Laserdisc Collectors - Ode to My Laser disc Collection

In January of 2005, I sold off fairly extensive laserdisc collection for a paltry $300. Afterwards, I wrote up this post and shared it with some friends of mine as part of the "letting go" process. If you were once a laserdisc collector, I'm sure you will understand. If you weren't, it will make no sense at all to have been so attached.

I got into home theater shortly after returning home from Australia in 1994. I'd just spent most of the previous five years living without a television, but after finding an apartment in Boston one of my first purchases was a big screen television. It was a Panasonic, 35-inches. It was a really fabulous television set and my father is still making great use of it today. My next purchase was a Mitsubishi S-VHS VCR. I bought it at Tweeter and it cost me about $1000. It had one head! But it was very high end. *g*

Shortly after buying the tv and the VCR, I was turned onto the world of laserdiscs and home theater. I routinely bought every home theater magazine on the market and I spent months researching laserdisc players because I knew I wanted a really good one. I ended up buying a Pioneer CLD-D704, still to this day considered one of the best laserdisc players ever made. Its list price was around $1200, but I bought it online for $700. The laser disc player was the first thing I ever bought online.

I rented laserdiscs at Sight & Sound and I bought a lot of my discs there as well. Tower Records also sold laserdiscs. Columbia House had a laserdisc club, of which I was a member. Laserdiscs, on average, cost around $40, but I routinely dropped up to a $100 on a single movie that had lots of special features and special packaging. At the time, I had a steady job, but I wasn't rich so every laserdisc purchase I made was something to think about. Spending that kind of money required a commitment and I rarely made blind buys. I usually bought movies I'd already seen in the movie theater and they were all movies I loved. Unlike my DVD collection, there wasn't a single movie in my laserdisc collection that I hadn't watched multiple times.

At the time I was still doing most of my research for high tech gadgetry in magazines. The internet didn't become a huge part of my gadget addiction enabling until I made the move to DVDs and discovered dvdtalk.com and reel.com. Still, I'd discovered a few audiophile forums where they also discussed home theater equipment. That's where I found out about the Pioneer laserdisc event at Paramount studios in Los Angeles. During my first year in Los Angeles, I went to the event and bought over $800 worth of laserdiscs. I was given a basic Pioneer laserdisc player as a gift with purchase and I sent that one home to my dad along with a bunch of movies.

As you can tell, I was deeply committed to my laserdisc collection. Each movie I bought was bought with love. This is in large part why it has taken me so long to dispose of my collection. It wasn't just the money that I'd invested in it, but the emotional component of buying those movies. A movie on laserdisc has heft to it. If you're a vinyl afficionado you can probably relate to it. 12x12 is a lot of room to show off fabulous artwork and with so many movies requiring two discs, the gatefold design allowed even more opportunity to display artwork from the films. Laserdiscs were a labor of love on the part of filmmakers as well. A lot of painstaking work went into the transfers on the best discs and, of course, laserdisc represented the birth of the audio commentary due to the ability to place multiple audio tracks on a disc. I always listened to audio commentaries on my laserdiscs because they were special, having been recorded by people who were real movie geeks and usually had lots of interesting things to say. I rarely listen to audio commentaries on my DVDs because there are so many of them and I just don't have the time to listen to a director describe what I'm seeing onscreen.

When DVD was introduced I didn't make the jump until they'd been on the market for a couple of years. I love gadgetry, but I have to say I've never really been an early adopter. I like to wait and see what is going to happen. And by the time DVDs were becoming really popular I'd already invested a great deal in laserdiscs and like most laserdisc afficionados I kind of looked down my nose at the upstart technology. But the writing was clearly on the wall: saserdisc prices were dropping; Tower stopped selling them; Columbia House closed their club. I knew when Dave's Video in Studio City decided to close their doors that it was all over.

About the time Dave's Video closed was about the time that I finally made the jump into DVD. The timing was right. It was the middle of the internet boom and for awhile you could buy DVDs at ridiculously low prices (The Matrix cost me $1.49). For awhile I was still spending as much time watching my laserdisc collection as I was watching DVDs, but eventually the ease of using DVD won out and I actually started duplicating purchases. After a year or two of buying DVDs, I eventually stopped watching my laserdiscs altogether, except for watching the Star Wars trilogy once or twice a year, or watching the theatrical cut of Blade Runner.

