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  1. Dave

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    Did we have a now watching thread here for lasers? If not, we should.

    Last night I threw in an Amazing Stories Japanese LD that I had. Not something I ever thought I would spin again (like my Twilight Zone 80s lasers), but I don't own the DVD set, plus I think these lasers (between domestic and Japanese) cover more than the first season.

    This disc had the Kostner plane ep., the mummy (with the actor and a real mummy), and then the Christoper Lloyd ep. The actual eps are: The Mission, Mummy Daddy, and Go to the Head of the Class. Burned in subs are depressing on full frame releases but they really don't bother me much.

    Anyway, good eps all around. My son loved the last two. And Paff is right - full frame releases still hold up pretty well today. For a laser from the early 90s, I was impressed.
     
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    I haven't watched any LD's in so long, I think my last two were Dr. Strangelove and Darkman at the beginning of the year. I've been wanting to re-watch Jurassic Park and I only have that on LD so maybe I'll see that soon, it's a 1.85:1 disc so it should look alright if I stretch it to fill the screen, that's something that keeps me from watching LD's, not being able to fill the screen! (That and having to force open the player with a knife if I haven't used it in a while...)
     
  3. elahrairrah

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    Just watched the Gettysburg: Special Edition LD Box recently (the 4 and 1/2 hour cut that's not available on DVD.) Not a good transfer but how else are you going to see this version? The VHS tape?

    Also started watching Easter Parade. Yeah . . . I like musicals!
     
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    I'm watching Prom Night right now!!! Its in the middle of the disco dancing scene!!! :banana:
     
  5. Dave

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    I started watching Star Wars (faces collection) last night. Only lasted about 20 minutes and shut it off so my son could switch back to Sponge Bob.

    One thing that amazed me was how well the transfer looked, even after I used the 2x zoom feature to blow-up the image. Quite impressive. I think this is in part due to the fact I have a smaller HDTV (around 40-42") and that it's an actual tube. Anyway, pretty cool.

    Hoping tonight I can watch the Vampires import I picked up last month. Hopefully it looks just as good.
     
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    After the discussion of the zombie vs. shark scene, I think I'm gonna put the Roan version of Fulci's Zombie in the player tonight
     
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    Pretty crummy transfer on Zombie, but I think it was bad even on my 27" SD tube. Fulci never really got any good LDs, did he? The Dutch EC discs, Roan, Cult Epics all had shit transfers. Well, I've heard the Japanese discs were ok, but I've never seen any.

    Movie was better than I remember. Zombie vs. Shark is still dumb though. And I laughed at the final scene. Radio talk of the zombie apocalypse, zombies on their way across the Brooklyn Bridge, but regular commuter traffic going on just fine.
     
  8. Dave

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    I thought that Beyond LD had a good transfer, no? I owned it way back but can't really recall.
     
  9. Dave

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    I watched Shrunken Heads LD this past week. Fun flick and since all Full Moon stuff is 4:3, it holds up well.
     
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    "Ohhhh I could write a sonnetttt...about your Easter bonnet....and of the guy I'm taking, to the Easterrrr Paraaaaaade..."

    ~Matt
     
  11. elahrairrah

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    The transfer on The Beyond was pretty good on its own, but after seeing the Grindhouse/Anchor Bay remasted DVD picture, it's hard to look at it again.

    Same goes for the Roan Zombie release. On its own, it looked good compared to the sub-par VHS releases I've watched over the years, but ugly compared to Shriek Show or Blue Underground's remastered DVDs.
     
  12. Dave

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    I picked up my last two purchased from the post office the other day - Amistad and Peacemaker - Japanese releases.

    I'm going to watch Peacemaker tonight. That's the one with Clooney and Kidman. I'm not expecting much on that. Amistad is something you have to be in the mood for, so who knows when I will watch that.
     
  13. elahrairrah

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    Just watched Mario Bava's Planet of the Vampires, part of a double feature disc which also has Queen of Blood. Full screen and not the greatest transfer, but it was still workable and enjoyable.

    Oh yeah, and if anyone's interested, I put up a video on Youtube comparing the video outputs of a few Laserdisc players that I own. Tried to be informative for people who aren't as savvy when it comes to LD player connections.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tMtOb3h-Q4
     
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    Always like to keep the player going, the parts moving, prevent dry rot in the belts.

    Watched High Risk, starring Jet Li last night. I don't know what it is, but these Hong Kong discs seem just fine on my plasma.
     
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    Nice comparison. Have you ever owned/used the Pioneer CLD-1010? I've always thought it was a nice bang for the buck player and uses a red diode laser like the H9. Curious what you think of this player if you've ever tinkered around with it.

    Dang, I should probably fire mine up sometime soon. It's possibly been 2 to 2.5 years since I've watched a laserdisc.
     
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  16. elahrairrah

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    I've heard of it and its featuring the sam red laser in the HLD-X9, but never got around to getting one or seeing one in action. Would be interested in seeing if it can read through Laser Rot like the X9 can.
     
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    Watched Jurassic Park and Poltergeist on LD today since it's the only format I have either on. I'd been wanting to see Jurassic Park again for a while now and I've never watched Poltergeist start to finish. I never really remember liking what I saw of Poltergiest and find that it does have it's moments (especially at the end!) that make it worthwhile but it is a pretty slow movie. When it came time to switch to the second disc of Jurassic Park the player wouldn't open, I did my usual pry open the door and force the tray and heard something inside snap and then the door locked in the open position and the tray wouldn't budge. Opened the player up, removed the snapped off piece (part of one of the parts that ejects and retracts the tray), forced the tray out, forced it back in, and the eject/close button started working again but the player makes a loud noise when I open and close it now and I wonder how much longer it will last.
    This got me thinking about the inevitable day when the player doesn't work at all... Even if I had a place that could fix this I doubt it would be worth the cost versus just buying another inexpensive player plus I feel I've gotten my money's worth out of it in the seven or eight years I've owned it so I'm not really inclined to put money into it. It'd be kind of silly to replace this thing when it breaks because of how infrequently I use it and the fact that most discs really suck on a HDTV, the only TV I have, but at the same time that's exactly what I see myself doing when this thing finally does stop working....
    OT but related to obsolete formats it's ironic this should happen today as this is the second obsolete player I've messed around with this weekend. Friday I played around trying to make a Betamax player that my friend gave me work again. It still doesn't work but I really wish I could have made the eject work because I really wanted to see how the tape comes out of the system of rollers and off the read head; the tape appears to be loaded correctly but getting it the way it is and then putting it back looks physcially impossible as far as I can tell. Considering the fact that it's a player from 1984 that's probably spent more than 1/2 of it's life in a basement with a tape stuck in it and the fact that I know nothing about fixing this sort of thing I wasn't at all surprised I couldn't do anything to make it work again. Still, I keep wondering about how the tape gets the way it does to be read and nothing online really explains it, I might have to open up the VCR tomorrow and try to see it in action... :)
     
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    Wifey and I watched Criterion's The Killer LD last night. I thought it looked pretty damn good considering. She enjoyed the movie; loves action flicks.
     
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    Three movies in my annual Halloween horror-thon were on LD last night:

    Horror Hotel
    Night of the Living Dead
    The Blair Witch Project
     
  20. march

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    Just watched The Fog and watched The Crow last night. Picked up a lot of 100+ laserdiscs last week so that should keep me occupied for a little while.
     

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