Originally Posted by enchntr
I still have my LD player in my rack, hooked up (Pioneer CLD-D703). Looks horrible on the big screen (no outboard scaler), but for some odd reason, I won't get rid of it.
A) The thing still works. That says a lot when my first LD player died in 1994...a whole 3 years of owning it.
B) There are movies that will never see the light of day on DVD/HD formats. Yes, Star Wars (I have three versions of the original trilogy on LD...Fox LBX, THX remaster, and SE, but my favorite in the bunch is the Criterion Close Encounters of the Third Kind. The DVD has some missing scenes (Neary at the power plant before he heads out in his truck, etc) and I just can't let it go. Also Monty Python and the Holy Grail criterion with Japanese dubbing...a classic.
Also, how many of you got some of your discs through Columbia House? That's how I got the original SW Trilogy (when they were $80 a pop). Got them for a penny.
I have an outboard scaler and the LD scales pretty well (I use an outboard comb filter to S-Video then the scaler to RGBHV to LCD projector). Naturally, DVD strongly wins when you blow it up like that (component to the scaler), but without scaling, projected LD is hopeless. (Looks really GREAT on my paralleled XBR DirectViewCRT though
.) Those were the days when Faroudja got their start -- super expensive doublers and later quadruplers.
Sounds like you and I have the identical StarWars LD library
. My absolute favorite LD is the Criterion CAV "Dr No" -- the one James Bond flick that keeps drawing me back. I also have all the rest on LD through DTS "Golden Eye" except for "Octopussy" -- just never really cared that much for that one film out of the bunch. (I also have the DTS LD "Tomorrow Never Dies", but I prefer the DVD.)
I've both the CAV box and DTS LD versions of "Jurassic Park" -- both are special to me. Guess I'm up to three versions of "Close Encounters" now spread across LD and DVD, though I only ever watch the original. Two of what I feel to be my prize LD possessions are the "Blade Runner" CAV's of both versions. There are just so VERY many titles that could be mentioned
I didn't get into LD purchasing until the rental outlets started selling off their stock. I rented a Phillips DVD player (then borrowed a friend's Sony S7000), compared the sound & video against LD on my Mitsubishi 45"RPTV, and realized it was time to get serious about LD (the DVD video was a little better, but the sound didn't even come close). Never looked back!