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atari2600a
August 7th, 2006, 10:40 PM
Look at what I just got off eBay:
http://i15.ebayimg.com/06/i/07/dd/37/0d_1.JPG

Does anyone else here have some good LD's?

bbcmicro
August 8th, 2006, 02:23 AM
OMG! Complete 1337-ness *bows*
I wanted a LD player, but then I saw how much they were on eBay...:shocked:
How big are they? The size of the average LP?
MP and the Holy Grail has one of the best ditties ever: Bravely Bold Sir Robin

atari2600a
August 8th, 2006, 02:42 AM
An LD is about the size of an LP (Vinyl album), & the players are usually 3" tall, & 15" wide. The older ones (like the one used in the "Dragon's Lair" & "Space Age" arcade machines) are smaller & the LD's are about 7" if I remember correctly (might be wrong)... (If you see a disc labeled "DiscoVison", buy it, it will gain alot of value within 10 years :p)

Flea markets & thrift stores are great places to find players & discs. (I bought my player for $5, but the seller didn't know if it worked. Upon examining it in the car, the serial number was scratched off, probably meaning it was stolen...)

I know, MP&THG = Super-1337N355!!!

Once it arrives (bought if off eBay), I'll make a GIF animation of it's pWn4g3n355!!!

EDIT: Didn't they eat Bravely Bold Sir Robin half way through the film? Ni!

bbcmicro
August 8th, 2006, 05:57 AM
Nah, they ate his minstrels.

"We are no longer the Knights who say Ni, we are the Knights who say: Ecky, Ecky, Ecky, Ecky, Ptang, Zoo Boing! Goodem-zoo-owli-zhiv."

dpatten
August 8th, 2006, 06:38 AM
Nah, they ate his minstrels.



And there was much rejoicing....

atari2600a
August 8th, 2006, 06:44 AM
"yay...."

Anyways, I also have RoboCop & Total Recall on Laserdisc...

Random thought of the day: I wonder if there where any copies of "Eraser" manufactured w/o that crappy adhesive that caused the laser-rot...

bbcmicro
August 8th, 2006, 07:09 AM
laser-rot
Sounds painful ;)

atari2600a
August 8th, 2006, 07:16 AM
Yeah, some laserdiscs where manufactured with a poor adhesive that caused a chemical reaction, making the laserdisc non-reflective & thereby destroying the disc.

bbcmicro
August 8th, 2006, 07:24 AM
The same as early CDs, I suppose.

nige the hippy
August 8th, 2006, 07:49 AM
OMG! Complete 1337-ness *bows*
I wanted a LD player, but then I saw how much they were on eBay...:shocked:
How big are they? The size of the average LP?
MP and the Holy Grail has one of the best ditties ever: Bravely Bold Sir Robin

My mate just down the road from you had a player not so long ago, and a copy of "Alien" which we used to use as a test disk for Karaoke machines. I'll ask him if he's still got it.

bbcmicro
August 8th, 2006, 08:04 AM
I think I like them so much cos they're outdated, like betamax

dongfeng
August 8th, 2006, 08:15 AM
Last time I went to Nanjing in China (August 2003), they had laserdisks for sale in the copy shops :D

Bill_Loguidice
August 8th, 2006, 10:04 AM
I have a Laserdisc player by "default" as a collector in the guise of the Pioneer LaserActive, which not only plays laserdiscs, but through the use of pop-in modules plays Sega Genesis/Megadrive/CD games and Turbo-Grafx/Duo/PC Engine stuff. There was also a karoake module. Right now I only have the Sega module. There are a decent selection of games that require the specific Sega or NEC modules and come on laserdisc. Essentially it overlays standard Sega or NEC graphics over laserdisc video, similar to some of the original laserdisc arcade games.

Anyway, I had wanted a laserdisc player anyway if I could find one cheap so I could have an unaltered and high quality version of the original Star Wars trilogy, but since that's now coming to DVD there is little reason to have one for its movie playing abilities in my opinion (mine did come with some movies, though). Again, though, as a computer and videogame collector, it's good to have a LaserActive just for the games that are unique to the system. Of course it's going to be tough finding that NEC module for anything resembling a reasonable price...

atari2600a
August 12th, 2006, 12:24 PM
Guess what came in the mail today!?!!!!!?!11!??1/1/111!?

I shall make a GIF animation of it's 1337N355 later today, after I finish watching it's pWn4g3n355...

Terry Yager
August 12th, 2006, 12:41 PM
Wow, you pwn all LD collectors! They bow before your 1337u355! You have truly found the Holy Grail of LaserDisks...

