Laserdisc

Mike Matei / February 23rd, 2010

Remember laserdisc?

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  • JasonsMinion

    April 9, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    Well 5 minutes ago I had never heard of the Laserdisc, but now I have and I will never forget it! Wow were those things huge! Great review!

    JasonsMinion.

  • April 10, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    LMAO Because of this video i bought raiders of the lost ark special edition laser disc. It is very fun to look at. i agree with the contra guy in this vid.

    PS: can anyone tell me how to put a picture on my profile?? The only reason i ask is because i have a good pic for my profile. Thank you very much.

  • Lorelai

    April 21, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    Oh 🙂 I never knew there was something between VHS and DVD 🙂 Nice and interessting, mister, as usual 😉

    • January 16, 2015 at 3:41 am

      LaserDisc wasn’t really between VHS and DVD, it coexisted with VHS from 1978-2000.

  • Stant666

    April 27, 2010 at 8:38 am

    Thats one big ass disc O.o

  • hink1124

    May 2, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I was always surprized that each laser disc didn’t hold more information than it did. Just looking at its surface area you wouldn’t think that you wouldn’t need multiple discs or to even flip them. I agree the quality with frame to frame motion is better than the dvd and was mostly liked sacrificed in the future to accomidate size, convenience, and accessibility. Good review.

  • Strazdas

    May 3, 2010 at 11:08 am

    yeah a record is what my first thought was 😀
    well if they use similar burning method cds did they sohuld have a ton of bonus features. though if their technology was worse then that would explain the size….. or that they tried to put on a dvd quality with cd method (well dvd wasnt out by then i assume?) that remote is huge though!
    Oh yeah i miss that kind of fast forwarding on dvds nowadays…..

  • Brutal

    May 5, 2010 at 3:03 am

    Damn those guys werent fucking around with laserdisc. That thing is huge. I like all the stuff on the cover.

  • May 9, 2010 at 4:21 pm

    After this video, I went to eBay and see how many titles I can on Laserdisc and to my surprise, there’s a lot of them! I’m surprised that so many people has owned one or two (or hundereds) of those big-ass discs that they can afford.

    Another example I want to bring up about certain stuff you can find on Laserdisc but not on DVD is from Hammer’s One Million Years B.C., where on the DVD you get the US version, but then there’s a special laserdisc edition that has the complete uncut version only seen in the UK. To me, that’s inconsistent because Anchor Bay had released some of Hammer’s horror films in their complete UK versions, so why not this film?

  • There Are Those Who Call Him Tim

    May 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    I recently won a laserdisc of Carlito’s Way with Al Pacino’s autograph on it! I won it in the last 20 seconds because after this video I went on ebay to view some laserdiscs and that one just happened to be on there with no bids, so I bid and I won. I just about shit myself too.

  • burvix

    May 12, 2010 at 9:34 am

    Wasn’t the laserdisc the technology that was used in some 80’s arcade games like Dragon’s Lair?

    I also remember to have read in some magazine in early 90’s that laserdisc movies were latest craze in japan, but I haven’t ever seen a single laserdisc movie to be sold here in Finland. I have played Dragon’s lair here though :P.

  • May 19, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    In the early – mid 90’s Denmark everyone have heard of laserdisc but newer actually seen one. and after the video format war. VHS format pretty much sat on the market til the dvd came along, and took over.
    interesting media, but it proberbly, newer really got popular, as u have to flip sides, on a laserdisc, as in contrast to the WHS, where you can have a whole movie without the hassel of flipping sides or switching tape.

    yup people where lazy in the 90’s too =)

  • pawned79

    June 30, 2010 at 9:52 am

    I’m surprised so many responders have never heard of laser disc.

