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Posted: 06 Jun 2014, 22:43 

@laserking....you deserve your name well my friend ....astonishing....where did you get all these hk releases ?

Hi exinferis,

I got them from many different places over the last few years. Many of them came from a seller in Texas. A lot of the early ones I picked up from a seller in Chicago several years ago. I have also obtained quite a few of them at various times from several lesser sources in Hong Kong itself. When I joined this site in 2005, I had no Hong Kong releases whatsoever in my collection. In fact, I had almost no imports at all, but I was well on my way to having all of the U.S. releases I wanted to own. Then, I encountered the seller in Chicago, which was a pivotal moment in my collecting experience. This guy was a serious collector like myself, and he liked a lot of the same types of movies I liked, namely horror, sci-fi, action, and mysteries/thrillers. Also, like me, he had a love for low-budget movies, especially in the aforementioned genres. His collection was about the same size as mine, roughly 3000 titles at that time. The biggest difference was that, unlike my collection, his was loaded with imports. He started listing things for sale that I never knew existed :o ! My collection began growing by leaps and bounds again, after I had gone through a period of dormancy during the early new millennium. My interest was renewed again in my collection! It was like a doorway to another world had opened up, and I had discovered this hidden place full of treasures I never even dreamed of before! It was an adrenaline rush of excitement like you can't imagine!

I had several telephone conversations with this guy, and during one of them, he told me that he liked Hong Kong discs better than Japanese ones. I was confused by this, as I knew the well-deserved great reputation that the Japanese releases have long had among serious collectors. I asked him why he liked the Hong Kong discs better, and why he had so many in his collection. He told me that there were two reasons. First, unlike the Japanese discs, almost all of the Hong Kong ones were either in English, or had English subtitles. This was due to the fact that Hong Kong had long been a part of the British Empire. Second, he told me that he believed that Hong Kong releases were among the very rarest discs ever made. He told me that there were many Hong Kong discs in his collection of which he had never seen another copy in 20+ years of collecting! :o This guy had been very much a world traveler, which I most decidedly am not. He went on vacations to Hong Kong, and many other places in that part of the world. Many of his discs were personally bought by him at video stores while he was vacationing there. He had begun collecting DVDs instead, and decided to sell off his laserdisc collection. I started buying everything I could afford out of his collection as he made it available for purchase. After a year or two, sadly, it became all too obvious that his vast collection was dwindling away to only a shell of its' former self :( . The best titles he had were all gone. The good news is that most of it was now part of my collection :thumbup: ! In fact, my collection has now, I believe, far surpassed what his was in its' prime.

Dealing with that seller was a valuable experience for me, not only because of all the marvelous treasures I got from his collection. I also gained a wealth of knowledge from him as well. I always remembered what he had told me about Hong Kong laserdiscs. As my collection continued to grow, I found that what he had said to me was absolutely true. My experience with Hong Kong laserdiscs was exactly the same as his had been! I can also say the same for Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, and China. Every time I acquired a new piece from one of these Asian countries, I came to this site and checked for a listing of it. Almost without exception, I found that there was no record of it here at all :shock: ! It was obvious that these discs were quite rare indeed, and no one here in the hardcore laserdisc community even knew about them :shock: ! I remembered another thing that the Chicago collector had told me, and I believe that it is probably true. He told me that at some point in the late 90's or early new millennium, a large number of Hong Kong laserdiscs were destroyed :o ! He said that they were shipped back to Mainland China, where they were recycled for the raw materials from which they were made :thumbdown: ! If this is true, what a tragedy that so many wonderful treasures were lost forever :thumbdown: :thumbdown: :thumbdown: ! It became my mission to obtain as many of these rare discs as I could, and to document the existence of them here. I want to preserve information about these rare releases on this site, including pictures of what they looked like, so all collectors will be able to see and enjoy them. To me, this is a vital part of preserving the history of this grand old format for future generations. It's a little like archaeology, preserving the fossil record of the dinosaur bones that remain, so that people will remember that these rare animals once walked upon this earth! So, for now, I am trying to do my part to keep history alive here for the future. I encourage you to do your part as well, by submitting information about any such rare discs that you might encounter in your travels. :thumbup:

Best Regards,
David :wave:

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Posted: 02 Apr 2017, 21:23 

Personally, I love the disc reviews, I've probably read all of them.

