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Posted: 02 Apr 2017, 09:21 

Just like I said, I think forper brought a lot of negative energy into that forum. We need to get rid of all the haters.

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Posted: 13 Sep 2017, 14:14 

That is very true, forper, especially in China, for instance. Things are also getting much better in Indonesia. My Indonesian wife told me she used to go to bed hungry at night sometimes because her family could not afford
to buy enough food. Things are much better now in Indonesia. The only thing I worry about is the spread of radical islam in the entire world. I can see how much Indonesia has changed over the past 10 years, more and more
headscarves and I really don't like it !!! And I really worry how a country such as Nigeria with a population that is growing so god damn fast will be able to provide for all of its citizens with all the rampant corruption in Africa. It's crazy.
But it's true, it is getting better in general, especially in East Asia.

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Posted: 23 Feb 2019, 09:37 

I watched The Ghost and the Darkness last night. Normally I wouldn't mention this film but the surround mix ( I watched the German Blu-ray ) was outstanding. Wow. No wonder it won an oscar for best sound effects back in the 1997.

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Posted: 01 Nov 2019, 19:22 

I watched Hotel Mumbai last night. I thought it was fantastic. It showed how religious zeal can drive people to doing such terrible things. These people took their religion very seriouly and clearly acted in its name because they believed it was OK to kill infidels. It had nothing to do with them being mentally ill. They clearly knew what they were doing. At times it was very difficult to watch this film. There was a scene where they shot a receptionist who at gunpoint had to call the guests in their rooms telling them that it is safe to come outside so that they can be shot. The film showed how these terrorist groups were and still are supported by parts of Pakistan's intelligence agency. I also thought that the performances of all actors were excellent. I hadn't seen such a suspense-packed for quite some time. Strongly recommended.

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Posted: 06 Dec 2019, 21:29 

Hi forper, I rarely post here nowadays as I do not have much left to say but I have to say that this is a nice set up you have there ! The room looks expertfly arranged and I like the TV in the middle of the room.
Mine doesn't look as nearly as neat but I have good equipment at home so I am happy with what I have. I have a Nakimichi tape deck that I find sounds terrific with prerecorded tapes ( not all sound great but
I am finding more and more that sound really good ), a very good LD player and much more to play with at night after a long day at work.

Just watched The Color of Money on Blu-ray. Nice film with a great score. Paul Newman was terrific in it.

I nowadays tend to watch more and more films in 4K. After watching like the last five films in 4K ( including A Few Good Men and A Clear and Present Danger ) going back to Blu-ray is like going back from
Blu-ray to DVD. At first you might not notice a lot of difference but actually if you look closer you can see it is like night and day. When I watched A Few Good Men last night I could literally see Jack Nicholson's teeth
and the colours of the American flag were so vibrant with HDR10. I really love that they don't use tons of filters for their 4K releases which was the case for many Blu-ray films so far. The 4K releases I have
seen so far look really much more filmic, especially on a big screen ( I am using a Benq projector ). The picture is considerably sharper but on older films you also see grain more clearly, etc. I love it.
Blade Runner has never looked better. There are some amazing 4K releases out there that are a huge step forward compared to their Blu-ray counterparts. That does not mean I stopped watching DVDs or Laserdiscs. These formats came much earlier and are still fun to use. First I thought I wouldn't need 4K because Blu-ray already looks great but 4K is like a Porsche compared to a decent Volkswagen. Both are good cars, the Porsche is better.

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Posted: 13 Dec 2019, 09:10 

I bought around 40 to 45 titles ( mostly PAL ) with classical music incl. opera for 30 Euro from an estate sale here in Berlin. I thought that was a steal given the amount of discs.
The titles are from such publishers as Teldec, Sony Classical or EMI Classics. Around half was manufactured by PDO UK, unfortunately, but I tested some and the audio appeared
to be intact which is most important here. The others are mostly WEA Germany ( rare pressing plant, good quality discs ), DADC Austria or Pioneer USA. Anyway I am very happy about this purchase. The sound quality on those discs is amazing. It shows how good PCM Stereo can sound if taken care of in a proper manner !