I would have made much more money selling my collection a few years ago because there were a lot more titles that hadn't been released on DVD yet, but I just couldn't let them go. Every time I'd sit down and start trying to catalog the collection, my emotional attachment and memories would come rushing back with incredible force and I'd throw a movie on and watch it. I'd remember how much I loved buying those discs. They were for film afficianados only. You couldn't buy laserdiscs at Walmart, y'know? You had to go out and look for them and track down the shops that carried them. With the exception of Tower Records, most laserdiscs were sold by specialty stores. There was one store in Dedham, Ma where I used to buy discs that also had a home theater set up in the back of the store and a couple of times a month I went there to watch movies with other laserdisc fans. We'd geek out about special features and the latest releases and discuss and argue over which discs were "reference" discs -- the type of disc you put on to impress your friends due to its superior video transfer and audio.

Basically, laserdiscs were a lifestyle. DVDs are just another commodity. Don't get me wrong, I love DVDs and I have many, but they are cheap and easy to buy, and I just know that I will never feel the same way about them that I did about buying my laserdiscs. Eventually though, you just have to let things go and let your memories suffice.

My Former Laserdisc Collection

12 Monkeys

1941 Signature Collection

A Perfect World

A Taste for Killing

A Time to Kill

Absolutely Fabulous Boxed Set (Season 1 & 2)

Ace Ventura Pet Detective

Alien Special Widescreen Collector's Edition

Alien Widescreen Edition

Aliens

Amazing Stories - The Mission, The Wedding Ring

Apollo 13

Basic Instinct Pioneer Special Edition

Batman Forever

Blade Runner Director's Cut

Bram Stoker's Dracula - Criterion Collection

Braveheart

Bull Durham Widescreen Edition

China Moon

Clear & Present Danger

Close Encounters of the 3rd Kind - Criterion Edition

Color of Night

Compulsion

Cutting Edge - Japanese import

Dances with Wolves Director's Cut

Dead Again Widescreen Edition

Dead Calm - Japanese import

Die Hard

Disclosure

Dodge City

Double Impact

Dumb & Dumber

Fatal Attraction Paramount Director's Series

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Field of Dreams Signature Collection

First Wives Club

Forever Young

Ghost

Ghostbusters - Criterion Collection

Golden Eye

Hamlet (Mel Gibson)

Hard Target

Heat

Hellraiser Special Edition

Henry V

Highlander Director's Cut Deluxe Widescreen Edition (Signed by Director)

His Girl Friday

Immortal Beloved

Indiana Jones & the Last Crusade

Interview with the Vampire

Jaws Signature Collection

Jerry Maguire

JFK Special Limited Edition

Jurassic Park

Knight Moves

L.A. Confidential

Lethal Weapon

Lethal Weapon 2

Lethal Weapon 3

Liar Liar Signature Collection

Lord of Illusions Special Edition

Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

Man without a Face

Maverick

Mercury Rising

Milk Money

Mission Impossible

Nature of the Beast

Necessary Roughness

Nell

No Way Out Widescreen Edition

Nomads

Nowhere to Run

Operation Dumbo Drop

Patriot Games

Presumed Innocent

Princess Bride - Criterion Edition

Pulp Fiction

Queen Christina

Quiz Show

Raiders of the Lost Ark

Red River

Revenge

Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves

Robocop - Criterion

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

Sabrina (Harrison Ford)

Schindler's List Special Edition (no book)

Sea of Love

Silverado Criterion Collection

Slipping into Darkness

Speed

Stargate

Strange Days Widescreen Edition

Striking Distance

Terminator 2 Special Edition

The 4th man

The Abyss Special Edition

The Big Easy

The Bodyguard

The Crow

The English Patient - Criterion Edition

The Exorcist

The Fifth Element Deluxe Widescreen Edition

The Fugitive

The Ghost & the Darkness

The Good Mother

The Gunrunner

The Quest

The Road Warrior (remastered)

The Saint

The Silver Stallion

The Terminator

The Untouchables

The Year of Living Dangerously

Thelma & Louise

Time Cop

Tin Cup

Top Gun

True Lies

Twilight Man

Two Evil Eyes

Vampire in Brooklyn

War of the Roses Special Collector's Edition

Waterloo Bridge

Waterworld

Wuthering Heights (Ralph Fiennes)

Wyatt Earp

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39 comments

Capn Ron 9 years ago

I can totally relate with you. I am going through the same process as I write this letter. I am trying to decide whether or not to keep my Criterion Collection "Ghostbusters" even though I have since replaced it with the DVD version. That's one small example out of my 500 plus collection. I think I'd have an easier time deciding which toe to cut off.

