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Posted: 30 Apr 2019, 17:05 

So why was this only on the remastered widescreen version and not the earlier versions?

After reading on snoops I find it amazing that it sounds like they would have used a theatrical print for the reissue, which is not usually
the case with remastered stuff especially Disney stuff.

It would have made more sense to have the nude in the earlier disc not later.

But now its one I must be on the hunt for :lol:
Obviously Disney used a different print/source for the previous release.

It's just an odd twist of fate that Disney picked out the print with the racy image for the '99 remaster.

As for why they used a print rather than a negative or interpositive? My only guess is that since they used the same transfer for the VHS release the same year (proven by the fact that the topless woman showed up in the VHS release as well and needed to be recalled too), no need to go through the process of using the negative to produce the best picture possible for the muddy VHS release.

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Posted: 11 Jun 2019, 22:24 

With a Bluray recorder can you choose between recording on mpeg-2 or mpeg-4 or whatever?

Another question; there is a BD release of Tomb raider 2001 encoded in mpeg-2, have you seen any DVD release encoded in mpeg-1 ?
As far as I know, some early European DVDs used MPEG-1 for the audio compression rather than Dolby Digital.

Never heard of a DVD using MPEG-1 for video though.

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Posted: 21 Jan 2020, 20:20 

1. Blu-ray - yeah, yeah, blasphemy that LD isn't #1, but I can't really complain too much about the format. Especially since we're getting a lot more obscure releases from studio catalogs on blu that in some cases never came out on DVD or LD. Just wish the soundtrack mixes were the original theatrical mixes.

2. LD - great sound, good picture quality and a lot of content not available on any other disc format. Shame we never got that backward compatible, component video LD-XR format that was once in development, but what you gonna do?

3. HD-DVD - only got into this format because I saw a deal for a player and discs I'd be stupid to pass up on Craigslist a few years ago. Was suitably impressed by the Dolby Digital Plus soundtracks on several of the discs (helped that the player I got, Toshiba HD-XA2 had 6 channel outputs.) Just that since it was on the market for so little time, not too much content to find on it.

4. DVD - yeah, the usurper. But after it killed off LD, what else were you going buy movies on? VHS? Hell no. If only the studios, when releasing a title that had a stereo soundtrack, would release it in LPCM rather than Dolby Digital 2.0 (if they gave you a stereo mix at all.) Unfortunately, it only looks like they did that on music video releases. Still, I was able to finally see several titles in OAR on DVD for the first time since they weren't released on LD. So can't really complain about that.

5. Digital8 - Sure, you can't get pre-recorded movies on these (you can get Video8 movies which you can play back on Digital8, but I never bothered.) For a short time in late 90s, early 00s, this and MiniDV were the best recording formats you could get at home before recordable DVD came along. Granted I only had a Digital8 camcorder--but it did allow you to record from other sources to the A/V outputs/inputs (and there were standalone Digital8 decks if you so wanted.)

6. S-VHS - yes there were pre-recorded titles released on this format (as few and far between as they might be), and it was a considerable upgrade over standard VHS (even if you didn't get any more color resolution.) I used to rent LDs from a couple of video stores near me for a while and make an S-VHS recording of the movie to hold on to as it did a pretty good job of duplicating the LD picture (at least on CRTs back then!) Also good for making recordings of PPV boxing and MMA events back in the day. Still have two working S-VHS VCRs in my HT setup and bedroom!

7. VCD - many are saying this is worse than VHS, and I can agree in some respects since I tend to REALLY hate MPEG tiling artifacts. However, the random access and not having to rewind the thing gives it a little bit of an edge over the magnetic tape option. Plus, when you've visited Hong Kong as many times as I have and wanted to grab as many movies as you could (since LDs were still really damn pricey back then), this was the way to go (especially since VHS in Hong Kong was all PAL--LD and VCD were NTSC.) Just had make to sure you bought your movies at HMV or another reputable video store if you wanted to avoid crappy bootlegs.

