- Dec 28, 1998
- Reaction score
That brings back some fond memories. The Criterion CAV LD of Citizen Kane is one of my most prized LD titles of all time. In addition to special features, the LD format was where respect for Original Aspect Ratios was pioneered (due partly to their increased vertical resolution when compared to VHS.) LD was a wonderful niche format.I still remember the thrill when I received the original Criterion laserdisc of Citizen Kane. It was $89.99. Before that release, Kane was only available on crappy VHS versions of public domain quality. Criterion had a stunning print for the laserdisc, and a long and detailed frame-advance visual essay by Robert Carringer. I think I was up until 2:00 A.M. watching it, even though I had to work the next day. I don't see how anyone can deny that laserdisc fans helped fuel the demand for the types of special features that became standard on DVD and Blu-ray. Criterion could never have established itself on a linear format like VHS.