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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 28 Apr 2014, 17:55 
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elahrairrah wrote:
1889? Wow, CG technology was pretty good back then :lol:

Oops. :oops: Fixed, dang fat fingers. :lol:
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
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If they haven't been mentioned before –

Moontrap (1989) (Uncut) [SWLD-3033]
West Cape Corporation, Japan
Japanese release of this sci-fi film has a unique, longer edit than the R rated US version.

Kuraishisu 2050 (Solar Crisis) (1990) [PCLP-00128]
Pony Canyon, Japan
Released in an altered/cut version directed by "Alan Smithee" everywhere in the world.
Japanese LD has a longer and different version and is NOT an "Alan Smithee" film; in the
credits, the director's real name (Richard C. Sarafian) does appear.

Enemy Mine - Geliebter Feind (1985) (Uncut) [1492-05]
Fox Video, Germany
The german edit of the film is slightly longer than the "international" cut sold on DVD worldwide;
the German laserdisc of the film has the longer edit in letterboxed format (OAR).
Old German VHS also had the longer edit but a terrible pan & scan picture.
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 14 May 2014, 22:28 
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I do not have access to these releases, so these are based on internet info alone:

-1979 Dracula: Director muted colours for the DVD release

-Cruising (1980): DVD supposedly had strong blue tinting to disguise the rough state of surviving film source.

-The Prince of Tides: DVD is barebones. Criterion Laserdisc has commentary / making-of featurette, but apparently there's a rare earlier version with slightly different bonus content.

-For the Boys (1991): The Laserdisc has deleted scenes and the director's introduction to them.

-House of the Long Shadows(1983): This has suffered terribly on home video. The MGM DVD was so dark whole scenes were just blackscreen, even with brightness / contrast adjusted to maximum. The 2012 release lovingly put together by Final Cut fared much, much better, but colours are a bit off and it's widescreen. The original UK release on laserdisc is probably the best to be had.
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 24 May 2014, 19:53 
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fernando wrote:
I do not have access to these releases, so these are based on internet info alone:

-1979 Dracula: Director muted colours for the DVD release

-Cruising (1980): DVD supposedly had strong blue tinting to disguise the rough state of surviving film source.


I had heard about the '79 Dracula. Recently I finally sat down and watched Cruising which is a nearly incoherent mess. The timing really stuck out as did the 5.1 mix which had some obvious new foley work. The end credits list a new transfer was done in 2007 with remix and re-timing. The new timing is beyond blatant and sticks out like a sore thumb. So one must obtain the uncut Japanese LD for a full frame version with PCM mono.
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 27 Jun 2014, 09:17 
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Fantasia Deluxe CAV
Aliens Special Widescreen Collector's Edition CAV
(Are there any CAV releases that suck?)

Also noticed Terminator 2 Special Edition widescreen edition (unrated one with black cover and red heading) looks very decent; has THX intro I believe and colors are very nice. Someone in different thread showed intro having white crush and wrong colors in other releases.
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
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I'm surprised no mention has been said of the Tom And Jerry box sets which contain banned cartoons as well as the Looney Tunes box sets which contain a few banned cartoons.
Especially with the ongoing Tom and Jerry Volume 2 blu-ray fiasco.............
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 04 Nov 2014, 02:25 
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I wonder how come no-one has mentioned Nemesis: Director's Cut (1992) [PILF-1588] yet: Origins of this version seem to be unclear but it is indeed an interesting case on its own, you can find some additional information from here.

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Braindead (1992) (Uncut) [PILF-1822]: there are various versions of this movie on LD (also known in the US as "Dead Alive"), and this version is interesting because it has a few scenes that are not in any of the US versions, including the widescreen DVD version. This version, alas, is not widescreen. It looks like there might be a German PAL version that is both widescreen/uncut, but I can't vouch for it.

Braindead was released as couple of alternate edits and japan and german LD's are sourced from international version, which is longest, while AFAIK all US releases regardless of format contain shorter US unrated print. However the japan press is edited to show one short scene in polarized colors for unknown reason while both german discs are untouched, too bad that despite the OAR they fall short to japanese one a big time what comes to picture quality in general. Also, the movie is available almost everywhere except in US as proper DVD, so this particular disc ain't anything unique and doesn't really belong to this list.
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 22 Nov 2014, 23:46 
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Seems to me that the Criterion section ("Chapter 7", 4th post) is missing a LOT of titles.