I recently joined the Laserdisc Forever Facebook group due to the void here, they are a very entertaining bunch. They do need some help from the "Old Guard" though.

Even for them "Facebook Forever" with over 5000 followers recently did a "who's out there" post, received less than 200 replies.

With the price of Blu-rays coming down and finding them along with hddvds in the used market, I find myself spending less time with my LDs, may be that's true for the rest of us.

The problem with LD is that the more time passes the more limited the entire LD catalogue becomes. When I started collecting LDs in 2001, most known movies at that time were
available on LD including Fight Club or Star Wars Episode I. Even in 2005 or 2007 that was the case but today it is different.
That's why I think that people like us start using their LD players less and less. And I also think disclord's early demise most certainly had an impact on the forum as a whole.
His expertise will forever be missed. His posts were simply awesome.
I still love my HLD-XO and I am still interested in it but the truth is it is becoming more and more difficult to find appealing titles for it. I have already watched the
majority of titles from the 20th century that I would be interested in it.
I love the reviews, too. They are awesome. That's one of the best things about this forum.
If it wasn't for this site I think my interested in LD as a format would have long vanished.

Hi guys,

I couldn't agree more with many of the comments already made here, particularly those of giannis, audioboyz1973, and confederate. I haven't been too involved recently in many discussions on the forum, because it does seem to me that the tone here has become increasingly nasty and confrontational. I try my best not to be a part of those types of situations. I'd rather say nothing at all than to spread anger and malice among those who should be friends, my fellow collectors. With regard to confederate's comment, this is truly THE website for anyone who is a serious collector of this great old format. True, the LD catalog is a finite list, and may be very limited from the viewpoint of some among us. However, we are rapidly closing in on 57000 titles documented here on the format! Anyone who can't find something to like on a list that extensive must be EXTREMELY picky, or only likes new movies. In any case, they certainly don't belong here. From my perspective, I think there is a wealth of worthwhile programming available on this format to last me for many years to come! Furthermore, I'm convinced that there are still many more titles not yet listed here, and I believe that 60000 is a readily attainable number that we will reach in the near future, if we all keep sharing information and adding new titles to the database as we come across them. Let's all keep helping Julien to add to this great site, and preserve the history of this wonderful format for future generations of collectors! Don't give in to the hate! :thumbup:

Best Regards,
David :wave:

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 Post subject: Re: Suspiria [FY082-25TT]
Posted: 19 Sep 2017, 01:39 

Is this rot? I have rotted discs, but the speckling is more multi colored. I've seen rot on the copies of Heavy Metal that I had to go through to get a good copy, and they were also more multi-colored. I've never seen rot on a Japanese disc, however, and I'm wondering if this horrible video is so because it was a transfer from a VHS tape? It just seems to be a VHS-sort of video-noise.

Hi yazorin,

Does this disc have any "helicoptering" (distortion) in the sound? If so, it is almost certainly laser rot. I suspect this is the case, as the reference number indicates that this is a very old release. Although not as common on Japanese releases as on U.S. ones, laser rot does occur on them too. This is most often seen on the very old Japanese releases, particularly ones with reference numbers like this one, with the "FY" prefix. I have seen it on a few myself. Most of these are pressings from the very early 80's. Also, watch out for reference numbers with the "G78F", "G88F", and "G98F" prefixes. These are also prone to rot, as they are older Japanese releases too. I hope this is helpful.

Best Regards,
David :wave:

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Posted: 03 Oct 2017, 22:00 

I found what I believe is a bootleg of Heat (1995) in Hong Kong recently. No bar code, reference number and the inside of the gatefold is literally the same as the front and back cover! I'm gonna add it to the DB but just wondered if anyone has seen this before...

