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Laserdisc players
Topic Started: Jun 21 2008, 02:28 PM (2,900 Views)
Jack J
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We got talking 'bout laserdisc players over in the introduce yourself thread so I thought I'd move it over here instead.

To sum it up; Miltos and Eddie just said LD players are deleted, you can't buy new ones, but they're fairly cheap on eBay (in the US anyway).

So if I buy one, is there a PAL/NTSC issue as well? Do some players only play PAL or NTSC, or do they all play both systems?

And why am I even asking about LD player? Well, cos there's actually quite a few films (not least HK films) that are out on LD but have never come out on dvd so either there's no way of getting a certain film or if you're lucky there'll be a crappy vcd. Sometimes there are better versions on laserdisc as well (and some of them are cheap too on eBay).


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Yes, there's a PAL/NTSC issue on LD players as well. I believe there are some players that can handle both formats though.

I'd love a list of titles where the Laserdisc release is the best one so far, the only one I know of fore sure is Hands of Steel but I also remember reading about some LD release of Suspiria having the best colors.

Sadly, I can't contribute to much since my knowledge is obviously very limited, I am very curious when it comes to this format though.
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cinehound
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Yes, you must be careful and choose a multisystem player. I highly recommend Pioneer players.
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Jack J
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Alright, I'll make sure to get a multi system one. Cheers.


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Kenneth M
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Beta tapes are the same. There are some releases that only got put out on beta. Sony manufactured a multisystem for beta. The model #'s end with the letters "ME" for "Middle East" as that is the only place that they were manufactured for. I was able to find me a pristine example on ebay about a month ago.

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This one is a SL-800ME model. It is a pro-sumer model with 4 heads and runs on any voltage between 99-264v without need for an external voltage converter. It plays European PAL, UK PAL, ME SECAM, French SECAM, Moroccan SECAM, NTSC 4.43, NTSC 3.58 and has 3 built in tuners. I paid just over $500.00 including shipping.

All in all, I'm just glad I can finally watch my beta copy of "Buitres sobre la ciudad" with Maurizio Merli!!! :)
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Jack J
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Wauw!! Thanks for that piece of info!! Now I want one of those!! Just out of curiosity; were are you located and how much was the postage to get it??


Oh, and have a look at this T-shirt I bought a couple weeks ago B) :


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Hi,

I also recommend Pioneer players, my Pioneer CLD-D515 is more than 10 years old and is still running fine ( but I also have a Pioneer CLD-2950 in the cellar in case the 515 dies ). Most players manufactured for and sold in Europe play PAL and NTSC LDs ( I don't know if players sold in the USA can play PAL LDs also )....as far as I remember, there were some problems with TV-sets...the TV must be able to handle the NTSC-signal. To be sure of the players ability to handle both PAL and NTSC just go to http://www.laserdiscarchive.co.uk ....there's a list of manufacturers on the right side of the page, click, choose the type of player and you'll get any information you want.....

Since there's only space for 30 minutes ( in CAV-mode, CAV means Constant Angular Velocity, this mode supports freeze frame and variable slow motion ) or 60 minutes ( in CLV-mode, CLV means Constant Linear Velocity, there's no freeze frame or slow motion, only on some high-end players with a digital frame store ) per side, you'll have to turn the LD over, but there are some players which are able to flip automatically from Side A to Side B ( dual-side players )....

There's a very good article about Laserdiscs on Wiki - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laserdisc .... there you can also find informations on laser rot - the death of the beloved LD....

Cheers....Uncle Chainsaw
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Kenneth M
Jun 21 2008, 10:27 PM
Beta tapes are the same. There are some releases that only got put out on beta. Sony manufactured a multisystem for beta. The model #'s end with the letters "ME" for "Middle East" as that is the only place that they were manufactured for. I was able to find me a pristine example on ebay about a month ago.

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This one is a SL-800ME model. It is a pro-sumer model with 4 heads and runs on any voltage between 99-264v without need for an external voltage converter. It plays European PAL, UK PAL, ME SECAM, French SECAM, Moroccan SECAM, NTSC 4.43, NTSC 3.58 and has 3 built in tuners. I paid just over $500.00 including shipping.

All in all, I'm just glad I can finally watch my beta copy of "Buitres sobre la ciudad" with Maurizio Merli!!! :)

Congratulations :)
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Jack J
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Hey Uncle Chainsaw, thanks for your info. Very useful.
Hmm, LD rot! Must read up on that. :unsure:


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Thx Jack & Miltos! :)

Jack, I am located in Texas, United States. The price of the unit was $450.00 "Buy it now." The seller was located in Canada. The price of postage was $75.00. The unit weighs about 20 pounds. (It is freaking heavy!!!)

If I were you I'd just save the "SL-800ME" search in ebay so that it'll email you if one pops up for sale.

Niiiiice shirt! :lol:
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