Laserdisc Wednesday Update

For last 3-4 weeks I have been posting a Laserdisc movie I watched every Wednesday on Facebook.
I just thought about how I should also be posting this here since it is my Home Theater/HTPC blog.
The reason behind watching a Laserdisc once a week is to actually take a few hours to watch one of my LD’s. Some I have never watched others were unopened/rare LD’s and decided to go ahead and open it to watch. Only live once I have it so may as well watch it;-)  I’m not dying or anything like that at least not that I know of.

I also recently got a newer model Laserdisc player that can do DTS audio and Dolby my old player could not.
I can only decode DTS not Dolby on Laserdisc format I need a demodulator to listen to the Dolby track on the Laserdisc which I do not have. But my Surround Receiver can decode DTS so have opened one of my really rare LD’s a few weeks back.

Here is the exact postings from Facebook . Will copy & paste all on this page and then starting next week I will also post the LD I watch on Wednesday’s here on my blog.

May 25th 2016

Kicking off Laserdisc Wednesday with X-Files season 1 episode 1 & 2!

This week I chose The X-Files season 1 episodes 1 & 2.
The X-Files LD’s I own are only part of season 1 these are very rare & very expensive Laserdiscs to get ahold of. They were printed and manufactured in Japan. I have the first 6 discs each disc contains 2 episodes which equals half of the 1st season.
I have searched for the second half of season 1 with no success. Even if I find the second half spending anywhere from $300-$400 will be a tough decision to make.
Japanese subtitles are hard coded into the videos. They are not overly large or distracting in any way.

Comes in a cool box with a nice booklet with some info on the episodes and characters. All are in Japanese so I don’t have a clue what it says:-)

 

Salvatore J Smisek's photo.

June 2nd 2016

Due to dentist visit. Laserdisc Wednesday got pushed to today:-( Which was the following day Thursday.
I am going to watch Star Trek VI Undiscovered Country.
It’s a great movie and I have never watched this LD.
Includes 3 extra minutes of unseen footage. Is a rare LD that is a THX movie but not labeled on cover due to being in the THX test program.

Salvatore J Smisek's photo.

June 8th 2016

 

This week: Rear Window is an American mystery thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock and based on Cornell Woolrich’s 1942 short story “It Had to Be Murder”.
Originally released by Paramount Pictures to theaters on August 1, 1954.

Laserdisc release date Spring 1984 1.33:1 Ratio Single Analog track. 1-Disc 2-sided.
Released by MCA Home Video.
Although people will list this as a rare LD it is not all that rare.
30 years after original release Rear Window is printed to Laserdisc in 1984 then was re-released to Bluray 30 years after that in 2014.

There has been many spoofs and even a made for television remake in 1998 starring Actor Christopher Reeve whom was actually paralyzed in 1995 due to a horse riding accident.
Don’t bother with the remake it’s a flop that completely misses what Hitchcock captures.
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Salvatore J Smisek's photo.


June 22nd 2016

 

Skipped last weeks LD due to hardware change. Upgraded my Laserdisc player to one more current.
Since new player is in decided to open up my sealed version of Halloween H20 Laserdisc with DTS surround sound. My children and wife got me this for dad’s day.
Why I love H20? Because it picks up after the 2nd movie:-) HAPPY FACE! And ignores all of the Halloween movies in between.
This is a rare Laserdisc because it has DTS sound track. What kicks ass about the DTS track on LD is it is lossless.
Using new Laserdisc player Pioneer 1997 model with a red diode laser this is a rarely used laser it will read laser rotted discs while standard diodes can not. Did test on my only rotted LD Know What You Did Last Summer played right through. My old Pioneer LD player mfd in 1994 could not play it.
New LD player can handle Digital sound DTS tracks not Dolby tracks I do not have a demodulator for that. I personally have always preferred DTS over Dolby sound.

Salvatore J Smisek's photo.
Salvatore J Smisek's photo.

June 29th 2016

I had a hard time deciding on what LD to pull off the shelf and watch this week.
Decided on Great Expectations 1998 a revised version of Charles Dickens classic. (The book was first published in 1861.)
I’m not one for romance but I like Charles Dickens since new LD player can play DTS tracks this was a must see mostly because I have never watched this Laserdisc or this movie before on any format.
This was not a sought after movie on LD. While it was pressed with the DTS sound track and should make it some what rare it is not. Ebay is saturated with the DTS version for as little as $7 depending on the condition of sleeve & disc.
LD is Dual sided CLV Theatrical aspect ratio 2.35:1, 26 chapters runtime 111 minutes, Released to Laserdisc & VHS on 07/21/1999
Stars Ethan Hawke, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Anne Bancroft and Chris Cooper.
Filmed here in our great state of Florida not to far from us -Bradenton, Florida – Cortez Road and Sarasota Bay – was the house setting.

Salvatore J Smisek's photo.