="Katzkatz"]Yeah, the Laserdisc machines looked impressive back in the 1990s. I often used to go into the local Sony Centre and watch the machines(hooked up to those big Trintron CRT TVs) display films there. They also had the Dolby Surround and it was very impressive at the time - especially as at home I had to watch films on a 21 inch CRT TV and a VHS.

I do remember in about 1996, reading in a HiFi and Video magazine about the first Laserdiscs with Dolby Digital 5.1. I think that only the NTSC disks got that - as there wasn't enough room for it on the PAL disks. I think they reviewed True Lies - which was also not the cut version that the UK had at the time.

I was sort of inspired to post here because of a YouTube video on the subject by Techmoan, which I saw a couple of weeks ago.

I think there's a few rare things that you can only get on Laserdisc. There's The Godfather : The Mini Series - which is the first two films, but in chronological order and with extra scenes. I think it was also on VHS and I there's also a version that was actually broadcast on US TV, but that is cut for sex and violence - and it also has some different scenes in it. I think that also John Woo's The Killers has different subtitles from the Japanese translation.

Anything that was perhaps good about the format was the massive long sleeve cases they came in. They usually had booklets with lots of information about the film.[/quote

I love Tech Moan's videos