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iamlucky13 10-02-09 04:11 PM

I fired up the Laserdisc player today
 
I found it in a closet when I moved in. I've been meaning to try it out, but never taken the time. I was confused briefly by the Thai characters on the RCA jacks.

But after probably half a decade or more sitting in the closet, it appears to still be running like a champ.

Not much to watch though. I've got Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lawrence of Arabia, some really lame Disney movie called Cheetah with Thai subtitles, and an imperial crapload of Thai karaoke discs.

Just some old time fun I thought I'd share.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_UNUpQSpGKQM/Ss.../laserdisc.jpg

Timber_8 10-02-09 04:57 PM

Put it away it will be worth a fortune some day.

x136 10-02-09 06:08 PM

I'd love to come across a laserdisc player, for the singular reason of being able to watch Star Wars on something other than fragile-ass VHS.

iamlucky13 10-03-09 05:28 PM

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Originally Posted by Timber_8 (Post 9787932)
Put it away it will be worth a fortune some day.

I don't know about that. Judging by ebay, there's a lot of them out there, and not a lot of irreplaceable media for them...except the original Star Wars trilogy.

Timber_8 10-03-09 05:48 PM

they only made them a couple of years, some day

gitarzan 10-03-09 08:36 PM

A used book store around here had a stack and a half of those discs on sale for a buck each a few months ago.

x136 10-03-09 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Timber_8 (Post 9792614)
they only made them a couple of years, some day

They were sold in the US for over twenty years.

Wordbiker 10-04-09 12:20 AM

I started a fire with a flint and steel instead of an electronically initiated peizo-electric ignition source. BFD.

iamlucky13 10-04-09 01:08 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wordbiker (Post 9794127)
I started a fire with a flint and steel instead of an electronically initiated peizo-electric ignition source. BFD.

Dude, your wussy flint and steel doesn't come with shiny discs the size of dinner platters. It IS a big freaking deal.

Wordbiker 10-04-09 01:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamlucky13 (Post 9794206)
Dude, your wussy flint and steel doesn't come with shiny discs the size of dinner platters. It IS a big freaking deal.

I am glad you enjoy all three titles available on that format.

gitarzan 10-04-09 07:46 AM

http://8mm16mmfilmscollectibles.com/laser_discs.htm

Timber_8 10-04-09 07:55 AM

I had 1 before MTV was around. I think I had Escape from NY? I never herd of anyone having one after that
I had a Vectrex Video game too at about the same time with cool graphics for the time

http://haggar.pocketheaven.com/collection/vectrex.jpg

Wordbiker 10-04-09 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by gitarzan (Post 9794725)

Wow, nothing newer than ten years ago, most way older. That makes it the A/V equivalent of a mullet.

Whoopty-freakin-doo.

I-Like-To-Bike 10-04-09 08:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wordbiker (Post 9794247)
I am glad you enjoy all three titles available on that format.

I've got a stack of 'em. Including:
Schindler's List
Invasion of the Body Snatcher's (new version)
Dirty Harry
Close Encounters of the Third Kind
Blade Runner
Dracula (Frank Langella version)
Saturday Night Fever
Stir Crazy.
Goldfinger
Bride of Frankenstein
French Connection
Ghostbusters
The Exorcist
The Deep

Live Performances by David Bowie, and Donna Summer

My favorite though is the 1933 version of King Kong with a secondary soundtrack that is a fascinating history of the making of the movie.

iamlucky13 10-04-09 10:24 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wordbiker (Post 9794968)
Wow, nothing newer than ten years ago, most way older. That makes it the A/V equivalent of a mullet.

Whoopty-freakin-doo.

You're still missing the point: Shiny discs the size of a pizza, and heavy enough to far more easily kill a zombie than an LP.

Mocking the laser disc is like criticizing the plot of Super Mario Brothers for NES.

I-Like-To-Bike 10-05-09 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamlucky13 (Post 9795384)
You're still missing the point: Shiny discs the size of a pizza, and heavy enough to far more easily kill a zombie than an LP.

Next best thing to Oddjob's tophat!

ilikebikes 10-05-09 11:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iamlucky13 (Post 9787736)
I found it in a closet when I moved in. I've been meaning to try it out, but never taken the time. I was confused briefly by the Thai characters on the RCA jacks.

But after probably half a decade or more sitting in the closet, it appears to still be running like a champ.

Not much to watch though. I've got Raiders of the Lost Ark, Lawrence of Arabia, some really lame Disney movie called Cheetah with Thai subtitles, and an imperial crapload of Thai karaoke discs.

Just some old time fun I thought I'd share.

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_UNUpQSpGKQM/Ss.../laserdisc.jpg

you weren't in a plane at Kirtland Air Force when you did this right? Theres a plane thas been blasting some targets at White Sands Missile range with a laser down them parts. :D

iamlucky13 10-06-09 01:35 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ilikebikes (Post 9801826)
you weren't in a plane at Kirtland Air Force when you did this right? Theres a plane thas been blasting some targets at White Sands Missile range with a laser down them parts. :D

If Secretary Gates has his way with the ABL funding, then my laserdisc player will be just as fearsome.

bmt074 10-06-09 09:03 PM

Those things were awesome! Gigantic record-sized CDs basically. If I remember some movies still used both sides of the disc.

iamlucky13 10-07-09 12:01 AM

Yep. I think my player actually has a laser on top and a laser on the bottom so you don't have to flip the disc halfway through.


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