Star Wars VCD's

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  1. NathanP

    NathanP Supporting Actor

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    Hmmm..
    Well it turns out I won't be buying pirated copies of the Star Wars Trilogy on DVD..
    So I'll have to move on somewhere else..
    My dvd player (cheaper $300 thing) doesn't advirtise that it plays Laserdisc so I'm guessing that it doesn't..
    So, What about the Star Wars VCD's?????
    They much better than VHS???
    Anyone????
    Thanks,
    Nathan
     
  2. Robert Spalding

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    unless you can stick a 12" laserdisc in the tray that holds 5" DVD's, I doubt it will play LD's.
    Just wait for the DVD's, VHS sucks
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  3. Shane D

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    the vcd's are cool to watch on your computer. my dvd player can't play vcd's, plus they are pal, but even on the computer shows artifacts once in a while when there is fast motion. the one that stands out in my mind is in the phantom menace when qui-gon is trying to cut thru the door in the beginning of hte movie, and the battle droids come rolling in, when he pulls his blade out and spins it, it blocks up bad. and this is in its native size at like 2x2 inches. and when i play it full screen, it gets real soft and blurry. so i imagine on a tv it would look kinda crappy. but it does sound better than the vhs tapes, by far. but, then they are pan and scan and no wide screen.
    so i woudlnt recommend them for that. they are cool to watch at work when your slow, but other than that, they kinda suck
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  4. Matt Butler

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    The official VCDs are p/s so I skipped those and bought boots(NO IM NOT ADVERTISING WHERE I GOT THEM) which are the classic trilogy (Not SEs). They are actually quite good and not as crappy as others Ive heard about.
    From what I understand the VCDs are better than VHS nut not as good as DVD. And the official VCDs are not OAR so think about that. (IM NOT SUPPORTING BOOTS BTW!!)
     
  5. NathanP

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    Thanks guys!
    Yah,my dvd player plays Vcd's..
    So, I was just wondering if anyone else noticed a big difference between vcd's and vhs?
    The big reason I'm getting Star Wars is to see how it would sound on my awesome HT sound system...
    Thanks,
    Nathan
     
  6. NathanP

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    Thanks Matt,
    I've read that the boots are just Lasedisc copies that are pressed onto dvd's... that it..
    Them Chinese people are into it...
    Nathan
     
  7. Matt Butler

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    Thats pretty much the case Nathan. The souns is just prologic BTW its not 5.1. If youre wanting to show Star Wars off on your system use EP1 on Oct 16th.
     
  8. NathanP

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    Sounds good..
    I can get the whole trilogy on vcd for dirt cheap.. so I may still go for it.
    Nathan
     
  9. Rob Gillespie

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    So how cheap can you get the official VCDs? From where?
     
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  11. Adam Lenhardt

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    I own the Malaysian set (which I bought here). The packaging's nice.
    The image quality is poor. Roughly that of VHS, without VHS's blurriness to hide image imperfections. It's also in PAL format, so make sure your DVD player is capable of PAL as well as NTSC. And as others have mentioned, it is in Pan & Scan, which makes watching the movies a bit uncomfortable, considering their original framing.
    The sound, however, is the best non-laserdisc sound I've heard. It's presented in DD2.0, however the digital quality blows away the tape presentations... The speeder bike race in ROTJ is just awesome. Note, however, that VCDs are encoded at a much higher audio dialnorm than DVDs. Make sure you adjust your equipment, lest you blow out some speakers.
    Also, the Episode II featurette which was exclusive to the VHS box set is availiable on disc one of ANH here. That's why I bought the set, truth be told, since I'd made the decision to never buy another tape.
    If you have the laserdiscs, I'd most defineately stick with them. But for a 5" disc alternative to VHS, these come highly reccommended.
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  12. Mark Walker

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    I have bought a couple of VCDs, and find
    the picture quality to be INFERIOR to vhs...very much so.
    Did you ever have a VHS tape go "blocky"
    when the shot contains dust, fog, or darkness?
    How about scenes by a campfire?
    No? Well on VCD, they will be be reduced
    to a mosaic, like you see on video where they
    are blocking the naughty bits.
    Save your money.
    Mark
     
  13. Adam Barratt

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    Adam, VCDs use MPEG-1 audio, not Dolby Digital. Consequently, dialnorm is a non-issue.
    Adam
     
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    I have the same set as Adam - legit ones. I share his opinion that the sound is actually quite good. The picture quality is actually quite bad, and certainly worse than what a good VHS player will produce. However, as I wanted them (my VHS ones were kaput) and will not buy VHS, I got them. I like being able to play them on computers almost anywhere I go, except of course at work!
     

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