I too can remember the hunt for the elusive titles and how completely ridiculous the prices were compared to what dvd's run now. I have to laugh at how I didn't even bat an eye at the thought of dropping a hundred bucks for the unrated Criterion "Robocop". I scoffed at the $350 price tag for "Star Wars : The Definitive Collection" just to replace it a few short years later, plopping down another $150 for the "Star Wars Trilogy Special Edition".

I look into the past and have come to the conclusion that I was a laserholic.


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embitca 9 years ago from Boston Author

Hi Capn Ron, thanks for commenting. And I knew there were titles missing on my list. I used to have the Star Wars Definitive Collection too, but it is one of the first LDs I sold on Ebay. I miss it! It's funny how addictive the laserdisc thing was. I think part of it for me was it was so specialized. Not that many people had laserdisc players. I don't feel nearly as maniacally obsessed about DVDs because everyone and their mother has one :)

Thanks for stopping by!


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red23 9 years ago

I know it's just because your former disc list is in alpha order, but I like that 12 Monkeys is at the top. I love that flick. Thanks for the hub.


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embitca 9 years ago from Boston Author

Thanks Red! I love that movie too. It's one of my favorite Bruce Willis movies and a great sf film :)


ByronicalS 8 years ago

I recently saw a Japanese version of the 1984 Giorgio Moroder version of METROPOLIS going for over $150 ! Glad that I still kept mine, 'cause they cannot reissue it in ANY format because of legal disputes about the rights.


Elliot Richards 8 years ago

Wow, this really does take me back to those moments hunting down LD's! Here in London there really was one place, The Laserdisc Shop in Needham Road, Notting Hill. Imports used to cost around £30-45 on average ($60-90!), but that wasn't a problem because like you said, it's all about the product, the features, the packaging, and having something that the majority didn't have. Whilst I cleaned out most of my collection ages ago, I still held onto a few, plus my Pioneer CLD-2850. I'm in the process of trying to let it go as I move into a new apartment. I simply don't have space for all my gear, and since I haven't touched the discs in years, I'm contemplating it. Mind you, I still have my SW: Definitive Collection, a few Criterions, plus boxsets like Toy Story and T2. Maybe I should try and find a good home for it!


zodiac290682 8 years ago

hi, i just wanted to say that i would be very upset if i had to sell my collection of lasers! i collect movies on many formats but would gladly get rid of them all apart from my lasers, i have grown attached to them over the years so i can understand what it must of fealt like to sell them, alot of effort goes into buying these wonderfull things, the packaging is great and i love the way lasers look and sound, something dvd left behind maybe. my only source of lasers is ebay now ha ha where ya can pick them up for not to much. my fav laser is seven criterion i think it out beasts the dvd edition


dvdchris 7 years ago

I didn't get into Laserdisc until 1996, the year before DVD was introduced. Needless to say, Laserdisc died in the first year of DVD. I did buy several discs from Pioneer for $6 each when they liquidated their factory, including sets still not available on DVD.

My Laserdisc player just died and would require circuitry repairs, so I'm getting the few unavailable titles professionally converted over to DVD and I guess I'll try to sell the collection.


Julian 7 years ago

Wow, great post! I started collecting LaserDiscs in 2005, because I was too young when the format was "booming" (even though it never really boomed). Not a lot of people even know what "a LaserDisc" is, here in Belgium. It's quite great to collect them nowadays, because most of the discs are so cheap (and most of the ardent collectors took great care of them).

I found the "Star Wars Definitive Collection" in unplayed condition for $75. Not too shabby.


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embitca 7 years ago from Boston Author

Hey Julian, thanks for commenting. I often wish I hadn't sold my Star Wars Definitive Collection. $75 is a great price for it!


lala 7 years ago

I remember them showing us documentaries and educational films on LaserDisc in high school. That was the only place I'd ever seen one and I had always wondered why they had that technology since it looked so expensive and we could have watched the same video on VHS without wasting taxpayers money. This post is very interesting and gives great insight to the now highly obscure existence of the little known LaserDisc. Thanks


mary poppins 7 years ago

we bought a laser disc player in hongkong and have lots of disc that have hardly been used our laser disc player got broken so i need a home for these


Lori 7 years ago

Hi i have an extensive collection of laserdiscs to which I must sadly sell off. if any one knows of any collectors i would appreciate it. I so sadly hate to see my collection go.

