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 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 10:18 AM   
 By:   tiomkinfan   (Member)

The steep prices didn't help Laserdisc's survival. I took a part time job at Ken Crane's Laserdisc Superstore so I could get them at cost. It was a niche market but we had Ray Harryhausen in shopping whenever he was over from England. He autographed a copy of "It Came From Beneath the Sea" for me. Tony Baxter from Disney's Imagineering was a regular. Miles Krueger came in on several occasions. We regularly shipped titles to Amblin Entertainment and Skywalker Ranch. Fun times!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 11, 2021 - 1:38 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

The main reason that I got into laserdiscs was that it was initially the only way to see many films in widescreen. In its waning days, VHS started releasing a number of titles in widescreen, but laserdisc had a decade head start.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 12, 2021 - 9:13 AM   
 By:   roadshowfan   (Member)

I had well over 2000 films on disc, but to be fair, working in the industry at the time, I got an awful lot at no charge.

I thought they were terrific & certainly an upgrade from the tape days, the box sets where incredibly expensive, but majority were well worth the costs. The best one for me was Close Encounters of the Third Kind, where the option to play the entire film a combination of the cinema cut & Special Edition was very interesting. As mentioned above a large number of extras have never made it to DVD or Blu Ray, commentaries, trailers & features. Along with actual cinema unaltered versions, example Where Eagles Dare had the intermission card & music play out & back into the film.

The flipping over for the film & then the deadly “rot” did not help their sales or public acceptance & I do like Blu Ray & DVD so much more. Progress?

Regards
Andy b


The GUYS AND DOLLS laser had playout exit music which has never appeared on any DVD or Blu-ray. Also SWEET CHARITY roadshow has only been presented intact on laser. 2 of many examples where the laser was superior.


This sort of totally unnecessary error is incredibly infuriating, especially when the mistakes made on the DVD issues were never corrected for the Blu-Ray. Is Star! another case where the ent'racte and playout music were omitted from the DVD too?

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2021 - 4:14 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

The steep prices didn't help Laserdisc's survival. I took a part time job at Ken Crane's Laserdisc Superstore so I could get them at cost. It was a niche market but we had Ray Harryhausen in shopping whenever he was over from England. He autographed a copy of "It Came From Beneath the Sea" for me. Tony Baxter from Disney's Imagineering was a regular. Miles Krueger came in on several occasions. We regularly shipped titles to Amblin Entertainment and Skywalker Ranch. Fun times!

Cool story.

I'm in a similar boat to Thor. They were too expensive for to jump ship from vhs and I always assumed that one day a version the size of a cd would come. And I was right! Not bad for someone usually 'techonolgically challenged'...

I used the same reasoning to never buy pre-recorded films on vhs. Took up too much space and had poor picture quality. I just knew something better and more compact would come, for which I would gladly pay.

My off-air recording I regarded as an art, especially on commercial channels (a period where we nerds all thanked God for the BBC), with the pausing for ad breaks. I remember the odd snag, such as when I paid a friend to 'video-sit' whilst I went out for the evening. She was meant to pause for the ads during Vertigo, and fell asleep with it being a "boring old film"!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2021 - 4:19 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

I'm in a similar boat to Thor. They were too expensive for to jump ship from vhs and I always assumed that one day a version the size of a cd would come.

That's funny. I had a similar feeling too at the time, or at least I remember saying "I wonder if these will be like CDs one day". We're both proper Nostradamuses!

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2021 - 4:32 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

I'm in a similar boat to Thor. They were too expensive for to jump ship from vhs and I always assumed that one day a version the size of a cd would come.

That's funny. I had a similar feeling too at the time, or at least I remember saying "I wonder if these will be like CDs one day". We're both proper Nostradamuses!


Except I thought min-discs might be the future too. I waited to see how long they'd last, and they didn't! Fortunately that aforementioned caution clicked in and stopped me investing in them as I was more tempted than with laserdiscs.. Phew..

 
 Posted:   Sep 13, 2021 - 6:14 AM   
 By:   King Solium   (Member)

I remember looking at anime on Laser Disc in the store and just sighing because I couldn't afford it.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 15, 2021 - 4:36 PM   
 By:   Phil567   (Member)

The main reason that I got into laserdiscs was that it was initially the only way to see many films in widescreen. In its waning days, VHS started releasing a number of titles in widescreen, but laserdisc had a decade head start.

Same here. The reason I bought a couple of laserdiscs was that it was the ONLY way at that time to see certain movies in widescreen, and I just HAD to.

(I remember how an employee at a laserdisc store annoyingly referred to "letterbox" as "picturebox" LOL. As in "this movie is presented in the picturebox format". I didn't bother correcting him).

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 2:37 AM   
 By:   riotengine   (Member)

Who got into laserdiscs, then eventually found they had an obsolete collection? I never had a player and only ever bought a couple of laserdiscs which I watched on a friend's player. I still have them and think, what a scam! I may as well use them as frisbees now. That friend of mine had a laserdisc player and tons of laserdiscs. I don't think he has the player or the laserdiscs anymore.

Now for my next question: are there still at this late date rare movies that are only available on laserdisc, so that the laserdisc of the movie is a prized possession?


At one time I had around 600 laserdiscs. I was an early adopter and I loved my LD collection. No scam to me. My first player was a Pioneer top loader. I slowly got rid of my LDs as I moved into DVD, then later blu-ray. I still have three players, and around thirty discs. I worked at Tower Records for three years, so I got some deals on LDs.

And yeah, there are a few LDs not on DVD or blu-ray I held on to my disc for Nightflyers. The Kung Fu and Airwolf pilots. I also held on to my Alamo director's-cut, which is now on German blu-ray.

Greg Espinoza

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 8:07 AM   
 By:   Scott McOldsmith   (Member)

Did the Laserdisc release of Thunderball have the original end credit music? The VHS did for awhile and it's never been o DVD or Blu Ray thus far.


I still have the complete Star Trek original series on Laserdisc. For the sound mix.

 
 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 11:35 AM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

Blew a lot of money on LD back in the day, but it was exciting/kind of an event to have a new LD of your favorite new movie. A local shop even rented them!

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 11:48 AM   
 By:   jackDAWG   (Member)

Blew a lot of money on LD back in the day, but it was exciting/kind of an event to have a new LD of your favorite new movie. A local shop even rented them!

Good post, thanks!
In the early 80s, I was on the fence about formats, and it so happened a local video store had Betamax, VHS and even LD players for rent as well as movies for each.
I tried all three - may have spent enough money on renting the three as would have cost for a decent (then) VHS which is what I wound up getting. At that time, I thought both Betamax and Laserdisc were superior, but VHS seemed more readily available.
Those were exciting times, with all the competition and one-upsmanship going on...

 
 Posted:   Sep 16, 2021 - 10:57 PM   
 By:   Octoberdog   (Member)

I still have the complete Star Trek original series on Laserdisc. For the sound mix.


NICE!

 
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