Laserdisc Questions

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  1. It's me Billy

    It's me Billy New Member

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    I've noticed that Criterion released Halloween on LaserDisc twice, first in 1994 (spine # 247) and again in 1996 (#310). What's the differences?
     
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    One version is loaded with extras and was in CAV, the other was movie-only and CLV. Don't know which is which but I can check as I do have the one with the extras.

    Wanna hear something funny? The extras-loaded version listed at $100, the bare bones edition was $50. Try charging $50 for a movie-only version nowadays.

    Buck: What did you think of that Night of the Living Dead disc?
     
  3. buck135

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    It's awesome, thank you! The photos are fantastic. I started capturing it in order to transfer it to DVD. Thank you very much. I have five different versions of Dawn of the Dead and the Elite NOTLD. If there are any others from the the original trilogy that you recommend, please let me know.
     
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    Yesterday afternoon Scarecrow Video in Seattle posted on their Facebook & Twitter feeds that they had found a few Laserdisc players in their back room and had them for sale for very cheap prices. So right after work I headed over there and bought a Pioneer CLD-1070 (with remote and all cables) for $25. I then went to a used movie/music store in the area called Silver Platters and grabbed a copy of the E.T. Signature Edition LD set. I had seen it in the store years ago and just lucked out that they still had it. I'm currently watching the old 1996 documentary found on the set. It was great to finally see the alternate ending and Harrison Ford scene in full.

    I'm interested in building my LD collection, with a focus being on widescreen films only available in fullscreen on VHS or DVD and sets with exclusive bonus features. Off the top of my head I know I want to grab Elite's Nightmare on Elm Street set and Criterion's edition of King Kong '33, but am unsure of other sets which would fit into what I am looking for. I'm sure this topic has been beaten to death, but do you LD collectors have any recommendations for me?
     
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    Join lddb.com and the Laserdisc Forever newsgroup. Lddb.com message forum has a thread about lasers or extras that aren't on DVD.

    Most are on DVD or blu now but I still enjoy collecting. I swear the format is going through a resurgence right now. I dont think we will ever see new discs pressed due to cost, but who knows.

    I just got the Phantasm box.....autographed limited edition. Yum!
     
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    Thanks Dave. I just got signed up on Lbbd.com and will dig through the forums this weekend. I'm happy to live in an area with many Half Price Books and indie video stores that still carry LDs.
     
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    Sorry I meant laserdisc forever Facebook page.
     
  8. Paff

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    I would think that's a pretty small number.

    If I was going to give advice to a new LD collector who is a horror fan, I'd say look for anything from Elite Entertainment and possibly The Roan Group (I.E., make that your E-bay search criteria). As already mentioned, the SE of Night of the Living Dead is a must-have, due to the stills collection.

    I never made it a major goal to collect a lot of Japanese discs of American movies but there's a lot of highly sought after titles, like the "perfect' collections of Dawn of the Dead or Phenomena. One I do have, and highly recommend is the Japan issue of Evil Dead. It really does have a great look to it.

    If you're a fan of Hong Kong movies like I am, Laserdisc is a needed element in your home theater. While many of the big name movies (I.E., John Woo, Jackie Chan, Jet Li) have gotten decent releases on DVD and Blu-Ray, a lot of great movies are either not available on the smaller disc format, or absolute shit shows. Like, they're non-anamorphic, and even worse, the subtitles are below the picture in the letterboxed area so you can't zoom in. You have to watch them letterboxed AND windowboxed (I'm assuming you have a 16x9 display). The HK Lasers were created from theatrical prints, with burned-in subtitles. Usually dual language, Chinese and English, and sometimes white on white. Not to mention they're often poor translations, but it's part of the charm. Note, do not go after the Tai Seng American releases if you can avoid it. Often a cruddy picture, and the above mentioned issue of subs below the image.

    Finally, if you're a music fan, you will find there's a LOT of music video collections that are only available on LD with great sound too. One of my favorites is "Squeeze Play", which is a collection of the music videos made by the band Squeeze. They made some very creative videos, and there's two live clips with fantastic sound.
     
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    Also, look for box sets. A lot of those came out with some really great extras. And not on the discs, but in the boxes. Like, there's a box set of Breakfast at Tiffany's that comes with a copy of Audrey Hepburn's personal script including all the notes she scribbled in it. Or, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest which came in a 200-page coffee table-style book about the making of the film. Hell, any fan of that film should have that even if they don't have an LD player!
    Also, I don't think the Brad Bird animated series Family Dog ever came out on DVD, did it? There's a neat little box set of that.
     
  10. zbinks

    zbinks Beset by Creatures of the Deep

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    Correct me if I'm wrong, but laserdiscs with either analog audio and/or uncompressed PCM digital audio may also be at a big advantage in the audio department over their DVD counterparts where analog audio wasn't possible and digital audio was more likely to be encoded as lossy DTS or Dolby Digital.
     
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    Nope, that's quite correct. PCM sound on LD is fantastic. Basically, it's CD-quality (like you mention, DTS and Dolby Digital are compressed on DVD).

    Of course, like everything else, Blu-Ray has rendered the argument moot as the audio quality is top-notch on those discs.
     
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    I don't know about that, but I'm trying to watch a few more now that they look so much better on my new screen (which still surprises the shit out of me). I wanna dig into my Vincent Price/Roger Corman/Poe discs again. I think I have all of them.
     
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    Between LDDB, Ebay, Laserdisc Forever - there is a good amount of activity. It may only amount to a thousand people, but look at some of the prices discs are going for (and actually selling). Lots are being bought up on ebay a lot, too.

    Few times a week someone joins LD Forever and posts how they grew up wanting LD but couldn't afford it, so they are getting into it now. Most go in with reasonable expectations and aren't too disappointed with the drop in quality when compared to HD/blu-ray.
     
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    My LDDB list was taken down, since I haven't updated it in a long time (guess I should change my sig...). I don't feel like re-entering 500 or so LDs.

    A few nights ago I watched Assault on Precinct 13. It was kinda crappy looking, but it was more due to the transfer and not the format. Still, entirely watchable. I've gotta start digging through my tons of discs and find more stuff to watch. Like my Criterion edition of Repulsion.
     

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