Need advice for buying my first Laserdisc Player

Discussion in 'Laserdisc' started by buck135, Mar 16, 2013.

  1. buck135

    buck135 Kanamit

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    4,319
    Likes Received:
    987
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    A dimension of sight, sound and mind.
    Hello all. I need some advise. I just purchased my first LD: the Japanese "Dawn of the Dead" Perfect Collection. :banana: I know it's putting the cart before the horse, but this LD is gorgeous. I want a LD player not only to watch it but ultimately to transfer it to a computer, probably a Mac (again putting the cart before the horse) to convert it to DVD. Can all LD players be tricked to play a LD in this region? Also, any recommendation as to what I should look for as far as a player and the best means of ripping it onto a computer? Thank you!
     
  2. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

    Joined:
    May 14, 2000
    Messages:
    8,072
    Likes Received:
    401
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SoCal
    OK, first of all, one great thing about LD: NO REGIONS!! If you have a laserdisc, and a laserdisc player, it will play. Doesn't matter where the disc came from.

    Now, if you're only going to be ripping the content of the LD, you have a little more leeway. You can buy a single sided player (when the disc gets to the end, 30 minutes for a "CAV" disc, 60 for a "CLV" disc, you have to manually turn the disc over. AKA, "flippers". All LDs are flippers if you have a single sided player.

    If you're going to be integrating it into your home theater and actually watching the movies, you'll want a double sided player. This one automatically plays the other side of the disc, and you'll only have to get up if there's a disc change.

    Stick with Pioneer players. Look for a CLD-Dxxx, or CLD-Sxxx if you only want a single sided player ("D" and "S" are for Double or Single sided player). The "xxx" will be a 3 digit number. Higher the number, better the player. I use a CLD-D704, one of the best players made short of the "Elite" line (which is a whole new ball game, but a lot more $$$). A 502, or 406 will suit you fine.

    Finally, MAKE SURE IT HAS A REMOTE! If you're going to access commentary tracks, you have to change from the digital soundtrack to the analog, and that's a function specific to LD. You won't find it on any universal remotes.

    If you find some players that interest you, post 'em here and we can comment on 'em.
     
  3. buck135

    buck135 Kanamit

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    4,319
    Likes Received:
    987
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    A dimension of sight, sound and mind.
    That's excellent information. Thank you so much Paff. Any ideas as to what hardware I should look into to transfer LD's to a PC or Mac (preferably Mac)?
     
  4. buck135

    buck135 Kanamit

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    4,319
    Likes Received:
    987
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    A dimension of sight, sound and mind.
    Hey Paff, I took your advice and bought a Pioneer CLD-D503. It recently got a brand new belt, and everything was checked out to ensure that all was good going forward. The price was good for a player that received high praise. I got so caught up with it's condition that I forgot to check the most important piece of advice you gave me...make sure it has the remote. Luckily eBay had one for this model in excellent condition for $20. Paff, thank you so much for all of your advice. I picked up a video capture device for my PC cheap so I'll be burning my Dawn of the Dead Perfect Collection very soon. :banana:
     
  5. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

    Joined:
    May 14, 2000
    Messages:
    8,072
    Likes Received:
    401
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SoCal
    Good first player! Have you plugged it in and used it yet?
     
  6. buck135

    buck135 Kanamit

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    4,319
    Likes Received:
    987
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    A dimension of sight, sound and mind.
    Thanks! No, I ordered it last night. Right after I ordered it I came here to update this thread. I can't wait!
     
  7. Paul_s

    Paul_s Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    284
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    England, UK.
    Just bought my first Laserdisc player - Pioneer CLD-D515.

    I've had a few Laserdiscs in my collection mainly for their exclusivity (no DVD or Blu release) - gave up on their VHS counterparts years ago.

    Hopefully this won't become too addictive of a hobby :eek:
     
  8. buck135

    buck135 Kanamit

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    4,319
    Likes Received:
    987
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    A dimension of sight, sound and mind.
    Congratulations. While this hobby hasn't been overly addicting for me, it was certainly pricey. I wanted several Japanese ld's (Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead) among others. I paid quite the premium for them. eBay is unfortunately the most convenient way to find specific titles.
     
    Paul_s likes this.
  9. Paul_s

    Paul_s Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    284
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    England, UK.
    bought a couple last month which set me back around $75 each on eBay! (LDDb marketplace seems pretty good too) I don't think I'll be double dipping on LDs for blu-rays/DVDs I own --- unless I really like the artwork or for exclusive content.

    Do you still have your CLD-D503?
     
  10. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

    Joined:
    May 14, 2000
    Messages:
    8,072
    Likes Received:
    401
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SoCal
    75 bucks? What are you buying??

    I think the most I ever considered spending on a single LD was $50 for a copy of Suspiria (pre-DVD release). It was from Big Emma's, the best pre-Ebay place for laserdiscs online. Every day, at least 2 or 3 times, they'd update their list, and you could have a shopping cart going for several weeks to save on shipping. Most discs were in the 10 to 20 dollar range, that was why it was a real surprise to see something for $50. I considered it, but eventually someone else grabbed it. Then a week later I found a copy in a used VHS/LD store for $15.
     
