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Buying a Laserdisc player

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April 10, 2010 8:56:03 AM

Hi

I am interested in picking up a Laserdisc player, mainly as a 'retro' gadget really as I know there are better editions of films out these days on DVD/Blu-Ray etc, but there are still lots of cult titles on Laserdisc and VHS that have never been released on DVD so thats the main sort of stuff I am collecting.

Is there such a thing as a region-free Laserdisc player? As I live in the UK, and so most of the stuff I will be buying will probably be US Laserdiscs, but I still want to be able to play UK discs aswell incase I come across something on UK Laserdisc. Or is it a case of not much good stuff being released on UK/region 2 Laserdisc?

If region-free Laserdisc players exist, are they pricey to buy these days? And if they are, could you recommend whether I should just try and pick up a region 1 player instead of a region 2 or what? I don't really know enough about the format to know what would be the best thing to do.

Thanks for your help.
April 10, 2010 10:28:51 AM

You have much reading to do. However, I can say that there is no region for laserdiscs. Only NTSC and PAL. Most discs were NTSC. The PAL market was never so big. So i guess even if you are in the UK I would definitely buy a NTSC player or at least a combi, but the quality on them isn't very great. Here is a link to get you started. Here are 2 links for you that should answer everything you need to know.

http://moesrealm.com/home-theater/guides/laserdisc-guid...

http://www.laserdiscarchive.co.uk/
April 15, 2013 7:06:35 AM

IR2010 said:
Hi

I am interested in picking up a Laserdisc player, mainly as a 'retro' gadget really as I know there are better editions of films out these days on DVD/Blu-Ray etc, but there are still lots of cult titles on Laserdisc and VHS that have never been released on DVD so thats the main sort of stuff I am collecting.

Is there such a thing as a region-free Laserdisc player? As I live in the UK, and so most of the stuff I will be buying will probably be US Laserdiscs, but I still want to be able to play UK discs aswell incase I come across something on UK Laserdisc. Or is it a case of not much good stuff being released on UK/region 2 Laserdisc?

If region-free Laserdisc players exist, are they pricey to buy these days? And if they are, could you recommend whether I should just try and pick up a region 1 player instead of a region 2 or what? I don't really know enough about the format to know what would be the best thing to do.

Thanks for your help.


April 15, 2013 7:11:42 AM

This is my first visit on this forum I have over a thousand movies of laser disk and would like to sell them. Need to find anyone interested. Lots of collector items
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