Problem with Looney Tunes LASERDISC set

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  1. Lars Vermundsberget

    Lars Vermundsberget Supporting Actor

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    About ten years ago I got some of the "Golden Age of Looney Tunes" laserdisc box sets.

    On Volume 2 I encountered one problem - one of the most serious I've ever had in my collection of discs. On side 3, Track 21, the Bugs Bunny short "Hare Remover", it skipped over about five seconds starting at about 47 min 52-53 sec.

    I went to the store to have it replaced. There we opened another copy and tried it. It turned out that the other copy had the same problem at the same point. So I decided to keep the set I had and live with the problem.

    Now, years after, it is possible to get this set for some $20 instead of the original price of a hundred.

    The big question: Did my copy and the other one that I tried both just come from a bad batch of discs, or do all copies have the same problem?
     
  2. ChristopherDAC

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    What are the other cartoons on this disc? I seem to recall having the specific disc in my possession at one time, but I may be mistaken. One side was all gouged up because it had been playing when the LD-700 went haywire; if it was that side of course I cannot say!
     
  3. David Norman

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    Lars, checked my copy and I don't have a skip at that time point or any other point of Hare Remover. There did seem to be a dialog skip about 10 seconds earlier when Elmer was carrying Bugs back to the Lab (like a sentence got cut off), but the time display never changed and it seemed more like a splice point in the cartoon rather than a disc problem
     
  4. Chris*W

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    I also checked my box set and found no problems. I purchased Volume 2 about 3 years ago on EBay. However, I do see the same "splice" in that particular cartoon as David pointed out.
     
  5. Lars Vermundsberget

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    The other cartoons on this particular disc are:

    The Major Lied Till Dawn
    Cracked Ice
    Brother Brat
    Plane Daffy
    A Tale Of Two Mice
    Behind The Meatball
    Hare Remover

    The other side:

    The Little Lion Hunter
    The Draft Horse
    Flop Goes The Weasel
    Lost And Foundling
    Fair And Worm-er
    What's Brewin' Bruin?
    Rabbit Punch

    This disc, though, is part of a five-disc set (GOALT vol. 2) with 70 shorts. There are four volumes with five discs each and a fifth volume with four. The five sets combined cover 330+ shorts from the 30s and 40s.

    About that "splice", I don't doubt that's correct. However, my particular problem remains. It's somewhat reassuring, though, to see that two of you guys have no problems at that time point. But it could be worth mentioning that my players are not in the high-end range. It could be that I experience problems that owners of high-end LD players don't.

    It would be even more reassuring (or not) to get more replies to this. But there might not be that many people who have these sets anymore - or ever had them.
     
  6. alan halvorson

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    I've never had any problems with any of my Golden Age of Looney Tunes box sets.

    The best place to find another copy is Ebay. Looney Tune LD prices, box sets and, especially, single discs, have taken a dive in the last year, but you'll still have trouble finding a replacement set for $20. You'll probably have to shell out $50 or so, although if you are patient you might be able to find one with a ratty box but good discs for much less.
     
  7. ChristopherDAC

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    Nope, it must have been the immediately previous disc out of the set -- had some early colour cartoons on one side [really non-Looney Tunes] and some of the WWII stuff on the other. Sorry.
     
  8. Lars Vermundsberget

    Lars Vermundsberget Supporting Actor

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    Alan, I guess I may have to pay more than $20 for a nice copy. But volumes 1, 2 and 3 tend to be quite a bit cheaper than volume 4. Copies of 1, 2 and 3 are up on eBay now - in the 30-something range and one day and a few hours left. A copy of volume 4 is up to $57. Volume 5 seems to be a lot rarer than the others.
     
  9. Chris*W

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    Volume 5 is supposedly the rarest one. I have volumes 1-3. I paid about $150 for vol. 3, but the other two I got for around $50. Hopefully when more of the LTGC DVDs come out, the prices will drop more so I can pick up the last 2 volumes.
     
  10. Mark Hammon

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    It played fined on my LD player (Philips). I have encountered a similar problem you are talking about on other titles. What I mean is that a disc would skip/jump in one player but not another. I used to have a Pioneer player and every disc I owned played perfectly on it. Then a few years later I bought a Philips and it would not play some "side two" (on disc one) when it was a two disc set.

    I've had this happen with some DVDs too.
     
  11. Gary Seven

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    I own volumes 1 through 4 and have no problems with them. I bought them when they first came out. I still view them.

    As for volume five, it was my understanding that the cartoons featured were made for TV type toons (cheaper animation quality) that's why I never sought it out. But I never did confirm for sure.
     
  12. Lars Vermundsberget

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    No, Volume 5 consists of "55 complete uncut cartoons 1932-1949". But for some reason that set came out quite a while after the others.

    I bought the first four volumes around 1995-96, but they had been out for a while by then (I think they were released about 1990-93). Then came Volume 5 shortly after I got the others, so I just grabbed it the first time I saw it. I didn't know then that this particular set would be gone fast. I'm not sure I ever saw another copy.

    I may not have paid much attention lately, but I'm a bit surprised about the price level I see on Volume 2 and others on eBay right now. It seems to me that the level of interest must have increased over the last couple of years.
     

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