  11. Dobby

    Dobby Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 7, 2010
    Messages:
    3,171
    Likes Received:
    191
    Trophy Points:
    63
    There is no place to buy laserdiscs other then feebay. Why even bother when the cool horror stuff is impossible to track down?? There is always cool laserdiscs out there but the greedy troll sellers want $150+. I can't even imagine how much fun it must be getting headaches. Then you have to deal idiot sellers using bubble mailers and damaging it etc etc. I won't spend more then $30 on blu rays let alone some $200 on some laserdisc.
     
  12. buck135

    buck135 Kanamit

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2004
    Messages:
    4,319
    Likes Received:
    987
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    A dimension of sight, sound and mind.
    I do still have that player. It works great. All of the Japanese Romero dead ld's have amazing packaging, though I'm sure they were not worth what I paid. ROTLD 2 (original theatrical audio) was pricey at $40. Basic Instinct (exclusive extra features) was about $15. It's hit or miss. I agree about obtaining ld's which only have exclusive content or packaging due to it being a favorite film of yours.
     
  13. Dave

    Dave Pimp

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 1999
    Messages:
    7,189
    Likes Received:
    363
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    Deals can be found on ebay and lddb if you are patient. If you are looking for later releases like Matrix, or Japanese imports, you can still easily pay $50+ a disc/set.

    I finally sold off a lot of my rare discs. I never watched them and I'm just not a big "collector". It was like owning a baseball card or something. What's the point of owning The Matrix on LD when every time I watch it, it's going to be the bluray? Collector aspect only. No thanks. I'm keeping the rest of my collecting but I recently sold about 25 discs. I sold my player, too, though I plan to get a real high end one in a few years when we are settled down in a house and my kids are older (and won't be trying to screw around with my player).

    I have long watched ebay for rare discs. I can tell you that prices are starting to slip. I think many that were trying to obtain them have done so or have gone on to purchase the bluray. You could argue that the 1999 DVD of Deep Blue Sea and the 1999 LD of Deep Blue Sea don't have a night and day difference, but with the bluray that changes, obviously.
     
  14. Paul_s

    Paul_s Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    284
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    England, UK.
    Erm, a rather cheesy rare 80s music/workout LD - there's another copy on LDDb going for $180! :D

    The only film I've bought so far is 'Deadly Friend' and that was around $40 shipped to the UK so I can see it being a very expensive hobby :(
    For music video Laserdisc is really appealing.
     
  15. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

    Joined:
    May 14, 2000
    Messages:
    8,072
    Likes Received:
    401
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SoCal
    Absolutely. One of my favorite LDs (that still gets regular play from me) is Squeeze Play, a collection of Squeeze videos. I also have collections of The Who and the Ramones. One disc I keep trying to get (but haven't looked for in a while, maybe I'll head over to E-bay after posting this) is Antics in the Forbidden Zone, the Adam and the Ants/Adam Ant collection.
     
  16. Paul_s

    Paul_s Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    284
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    England, UK.
    its crazy just how many music related discs are still only exclusive to the LD (and VHS) format. Can't wait to try out some of mine which I've had hanging around for the past 9 months :)
     
  17. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

    Joined:
    May 14, 2000
    Messages:
    8,072
    Likes Received:
    401
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    SoCal
    Only one copy of the Adam Ant disc on E-bay, and it's $40. Too rich for my unemployed blood. I'll have to wait for a cheaper one someday.

    I don't think I've bought an LD in more than 2 years. As I've mentioned before, my only interest in purchasing LDs at this point is some of those Hong Kong discs from the 90s. Action movies, martial arts, and um, Cat III (softcore porn). The quality on those discs is questionable, but I love how they're taken from theatrical prints (not negatives), so the subtitles are in Chinese and English (due to Hong Kong being both a Chinese territory and British protectorate at the time, and the fact that HK speaks a different dialect of Chinese), often hilariously and incorrectly translated, and sometimes completely illegible due to them being white-on-white. There's just a charm that you don't get from newly remastered DVDs and Blus. They're all widescreen though. Plus, the movies of that era are just so damn fun. Probably my favorite era of film behind gritty 70s flicks.

    ...and even though though I couldn't find the Adam Ant disc on E-bay, I did see a copy of the Maggie Cheung film Green Snake in that format I love so much. Only $9 + shipping. Hmmmm.....
     
  18. Paul_s

    Paul_s Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    284
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    England, UK.
    Well I'm completely sold on LD.

    Had a good play on some of my music-video LDs I bought last year and the sound quality is phenomenal - so involving, rich, exciting and full of depth.
    Sure, the video quality isn't as razor sharp or as lush as HD material but it can be forgiven - actually, quality was very good on the LD i was viewing.

    Love the LD format, wish I'd tried it sooner. If this is what I can expect from a mid-range player then I'll be upgrading pretty damn soon :D
     
  19. Dave

    Dave Pimp

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 1999
    Messages:
    7,189
    Likes Received:
    363
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Boston, MA
    A scaler will help sharpen things up a bit; don't expect miracles. The best part of my scaler is it can mask Japanese subtitles in the black bars (where most of them were for the later releases).

    It's a fun format and if you avoid most of the 1999-2001 releases, many can be found for good prices. I'm very thankful I'm not a big music guy because I know how pricey some of those can get.
     
  20. Paul_s

    Paul_s Member

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 2009
    Messages:
    284
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Location:
    England, UK.
    Which scaler do you run Dave? PQ was pretty good on my Samsung LCD (it's only a 23"'ish screen) so I'll see how things go.
    Eyed up a few more music LDs - thankfully no more than $20 each - shipping is going to be a killer though :(
     

Share This Page