Are laserdiscs worth getting or am I better off with DVDs?

Discussion in 'Visual Arts' started by AxC., Feb 15, 2014.

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  1. AxC.

    AxC. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New York
    I managed to pick up a few laserdiscs on the cheap today. Its been years since I set up my LD player to my TV as I mainly use it for CDs. I have heard many mixed results on LD vs. DVD on which is better. So, I'm wondering, is it worth it to get more stuff on laserdisc? If so I'm going to be looking for bargains and if not I guess I will stick to either DVDs or digital downloads.
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  2. ElizabethH

    ElizabethH Forum Resident

    SE Wisconsin,USA
    Wow laserdisks.. I threw away thousands of dollars worth of laserdisks as 'junk' as soon as i saw a DVD picture.
    The resolution of a laserdisk is only a little higher than a VHS tape. Maybe like S-VHS.
    Theen the everpresent red color issues in laserdisc playback. (for some reason the devices had a tough time with getting red anywhere near right, and a solid red usually has huge artifacts in LD playback.
    Now I have thousands of DVDs, and am not goint to BluRay anytime soon. So I have my limits too.

    But I would say if you are getting the laserdisk movies for near free (maybe $2 a movie?). then sure if you like the picture..? (It is so low res i would puke while watching on a hi-def screen, but that is just me)

    If you think the laserdisc is an investment.. LOL no way. But if they make you happy then go for it.
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  3. R. Totale

    R. Totale The Voice of Reason

    Unless it's for some special thing you have to have that was never released elsewhere I'd think it would be insane to spend money on a Laserdisc in the 21st century.
  4. Vidiot

    Vidiot Now in 4K HDR!

    Hollywood, USA
    That is truly the voice of reason. :righton:

    The only reason I can think of for buying any Laserdiscs today would be for the handful of extremely rare titles that have value as collectors items. Any major feature film has most likely been reissued on DVD and will look and sound substantially better there or on Blu-ray.
  5. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    The first laserdisc i remember was AbbA Hits around 1981 dispayed in a av shop.
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  6. NightGoatToCairo

    NightGoatToCairo That's my Wookey Hole, Chewbacca!

    Hampshire, UK
    I have a couple of rarities: the withdrawn Bad Lieutenant [1992] with Schooly D/Led Zep 'Signifying Rapper/Kashmir' soundtrack. I had this converted to DVD. Also of interest is The Godfather Trilogy box set that has all 3 films re-edited in chronological order with added scenes; pretty sure this still isn't available on DVD?

    I would love a copy of Tin Machine's 'Oy Vey, Baby' if anyone is selling?!

    I have some LP frames on a wall that I sometimes rotate with LD titles if I fancy a change from 'Vinyls' :hide:
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  7. kevintomb

    kevintomb Forum Resident

    If you are a collector of Antique technologies that hold no advantages at all, and like nostalgia, for sure..


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  8. Chris Schoen

    Chris Schoen Rock 'n Roll !!!

    Maryland, U.S.A.
    There are some performances on laserdisc that are not available on dvd (or vhs), like Billy Joel's "Live From Long Island".
    I keep my laserdisc player set up, and keep the rare laserdiscs that I have. I really don't care if laserdiscs are considered
    "outdated", or whatever.
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  9. quadjoe

    quadjoe Senior Member

    I agree. I have about 300 LaserDiscs, and the only reason I was keeping my collection was for the original Star Wars films (1991 ish releases, that's when I bought them), though I just got the Premium Editions on DVD which have the original theatrical releases as a bonus feature. Sadly, they're not anamorphic but even zoomed on my 60" plasma (which can zoom and maintain the correct aspect ratio) they look better than the LDs. Now I just have one film on LD that somehow hasn't yet made it to Blu-ray: The Russians are Coming, The Russians are Coming! There is a DVD, but I really don't want to pay $70+ for it.
  10. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    What Beatles titles were on LD ?
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  11. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Bayside, NY
    Well, 3 titles that I have that never made it to DVD are: Let It Be, The Compleat Beatles and the Live! BBC 8".
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  12. alexpop

    alexpop Power pop + other bad habits....

    How's Let it Be picture/sound wise ?
  13. 93curr

    93curr Senior Member

    There's still loads of laserdiscs out there with bonus features and commentary tracks that were never ported over it to later editions. For films, you'd need them in addition to the DVD or Blu-Ray, but not instead of.

    As far as music titles are concerned, though, there are quite a few with much better audio than the DVD reissue.
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  14. Larry Geller

    Larry Geller Surround sound lunatic

    Bayside, NY
    Picture: 4X3 cropped=crap. Sound: analog mono=crap. By FAR the best version of this ever released on any home video format. See the clips on Anthology to see what it really should look like.
  15. Muzyck

    Muzyck Real inventor of the inverted firkin

    The '66 Budokan Concert was also released on LD in Japan. A tough one to track down.
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  16. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    LaserDisc junkies, you ought to check out and also Facebook to notice that there are still LD junkies out there.
  17. AxC.

    AxC. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New York
    Well then, it looks like I'm going to stay away from laserdiscs. And if anyone is wondering, the ones I got are Superman The Movie Part 1, 2 and 3 all for $5.
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  18. BradOlson

    BradOlson Country/Christian Music Maven

    Some flat panel TVs do display LDs very well, others don't. I am willing to take those Superman LDs from you.
  19. RockWizard

    RockWizard Forum Resident

    Bingo! There are still a few holdouts, but overall, almost everything I had on LD has surfaced on DVD. Another poster mentioned various bonus features that did not make it to DVD. If I had such disc, I'd burn it over to DVD and tolerate the sub-DVD picture quality.

    I never could understand why Compleat never made it to DVD. Not the greatest doc, but a really nice one. LIB - we're still keeping fingers crossed. As for the quality of LIB - mono sound and picture cropped to hell.

    Now here's something ancient - I'm still looking for a better copy of Rod Stewart Live From The L. A. Forum(not the one with Tina Turner). That was one hell of a show. The only thing I've seen is a VHS that is edited down to 60 minutes. I used to have the show on (gasp) RCA CED disc.
  20. KeithH

    KeithH Success With Honor...then and now

    Beaver Stadium
    Laserdisc vs. DVD? In 2014? This cannot be a serious question.
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  21. Ntotrar

    Ntotrar Is that a beer I hear?

    Tri-Cities TN
    DVD or better yet Bluray...
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  22. DreadPikathulhu

    DreadPikathulhu Senior Member

    Also, Beatlemania: The Movie could be considered a Beatle title. It's doubtful it will ever show up again on any format.

  23. kevintomb

    kevintomb Forum Resident

    How about welcome to the modern world....BLU RAY??

    Laser disc has very mediocre picture, and why would anyone buy a DVD today when blu ray is so affordable, and looks far better??
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  24. AxC.

    AxC. Forum Resident Thread Starter

    New York
    Got a few blu-rays and I know that LDs are not as good. But been the collector that I am, I was wondering if it would be worth it to get into laserdiscs, which I guess its not. And I do have to admit, the laserdisc looks pretty cool, at least to me.

    The voice of reason is telling me yes. But the hoarder inside is telling me no. Which voice do I listen to? :D
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  25. The Hud

    The Hud Go Royals!

    I have heard that the Star Wars LDs are the best way to watch the original theatrical versions at the moment, otherwise Blu-Ray would be the way to go.
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