Bootleg laserdiscs?

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  1. JJR512

    JJR512 Supporting Actor

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    Is there such a thing? I'd imagine it's not something I have to worry about too much, because I'm assuming it would have been far too difficult/expensive to produce a bootleg laserdisc. With DVDs, sure, because recorders and media are common enough these days, but I'm sure that wasn't the case with LD. Am I right or wrong? Can I bid on eBay with confidence (in this regard, at least)?
     
  2. Matt Stone

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    I've never heard of one, so I'd say yes...you'll have no problems with eBay auctions. I picked up ~20 from eBay over the summer (after I got into LD collecting), and they have all been great.
     
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    I have heard of bootleg LD's in some Asian countries, but if they ever arrived here, I've never come across one or know anyone who has. They've never been a topic of discussion in any publication that I'm aware of. I've been active in laser disc since 1983 and am an active Ebayer in LDs - bought hundreds. I don't think there's ever been enough profit or market (in this country at least) to make bootlegging LDs worthwhile.

    So, bid and buy with confidence.
     
  4. Eric_R_C

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    While I agree that you may never see a bootleg LD, I will say that I've seen what appeared to be a Sony Laserdisc "Burner" on Ebay. It was twice the normal size, and expensive (with component video to boot. Odd for an LD player, I would think.)
     
  5. Jeff Kleist

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    Yes, there have been commercial LD Burners sold on Ebay that were used in testing. Good luck finding blank media [​IMG]
    They never bootlegged LDs because an LD costs about $8 to press. wayyy too expensive for your typical boot SRP
     
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    The NFB in Montreal actually has a "Robothèque", a library of NFB films available on recordable Laserdiscs and transferred between the disc drawers and the disc players with the help of a big industrial robot. It's quite a sight to behold!

    I asked them a few years back how they transferred the material to Laserdisc and sure enough, they used recordable Laserdiscs, a medium that is red in color and which is recordable on both sides. The technician would use a videotape or telecine machine to transfer the movie to the Laserdisc in real time. Before performing the recording, he had to make sure there wasn't a speck of dust on the disc otherwise the recording could be spoiled.

    I asked them about the possibility of transferring a couple of movies for my personal enjoyment. I don't remember the exact price, but the cost of a single transfer could have easily run over $100 a disc. The blanks alone cost them quite a bundle.

    So as far as bootlegs Laserdiscs are concerned, the material costs greatly exceed the price at which a bootleg copy could be sold. The format was its own anti-piracy device!
     
  7. Jesse Skeen

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    I heard that some bootleg laserdiscs of "Jurassic Park" were found in Canada a few months before it was officially released on home video.
     
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    There were definitely bootleg laserdiscs released in Hong Kong years ago, but these are pretty rare and hardly any made it over here.
     
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    WOW, pretty cool machine!
     

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