i can be reached through lorilimo@hotmail.com

Thank You


Norm de Plume 7 years ago

So sad that a great hobby vanishes into the ether. I identify with all the comments about being attached to what we collected. I get that clearly, right in the old gut. But laser discs died very quickly after DVD caught on, and the great lesson to be learned is that collecting movies in different video formats is a doomed obsession. No matter how remarkable today's format is, the next to come along will eclipse it. I have nearly 2000 laser discs that I cannot even GIVE away. And I certainly don't want to be buried with them. If you are sitting there now with your Blu-Ray discs and chortling to yourself over us foolish analog laser freaks - just keep in mind that your favorite format will be garbage even sooner. The laser disc had almost 20 good years. Blu-Ray won't have ten. DVD is already on the decline. Frankly, as good as it is, Blu-Ray as a product was doomed from the moment they attached that moniker to it. Blu-Ray doesn't tell you anything about what the product is. It sounds like some brand of surfboard. It will be gone tomorrow, and your bloody Blu-Rays will be worth no more than my laser discs are today... about a nickel apiece at the shops that will buy them for resale. And this despite the fact that many laser disc titles have not yet, nor ever will, make it to DVD. Or Blu-Ray. You want to invest in something that will have lasting value? Buy a mint copy of Action Comics #1. I thought that my laser disc collection would last a lifetime. Ho ho. Sorry to be such a downer, kids. But there is bitterness in realizing my addiction to this hobby was foolish. I loved them, but I have left pets too, and cars, and women, and restaurants. And when they go, all you can do is look back fondly... and move on. But don't spend all your dough getting there.


Aarowsmith 6 years ago

All I can say is, enjoy watching movies on any format you have because it cost money to rent or see a movie, why do that when you can watch a movie you have already? And have not seen in years maybe decades?!! Laser disc will live on as long as the players and the disc's themselves hold up, laser rot etc., oh and you have a TV to play them on. Which of course they still look good on the new LCD wide screens TV's too. Not as good as say a Blue-Ray movie format, but again why spend the money when you have allot of movies to watch already'. So go watch' them' with that someone' special', instead of going out all the time and spending more money' you don't have to spend'.


speedwaygirl 6 years ago

It was great to read your post. Thanks so much for sharing. Your post definitely struck an emotional cord.

As a ridiculously obsessive movie geek, my entertainment stand still holds my ginormous Sony LD player and the remains of my LD collection, although now since the big plasma came home, it's no longer connected. That's how most marriages end, though, right, due to neglect? Although it's functionally been replaced by a Blu-Ray and an HD-DVD player, I just can't bring myself to bring it out to the garage. Breaking up is hard to do.

Why are LD's so hard to let go? There was just something magical about the weight of a Laserdisc and the record album sized glossy covers - especially the gatefolds. And the extras and commentaries that you could only get on LD. Maybe some of the appeal was because most people weren't part of the LD world. Most of our friends were watching VHS tapes at the time. We were all so passionate about our LD's and our players.

I remember scouring for HK action flick imports at Big Emma's in Cambridge and that place up in York or Kittery, Maine in the late 90's early 2000's as the format was fading, but our love for it wasn't.

This year Pioneer announced that it was discontinuing its last three players....we'll miss you LD.


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embitca 6 years ago from Boston Author

Thanks for your comment, Speedwaygirl. I'm from the Boston area as well. Did you ever go to Sight & Sound? I believe it was in Waltham. They used to have such a great selection of Laserdiscs. I always loved to browse there.

I still miss mine sometimes. My dad finally threw out his old player recently and I thought about keeping it, but really it would have been silly. Such is nostalgia! Those small little DVD discs just aren't the same. Oh well, maybe it will make a comeback someday, just like vinyl :)


Lewis (from Hong Kong) 6 years ago

All LD collectors were suffered from the same obsessive superiority complex. This very special hobby in that very special period ( late seventies to late nineties ) had gave us great pleasure, but in the end we all feel being fooled at the mercy of the technological advances. However, we can take it as an important lesson and somehow benefit from it.


Lars 6 years ago

I understand the emotional value that a laserdisc collection has. I don't understand that you would get rid of it for 300 USD. I still have over 2000 laserdiscs and will never part with them. I love to watch Blu Ray and HD-DVD but I am not emotionally attached to them as my laserdisc collection. Every laserdisc I bought, I remember when and where I bought them. It's one big pile of nostalgia...


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embitca 6 years ago from Boston Author

Lars, I wasn't watching them anymore and while I was emotionally attached to them, I was able to let that go. I try not to hang onto stuff just for the sake of nostalgia and the place I was moving to was too small to store my collection so it would have been stupid of me to keep them.


