Originally Posted by afrogt
Just for the uniformed, why is laserdisc better than blu ray?
Assuming the question isn't rhetorical, there are a few reasons for LD over DVD, but the only technical one would be that it is an analog technology. The picture is nowhere near as sharp on LD (less lines on a LD), the colors are based on old fashioned NTSC (Never The Same Color) and quite a few other things. But, there are also no digital artifacts. However, for most of the population, the DVD picture would look better than LD. Audio-wise, most people would rate them equal if the LD had a digital audio track (early LDs only had analog tracks). Of course the LD is a 4:3 medium, so if you are matching to a 4:3 TV, that might be an advantage.
Where the LDs really shine are that some of the titles on LD are not available on DVD or Blu-Ray. Check the Beatles catalog for movies where the LD version is still perferred over the DVD or Blu-Ray release. There are other movies that for contractual reasons only appear on LD.
That's about it. Everything else goes to DVD and Blu-Ray as an advantage. Well, except that with LD, you get to see a tray that can handle an LP record-sized disc and has to play both sides of the disc. Where else could you see that?