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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by NathanP, Jan 19, 2002.
I'm going to start a laserdisc collection..
What do you guys use as your reference ld?
I think the one that I like best as my reference LD is Rini Bell Takes a Bath Special Edition, with the deleted Rini Bell Takes a Shower scenes.
On a slightly more serious note...
If you are interested in lasers from purely a reference standpoint, I'd advise concentrating on the basis of sound, as lasers simply cannot touch the best contemporary DVDs in terms of image quality, esp. if one has a 16x9 capable display. ( They can look real nice given a high quality LD player, but in terms of the best that each media has to offer, DVD simply has too many advantages. )
For sound, many of the DTS lasers are very impressive. Some of the better ones, IMO, include Casper, Schindler's List, Toy Story, Blade, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Strange Days.
Music titles that feature PCM tracks can be very enjoyable as well.
The real reason, IMO, to have LD at this point in time is to have the ability to own and enjoy titles that haven't been released to DVD, or to experience supplementary material that was exclusive to previous LD releases.
Older titles such as those from the RKO, many of the older MGM and Warner Bros. titles, film noirs, 'classic' titles unreleased on DVD as of yet, Criterion releases, Disney animation that has not been released as of yet, Star Wars THX LDs that feature the original cuts of the films, the Indiana Jones trilogy, and so on.
I agree 100% with Walter's observations about the LD format. However, if you want to see the best of what the format can do visually, a good example is the special edition box set of the Star Wars films. Leaving aside the fact that these are not the original theatrical cuts, the LD presentation is the very best these films have ever looked (better even than the THX versions of the original films).
Another fine visual presentation on LD is Titanic, although the DVD is just as good (better if you have a progressive scan player). The DTS version is very hard to find, but it has a superior mix of the soundtrack.
BATMAN RETURNS is stunning, A+ all catorgories!
The picture quality is great!
Jurassic Park CAV is the best laserdisc A/V Demo material I have seen for PCM pro-logic movie soundtracks. The DTS LD has its proponents as well.
I have a CLD-99 in the living room going to a 61" Toshiba, and a DVL-90 in the bedroom going to a 28" Panasonic. About a hundred movie laserdiscs, plus all of ST:TNG, and the absolute best picture of all of them is the outdoor sequence on Video Essentials. It's not much on plot, but the color and detail is amazing. None of my laserdisc movies even come close.
SMOKING: HOW TO STOP
Nothing else comes close.
The DTS version of Titanic
The DTS version of Strange Days
and also The Phantom Menace which has and incredible Dolby Digital track.