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  1. jscott

    jscott Guided By Voices

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    No one's really posted here for a while, so I thought I'd throw down some words. Anyone got any new discs lately? Damn Ebay vultures have been picking my bones dry. I've lost out on the Criterion LD of Trainspotting, and The Thing from Another World in the past couple of weeks. Why didn't I start buying LD's when you could get them in a retail store? Oh well. I still love the format.
     
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    I agree. Laserdisc is a great format. I've always thought DVD and CD's are too small. It's no fun when you can put 'em into your pocket.

    No new lasersdiscs for me though. The laserdiscs that are interesting are really expensive.
     
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    Egg_Shen broomhead

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    Funny you should mention that you lost out on the "Thing From Another World" disc as it was the last movie I bought for the format. Maybe you lost to me.

    That was a few months ago and I really haven't been looking around to much lately. Every so often I'll look up "The Frightners" disc to see what it's going for. It's still to high....
     
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    bigdaddyhorse Detroit Hi-on

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    I think my laser collection is close to complete.
    Everything I know I want right now is retartedly expensive (i.e. Frighteners).
    I still look on ebay, but nothing has caught my eye lately.
     
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    Last bunch of discs I've picked up include a few horror commons:

    Elites:
    The Reptile
    Rasputin
    Texas Chainsaw Massacre
    Plague of the Zombies

    Others:
    Drive-in Massacre
    Jason and the Argonauts
    Blacula
    Soylent Green (LTBX)
    House/Night of Dark Shadows (double-feature)
    Blade (AC-3, LTBX) I love this movie

    Non-horror:
    Taking of Pelham 123
    Payback
    Enemy of the State

    Nothing too expensive or hard to get, but one of these days I'm going to get Omega Man for under 30 clams.
     
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    mcchrist A new breed of pervert!

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    To be honest with you, I feel that they should still be making laserdiscs along side of DVD's, face it most of the great Criterion titles you can't get on DVD, etc. And besides, there is something incredibly special about a LD special edition box, hell many of the titles out there that are still bare-bones on DVD, I would prefer buying the LD.
     
  7. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

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    Still make LDs? Um, nice idea, but...

    Let's face it, these people are business-motivated. If they could continue to make money selling LDs, they would. But you're talking a small amount of people that own LD, and many of those people prefer DVD anyway.

    About the Criterion stuff, in most cases, they've lost the rights to produce those films in any format. Halloween, perfect example. That's an Anchor Bay title now. The commentary belongs to Criterion. So what can be done?? (hehe, at least those of us with LD players have no problem).

    I do love LD, but even I know it's time has past. It was around for 20 years, I'll be totally surprised if DVD it it's current technology lasts half that long.

    Have I bought any new LDs lately? Yes!! Here's a few:

    Lifestyles of the Ramones (Ramones video collection)
    Pulp Fiction - Criterion
    Sanjuro - Criterion
    Hidden Fortress - Criterion CAV
    Lupin the 3rd: Die! Nostradamus
    Lupin the 3rd: The Fuma Conspiracy
    Poseidon Adventure - THX
    Cannibal Holocaust
    Salem's Lot - complete miniseries
    Strange Days - DTS
    Boogie Nights - DTS
    Daylight - DTS
    Jurassic Park - DTS
     
  8. MISFITZ

    MISFITZ Guest

    I swear some of you freaks are bidding against me!!! Either way, i made some side deals and recently picked up:

    Hammer's THe Abominable Snowman
    Hammer's Dracula - Prince of Darkness
    Hammer's Rasputin
    Invader's From Mars (elite)
    Bava's Lisa and the Devil
    Bava's Baron Blood

    I don't care too much of the status of Laser Disc. It seemed 'quiet' back when it was peaking. Chalk me up as one who leans on DVD quite a bit now. Mainly because of what you get for the price. I use to pay $23 - $34 for a NEW LASER disc at Media Play or something. And it was a big deal back then cuz I was a college kid. That was a huge investment.

    DVD prices, if searched with the net, are pretty cheap. Not to mention, don't have the break in the film for flipping or getting a new disc.

    But ironic as it is, the death of laser disc, has actually made my player more alive than ever. TONS of bargins out there. F*ck if the DVD is better or whatever, at $4 - $8 a film, who cares. I'm not talkin' about edited films or bad transfers.

    I'm talking about if the DVD is an LD transfer and the LD is cheaper, i'm gonna get the LD.

    If the DVD has DVD-ROM features or 'extras' of movie trailers to some other film or whatever, i'd get the LD if cheaper. Ya know!!

    As for this forum. :rolleyes: I like this place at times, but the subject matter here seems to just be a bunch of gripes about DVDs and DVD companies. I like DVDs, but I like horror even more. And no one really talks about horror or disects movies, music, writing, tv shows here. Just refer their 'horror talk' to the DVDs. Which is fine cuz that's what this place is.

    But i can only stand so much whinning in one day. I mainly just come here for Laser Disc info, or talk smack in the "OTHER" section. Not to mention I do read the reviews here. And honestly there are some people I like reading their posts.

    Glad to see there are people that actually wanted to keep talkin laser disc.

