[vcf-midatlantic] OT: Anyone have an old laserdisc player?

Matt Patoray mspproductions at gmail.com
Thu Jul 28 20:48:31 EDT 2016

Here is the beginning of one of the GM laserdiscs, you will here some FSK audio at the beginning, that is to program the CPU in the pioneer PR-7820 to go into "interactive mode" 

This copy is from a defective pressing, that was then used on side 6 or the dead side of Jaws.

There where a lot of problems with defective pressings because MCA/DiscoVision thought that optical video discs could be pressed under the same conditions as LP records.... WRONG!


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> On Jul 28, 2016, at 8:28 PM, Jason Howe via vcf-midatlantic <vcf-midatlantic at lists.vintagecomputerfederation.org> wrote:
>> On 07/28/2016 08:32 AM, Jason Perkins via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
>> Yes, some of the discs have a touch laser rot... at least a visible
>> colored wave. None are extreme though, not as bad as this:
>> https://psap.library.illinois.edu/assets/laserdisc-rot01-1500-d1baafba0c9e1e060743272e1b491a7c.jpg
>>  They're early discs, branded as MCA Disco Vision.
>> Here's what one of the discs did in my player. When the machine
>> reached a bad spot in the disc it would give up after a moment. If I
>> used the jog control sometimes I could skip over the bad part:
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgF9BalTHSY
>> This was one of the older discs, but despite having some rot it still
>> played acceptably:
>> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAkLazvGWOg
> Unfortunately me and my laserdisc players are on the wrong side of the country these days, but I just have to say, the opening to that second one is amazing...

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