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posted by LaminatorX on Tuesday March 25 2014, @06:44PM   Printer-friendly
from the Ches-ko-ba-tuta-creesta-crenko-ya-kolska! dept.

mechanicjay writes:

While a bit pop-culture and light hearted, it's an indelible part of every geek's soul, so perhaps it's worthy of a front page discussion:

Over at Movie Pilot, Alex Rosenhiem puts forth a compelling argument for preservation of art and of shared cultural experience and why that matters. He couches it in the context of revisionism as applied to the Han/Greedo Cantina scene, long a source of nerd rage, countless arguments and is even it's own meme. The moment is a pivotal one for the development of the Han Solo character, but more importantly Rosenhiem argues that Art, Star Wars included, gives us access to the past and where we were at a certain point in time when we first experienced it.

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by mechanicjay on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:22PM

    My too, my wife actually found a copy of the Definitive Collection [] a couple years ago. It's like 3 discs per movie, all in CAV format. It's the cleanest audio I've ever heard. It's way crisper than the compressed remastered DVD editions. For that alone it's completely worth it.

    I need to hack my laserdisc player to output something besides composite output -- the comb filter just isn't up to the task on the 40 inch widescreen.

    They did release some Original cut DVD's a few years ago, though I don't own them. In the middle of writing this reply, I came across this: [] It's basically a 20 page manifesto about why those DVD's suck. :)

    My VMS box beat up your Windows box.
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  • (Score: 1) by willie3204 on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:24PM

    by willie3204 (826) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:24PM (#21139)

    The quality of my laser discs is pretty poor. Not sure if its the disc or the player. Would love input on it

    • (Score: 5, Informative) by mechanicjay on Tuesday March 25 2014, @07:52PM

      Seems there are different laserdisc editions out there. There are some Bog standard Laserdisc (in widescreen and fullscreen), the THX release and the Definitive Collection. If I had to guess, I'd say that quality gets a bit better as you progress through that list.

      Quality of the output from the player though, I think really comes down to the output of the player. If the player only outputs a coax, it's going to suck no matter what you do. If you have a composite video out, it's dependent on the quality of the comb filter in the player and your tv, which combines/separates out the various color/brightness/picture signals you get with a composite, 3-wire signal.

      My VMS box beat up your Windows box.
      • (Score: 1) by dast on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:26PM

        by dast (1633) on Tuesday March 25 2014, @08:26PM (#21172)

        Where are my mod points today? +1 to you, sir.