(Or maybe the OP knows it's incomplete, and only got through entering the titles through spine 45 so far...)
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 28 Dec 2014, 21:20 
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Fantasia Deluxe CAV
Aliens Special Widescreen Collector's Edition CAV
(Are there any CAV releases that suck?)

Also noticed Terminator 2 Special Edition widescreen edition (unrated one with black cover and red heading) looks very decent; has THX intro I believe and colors are very nice. Someone in different thread showed intro having white crush and wrong colors in other releases.


CAV is so expensive and the bonus resolution is so small........anyone like me would go always for the CLV version ?
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 13 Jan 2015, 15:28 
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Pretty sure At Play in the Fields of the Lord has never made it past LD and VHS. Not sure if the point is to single out releases that are not on DVD or BD.
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If not mentioned before, the following can be added to the Music/Concert Exclusives:
Mike Oldfield - The Essential (1980) - Not on DVD
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
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Exorcist II: The Heretic on Laserdisc released only in Japan includes a different, alternate version of the film not found anywhere else.
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 05 Feb 2015, 21:35 
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thanks great info
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 14 Feb 2015, 04:24 
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I have a couple of quick notes to make...

200 Motels is listed as not being on DVD. It actually is available (or at least was), albeit with some small edits as well as a distorted widescreen aspect ratio, so the LD still remains the best-quality official release (athough there are bootleg DVDs sourced from high-definition broadcasts):
http://sotcaa.org/editnews/200-Motels-On-DVD.html

Also, I don't recall seeing Criterion's edition of Orson Welles' Othello on the list. The LD release is the only one to date which contains the 1955 edit of the film without a 'corrected' soundtrack (which, at least in the Image DVD edition, corrected several lines of dialogue by removing them). Although it is rumored that Criterion's forthcoming BD of Othello will feature the 1955 edition as well as the 'restoration', I'm not personally going to hold my breath on that one.
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
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A couple I forgot to mention - apologies if they are mentioned elsewhere in this thread; Cast a Deadly Spell and Witch Hunt were only released on VHS and LD, there has never been a DVD or BR release to the best of my knowledge.

http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/27103/LD- ... %281991%29
http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/26663/LD- ... %281994%29
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
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Son of the Morning Star
Friends 1970 release
I, Martin Short, Goes Hollywood

Don't think any made it to DVD
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PostPosted: 05 May 2015, 00:27 
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Dont forget Evil Dead 2 because it is blood red.
  
 
 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 06 May 2015, 18:30 
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I want to ask about this one:

http://www.lddb.com/laserdisc/05548/ML1 ... %281957%29

As far as I can see this cut of the movie in widescreen is not available anywhere on DVD or BD. So, best version still and only on LD...
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 Post subject: Re: Ultimate list of Laserdisc titles that are significant
PostPosted: 07 May 2015, 00:00 
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I was just doing some reading and aparently the anime adaptations of Lensman have been OOP for ages. The U.S. LD of the movie was probably the last time it was released anywhere. There was a movie and a TV series, neither hit DVD in any region. The company most likely to put it out these days is probably Discotek Media, and while they have pulled a few amazing releases out of nowhere (Robot Carnival, finally) this one seems unlikely for now since the E.E. Doc Smith estate hated these adaptions and, aparently, didn't even sign off on the multiple home video releases of the movie in the U.S. in the 80s and 90s. I agree that the movie has basically nothing to do with the books, but it's a movie I enjoy and it's an important part of anime history.

So because of these factors I'm submitting these for the list, not just because it's OOP 80s anime. There is a ton of OOP 80s anime. This would have come out by now from somebody somewhere if not for rights issues.

SF Shinseiki Lensman (1984) [G78F0020]

Lensman: The Movie (1990) [LVD9266]

Lensman: The Movie (1984) [PCLP-00073]

Lensman: LD Special (1984) [PCLP-00074]
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