Hi brmanuk,

From the picture of the label, I suspect what you have may be a bootleg, possibly Taiwanese. The label looks very similar to some of those released by the Taiwanese publisher Jei Wea. However, I don't see any reference number on the label, so it may indeed be a bootleg of some sort. It's definitely not the official Hong Kong release, which was done by ERA Home Video with the reference number ERA-35-96. I have a copy of it, and the label looks nothing like the one you have. I'll be interested to see what your jacket looks like.

Best Regards,
David

Hi David,

I've updated the photo links so hopefully they work now.

Yeah, I'm convinced it's a bootleg. Funnily enough, the picture is subtitled however it's actually in widescreen (unlike the ERA release) and isn't the same print as the U.S. release; the black bars are even on the screen whereas the U.S. release is shifted up slightly. According to my colleague, the Chinese used is Traditional which means it's either a HK release or (as you said) most likely a Taiwanese release.

ps. thanks for all your hard work updating the database, 9 times out of 10 when I search for a HK disc your name is attached :)

Hi brmanuk,

Yes, I have done quite a bit of work to help out Julien with the database on these releases. About 10 years ago, I was buying a lot of discs from a brother and sister team in Chicago. The brother was a serious laserdisc collector like myself, and he owned a collection which at the time was about the same size as mine. However, whereas my collection was then almost entirely U.S. releases, his was full of Asian imports. They were selling off his collection, and most of the best that he had is now in my collection. Prior to dealing with them, I had absolutely no Hong Kong or Taiwanese discs whatsoever. When I saw what he had from those countries, I fell in love with them completely. I started buying as many of them as I could afford, and did so for probably 2 or 3 years. At that point, it became obvious that his collection was running out, and they were "scraping the bottom of the barrel". Believe me, that was a sad day indeed. :cry: During the period when I was dealing with them, I noticed very quickly that almost everything I was buying from them from Hong Kong and Taiwan was not listed here on LDDb! :o I decided that would be the best way that I could contribute to the global laserdisc community here. By submitting as much information as possible to Julien to update the database, a permanent record could be created of what was available in the "lesser Asian markets". You see, there was much better documentation of what was released in Japan, which was obviously the "big" Asian market. However, very little reference material was available on the other Asian countries. Although it is still far from complete, what we have here on LDDb is the best and most accurate record of what was released on the format in that part of the world. To this day, I still consider every newly discovered release from these countries to be a rare and exciting treasure! By documenting them here, we can share this information with collectors throughout the world, and preserve this sometimes strange and fascinating part of the history of the format. Keep watching the "newly added" section on the homepage for the latest discoveries!

Best Regards,
David :wave:

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Posted: 13 Oct 2017, 01:39 

I have this LD and theres no option to add it to my collection. Whats going on?

Hi ssg402,

It looks like somebody submitted this in error, under the wrong reference number. There is already a listing in the database for what appears to be this release, it just has "LD" and a space before the 82997-2WS. Look again and you will find it listed that way. In other words, I think this is a duplicate listing that someone submitted, and they just forgot to include the "LD" and the space at the beginning of the reference number. That probably explains why Julien hasn't validated it yet, and it's still in the "pending submissions" section of the site. Julien does a fantastic job of watching out for this type of erroneous submission. If he didn't stay on top of this sort of thing like he does, the site would be a f*&#ing mess by now! It takes someone like him with an eye for the finer details to maintain the integrity of the information here. Trust me, it's for the good of all of us in the global laserdisc community. Let's give a big round of applause for our great administrator! :clap: :clap: :clap: Quite frankly, I don't know how he does it sometimes!

Best Regards,
David

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Posted: 18 Feb 2018, 21:56 

I was watching Glimmer Man on my R7G.
Player did play the disc perfectly without problems but on random occasions I could hear a slight knocking sound from inside the player from this disc.
I have never heard this sound on playback before and it made me a little worried.
What could it be?

Is it dust on disc surface causing random knocking sound?
I could hear knock on both sides during playback.

I have to play some more discs to see if the same phenomenon occurs?