8. Betamax - granted I didn't start using Betamax until the 2000s, but I can definitely say it IS better than VHS--kind of. It's better if you're making your own recordings, but if you're getting pre-recorded tapes, you're not going to notice any difference between Beta and VHS since just about ALL pre-recorded Betas are in BII speed. Probably also helps that I use two of the best Betamax VCRs out there in the SL-HF750 and the SL-HF2100. I still need to make a Beta vs VHS and SuperBeta Hi-Band vs S-VHS comparison video one of these days.

8. VHS - it was the format that made me a true movie buff since after my family getting one and my dad taking me to this magical place called a "video rental store" almost any movie that I had hoped to see that I read about in books were available to see (and I didn't have to hope that it aired on TV at 2AM or so.) Unfortunately, I didn't learn until much later that how much of a bad quality format it was (until I saw a Dragon's Lair video game spooling off some amazing LD video then seeing a proper LD player doing its thing in a Radio Shack way back when.) Things got a little better when I upgraded to a stereo 4-head VHS VCR, but it wasn't much more than putting lipstick on a pig. You have to give it credit though--it lasted some 30+ years. I don't think any other video format, pro or home, can lay claim to that.

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Posted: 08 Feb 2020, 00:02 

Since I came across it and we have this section now, here's some scans of an article on UMD that I found:

and a full page ad for them:

If I find any others I'll share those as well.

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 Post subject: SJT-400 Review Article
Posted: 19 Mar 2020, 03:59 

CED isn't really my thing, but I found this review in an old issue of Video Review magazine I found recently.

Figured those of you who enjoy the format might like it.

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Posted: 24 Apr 2020, 16:52 

That reminds me, I should probably watch the HD-DVD I have of Top Gun before Maverick comes out.

FYI, I used to work on F-14 aircraft when I was in the Navy. One of my instructors at Miramar (back when it was still a Naval Air Station), was a technician in the squadron that worked with the movie crew in Top Gun . Said most of the actors and staff were nice folks to work with, save for Tom Cruise. He was a bit of a prima donna.

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Posted: 27 Apr 2020, 20:34 

the LD-S2 came out WAY EARLY in the era of internal comb filters and S-Video outputs. In this day and age I can't imagine in any setup where the S-Video out from an LD-S2 would look better.

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Posted: 11 May 2020, 22:49 

Are there that many people not watching LDs in the proper aspect ratio?

I mean, if people look inhumanly wide and circles look like ovals, that should be a dead giveaway to just about ANYONE that your picture isn't right.

I guess I just expect too much sense from people.

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Posted: 14 May 2020, 18:16 

Prices are always determined by a demand, not just rarity. I mean, I have a number of titles that aren't and probably won't be released on DVD or blu-ray EVER, but they really aren't worth anything.

Titles like Dark Tide

Night Rhythms

Disney's DTV titles

The Academy Ratio version of Lady and the Tramp

The Fighter (AKA: Savate)

The UFC Laserdiscs (many of the individual fights are available on DVD or UFC's online service, but not the whole show like these)

All of these are more or less "rare" but are they worth much? Not really. I can't imagine these selling for more than $30 each since there aren't that many people clamoring for them.

And there are some titles that aren't really rare at all, like some adult titles I've sold on Ebay that sold for over $100 each via bidding wars when I started the bidding at $15

It all really depends on how much someone wants it really!

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Posted: 03 Jun 2020, 18:17 

I've had both models and the DVL-700 is ever so slightly better for LD playback.

Is that slight improvement worth the risk of shipping the players back to and fro? I would say not.

If you feed either player through a decent comb filter, you'll get good results.

Though a hidden plus to the DVL-V888 is that you can decode LD-G on the US model if you have the remote.

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Posted: 29 Jul 2020, 17:35 

Had an R7G for many years before selling to pay for repairs to my vehicle at the time. Very good player and one of the LD players where the S-Video output is preferred over the composite output as the NEC comb filter in the R7G is arguably the newest and most advanced in any LD player.

I tried both composite and S-video from the R7G to the Sony KV-40XBR800 CRT I was using at the time. As most know, the 3D comb filter in the later XBR TVs is AMAZING, but even that filter couldn't clean the picture up as good as the comb filter in the R7G. In comparison, I also had a Runco LJR-I LD player and connected that to the XBR via composite, and the XBR filter cleaned up the picture as expected.

