1. Intro to LD technology
1.1 What is LD?
short, what are the advantages / disadvantages of
Is it true laserdiscs will outlive me?
Is the picture really better than my VCR
What about sound quality?
Uncompressed digital channels, or PCM channels
Dolby Digital a.k.a. AC-3, or compressed digital
What cool features can I expect out of
Can I play CDs on a laserdisc player?
Can I record onto a laserdisc?
Do LD players cost more than my VCR?
Can I rent laserdiscs?
I've never seen a copy of my favourite movie on
laserdisc but it's been out on VHS tape for years.
How come when I watch a laserdisc, I have to flip
the disc over?
4. Other differences
between laserdisc and VHS
are those black bars at the top and bottom of my
4.2 How big
must my TV set be in order to truly appreciate LD
4.3 Why do
laserdiscs cost so much?
Sometimes I hear about a laserdisc about to be
released and it's forever before it hits the
stores. What gives?
5. Defining the Medium
What parties are involved in bringing a movie
laserdiscs are just like big CDs with movies on
all this talk about NTSC, PAL and SECAM?
5.4 What is "CX
5.5 What does
CLV and CAV mean?
5.6 What is CAA
What is the qualitative difference between CAV
What is the difference between Dolby Surround,
Pro-Logic, Dolby Digital, AC-3, DTS and THX?
5.9 What is an
anamorphic, or 16:9 transfer?
6. Rivals of laserdisc
6.2 CD-I and
7. Buying a laserdisc player
features should I look for when buying an LD
7.2 What are
all the different outputs on the back of an LD
7.3 How are
Karaoke players different than regular LD
7.4 Which LD
player should I buy?
8. Tech Tweaking
8.1 What are comb
filters? Why do I need one?
8.2 Does S-video
output improve the picture quality?
8.3 What is
"LD101: A Video Standard"?
8.4 What are THX
laserdiscs? Do I need new hardware to play them?
8.5 What is the
THX - WOW disc?
9. Can I modify my player to get
9.1 Dolby Digital RF
9.1.1 How to add
Dolby Digital yourself
9.1.2 How to
get Dolby Digital added commercially
9.2 True NTSC output for
10. Care and maintenance of
10.1 What is
the absolutely best way to preserve my
10.1.1 Buying a
10.1.2 Remove the
Upgrade the inner sleeves
10.1.7 Store the
11. Common LD complaints
Can you explain some common defects?
Smearing of colors
Vertical interval defects
Vertical interval errors
Video noise, lines (usually white)
Video noise, snow
Video noise, streaking
11.2. What is
11.2.1 OK, so
what is laser rot?
does rot occur?
titles are known to rot often?
opening/end titles were chopped off while
watching a movie. Why?
or why are all horizontal lines flickering like
12. What is the pin
ordering of this connector?
(also sometimes called Y/C or S-VHS)
13. Buying laserdiscs
13.1 What is
the Criterion Collection?
13.2 What are
cutouts and are they ok to buy?
13.3 I've bought
used VHS tapes that are unwatchable. Are used
laserdiscs worth the money?
13.4 I'm in
Canada. Are there any problems using UPS?
13.5 What is
the 1-800 number for the Columbia House club?
14. Aspect ratios and
Can you go over widescreen, letterbox, etc. one
What are some of the terms I need to know when
studying aspect ratios?
What are some of the popular widescreen film
I heard that if a film is shot "flat" then you
actually lose screen information when it is
letterboxed. Is this true?
titles never released on LD in USA
titles now out of print on LD in USA
Popular titles not released in letterbox
format yet in USA
What animated Disney movies are available?
16. Specific titles
of different versions
Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop
Worrying and Love the Bomb
Lawrence of Arabia
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Bram Stoker's Dracula
2001 - A Space Odyssay
Star Trek movies
Roger Rabbit discs
What are some places to mailorder laserdiscs from?
Are there any good laserdisc magazines I can
Is there a guide to Bob Niland's articles?
What good WWW-pages are there for people
interested in LDs?
What are some other Internet resources for LD info?
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