I am no longer really interested in the movie discs as I nowadays try to watch films in 4K if available, especially those that I love such as Blade Runner. However I really like collecting these music and special interests discs or rare movie titles that are unavailable on Blu Ray or even DVD. Those are really valuable in my opinion especially because they are mostly shot in the 4:3 format and can look gorgeous on laserdisc with excellent sound.

EDIT: I counted the discs. It's 63 titles in total.

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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
Posted: 13 Dec 2019, 11:16 

Why are we only talking about movies in this thread ?

There are some amazing music LDs out there with excellent soundtracks.

-> Sade: Live ( 1994 ) https://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/10163/MLV-50114/Sade:-Live

Very decent video transfer and extremely well mastered audio track. One of my favourite LDs in my collection. Bought it for 10 HK $. I love the early Sade stuff.

Madonna: Immaculate Collection US https://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/08835/38195-6/Madonna:-The-Immaculate-Collection

I have an excellent early DADC USA pressing of said disc with zero rot. Excellent video and sound quality. I always show it to people to show how nice laserdiscs can look and sound.

Madonna: Like A Virgin ( 8 inch release ) https://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/33979/JM034-0036/Madonna:-Like-a-Virgin

Excellent soundtrack. My friend was impressed with the audio quality of all tracks. It sounds amazing and the video looks like coming straight off the master tape.
Borderline is just one of the amazing pop songs ever. Sounds incredible on vinyl, too.

Hiroshi Itsuki: Traveling alone on the Silk Road (1983) https://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/53371/MK135-25NC/Hiroshi-Itsuki:-Traveling-alone-on-the-Silk-Road

This disc was pressed in 1983 and still plays beautifully with zero rot. The video quality is amazing. You do not see any speckles, dirt, etc. in the image itself.
Such a beautiful transfer and the analogue audio track is excellent.

Boyz N The Hood Criteiron https://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/04129/CC1289L/Boyz-N-the-Hood:-Special-Edition

Fantastic video transfer. Doesn't look any worse than the DVD. In fact I prefer it over the DVD anytime. The sound quality is very very good and the video is beautiful.

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 Post subject: Re: Best quality Laserdiscs
Posted: 16 Dec 2019, 13:57 

Some Japanese pre-recorded Type I tapes I have from the '80s absolutely beat the equivelent CDs on my minty Sony KA5ES, a nice late 3 head deck. There's also that analogue quality you get with tape vs CD. Less fatiguing, natural sound.

Yep Confederate, the monitor function on serious decks is essential to tweak the settings before you seriously record. I have a Type IV dedicated to testing and setting up levels. I'm into dubbing SACDs to my Type IVs, they saturate pretty quickly but I can still get very nice recordings.. It seems more pure than jumping through all the hoops it takes to rip DSD.

Yes, I use the monitor function on my Nakamichi too and I am satisfied with the results yet I have a feeling that it can be done better.

I also have some very good type I tapes that sound really good on my Nakamichi. The Star The Next Generation soundtrack tape I got last week ( made in 1988 ) sounds excellent.

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Posted: 18 Jan 2020, 10:55 

substance wrote:
Chernobyl HBO series, very disturbing but excellent overall. I still think nuclear power is good though :)


I concur ( on both points ). Modern nuclear plants can hardly be compared to some old Soviet power plant.

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Posted: 24 Jan 2020, 19:01 

Today while I was taking a walk during my lunch break as I usually do almost every day I discovered a new and small record shop close to where I work.
All of a sudden while looking through the boxes with various vinyl discs inside them I noticed a laserdisc within the lot - The Frighteners dts LD !
I guess the seller did not even know it was a laserdisc and sold it to me for 5 Euro. I could not believe my luck. I most certainly did not expect this
to happen today ! Plus I have never seen this film so I have something new to watch on my laserdisc player.
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