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Posted: 29 Jul 2020, 17:57 

Since the picture host I used previously, tinypic, has gone by the wayside, uploaded this article again:

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 Post subject: Re: Which player to choose?
Posted: 08 Aug 2020, 17:38 

No LD player has component video out. Yes some of the DVD/LD combination players have them, but they don't work for playing LDs (if you try, you'll only get a black and white image at best.)

Only LD players I know of with "an aluminum finish" would be some of the higher end Japanese LD players so if you want something like that, you'll be paying a premium to get one of those. Maybe something like the Japanese CLD-07G would be to your liking (which appears to be a CLD-D703 to my eyes):

I wouldn't go with Sony as with my experience I bought a Sony MDP-A3 LD player new back in 1995 and it went bad in just 3 years. Other people have had better luck and I've ready that some of Sony's MUSE LD players have a very good image, but since you say you don't need a MUSE player . . .

LDs and LD players don't have zones or regions. Only aspect that prevents you from playing an LD from another country is the TV standard. Since both the US and Japan use NTSC any Japanese or US LD player will work for you.

Since you want a later model player for fear of if it having mechanical issues, the one that will fit your need is the CLD-R5 from Japan. That model was among the last models of players being manufactured by Pioneer when they finally ceased production of LD players in 2009. The DVL-919 was among those last manufactured LD players, but adding DVD playback just adds more complexity to the player and more chance of it breaking down.

Good luck!

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 Post subject: Re: Which player to choose?
Posted: 09 Aug 2020, 04:39 

>elahrairrah: thanks for your precisions and advises.

- How can I manage the 110v if I buy one from Japan (in my country we have 220v)? Could an electrician mod it?
- Any difference between scart and rgb (yellow, then the audio white/red)? Maybe S-Video is better?
- What's the use of the cubic compartiment on the back of most of the Pioneer players (including on CLD-R5)? Is it possible to take it off?

>About Sony players longevity : So I'll pray for having luck since I'll have to buy a Sony because of their smaller depth dimension.
Here are the kind of shape I like (even if it's not aluminium), and without any CD/DVD playback (true, as you say less issues if only LD).
mdp-210 / mdp-212
mdp-315 / mdp-333
mdp-K1 (or K15) I love them so much (maybe japanese versions, but I found some sat to 220/240v from Germany).

I wouldn't go with the MDP-A1. That's the same family as the one I had, the MDP-A3.

Don't worry about scart or S-Video. 99% of the time, you'll want to use composite output (the yellow connector) from your player as the processing inside the LD player (which is what will happen if you use anything other than the composite output) will not be as good as the the processing in whatever TV or monitor you feed it to.

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Posted: 02 Sep 2020, 18:18 

Crazy thing happened last night. I was putting some HD-DVDs in the HD-DVD drive I have in my new desktop PC (bought the HD-DVD drive used off of ebay some years ago and just got around to putting in in my new build) so I can take some screengrabs. To play HD-DVDs on my PC, I just open the directories on the disc and find the actual video file on the disc to play with either Media Player Classic or VLC Media Player. One of the discs I was trying to play, I accidentally put it in my blu-ray drive (I actually didn't realize it until I tried taking the disc out) and the blu-ray drive was still able to read the disc!

I was able to open the directories and files without any issue. I had though that since the two formats had different data capacities that they would spin at different RPMs and despite both using blue lasers it wouldn't be able to read the disc. Perhaps they do run at different RPMs, but since computer drives are variable speed, it's able to resolve the speed difference?

In any case, keep this in mind if you ever want to try to play HD-DVDs on your PC if you have a blu-ray drive. You might still be able to play them without an HD-DVD drive!

PS: I've been able to copy the video files from HD-DVDs and put them to a hard drive and just play them that way in case anyone ever want to try to back up their HD-DVDs that might be "rotted"

And a nifty free tool that I use, Media Coder, can resise and recode those files into MP4 files if you want to be able to play them on other devices.

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Posted: 02 Sep 2020, 19:43 

Yeah, I'm surprised as all hell that it worked. I'm going to try a few more discs to make sure it just wasn't a one off.

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Posted: 04 Sep 2020, 16:32 

admin wrote:
Well, this one *is* based on a true story.


Which makes Psycho or Silence of the Lambs also "based" on a true story.


