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    Senior Member Country: UK Mr Pastry Time's Avatar
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    Hi folks.. Anyone else collect Laserdiscs on here me wonders?



    I do and tend to go for the ones with extras which were only issued on Laserdisc.



    Often wondered if any classic British films were on Laser and do have a few BBC TV LD.



    Thoughts anyone.

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    Administrator Country: Wales Steve Crook's Avatar
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    name='Mr Pastry Time']Hi folks.. Anyone else collect Laserdiscs on here me wonders?



    I do and tend to go for the ones with extras which were only issued on Laserdisc.



    Often wondered if any classic British films were on Laser and do have a few BBC TV LD.



    Thoughts anyone.


    Criterion put quite a few British titles on laserdisc and they've usually got an interesting collection of extras. But most of them have since been issued again (often with extra extras) on DVD.



    But the quality is better on laserdisc

    Criterion Collection on Laserdisc



    Steve

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    Senior Member Country: UK Mr Pastry Time's Avatar
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    Thanks for that Steve. The Show Boat boxed set is superb and includes the 1929,1936 and 1951 versions along with some extras. The best one for me is the 1951 flick which includes the choice of hearing the Ava Gardner sound track which is joy instead of the usual version.



    Nice to see Evergreen was on laser. Must look out for that.

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    I was surprised to read that they only stopped making LD Players last month:



    Home Theater: Pioneer Discontinues Laserdisc Players

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    Senior Member Country: UK Mr Pastry Time's Avatar
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    Hi. Yes don’t think so many people are doing Karaoke these days. The machines that were being made more recently were for Karaoke but at least there are plenty of used player about which should keep us going. The Pioneer 2950 I use myself was purchased via another forum which I found very good and everyone was helping me get set-up again and rare to find this sort of support these days and a nice surprise at that. Rather like this player, and the last one I had from new the Pioneer 1450 which was also good but no disc flip over. Denon also badged some of the Pioneer players but in the end I stuck with the 2950 which is a nice machine I find.



    Nice to have the old Laserdisc in house once again and some nice surprises on the media to be found although I still have much to learn. Looking forward to meeting a long time Laserdisc collector today and I am sure he will put me on the right track.

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    Just a thought - were there any so-called 'porn films' issued on laserdisc?

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    Senior Member Country: UK Mr Pastry Time's Avatar
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    Yes and I just got rid of one one..Not quite my bag.

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    I have a few laser discs, I sold my player on ebay a couple of years ago and got about �50 for it, when the buyer came to collect I offered him about 20 discs free if he would just take them away but he declined!! The discs were hugely expensive as I remember, between �35 to �45 each, it would seem that they are totally worthless now as I couldn't even give them away! There are people who collect laser discs, I can't imagine why,having watched both I would say they are not as good as DVD and certainly no match for blue ray.

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    name='christoph404']I have a few laser discs, I sold my player on ebay a couple of years ago and got about �50 for it, when the buyer came to collect I offered him about 20 discs free if he would just take them away but he declined!! The discs were hugely expensive as I remember, between �35 to �45 each, it would seem that they are totally worthless now as I couldn't even give them away! There are people who collect laser discs, I can't imagine why,having watched both I would say they are not as good as DVD and certainly no match for blue ray.
    You must have been playing them wrong

    When they're shown on what is otherwise the same equipment, the same TV set and they're connected properly, then laserdiscs come out top every time. They contain a lot more picture information that a DVD which relies on much heavier compression - and that loses data



    Steve

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    name='Mr Pastry Time']Yes and I just got rid of on...not quite my bag.
    Johnny Rebel's House Party 1 & 2? Johnny Rebel's X-Rated Auditions? Never Mind Me ********, Here's Johnny's Rotters?

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    name='Mr Pastry Time']Hi folks.. Anyone else collect Laserdiscs on here me wonders?



    I do and tend to go for the ones with extras which were only issued on Laserdisc.



    Often wondered if any classic British films were on Laser and do have a few BBC TV LD.



    Thoughts anyone.
    I have been a keen Laserdisc viewer/collector since it�s launch by Philips back in 81, analogue only then! When my player packed up, I did have a break from it, but with the price of discs falling and having found a player that could play both the early analogue releases and the later digital ones, found myself buying a new Pioneer. OK, it�s flawed in some respects, but still gives arguably the closest reproduction to what you would have originally seen on celluloid, or so I understand.

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    name='Steve Crook']You must have been playing them wrong

    When they're shown on what is otherwise the same equipment, the same TV set and they're connected properly, then laserdiscs come out top every time. They contain a lot more picture information that a DVD which relies on much heavier compression - and that loses data



    Steve


    Not sure if thats true, Laser Discs are analogue as far as I know and don't use any form of compression anyway, I think its a bit like comparing a vinyl record to a music CD, its a debate that will rage on and followers of LD will always claim superior quality in the same way followers of vinyl prefer the quality of that,but as someone who has had experience of LD and DVD and Blu Ray I would say there is no comparison. When they are all working without faults and as they should, in my viewing experience Blu Ray looks far superior and DVD slightly better..... however I do prefer vinyl records to music CDs but thats another debate!

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    Senior Member Country: UK Mr Pastry Time's Avatar
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    Just thought I would dig up my old thread as we are still viewing Laserdiscs here.



    At present viewing on a Pioneer player, S Video output into a HDMI upscale. Watched Hound of the Baskervilles (NTSC) recently and looks very nice indeed.



    Started to collect vintage UK discs last year, many not now playable due to "the rot" setting in, but nice UK covers including a ex library copy of Bugsy Malone.



    The NTSC discs are holding up very well and I do like the Show Boat collection which is superb quality with extras.

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    Mr Pastry Time



    are you a member of the pre cert website? there are a couple of people on there that collect laserdiscs so maybe worth having a look in and have a chat. who knows you may be able to get a bargain or two

    link: Pre-Certification Video - Powered by vBulletin

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    Senior Member Country: UK Mr Pastry Time's Avatar
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    Very interesting info that and thank you for letting me know.

    Best wishes

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