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    Laser Disc

    I still find myself watching LD's occassionally since I have such an extensive LD collection. Some of these are not available on DVD, and some that are have cut out alot of what is on the LD. Also, I burn LD's to DVD which is also better since there is no macrovision. An example my Prince Greatest Hits has many more songs then what is available on DVD. I still have 2 Pioneer LD Players that are the higher end units (Dual side play). One I use at my dubbing station where I can burn from LD, DVD, and even VCR. The other is in my HT for whenever I get the urge to watch LD on my Projector.

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    I remember back in the early days of DVD, the only DVD rental place was about 30 miles away. Luckily I worked there a couple of days a week. They had a TON of laser discs that they rented as well. Sadly, Blockbuster ad Hollywood Video moved in and they, a small Mom & Pop store, went out of business.

    Now, Hollywood Video is out of business and Blockbuster closed up the two stores in that town. Sad.

    Aren't you running a video processor? I assume you are using it to scale the LD player too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tracy Rainwater View Post
    I remember back in the early days of DVD, the only DVD rental place was about 30 miles away. Luckily I worked there a couple of days a week. They had a TON of laser discs that they rented as well. Sadly, Blockbuster ad Hollywood Video moved in and they, a small Mom & Pop store, went out of business.

    Now, Hollywood Video is out of business and Blockbuster closed up the two stores in that town. Sad.

    Aren't you running a video processor? I assume you are using it to scale the LD player too.
    No, Tracy, I use it rather infrequently, so it suits my purpose just fine. There's an old saying: you can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit. Even when I burn LD > DVD, it looks good. It's 400+ lines of resolution; miles better then VHS.

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    I gave up on Laserdisc (note its spelled one word - sorry to be geeky) when DVD-Video came out.

    Smaller disc - just as good if not better performance.

    With Blu-ray out - why in the world would you want to watch Laserdisc at this point? I guess its better than streaming in terms of quality but not in terms of selection.

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    Jerry: I agree with you, but I have a large Laserdisc collection, some of this is not available on DVD. Thye newer DVD's give you less material on the disc (charge you more, give you less). I guess that's capitalism. When I burn LD to DVD, DVD to DVD, I cannot discern the difference in quality. Of course, when I burn from VCR to DVD, it's crappy, but I do it for a customer occasionally. (Very Crappy Resolution). I guarentee you that I have LD's you have never seen or knew about. I could give you a list of them, if you would like.

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    So what titles do you have that are not available on DVD?

    Used to be that Star Wars, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones were the big LD titles.

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    Tracy: I apologise that I didn't respond to you sooner on this, but I was away for a week with the family @ the Ocean. My daughter, son in law, grandaughter came as well. Anyway, I have now enclosed my LaserDisc Collection. I only wish that I had not sold my Audiophile Vinyl collection; it was huge and valuable. To give you an idea of how valuable: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band on UHQR (ultra high quality record on JVC Supervinyl cut at 1/2 speed, Special Box with serial number {low} and certificate of authenticity. What an idiot I was to sell it. I also sold my Philips 212 Turntable w/ Shure V15 Type 5 cxartridge! Major blunder. Name:  LaserDisc1 001.jpg
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    That is a pretty nice collection, especially the music titles.

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