I know but it is LOOOOOOOSELY based on the Ed Gein story.

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Posted: 09 Sep 2020, 18:06 

Yeah, not into selling items for more because of the autograph.

Don't think I'll even buy an item because of an autograph either.

I'll get items autographed, but those are for me to keep. Won't be doing that just to make an item more expensive.

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Posted: 21 Sep 2020, 17:58 

I got a real hum dinger! There is a VHS/LD release that in it's entirety, never made it to DVD! It's a 1985 rated R T&A flick called "Screen Test". It seems to be made in the USA but only released in Norway.

What kind of legal trouble do you think the companies would give laserdisc owners for ripping their laserdiscs to a home made DVD so they can watch them? I don't see it as unethical, but some slimy corporate lawyer might!
I think I have that movie as well.

And fair use copying is legal. So long as you're not selling them, you're ok. Hell, even if you're selling them, no one really cares too much. Go to any sci-fi/horror convention and they'll be TONS of bootleg movies to be found for sale there.

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 Post subject: Re: Vintage D-VHS Articles
Posted: 12 Oct 2020, 18:16 

Absolutely, uploaded a new scan of the article in the original post.

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Posted: 28 Oct 2020, 17:41 

Just got this guy which is long overdue

Wanted to see how the PCM soundtrack compared to the DD 5.1 remix of the quadrophonic sound on the DVD. The PCM is definitely an upgrade for the songs in the movie since those mostly don't have any incidental background noises.

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Posted: 04 Nov 2020, 23:01 

I know I've read that some horror DVDs in the early 00s in some European countries used Japanese LDs to make the DVD.

One of them was a German DVD of Umberto Lenzi's Nightmare City , where some reviewers spoke of Japanese subtitles burned into the DVD image!

Other than that, I reiterate that early in DVD's life there were non-anamorphic, letterboxed DVDs that were made from the same masters or transfers that the LDs used. Most notorious were the early Disney DVD releases. Not the animated films, but the other Disney studios like Touchstone, Hollywood Pictures, etc.

If I can find an old issue of Widscreen Review magazine with any of these DVDs I'll scan it in so everyone can see.

I am a bit suspect of some early US anime releases on DVD from back in the day that they might have either been from the same 1" tape masters that they would use for LD (as they had burned in cross-color and dot-crawl artifacts) or used an LD altogether for the DVD release. My argument for the latter would be that a number of these smaller US anime importing companies from back then like Central Park Media didn't have a whole lot of money to spend. So if they already paid a bunch of money for the rights, that might not have included the master tapes in that price (Rob Woodhead from AnimEigo had a funny story about jumping through hoops trying to get master materials after already negotiating for the rights for a certain title--I think it was Kimagure Orange Road.) Thus, it would just be easier to just get the LD of an anime title to make their DVD to lower overhead.

I think the "finally uncut" Manga Video 2006 DVD release of Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie might be in that same boat. At least the uncut disc. The English disc was the same initial North American dub that Sony put out so long ago. The Japanese "uncut" disc featured burned in English subtitles, a very soft picture and composite artifacting everywhere. I can't imagine a 1" master looking this bad!

This may have been fixed that in the subsequent blu-ray release, but it was a just annoying as all hell that after waiting for many years for an official uncut release in the US, that that's what they gave anime fans back in 2006.

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Posted: 20 Nov 2020, 15:53 

Since Christmas is coming up, it's time to start watching Christmas movies so....

...on HD-DVD no less!

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 Post subject: Re: Total HoaX?
Posted: 30 Nov 2020, 17:53 

I think that in order to make THX Certification levels, the LD makers (most likely the studios providing the transfer to the LD pressers) they had to meet certain certain criteria for sound and video, and unfortunately that meant a lot of edge enhancement, color retouching and whatnot that adds up to flaws when viewed on an HD displays. In the SD CRT world, those "visual enhancements" may have made the picture look better, but not so much these days.

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Posted: 15 Dec 2020, 23:51 

So here's what I've been able to dig up on the Nuon from my issues of Next Gen.

1st is the article alluded to in the video from the November 97 issue:

Then I have another two page article from January 98:

Lastly another one page article on their supposed software partnerships (that apparently never actually came to be):
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