Laserdiscs

On the Way to a Digital Video Future

Authored by: Stephen Mamber

The Routledge Companion to Media Technology and Obsolescence

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  November  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138216266
eBook ISBN: 9781315442686
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315442686-24

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Abstract

The story of LaserDiscs is inextricably bound with the rise of cinephilia and a huge public interest in viewing movies, mostly at home. They can now be looked at as taking an important role as one of the steps in a longer process, the shift in media from analog to digital. As for a time LaserDiscs were available with digital audio tracks, they can actually be seen as a hybrid medium, although other advantages of LaserDiscs over VHS tapes were more important; widescreen letterboxed transfers, many of newly restored prints, individual frame access on CAV (constant angular velocity) discs and rapid access on all of them, and innovative special features are among the things we can remember and celebrate.

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