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 Post subject: PDO UK Strikes Again!
PostPosted: 19 Dec 2016, 01:06 
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I've never heard of Pepsi & Shirlie. Today I bought (well, it was FREE) a copy of Pepsi & Shirlie: All Right Now [080 3529] In the PAL standard, and made by PDO UK! 8" of muck.


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 Post subject: Re: PDO UK Strikes Again!
PostPosted: 19 Dec 2016, 17:26 
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That's a shame, but typical PDO, as you say. Does it play?

My experience with these is that it may play, maybe even tolerably, until the really terrible bits near the edge.
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PostPosted: 19 Dec 2016, 18:25 
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I have a few PDO discs, where probably all have the deadly mist. Most of them play actually. Some work fine in the start and the audio go full white noise around the middle.
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PostPosted: 20 Dec 2016, 06:56 
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That's a shame, but typical PDO, as you say. Does it play?

My experience with these is that it may play, maybe even tolerably, until the really terrible bits near the edge.


I had a NTSC release of Vestron Video's I Spit On Your Grave made in Germany by Sonnopress. It looked worse, played, but horriably. Thankfully it was released twice more on LaserDisc in the U.S., the only country that got ANY LD release of that movie.


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 Post subject: Re: PDO UK Strikes Again!
PostPosted: 20 Dec 2016, 06:59 
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I have a few PDO discs, where probably all have the deadly mist. Most of them play actually. Some work fine in the start and the audio go full white noise around the middle.


I have all of the Space: 1999 releases released in the U.S. Only vol. 1 has any defect at all. All were made by PDO U.K.
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PostPosted: 20 Dec 2016, 10:41 
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I had quite a few of these PDO UK 8" 'CD VIDEO' discs & all were bad, rather sad.

Are any of them playable now?
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PostPosted: 22 Dec 2016, 02:26 
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My copy of Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (1985) [080 166-9] plays ok. There's rot there, to be sure, but nothing awful.
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PostPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 22:23 
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I had quite a few of these PDO UK 8" 'CD VIDEO' discs & all were bad, rather sad.

Are any of them playable now?


I can't play PAL LaserDiscs sadly, because I have a few. I have alot of PAL Video 2000 tapes that I can't play either.
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PostPosted: 24 Dec 2016, 23:58 
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cessnaace wrote:
I have alot of PAL Video 2000 tapes that I can't play either.

Cool to hear V2000 mentioned! Not often that happens... The format gets very little love eventhough it were the third competitor during the tape format war of the 80s. Video rental stores carried VHS, beta and V2000 in the beginning. By the mid 80s beta and V2000 were almost completely gone.

Anyhow... Do even 8" LDs rot? Read somewhere that they really can't because of the way they're made. Crappy pressings with color speckles could exist. Kind of like DiscoVision.
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 Post subject: Re: PDO UK Strikes Again!
PostPosted: 25 Dec 2016, 05:28 
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samaron wrote:
cessnaace wrote:
I have alot of PAL Video 2000 tapes that I can't play either.

Cool to hear V2000 mentioned! Not often that happens... The format gets very little love eventhough it were the third competitor during the tape format war of the 80s. Video rental stores carried VHS, beta and V2000 in the beginning. By the mid 80s beta and V2000 were almost completely gone.

Anyhow... Do even 8" LDs rot? Read somewhere that they really can't because of the way they're made. Crappy pressings with color speckles could exist. Kind of like DiscoVision.


I haven't heard of 8" LDs rotting with the exception to those by PDO UK. They made approx. 23 whereas there were 721 releases by all manufacturers - mostly NTSC.
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 Post subject: Re: PDO UK Strikes Again!
PostPosted: 25 Dec 2016, 09:04 
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I have an 8 inch disc from Hong Kong ( pressed by Nippon Columbia btw, according to the mint marks that end with a -C ) that looks like a big CD.
I mean it literally looks like a big CD and not like a typical 8 inch Laserdisc. It appears to have been made from
the same material as an ordinary CD. I am just wondering whether anyone else has seen this ? It has a front just like a normal CD so it cannot
be played and the back looks like a CD only bigger.
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 Post subject: Re: PDO UK Strikes Again!
PostPosted: 26 Dec 2016, 05:58 
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That's an LD single. In Germany Sonopress even made some 12" LD singles. Since they don't have glue, they cannot rot in the usual way - but PDO UK would have pulled it off :P
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That's an LD single. In Germany Sonopress even made some 12" LD singles. Since they don't have glue, they cannot rot in the usual way - but PDO UK would have pulled it off :P


See, I have been aware of the term "LD single" for many years now but I simply thought it was an 8 inch disc with music contents. Intriguing. Thank you.
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I've just gone through all of my 8" PDO titles - every one is crapola.
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every one is crapola.


CDV = Compact Dead Video?

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 Post subject: Re: PDO UK Strikes Again!
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CDV = Compact Dead Video?

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I own all 22 volumes of "Space: 1999", all of which were manufactured by PDO UK. So far only vol. 1 and vol. 3 have gone bad, although they were playable the last time that I tried them. It's been some time since I played any of them though. I already flagged them both.

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