    Okay, so funny story: About six years ago, a buddy of mine was looking to rent the movie “Iron and Silk.” He called around to all the movie stores in town and the next town over. He finally got a hold of a movie store that said, “Yes, we have it.” He said, “Great! Can you hold it for me?” “No sir, we don’t hold.” “That’s okay, I’ll just head right over.” He left and drove about thirty miles in a thunderstorm. He arrived, “Hi, I called about ‘Iron and Silk.'” “Oh, yes sir, it is right over here.” The store attendee walked over to a used video bin and pulled out “Iron and Silk” — on LASERDISC!!! “Laserdisc!? Seriously, dude, you didn’t think to tell me it was a f**king LASERDISC! I just drove all the way….” Anyway, he made a scene, and it was really funny.

  • July 20, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    I was just watching my 4 disc set of Aliens Special Collector’s Edition. It has more footage than any other version, on any other format. It also includes hundreds, if not thousands, of production photos and drawings. I get a little aroused just thinking about it. Too bad I lost the Laserdisc player’s remote so I can’t step through the photos anymore, bummer.

  • July 20, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Laserdisc has a more real film look to it, as he says in the video, and it also has some really great sound quality.

  • TheRedFox8

    July 26, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    My French class in high school (in the past three-four years) used laser discs for the video that supplemented the text books. I remember looking at those things and going ~Daaaa-a-ammmmmnnnn!~

    Another sweet thing about them is that if you get the frame number you stop it at, you can go right there and pick up where you left off.

  • August 9, 2010 at 3:06 am

    I’m surprised that a lot of people haven’t heard of laserdisc as well. He did say that they came out in, what, 1978? So, they’ve been around for a long time. Yeah, they were in my schools too. Big time. Fucking Earth Science and shit… and they were still making laserdiscs into the mid 90’s!!! Holy santa claus shit!!!

    I never thought that laserdics would look better than DVDs. That’s crazy… but I still wouldn’t want them over DVD’s for all that shitty fucking flipping. Ruins my experience. I’ll stick with DVDs, they truly are more versatile.

  • matt13

    August 24, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    OMG the disk is HUGE

  • boots electric

    August 25, 2010 at 2:23 pm

    how much do laser disc plaers cost and how much are the actually discs generally

  • jakers11

    August 30, 2010 at 6:06 am

    they still rent out laser disc at an old movie store in the town i grew up. They had a fairly good selection and they also had Laserdisk players. The buisness’ name was appropriate “Lasertek”

  • September 28, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    I didn’t got to see much LD. in Mexico.,. ja ja j:D

  • lartrak2

    November 2, 2010 at 1:03 am

    A few other random notes about LDs.

    Unlike DVDs (for the most part), LD quality is HIGHLY variable based on the player. Higher end players will look A LOT better than low end players. With a great player and a TV with a great comb filter, LDs technical quality is in the same ballpark as the best DVDs, though in general DVD is considered technically superior.

    I will agree with James that there IS something to the analog quality of many LDs that just feels more organic. It’s not inherently better in my mind, but sometimes I really do appreciate that. Just like watching an 80s horror film on a kind of crappy VHS tape.

    Also, from my experience thus far, you get fewer LDs that are screwed up like DVDs get. There are pressing errors, and discs with something called laser rot, but any LD from the late 80s onward is almost certainly fine. They also in general seem to be easier to avoid getting damaged than DVDs. And if they are scuffed, they don’t freeze, though you can get noise on the picture or frame dropping.

    LDs are big but only hold an hour per side as it is uncompressed analog video. If this were expressed digitally, each side would be the equivalent of dozens of gigabytes of storage. So, keep that in mind as well.

    And yes, there are still many titles available on LD but not DVD/Bluray. I’m not sure of the total number, but if you include Asian films it probably numbers in the hundreds.

  • December 4, 2010 at 8:04 am

    SWEET SHIT! that thing looks like the identity disc from fucking TRON LMAO!

  • Tripdoi666

    December 9, 2010 at 9:08 pm

    What in the holy mother of god…..

  • CaseyGarner

    January 13, 2011 at 3:10 am

    I just recently bought “The Good, The Bad, & the Ugly” and “Fistful Of Dollars” on Laserdisc.. a buck a piece!!! Goes well with my collection!! Now if I could just find a player….

