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16th January 2006 0:39  #31

Matt Contributor Join Date: October 2004 Location: United States Posts: 2,113
Adrian wrote: I still buy laserdiscs Aaron.  There are plenty of titles available on laserdiscs that have never been available on DVD or are out of print and ridiculously expensive on DVD.  I just picked up This Island Earth and This is Spinal Tap's Criterion edition which has different deleted scenes from the MGM DVD.
I used to own the Criterion Tap disc until the DVD was available, and yeah, the extra material is completely different...between it and the MGM disc Tap is pretty well represented on DVD as far as extras go; combining all of the deleted material makes it seem like watching a whole seperate, new movie. I think the Criterion DVD is the most expensive out-of-print Criterion disc that I have seen whenever I've noticed it up for auction on eBay and other places. Still kind of puzzles me why This Island Earth hasn't made it to DVD yet though, especially with all of the other classic sci-fi that's been released over the past couple of years.

As for laserdiscs in general, I only own a handful of discs anymore myself and don't have a player readily hooked up to my entertainment center. At one point I think I owned somewhere between 150-200 movies or sets, but with most coming out on DVD they've been widdled down to a tenth of that, and only two sets, the original, nine-disc Star Wars: The Definitive Collection and the Criterion Blade Runner, aren't available on DVD yet. I still have my Criterion Halloween and Escape from New York, Alien and Aliens, The Abyss, and a few others for sentimental reasons only, haven't watched them in years.
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