LaserBrain 6 years ago

It is truly an amazing, heart warming post on a special era of home video viewing. Well done!

What made laserdiscs so exciting for me was that each disc felt like a reel of film i'd be locking into a film projector. The need to switch sides, so impractical to naysayers, actually added to this impression of a laserdisc viewing being an exciting and important moment: i always wanted to make as smooth a transition between sides/discs as possible, handling the reels, as it were, with careful precision and timing. The size of the discs also lifted home theater entertainment above throwaway screenings of easy-to-handle DVDs. Indeed, their inherent complexity made my savour every second of crystal clear laser-video.

I still. have my collection and even watch some laser from time to time. Although I must admit that technological advances have made home video more affordable and visually vastly more appealing, nothing comes close to unwrapping a new laserdisc, admiring its jacket for ages, studying chapter listing and anticipating that first oomph courtesy of the then mysterious AC-3 encoding.

Good, lovely pioneering times indeed!


LegoTrooper 6 years ago

Love the post and the responses.

I did own a Laserdisc player back in the day but never collected that many discs due to the price and I was still at college and not in full time employment.

Having said that though I've recently made the plunge and ressurected my love of the format by picking up a Pioneer Player (CLD 2950) and about 40 films for £70. I'm now scrolling through ebay listings and looking for sites or people that are still selling them. Just recently I've managed to get the Star Wars Definitive set for £21, a set that cost £250 in the UK on its first release.

Viewing side by side to a DVD the DVD would be a choice of viewing over Laserdisc but you have to love the time and effort that went into Laserdiscs. The covers, the artwork, protective covers that I'm sure everyone would of bought when purchasing there Laserdisc back in the day. The gatefold covers and the box sets were stunning and beautiful to look at and mainly they just had more character than a plastic case DVD.

I don't think anyone should get rid of there collection. I wish I hadn't as there are a couple of Laserdsics I'd love to own again that I just can't find. A well presentation format and at the time a huge step forward over VHS.

Long live Laserdiscs :)


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embitca 6 years ago from Boston Author

Thanks Laserbrain and Legotrooper. The beautiful presentation and gatefold jackets were truly some of the best things about Laserdiscs!


Tom 6 years ago

New to LaserDisk but already hooked just bought a used player and 13 movies off ebay tonight all for less then $90 including postage. I discovered/rediscovered(I had a buddy that had a player back in the 90s) them over the weekend while at half price books where they were selling for $5 each including most Disney titles(I have kids and am a kid at heart!) What struck me was the beautiful cover art!!! I thought usable art! I actually plan to hook up the player to my home theater projector and decorate the walls of the room with the covers! I agree it is hard to get excited about DVDs or even Blue Ray, but usable art I mean LaserDisks YES!!!


JOE 6 years ago

hey man you had a great collection i think lacking a few good titles but there were so many on laser disc i have the LD-V2200 myself got it at a hamfest i was so happy when i found out it worked here ill be 23 in a couple months and i love old tech and when i get working old tech ill keep it sometimes if i can figure it out ill repair it its our history i couldn't give it up no way could i hopefully i can expand my collection that had to be hard idc what the quality is to me its our history DVD's and CD's dont feel right to me i like the old sound and the old picture now if only i can get a CED player and a BETA player i have my 8tracks i have records my old radios admittingly i do have an xbox 360 and a dvd player and vhs player but sometimes you have to get back to the basics the heritage and remember where are current technology came from where the improvements came from


Daddy 5 years ago

I love you LaserDisc !!!!!!


March 5 years ago

It's definitely an emotional experience selling your collection. I sold mine and then realised that I couldn't live without them and now my collection is 10x the size it was :D


tinkerbell  5 years ago

I have so many Laserdiscs, I hate to sell them but I don't know who to sell them to any suggestions? I tried ebay, and other sites but no one will buy them.

Hope someone has a suggestion,

Tinkerbell


Chris 5 years ago

My wife gave me a SONY laserdisc player for Christmas and a load of sci-fi laser discs including the 25th Anniversary 1st 5 Star Trek movies box set. Am loving it - great picture and sound and wonderful colour brochure and info - unlike the small artwork stuff you get with dvds.


SHARI 5 years ago

Thanks for sharing... I have a collection of lasers that I'd like to sell. Any ideas of where to go for top offer?

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embitca 5 years ago from Boston Author

Shari, there's really no place to go for top offers so you sort of have to bite the bullet. You're really just creating some free space :)

What you might want to do is go through your collection and look for any titles that may be particularly valuable (usually stuff that isn't released on DVD yet, or amazing special editions or any Criterions you might have) and then sell those titles individually on Ebay.