    Also.. laserdogg! Damn dude! I know we hafta be looking at some of the same stuff!! LOL!!!

    See ya freakz!!!!
     
  9. wago70

    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    does anyone think the LD of Fulci's Zombie looks better than A Bay's DVD?
     
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  11. laserdogg

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    The Roan LD looks smoother, more filmlike. Some may think the image is soft, but it looks far better than the DVD.

    Does anyone know if the DVD has all the extras off the LD, commentary, etc.?
     
  12. Paff

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    So that's a definite? The Roan LD of Zombie is better than the AB DVD?

    I had often heard that, and thus purchased the LD a few months ago. I've never seen the DVD, so I don't really know for sure which one is better. But I always here EVERYONE bitching about the DVD, and the LD don't look bad to me, so it makes sense.

    JScott: Hold out. Get the Laser of The Thing from Another World. It's a gorgeous presentation, the extras are way cool.

    And Misfitz hit the nail on the head about cheap LDs. Check my list. You'll see a LOT of movies I bought for $5 or less. I guarantee I'd never even consider buying those on DVD for $15 or even $10. The LD looks ok, sounds ok, it's widescreen, it's a LOT better than VHS, so why not? Sure, for some favorites I'll get the DVD for the added quality, but how many times a year am I gonna watch The Rock or Face/Off or Broken Arrow? And trust me, all 3 of those movies look DAMN GOOD on LD....
     
  13. Paff

    Paff Super Moderator

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    As we discuss our recent acquisitions on LD, I just wanted to mention that last week I picked up X-The Unheard Music on LD.

    If you're a fan of this band, it's an absolutely incredible movie, and having a nice stereo LD really adds to it.

    Play this movie loud
     
  14. jscott

    jscott Guided By Voices

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    I just won The Kids in the Hall:Braincandy laserdisc on Ebay. That's one I've been consistantly outbid on for 6 months now. Still looking for that Theatre of Blood LD.
     
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    wago70 Surviving on nostalgia

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    J. Scott - I have a sealed Theater of Blood LD that I don't need (I bought 2 in case the film ended up rare - in the days before the word DVD was known.)
    Willing to part with it - for a small fee. let me know on this board and I can give you my email or whatever if you're interested.
     
  16. Dave

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    LDs continue to be released?

    Well, no way it's going to happen with mainstream movies. I mean, Image and Pioneer are gone, and the studios certainly won't be releasing lasers on their own. The possibility of someone else stepping in to fill the shoes of Pioneer and Image at this point is none. It takes money to do this stuff. Pioneer and Image weren't even getting 500 preorders towards the end, and that was often the minimum needed to go ahead with the pressing.

    HOWEVER...

    Laserdisc does have an afterlife. Ebay is a great place to pick up used discs that aren't rare. Rare ones...well, break out the piggy banks.

    And while this will probably never happen, I'd love for Elite or Synapse to occasionally release a title on laserdisc. I think now that new releases are dead, an occasional release could sell well based on sentimental purchases. If a horror or sci-fi movie were released on LD now, I'd definitely buy it. I'm going to mention it to both companies, but I'm not holding my breath.

    My interest in LD has surged lately. I'm having a custom built storage cabinet made for my lasers. I'll post a picture when it's done (about a month). My new LD player from Japan will ship out to me this week.

    With the new player and new storage cabinet on the way, I want more lds! Especially Japanese lasers - so many great ones out there. All those TV series released in Japan look sweet, and they're starting to come down in price a bit.
     
  17. jscott

    jscott Guided By Voices

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    I want it. email me flyboy909@yahoo.com
     
  18. SynapseFilms

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    I loved LaserDisc...

    Hell, that's how I got my start in this crazy business.

    But, the problem is that most, if not all, the LaserDisc plants I dealt with are now all closed down. Pioneer, Mitsubishi Japan, 3M... they closed up their LD pressing facilities.

    Laserdisc is really over and it's a shame... even if I WANTED to do another LaserDisc I probably couldn't, most of the factories have switched their equipment to DVD and gotten rid of their LD mastering machines.

    I am getting ready to move and I have about 300+ LDs that I want to get rid of. I'm keeping a lot of stuff, but I am either going to sell them for $10.00 each or send them to the Salvation Army. When it's not so crazy around here (I, as well as Synapse, are moving to Michigan at the end of May), I might make up a list.
     
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    Don, you're gonna find a real active interest in those discs at this site.

    Especially if they're some of the discs you did back at Elite. My Elite laserdiscs are one of the jewels of my collection, and I've given serious thought to someday making an attempt to own every LD Elite ever did.

    Nothing but the bloody best, right?
     
  20. Dave

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    I read an article recently about a particular pressing company that was no longer doing laserdiscs. It was very interesting, though, because it went on to say that there ARE still companies pressing laserdiscs. Apparently laserdiscs are still in use at a variety of schools for teaching purposes, hence the need for companies that press laserdiscs.

    The article did mention the dramatic decline in LD production after the depature of Image and Pioneer. But the fact is, it is still possible to press lasers. I'm sure these companies pressing them for educational institutions have the ability to press movies as well.

    I'll try to find a link to the article.
     

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