Hi van-dammage,

It's strictly a guess on my part, but the first thing that comes to mind is slight warping of the disc. Did you notice any herringbone patterns in the picture during the time you heard the sound? I would recommend checking the disc to see if it appears to be totally flat or not. I have encountered this type of sound on a few discs from time to time, and that seemed to be the cause. Check a few other discs, and if you don't notice it on any others, I think that may be what you're dealing with. If so, it may be repairable using the methods discussed here in some of the threads about warped discs. It's worth a try, as I have had some luck in the past fixing them if they are not too badly warped. If this seems to be the problem, and you are unable to correct it by weighing it down for a while, at least Glimmer Man is not a rare title, and you should be able to replace it with another copy without too much searching or expense. :thumbup:

Best Regards,
David

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Posted: 01 May 2018, 01:38 

Hi makmak16,

That's very interesting! It sounds like you come from a good laserdisc family! You must have gotten the laserdisc genes from your father's side of your family, although he forgot to tell you about it until recently! :lol: Sadly, I have never seen a copy of the disc you are looking for. In fact, I didn't know that it existed. I have several discs from the publisher Videodiscovery in my collection, but not that one. Among the ones I have are the similarly themed "Science Sleuths" discs, which you will find listed here. I will have to keep an eye open for the math one , and I'll let you know if I see a copy of it around.

Best Regards,
David :wave:

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Posted: 11 Jun 2018, 22:57 

I did put a link to an image, is it not showing up? Here's another one: https://imgur.com/a/OJt3OyT The disc is ID7313IV, 1990. Sorry I could have done a better job with the original post.

VERY early DADC/Sony USA. Back when their stuff didn't rot.

Is that so, I didn't realize they started having problems later on. I'm not overly familiar with DADC USA as I've largely managed to avoid them aside from a few discs I picked up very early on and some IMAX titles. I realize disc rot is not well understood but I'd be interested to know exactly what they were doing that gave them such a high defect rate. My understanding is that rot has different causes as with DADC discs the disc itself almost always looks fine but with PDO UK and some 3M, Mitsubishi and Discovision discs you can clearly see degradation of the reflective layer.

Hi kid_dynamo,

Yes, it's true. When all of the other manufacturing plants were getting better, Sony DADC USA was actually getting worse :crazy: ! This seems to have happened sometime in 1995. The best way to tell which ones to avoid is to watch the "LDVS-" numbers in the mint markings. The higher the number, the more likely that the disc will have rot. I have heard that a good rule of thumb is any disc with a number of 2700 or higher in the mint markings is a high risk for laser rot. The ones with very low numbers, from 1992, 1993, etc. very rarely have rot problems. I don't know exactly what happened at the Sony DADC USA plant, but I have a theory. The problems seem to have gotten much worse there after they got the big contract to mass produce discs for Columbia Tristar. I believe they simply got in over their heads during this period and let their quality control procedures fall by the wayside. Columbia Tristar was sending them so much work that they just couldn't keep up and they got very sloppy. They probably let the "clean room" production standards slip really badly in order to keep up with the massive workload, and it showed in their finished products. Only someone who actually worked in the plant during that time could say for certain, but that's my theory. It's possible that they also could have changed something in the glue and/or other raw materials they were using during that time.

Best Regards,
David

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 Post subject: Re: Delights of selling LDs
Posted: 31 Aug 2018, 21:37 

Whenever I complete a happy transction with a collector it reminds me of why I turned my hobby into a little side business. As a movie collector I remember the dark pit that opened in my stomach when I realized the title I wanted was not in any store on Earth, and was often not available on line either. After going from collector to collector looking for a title I wanted, it became my goal to stock my shop with all the offbeat connoisseur stuff that is so hard to acquire.

Thanks to all of you who have used my shop as I hoped. It's so much more rewarding to sell on LDDb than anywhere else.

I'd like to hear from other sellers about why they opened a shop here, and any suggestions from collectors on how the shops can be improved.