  • ehwrestler345

    January 14, 2011 at 2:23 am

    Just wanted to let you know I saw Dee Walace-Stone back in Oct. at the Rock & Shock Horror Con 2010 and told her about how the scene with Harrison Ford appeared on limited copies of the laser disc. She knew of the scene (obviously) but never knew it was ever released.

  • richardharding60

    February 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

    There is a store near my house that sells lazer disc still, i belive its called Old men Anto store or something, and i belive they have beta tapes too and other formats of stuff.

  • The Kaleidoscopic God

    April 6, 2011 at 10:21 pm

    I literally lol’d when you showed that laserdisc. So huge.

  • Calavera

    April 24, 2011 at 3:31 am

    These style videos I think are much more enjoyable than the Overanalyzers series. This is just my opinion but from reading the comments from the OA video it would seem most people agree.

  • Matthew_Of_Wales

    July 12, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Woah, Laserdiscs look like the unholy child of an LP and a CD! 😀

  • werdman24

    July 14, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I’m wondering if my family didn’t have enough money for laserdisc, because I never saw one as a child. Seeing them now as an adult, it’s still unbelievable we had something that extravagant.

  • Firewall_Philip_Hanan

    October 25, 2011 at 2:46 pm

    Laserdisc: Because SIZE matters.

  • CoolAndy45

    November 27, 2011 at 3:57 pm

    According to what I know,it’s some laser inside the player that reads the disc so it can play the movie.

    • CoolAndy45

      November 27, 2011 at 3:59 pm

      Hence the name,LaserDisc.

  • AndrewDePersio

    March 19, 2012 at 11:39 am

    I remember as a child, we had a laserdisc player for awhile.  I didn’t know that it was called laserdisc and I didn’t watch it very often.  Around 1998-1999, I would keep seeing commercials for movies “Coming soon to VHS and DVD.”  So I figured “Hey, that big disc thing is DVD.”Later, one of my friends was coming over and before he asked me if we had a DVD player cause he was going to bring a movie, I told him we did.  Needless to say, he was pretty surprised when the giant laserdisc tray popped out in front of him.

  • gogatsu

    May 15, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    HOLY BITCH! That thing is fucking HUGE.

  • Senna4ever

    May 21, 2012 at 7:09 am

    I got ET on DVD and the Ford cameo is on it.
    It’s not edited into the film, but it’s on the extras.

  • February 3, 2013 at 2:03 am

    Funny, my family actually owned a Laserdisc player, and we still do. We had the Star Trek movies, Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition, Jurassic Park and The Lost World, Pulp Fiction, Mortal Kombat, etc. It was a lot of fun at the time

  • Zyll666

    February 4, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    Holy shit, this disc can be used like shield.

  • Ashton Alderman

    April 14, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    Should i get one?

  • frank camacho

    May 9, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    wow just saw something completely new to me but yet old, where was i.

  • August 24, 2014 at 6:37 pm

    James alot of movies jumped form place to place and thin’g get lost at same time that’s why many DVDs don’t have thing’s that were only on Laserdisc version and many Blu-rays on have what was on DVD versions. I own an DVD and Blu-ray version of ET that has the Harrison Ford thing as an ester egg. You can on an 15 to 30 second skip on DVDs and Blu-rays if look in the players mantel since It’s not the same on all systems. Lastly I only ever saw the thing were you could never bypass that shit before the movie on the DVDs and Blu-Rays marked with thing’s Blockbuster Rental Only version. In case you didn’t know such disks are also uselessly movie only disks.

  • September 29, 2014 at 8:05 am

    Will James your have right their is an 15sec skip, slow mo, and frame by frame option on DVDs and Blu-rays you have to look your make to find out how to do so. The DVD and Blu-ray versions do sometimes lose things wean the movie jumps form company to company. By Blu-ray of ET does have the Harrison Ford thing as ester egg.

  • January 16, 2015 at 3:42 am

    LaserDisc is truly badass! I am now an avid collector.

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