Then just pack up the rest and sell em all off together with a Craigslist ad.


Jennifer 5 years ago

I currently have a sylvania laserdisc player that is fully functional. Along with a 40 disc collection. I was given it by ny father in law and he originally bought it in the late 80's and has had it ever since. I always wondered how much it was worth but i could never sell it. My son loves to watch ET and The last Starfighter on it.


DOuG pRATt 5 years ago

Sight & Sound was a great store. I still have all of my LaserDiscs, and four working players, two of which are in storage. Can't say I watch LD very often, but I have the space to hold onto my collection, so I do. I still get the LD/DVD Newsletter, put out by a different Doug Pratt.


Mike 4 years ago

Beautiful post OP.

Can easily feel the love for your hobby through your words.

As for myself I just bid on and won a laserdisc player earlier today. It will be my very first experience with this format. Looking forward to it!


Henry 4 years ago

As a collector of laserdiscs, I can really feel everything you wrote about.


Henry 4 years ago

I don't remember how many laserdiscs I own, but I remember well my excitement over them. Like you said, laserdiscs were expensive, and a lot of care and thought went into deciding just which titles to buy. And the technology was revolutionary for its day- watching movies not from a magnetic tape, but from a laser reading from a silver disc. Just like switching from cassette tapes to CDs. Laserdiscs was a taste of the future, and all of us here just couldn't resist the experience, no matter the cost.

I've thought over and over about selling my collection, but I just couldn't do it. My 2 boxes full of discs weight a ton each, and they haven't been touched in years. They may seem like useless things taking up space, but I'm keeping them. They're a part of my past and history, and I think laserdiscs will be last time when entertainment software actually "feels" like there's value in the physical product. There's value in the workmanship that went into making these large reflective discs. There's value in the coverart. The miniaturization of movie storage medium into smaller and smaller formats despite higher and higher data sizes has diminished the value of the discs themselves and eventually lead to where we are now- that the discs (DVD, blu-ray) themselves have no value. The only thing that is worth anything is the zeros and ones, the data bits the encode the movies. And as we all know, the movie data stream themselves also are declining in value, because they are pervasive and cheaply peddled or offered by everyone from your internet bootleggers, YouTube, and Amazon.com.

Today, with movies constantly available and seemingly provided by nearly everyone, you'd almost have to ask, "why would anyone want to own or pay for a physical recording of a movie?" That makes me feel nostagia for a time when you hold a laserdisc in your hands and examined its beautiful cover, you know it was something revolutionary in its day, and it alone delivered a movie experience like no other.


Bill 4 years ago

I still have virtually every vinyl LP I ever bought and two turntables to play them on. Therefore, it comes as no surprise to me that I absolutely refuse to part with any of my laserdiscs. My first player died (Pioneer 990, I think) so I bought a used Panasonic LX120 on eBay. Like vinyl LP's, there's something special about laserdiscs. It's partly nostalgia for the past but mostly it's an appreciation for the technology. I know I'm not alone.


caroline 4 years ago

hey i found some laser disc ,while i was cleaning my house they include queen( greatest flix) def leppard (visualize), the cure( picture show ) , the cure (starting at the sea , images) , guns'n'roses( use your illusion I AND II world tour -1992 in tokyo ),motley crue('80-'91), aerosmith( big ones) , the crow ,duran duran decade ) if you are interested contact me santuary23hotmail.com


Brent 4 years ago

I was also at the Paramount lot sale. The line took forever to get inside the building and then once inside it was table after table of discs. While in line my son and I took turns stepping out to wander around the studio lot where we could. He got a photo of Stage 31 where they filmed Star Trek. I used to spend hours at Ken Cranes laserdisc store in Westminster. They had the largest selection of anywhere. I still have my discs, stored next to my vinyl LP's in Napa Valley crates and I have 3 players, 1 in storage and one operational and one I have hooked up to a PC to convert to DVDs. I have converted most of my discs to DVD and twice now have missed selling discs before a DVD of the film was released with The Sand Pebbles and Becket. I did convert PT 109 and sold the disc for 90.00 as it was not out on DVD and to my knowledge still isn't. Also the Star Trek box set and the Star Wars films prior to the special editions. I still have the huge James Bond Criterion films and a few specialty films by Bill Viola that have not been put out on DVD. One of these days I will sell many of the discs and the rest will be framed for their cover art.

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