John

G and J Rarities

Hi John,

I wanted to jump in here to give my vote of confidence for you folks as dealers. In case you don't recall, I am the one who bought the copy of "Looking For Mr. Goodbar" from you some time ago. Once again, I truly appreciate your kind help to me in locating a "clean" copy for my collection of this sometimes elusive and troublesome title. Recently, there was someone else here on the forum posting that he/she was looking for a copy of this title. Perhaps they should be turning to you folks to fill that request. You certainly took care of my need and handled the transaction in first-rate fashion. You run a thoroughly professional shop here, and I wouldn't hesitate to trade with you again if I saw something I was looking for in your inventory. You've got my very highest recommendation, my friend! :thumbup:

Best Regards,
David :wave:

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Posted: 06 Feb 2020, 02:23 

Following discs that I owned had laser rot:

Men in black
Air Force one
Double team
American President
Barb wire

After that I simply check Lddb to see if any discs suffer LD rot and simply
Stay away from them.

Perhaps being a bit assumptive here but looking at the titles are they all the US releases?

If they are then they are all the SONY DADC US pressings & sadly they are really bad.

Can't off the top of my head remember what it is but there is an issue number that after whatever it is (someone else here can perhaps pop it on) the discs are very poor, most are rot hell.

I don't think I have ever had an issue with SONY DADC Japanese or SONY DADC Austrian pressed LDs but had lots of their US plant pressed discs that have been a total let down.

The SONY DADC US pressed discs are always worth checking before buying & more often than not best avoided.

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Someone on here advised that Sony DADC US issue number fairly recently although I can't seem to locate the post, from memory I think they said it was up to LDVS 2000 were generally all good then after that quality control seemed to go down the pan. I recently tried to run Jim Carreys- Ace Ventura When Nature Calls numbered in the higher 2000s and thats certainly a rotter, like yourself my experience of anything pressed at Sony DADC Austria or Japan has always been perfect. Surely Europe with PDO UK had the worst pressing plant of anywhere, is there actually any reliable list of their non rotting discs or is it just potluck with everything they ever produced?


Hi,

The DADC mint mark number I have been told to avoid is anything 2700 or higher. This mint mark number was reached sometime in mid-1995. That was when whatever went wrong at that manufacturing plant happened. Basically, the higher the mint mark number, the higher the risk of rot. I have seen very few with lower numbers than 2700 which have rot. However, copies can be found of titles with much higher numbers which have no trace of rot. For example, I have rot-free copies of the following in my collection: Alien Chaser (3315), Batman & Robin (3522), The Colony (3306), Dark Planet (3466), Jack Frost (3548), Foxfire (3227), Legend of the Lost Tomb (3423), The Limbic Region (3389), Mars Needs Women (3249), and Not Like Us (3322). My advice would be, if you are considering a DADC title with a mint mark number higher than 2700, ask the seller to check it first. If they are unwilling/unable to do so, I would avoid it, unless it's dirt cheap. The only one of the previously listed titles I did that with was Foxfire, of which I had seen one rotted copy previously. The seller checked it for me, and verified it as "clean". I am pretty sure all of the others I listed here only took one copy to find a "clean" one, but maybe I was just incredibly lucky on those. With persistence, you can usually find most titles rot-free, but it may take multiple copies to do so. Anyway, that's my experience with them.

David :)

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Posted: 06 Aug 2020, 20:33 

Hi Everyone,

Thanks to Julien and all of you folks here in the Forum for your concern and all of the kind words you posted here during my absence! Please believe me when I say it is greatly appreciated! :angel: You guys are truly the greatest, and I'm honored to keep company with you all here! It's true that recent months have been very trying indeed for all of us. These are certainly strange and troubling times we are going through all over the world. Rest assured that I have remained quite safe and well throughout the coronavirus pandemic, only with very limited access to the internet. I think the situation is sloooowwwwlllly improving, and will hopefully continue to do so as time passes. I made a large laserdisc purchase right before all of this happened, and only a few days ago was finally able to add the titles to my collection listing. They were a number of music titles I had been seeking for quite some time, and I just submitted a correction update for one of them a moment ago. I'll continue to do more as time, and my access to the internet will permit. I hope that this finds each and every one of you safe and healthy along with all of your families. I will continue to keep all of you in my thoughts and prayers that you will remain so until this troubling season in our lives is finally behind us. I hope to return to more regular participation here in the near future. Thanks again to all of you!

God Bless,
David (aka laserking) :wave:
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