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    Porn AND the ability to record programming. Also you don't have to get up and flip a tape every 30 minutes. It was quality vs convenience, and sadly convenience usually wins out.
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    I absolutely HATED flipping tapes whenever I watched a LaserDisc. Damn tapes! When I got DVD I was happy because the entire movie was on one side of the tape and I didn't have to flip it ever! Well, one side of the tape would be the ghetto 4:3 version and the other side of the tape would be a 16:9 version, though the 16:9 would sometimes be letterboxed and not anamorphic. GHETTO!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe Redifer View Post
    I absolutely HATED flipping tapes whenever I watched a LaserDisc. Damn tapes! When I got DVD I was happy because the entire movie was on one side of the tape and I didn't have to flip it ever! Well, one side of the tape would be the ghetto 4:3 version and the other side of the tape would be a 16:9 version, though the 16:9 would sometimes be letterboxed and not anamorphic. GHETTO!
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    Did not know much about laserdisc until I read this thread, but messing around on youtube looking at AVGN videos I saw this, now that I've seen this he is right, laserdisc's are badass


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    Guntz, are you trying to tell me that discs are not tapes? I may concede that argument, but what about the game tapes for the NES?

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    I don't think that the people who says "LD sucks because you have to flip discs" actually knows how awesome LD really is. Of course most of the movies are Non-anamorphic because at that time, pretty much every TV was 4:3. Using Laserdisc on a CRT looks far superior then what many people can imagine from such an old format. So really, I don't see anything negative about Laserdisc at all. By the time you have to flip a disc you can might as well take a quick break, I usually do that no matter if I'm watching a movie on Laserdisc or Blu-Ray. Commercial breaks on TV are much, much worse however.

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    To clarify, I never said that flipping discs made the LD 'suck.' I'm just saying that a less convenient format will usually lose out to a more convenient one despite quality.

    This is why McDonalds is the most popular restaurant, Wal-Mart is the most popular store, and MP3 is the most popular music format. I personally listen to vinyl so I have no aversion to 'flipping things over.'
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    Ah, Laserdisc.....Nothing impressed the girls more than having the coolest gadgets that no one has ever heard of in your apartment......

    I miss the superior sound.....the superior video.....having to flip the disc over halfway through the movie......and above all else, I miss paying $50-$60 per movie.......I try to remind myself of that fact everytime I bitch about blu rays being $25......

    As far as the convenience factor, the reason I bought LD was so that I could switch to any chapter quickly. I tend to skip a lot of scenes when rewatching movies. I like to watch my favorite scenes and the fact that I could instantly switch to a scene made it a million times better than VHS...

    My most prized LD's are the star wars trilogy in THX.....Not the special editions, mind you, we're talking about the originals.....


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    Quote Originally Posted by runback22 View Post
    My most prized LD's are the star wars trilogy in THX.....Not the special editions, mind you, we're talking about the originals.....
    Do you mean the "Faces"-edition that were in THX? I have the first one of them. I know there's a Star Wars: Definitive Collection and a Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition (with CGI-graphics), however the Definitive collection doesn't have DD 5.1 and it's known for its Laser Rot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nissling View Post
    Do you mean the "Faces"-edition that were in THX? I have the first one of them. I know there's a Star Wars: Definitive Collection and a Star Wars Trilogy: Special Edition (with CGI-graphics), however the Definitive collection doesn't have DD 5.1 and it's known for its Laser Rot.
    I have the Faces edition of all three. It's good to have the originals but they look terrible with my player. These discs have huge problems with luma smearing. Every time something bright is on the screen, everything to the right of it will be too bright as well. Most of my other discs don't have that problem.

    I think my favorite thing about LD is the complete lack of ads and crap before the movie. Space was at a premium and the discs were expensive so at most, you got a DD, THX, or DTS logo before the movie started.

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    Laserdiscs don't output Progressive video. They are useless unless used with a SD CRT.
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    LaserDisc exceeds the quality and capability of human vision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 0x15e View Post
    I have the Faces edition of all three. It's good to have the originals but they look terrible with my player. These discs have huge problems with luma smearing. Every time something bright is on the screen, everything to the right of it will be too bright as well. Most of my other discs don't have that problem.
    Well, the first movie looks pretty solid on my player. Although, I've changes the settings alot on my Tv (tuned down the colors, the brightness and the contrast a bit) which makes it looks like a Dvd. If I don't have the custom settings on, the colors are too strong and the black bars for movies in Cinemascope or other aspect ratios like that doesn't look deep at all.

    Christuserloeser: LD was made for CRT, just like Dvd. By that time, HDTV's wasn't really cummon like they are today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Christuserloeser View Post
    Laserdiscs don't output Progressive video. They are useless unless used with a SD CRT.
    The 3:2 pulldown process can be reversed to give a nice and clear progressive picture. Most TV's these days can pull this off internally.
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