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    Seeing how the Blu-Ray/HD-DVD thread has taken to some popularity here, I thought I'd post about a tech that eventually spawned the Compact Disc (CD for you newer kiddies): the LaserDisc.

    For the life of me, I remember that my dad had gone out to Sears (not too sure about this) and had brought home a LaserDisc player along with several movies on LD (this was about '89-'91). I remember my dad trying to set the thing up and we ended up watching part of a movie on the TV back then. My first impression was "Wow, this movie looks so much better than it does on VHS!". From there, my dad didn't seem to take much of a liking to it due to the expensive price for the player and movie disks (and we already had a large movie collection on VHS and some on Betamans). I honestly don't remember if my dad returned the player for a refund or not, but I do remember seeing him put away a few LDs we still had when he moved his vinyl collection into the basement about 14-15 years back (ironically, he also bought a CD player by Sony at this time which we still have).

    So my question is this: If we still have the darn player and if my dad didn't toss out his LDs, how much is it worth now and should we keep it or auction it for some green?

    P.S. I also thought those LDs were massively huge.
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    Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

    If you have one of the rare collector's item disks, you have money. If you don't, you have frisbee.

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      Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

      Originally posted by Acreo Aeneas View Post
      Seeing how the Blu-Ray/HD-DVD thread has taken to some popularity here, I thought I'd post about a tech that eventually spawned the Compact Disc (CD for you newer kiddies): the LaserDisc.

      For the life of me, I remember that my dad had gone out to Sears (not too sure about this) and had brought home a LaserDisc player along with several movies on LD (this was about '89-'91). I remember my dad trying to set the thing up and we ended up watching part of a movie on the TV back then. My first impression was "Wow, this movie looks so much better than it does on VHS!". From there, my dad didn't seem to take much of a liking to it due to the expensive price for the player and movie disks (and we already had a large movie collection on VHS and some on Betamans). I honestly don't remember if my dad returned the player for a refund or not, but I do remember seeing him put away a few LDs we still had when he moved his vinyl collection into the basement about 14-15 years back (ironically, he also bought a CD player by Sony at this time which we still have).

      So my question is this: If we still have the darn player and if my dad didn't toss out his LDs, how much is it worth now and should we keep it or auction it for some green?

      P.S. I also thought those LDs were massively huge.
      LD's make great Frisbees!

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        Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

        Originally posted by MagnaCentipede View Post
        If you have one of the rare collector's item disks, you have money. If you don't, you have frisbee.
        What is "rare collector's item"? I mean: should I be looking for a specific movie title or what?
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        • #5
          Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

          Use the power of Googles and check out the titles you dig out of the closet. You might have a winner. Some Laserdisk titles had additional content or weren't censored as much as later releases. Research the fun history of the various releases of Who Framed Roger Rabbit as an example. I would speculate that the Star Wars releases would probably fetch some cash knowing how every release was slightly different and has its own controversy around it, and since there's always a chubby who needs to complete his collection.

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          • #6
            Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

            Gawd. I just learned that my dad did eventually return the player and the movies he bought on LD. Bummer.
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            • #7
              Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

              Saves you a lot of time and trouble. The space to store it that long is probably worth more than any return you would've gotten from it.

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              • #8
                Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

                I saw a Laser Disk player with 40-50 action movies go for about 100 bucks on ebay a while back. You can find many LD movies and players up for auction there.
                You'll also see CED Discs as well, I hadn't heard of this type of disc before so I had looked it up.
                "The Capacitance Electronic Disc (or CED) was a video playback system developed by RCA, in which video and audio could be played back on a TV using a special analog needle and high-density groove system similar to phonograph records. The format was commonly known as "videodisc", leading to much confusion with Laserdisc format, which is mutually incompatible with this format."
                http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capacit...lectronic_Disc

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                • #9
                  Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

                  Oh wow...$100. I guess Magna does have a point about the possible return from the sale of a LD player and some LD disks.
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                  • #10
                    Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

                    I just recently sold my Pioneer LaserDisc player along with a whole bunch of discs on EBay.

                    I think I had 52 movies and IIRC, the whole package sold for about $550.
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                    • #11
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                      Oh well, my dad never kept the thing so I can't even play around with it now. :D
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                      • #12
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                        My buddy and I used to watch Easy Rider over and over again on LaserDisc...good times!
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                        • #13
                          Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

                          LD was higher quality than DVD, but it lost much like Beta lost to VHS. DVD used more lossy compression, but it's much more convenient in size. (Imagine lugging an LD in the van to keep the kids amused on long drives!)
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                          • #14
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                            heh, laserdisc, i remember my school had a few of those, and in some classes we would watch very cheezy films on them, they were spendy in their day, but no real use imho outside of commercial atmospheres
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                            • #15
                              Re: LaserDisc, what to do?

                              I got the overall feeling from my father that LD never went anywhere. And after reading the Wikipedia article on LD, it never did go anywhere. :p
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