--T

dongfeng
August 12th, 2006, 01:22 PM
I don't have a Laserdisc player, but I do have a top-loading Betamax :D

atari2600a
August 13th, 2006, 12:10 PM
http://www.mtac.profusehost.net/misc/pics/13374g3.gif

alexkerhead
August 13th, 2006, 12:23 PM
but I do have a top-loading Betamax :D

Betamax top loaders are the best.
My mom hates it when I record something on my betamax and hand it to here to watch..lol

bbcmicro
August 16th, 2006, 09:39 AM
W0w, t3h 13374g3 .g1f is giving me epilepsy. Please, make it stop!

In terms of quality, are laserdiscs inbetween video cassettes and DVD's?

dreddnott
August 16th, 2006, 10:29 AM
All this talk about Laserdisc technology reminds me of another old videodisc standard: CED.

Anybody else here remember/collect CED players or movies?

P.S.: I run into LD players all the time at work. not so much the discs themselves!

atari2600a
August 16th, 2006, 05:45 PM
VHS: 220i
LD: 400i (440i in PAL)
DVD: 480p

I don't know the framerates, or the PAL resolutions for VHS or DVD's...

atari2600a
August 30th, 2006, 08:59 PM
Today I was able to get 3 LD's for $1.50 at a thrift store!!!

- Silence of The Lambs
- cliff Hanger
- Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

I was somewhat suprised by the quality of the sound when watching The Last Crusade! Of course there's the part of myself not suprised since it's uncompressed audio, but still, Teh sound is 4w350m3!

dreddnott
August 30th, 2006, 09:32 PM
Isn't PAL DVD 576 lines?

Mike Chambers
September 2nd, 2006, 02:51 PM
Look at what I just got off eBay:
http://i15.ebayimg.com/06/i/07/dd/37/0d_1.JPG

Does anyone else here have some good LD's?

oh man, i thought i was the only laserdisc addict still alive. i watch more laserdiscs than DVD's! the reason i originally got the player is because there are so many rare music laserdiscs that aren't available on any other format... i'm talking about live shows, etc

atari2600a
September 2nd, 2006, 04:25 PM
Yeah, LD's are t3h awesome! I'd like to get my hands on that "Making The Thriller" LD & stuff like that. (I'd also be awesome to get a Dragon's Lair cabinet (A local dealer just sold one on eBay), but they're Super Rare! :p)

nokia9110
July 27th, 2016, 03:47 PM
Last year, after 10 years of hearding about LaserDisc and wanting me such stuff, I got me discs and players. 2 players: one P.A.L. and one N.T.S.C. I was quite a lucky fellow to get me stuff like that at not very much money, reguarding the fact that L.D.'s are almost uknown in Romania (I don't think they where more then 1,000-2,000 machines around here).
The P.A.L. player I found in a second-hand store that brings stuff from Germany. Went looking for old radios and I got the ideea to look for a L.D. player... there where 2: one that didn't want to read C.D.'s and one that did want. I manage to negociate the price (didn't had enough money at me) and bought it. A P.A.L. disc I managed to grab only about 3 weeks later form another city. The player is a "Telefunken" V.D.P.-500 ("Pioneer" C.L.D.-1600 clone - probably even manufactured by "Pioneer")
The N.T.S.C. player I got from a guy nearly my age that had it from it's father who got it from U.S.A. Since the player didn't worked properly, I got very cheap. I cleande the lens, got some grease on the mechanism and made it better. The guy haves disc too and I manage to buy a few (money problems). The player is an 120 Volt only "Panasonic" LX-101 made in June of 1991.
I was also lucky to find 3 discs at another person from Romania (he had many more in the past, but gave away - the 3 ones reamined between vynil records) - got quite cheap "Pink Floyd - live at Pompeii" and "Miles Davis: Miles in Paris" + bonus "Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark" (very bad master) - al 3 P.A.L. discs. Some one from U.K. helped me to get some discs - bought them from ebay, send 'em to his adress and the somobedoy got 'em in Romania (so postage was cheaper). I got me also an LaserJuke disc from Germany (I would have got 2, but the postage was to expensive).

Demo discs are my dreams, but the '80's one presenting the techonlogy are very hard to find and usually aren't cheap. And I do want that 1981 Summer Sears Catalogue. A.B.B.A. is on my dream list too. And one day I hope I will get me an working "Pioneer" player with He-Ne laser.

I sometimes wonder how this techonology survived without becoming mainstream... some people really love it!

