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  1. Tony Kwong

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    I was looking through my various Laser disc while moving them around and noticed how some of the technology evloved. So I was wondering what the first

    1: disc to be released.
    2: CLV disc
    3: disc with PCM audio
    4: commentary
    5: A still gallery (on set photo's, scripts, storyboards, etc)
    6: Anamorphic widescreen (one of the promo Warner Bros Disc)
    7: OAR
    8: Matrix encoded PCM?
    9: Programable TOC for "alternate angle"
    10: Hi-Vision Disc
    11: MUSE Hi-Vision Disc
    12: CDV
    13: LD-G

    I "think" I know first for AC-3 is the Dolby Stereo Digital Test disc. Clear and Present Danger for movie. DTS Jurasic Park...

    Then I was thinking that the last disc manufactured... Arcade Dragion Lair, Movie Tokyo Raider. What was the last AC-3 disc made in the US before they decided to drop AC-3? Then I was thinking silly thing like when did the "poor upside down turtle" first come about?
     
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    Many questions - I don't have many answers. I do know this - there never was a laser disc capable of being programmed for multiple angles - that's dvd territory. I don't know if these sites answer your questions, but you could try The LaserDisc FAQ and The Laser Disc Guru, for two sites.
     
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    I bear no responsibility for the accuracy of these, but here goes:
    First PCM track- Wings (silent film)
    First CLV release- Cheech & Chong's Next Movie (there was a prior CLV release of Animal House that was not labeled as such and was pulled from stores after complaints that the freeze-frame controls didn't work, as they only work on CAV, and other problems on some players)
    First movie release- Jaws
    First music video compilation- Abba
    First Pioneer Artists music title- Paul Simon
    First letterboxed movie- Manhattan
    First simultaneous letterbox and pan and scan release of a new movie- Back To The Future Part II (caused some confusion as some shots were open-matte)
    First uncensored XXX title [​IMG] : Up N' Coming (pressed in USA; there were restrictions over what content could be pressed in Japan- there was a censored version of Insatiable pressed in Japan which I've heard is an interesting curiosity)
    Last title released on Discovision label- Prom Night
    Last US commercial title- End of Days or Bringing Out The Dead
    Last title from Image- Thomas Crown Affair (MGM)
    Last US title from Columbia/Sony- I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
     
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    just like to say Alan that i never knew about the laserdisc guru site and i've been on it now for about an hour, great site for an old LD freak like myself. Thanks again[​IMG]
     
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    I thought Color Purple was one of the first OAR LDs?

    As for MUSE, I believe the first 2 titles available were T2 and A League of Their Own.
     
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    was'nt Voyagers "Jesus Christ superstar" the first oar LD?

    i think?
     
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  9. Tony Kwong

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    by "Programable TOC for "alternate angle"

    Let's say a movie is released in a extended director's cut. But the produces of the disc placed chapter marks in the right places so that everytime a "new cut" is inserted and ends they place a chapter mark. The producers make a guide on how to program the player so that you can play the original cut of the film. by manual selecting all of the chapters that are to be played and not programing the chapters that are in the "New cut" you get the original cut.
     
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    I'm pretty sure Jesse is right about Manhattan being the first OAR laserdisc.

    And, though the question wasn't asked, let's not forget that the first running commentary EVER was on Criterion's King Kong.
     
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    Not only was the question indeed asked, it was actually answered already (by me, no less). [​IMG]
    DJ
     
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    I believe the first director's commentary is on one of the Michael Powell Criterion discs. Does anyone have any more information?

    I also believe that the very first example of letterboxing was present on the credits (only) of Fellini's Casanova, which was released on Discovision in the late 70s and has never again been available on any other home video format. (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)
     
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    Rob whats them pics from at the bottom of your post............they look familiar.
     
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    OT to Declan:

    PICNIC AT HANGING ROCK 1975 Peter Weir
     
  18. Declan

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    i'm shamed at myself now, shoulda known that:b
    Cheers Rob[​IMG]
    must get some pics on my posts as well............when in Rome and all[​IMG]
     
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    I think the first LD to have closed captions was Flashdance- it might've also been the first CED videodisc to have captions as well as the first videotape where all copies had it (Columbia had a few specially-marked tapes with captions on them before that).
    The first anamorphic (16x9) LDs were Free Willy and Grumpy Old Men (the latter was only released pan and scan on DVD!)
    Last 2.35 movie to be issued only in pan and scan on LD- Map of the Human Heart
     
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