Laserdisc is dead :-( Page 2

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  • Psiloc 30 Jul 2018 13:34:51 5,065 posts
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    challenge_hanukkah wrote:
    Just...why?
    I DON'T KNOW OK
  • Psiloc 30 Jul 2018 13:35:29 5,065 posts
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    Although the pre-special edition Star Wars was a factor
  • RawShark 30 Jul 2018 16:08:14 571 posts
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    True happiness is a long journey with a PSP, several spare batteries, and a plastic bag filled with loose UMD movies.

    It was the way Spider-Man 3 was meant to be seen.
  • freddymercurystwin 30 Jul 2018 16:23:58 1,644 posts
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    Frickin Laserdisc?
  • neilka 30 Jul 2018 16:26:14 22,534 posts
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    If user superbob85 were here then he'd lend you his complete collection of Karate Kid laserdiscs.

    Just DON'T even THINK about spilling VIMTO on them.
  • Malek86 30 Jul 2018 16:26:30 8,442 posts
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    Psiloc wrote:
    Although the pre-special edition Star Wars was a factor
    Didn't they make DVDs of that?

    Yeah, you'll have to deal with non-anamorphic widescreen, but it still sounds better than buying a whole damn Laserdisc.

    Then again, there's nothing quite like an odd collector's item. *looks at own Apocalypse Now VCDs*
  • Cappy 30 Jul 2018 16:28:09 14,080 posts
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    I saw my first laserdisc player in a charity shop recently, they still wanted a fair amount for it, they actually had the Star Wars laserdisc edition around that time too.

    I regretted not buying them a little bit.

    Still, fans have made a 720p despecialised edition of Star Wars now so I've got that for when I want to have an evening of nostalgia.
  • Psiloc 30 Jul 2018 16:51:39 5,065 posts
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    @Malek86 Apparently the problems with those DVDs go much further than the letterbox issue and the Laserdiscs are still considered the definitive official release.

    They're the basis for the fan made Blu-ray's that Cappy mentioned
  • anephric 30 Jul 2018 16:52:19 3,222 posts
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    However much nostalgia I have for my long gone LD player, there's no way I'd buy another one now.

    I also shudder when I think about how much money I pissed away on LDs and what I could do with that money now.
  • Dirtbox 30 Jul 2018 17:09:26 91,097 posts
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    I wonder what happened to the updated doomsday book they tried to put together on a couple of these things. It did the rounds in all the schools for a year or so and a couple of the school spods made an entry. It's probably online now in some fashion.
  • Dirtbox 30 Jul 2018 17:12:06 91,097 posts
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    Oh, it's here apparently. Load of crap.

    http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.uk/search/result/?q=domesday&site=bbc.co.uk
  • gamingdave 30 Jul 2018 17:21:56 4,789 posts
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    This is the version of Star Wars you need.

    I'd still like to own the Definitive Collection LD boxset just because it's awesome though.
  • Malek86 30 Jul 2018 17:36:40 8,442 posts
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    After Disney bought Lucasfilms and kicked Lucas in the butt, I kind of assumed that BDs of the original, unrestored Star Wars movies would have been the first thing on their to-do list. Even if they are busy with the new trilogy and all that Marvel money, surely such a project can't be too far off. Especially now that they are merging with Fox.

    Edited by Malek86 at 17:37:06 30-07-2018
  • Cappy 30 Jul 2018 17:55:37 14,080 posts
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    gamingdave wrote:
    This is the version of Star Wars you need.

    I'd still like to own the Definitive Collection LD boxset just because it's awesome though.
    I'll definitely 'procure' that version too.

    That quote from George Lucas is worrying, he actually wanted all pre-special edition versions of Star Wars to disappear, his reasoning is a mystery, perhaps he fears that fans would reject his tinkerings and he couldn't deny that people want the original versions when that's what people would buy given the choice.
  • fontgeeksogood 30 Jul 2018 18:48:23 6,043 posts
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    Laserdisc isn't dead until LetsGo does a RIP thread
  • Psiloc 30 Jul 2018 19:28:17 5,065 posts
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    Malek86 wrote:
    After Disney bought Lucasfilms and kicked Lucas in the butt, I kind of assumed that BDs of the original, unrestored Star Wars movies would have been the first thing on their to-do list. Even if they are busy with the new trilogy and all that Marvel money, surely such a project can't be too far off. Especially now that they are merging with Fox.
    I heard Disney don't actually own the original movies, which is why this hasn't happened yet. It would seem GL made this a condition of the sale for the precise reason that they might end up releasing the original movies, which he doesn't want
  • Psiloc 30 Jul 2018 19:30:36 5,065 posts
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    Apparently his ex-wife worked on the original movies with him, and by only releasing modified editions of the movies he cuts off her royalty payments.

    A bit tin foil I admit, but it's the only theory I've heard that makes even a bit of sense
  • anephric 30 Jul 2018 20:17:59 3,222 posts
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    It's tin foil. The thing that makes sense is Lucas disappearing inside his own neckbeard.
  • chopsen 30 Jul 2018 20:37:33 20,499 posts
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    Malek86 wrote:
    Psiloc wrote:
    Although the pre-special edition Star Wars was a factor
    Didn't they make DVDs of that?

    Yeah, you'll have to deal with non-anamorphic widescreen, but it still sounds better than buying a whole damn Laserdisc.

    Then again, there's nothing quite like an odd collector's item. *looks at own Apocalypse Now VCDs*
    Have you tried watching something in non-anamorphic PAL on a modern TV? It looks fucking *awful*.

    It was just about fine for 32 inch widescreen CRTs. The small screen made the resolution less of an issue, and CRT was good at hiding artefacts.

    On big ol' fuck off modern screen, after years of being spoilt by 1080p and even and then some?
  • chopsen 30 Jul 2018 20:39:12 20,499 posts
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    Psiloc wrote:
    Apparently his ex-wife worked on the original movies with him, and by only releasing modified editions of the movies he cuts off her royalty payments.

    A bit tin foil I admit, but it's the only theory I've heard that makes even a bit of sense
    I'd heard he actually physically altered the original sources to such an extent that restoration would actually be impossible. Sorta like drawing on the negatives with crayon or something. No idea if that's true either but I've heard it claimed a number of times.
  • anephric 30 Jul 2018 21:15:15 3,222 posts
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    Even if Lucasfilm did chop up the original negs, which would be INSANE, there would be tonnes of interpositives and internegs and answer prints and endless other resources to restore from. Even release prints (which are all that remain of some things that have been serviceably released on blu).
  • anephric 30 Jul 2018 21:16:19 3,222 posts
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    I love having the same discussion as ten years ago. Can we talk about the guns in ET next?
  • chopsen 30 Jul 2018 21:32:49 20,499 posts
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    Something something walkie talkies.

    Next?
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