Rick Ethridge
July 27th, 2016, 10:28 PM
We have multiple LV players here.

nokia9110
July 28th, 2016, 01:01 AM
Is U.S.A.? I know that!

One thing that I like about LaserDiscs is that they are making an impression. Not even in countries where they where more not all people are knowing about them (like they are knowing about V.H.S.). It was an expo with electronic made/assambled in Romania (for eg in Romania there where never manufactured color picture tubes) and I got my P.A.L. player to bee hooked on a color tv set. Before the expo was opened, I made some test and in a moment when I fliped a disc on the other side a guy seen the disc, asked what it was and when he found he was really shocked.
Most people tend to think they are vynil records (I would thought so too if I didn't found out on the internet accidentaly about 11 years ago what they where... when I found out how big they where I was shocked) and few people really gues they are optical discs (ha, at the expo a girl no older then 10 sayed that they are D.V.D.'s, so she guessed they are otpical video discs) and even fewer around here seen one or heared about it.

I want to buy the 1st machine that I've seen on an expo (ha, thought for some years that the technology runned only on the '80's and all players where top loader), and "Philips" V.L.P. 600 or 700 (the guy haves both) - they are for sale, but the price is extremly big for two non working unreiable machines.

Ha, LaserDiscs where realsed in Europe in the year of my birth (1982) and C.D. camed up (not in Europe) the same year.

roberttx
July 28th, 2016, 10:32 AM
All this talk about Laserdisc technology reminds me of another old videodisc standard: CED.

Anybody else here remember/collect CED players or movies?

CED was marketed as Videodisc, right? I have two or three CED players and at least four Laserdisc players. I really should get around to testing them and sell some of them - I could use the space!

KC9UDX
July 28th, 2016, 05:30 PM
CED was marketed as Videodisc, right? I have two or three CED players and at least four Laserdisc players. I really should get around to testing them and sell some of them - I could use the space!

Sometimes. Selectavision was the most common name.

They are jacketed by a plastic cartridge. The disc inside is just like a phonograph record, except technically very much more advanced. The technology is amazing.

Unfortunately, the discs get dirty and don't work well, and can damage the stylus which is expensive.

Look up CED Magic.

AdamAnt316
July 28th, 2016, 07:25 PM
Both CEDs and Laserdiscs are technically "Videodiscs". DVDs, HD-DVDs (remember those?) and BluRay discs are too, I suppose, but nobody refers to them as such. :rolleyes:

I've owned several LaserDisc players, and several dozen LDs. My first LD player was a Pioneer LD-V2000 (http://www.laserdiscarchive.co.uk/laserdisc_archive/pioneer/pioneer_ld-v2000/pioneer_ld-v2000.htm) which had originally been part of a Nintendo "Power Previews" kiosk (http://nintendoage.com/forum/messageview.cfm?catid=5&threadid=119364) as seen at Toys'R'Us and other stores during the '90s. It came with the program cartridge (looked like a SNES cart, but the similarities ended there), a short serial cable, and both an LD and VCD with Nintendo game previews on it.

I've since acquired several more-capable LD machines, including a Pioneer CLD-D604 (http://www.laserdiscarchive.co.uk/laserdisc_archive/pioneer/pioneer_cld-d604/pioneer_cldd-604.htm) and a Pioneer DVL-909 (http://www.laserdiscarchive.co.uk/DVL-909.htm) (DVD/LD/CD combo unit). I've also acquired a few RCA Selectavision CED players, along with numerous videodiscs for that. Both formats are fun, though LD definitely has the edge due to video/sound quality (still analog!) and reliability compared to CED. Interesting to think where the CED technology might've gone if the format had stuck around as long as Laserdisc did.......... :confused1:
-Adam

DOS lives on!!
July 29th, 2016, 05:38 PM
A neat thing that I do with my CLD-V2600 is use a terminal program as a remote to control the player. This is done using a DB9 to DB15 cable (custom made - can't use a simple converter unfortunately). The one thing I haven't experimented with is the Laser Barcode system that some LD players used. There was apparently a computer program that let people generate barcodes for their discs, but I have been unable to find it.

I did have a CED player and a few discs (or video records, as they are), but sold them in preference for LD. I enjoyed Tomita's opening song for the earlier RCA CED openings, but that was about it.

NeXT
July 30th, 2016, 01:55 PM
AdamAnt316, you ever dumped the contents of that laserdisc to youtube? I dumped my Apple kiosk disc years ago.

vcwalk
August 15th, 2016, 07:21 AM
fantastic!