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VHD - The forgotten 1980s Videodisc

2017-2-17 11:00 VideosTechnology 31:59 104 0 0
You may have owned a LaserDisc or even a CED system...but the odds are that you've never seen a VHD. It's time to put that right with this comprehensive look at the third videodisc system of the eighties.

-----Buying VHD------
VHDs can be imported through eBay
UK: https://goo.gl/aoYb1W
US: https://goo.gl/QEkrle

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Special thanks to Jerobeam Fenderson for the intro animation. http://oscilloscopemusic.com

If you like the muppet outros - they are all collected in this playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLN2yCnHTG_6rlyYFpwUX2u0m_HVHpHO0F


Q) What's that google translation app called
A) Google Translate

Revenge of the Jedi
(Insert Comic Book Guy Voice here)...Well actually George Lucas originally called 'Return of the Jedi' 'Revenge of the Jedi' but changed the name at the last minute as revenge didn't sound like something a Jedi would do.

(Reply) Yep...that's why I mentioned it - I just thought it was an interesting fact worth sharing that (according to the label on this disc) it appears the film was still known as 'Revenge' in Japan despite the name change in the US.

Volume Large Dog -
Thanks to helpful Japanese fluent viewers - it seems that the translation app mis-read the symbol for Big as Dog
犬 = Dog
大 = Big

Thanks again to these clever people in the comments - the text on side two of the disc that was blank and inaccurately translated to "from been no", actually says "Shuuroku sarete orimasen", meaning "No recording"

Star Wars (again) - back to the Comic Book Buy voice...
'Well actually you can only see Star Wars in it's un-ruined original version on LaserDisc and VHD, so when you say that these formats aren't really worth watching any more you couldn't be any more wrongerer actually.
A) I'll let you in on the secret (that any true Star Wars fan should already know)...Look up "Harmy's Despecialized" - now That is the best way to see the original unchanged Star Wars...not in a 250 line low-res washed out 4:3 crop with Japanese subtitles.

Q) Whats on the blank side of the disc?
A) Interesting fact (but not interesting enough for me to include in the video despite shooting it)...the end of the caddy that goes in the machine has a series of notches on it that tells the machine what way up the caddy is and whether it contains a single or double sided discs.
So if you get a disc like the magazine that only has one side, the machine refuses to let you insert side B. Also the machine will not let you put a disc back in the caddy the wrong way up, it only ejects when the caddy is the right way up.
Like I said, not interesting enough for the video, but still a neat system. In comparison the RCA CED had no caddy orientation system so you could mess things up royally if you really wanted to.

Q) Are you going to cover (insert format/topic here) in the future?
A) Over the coming years I plan to cover lots of things...but I don't like to announce the stuff I'm working on, because people get impatient. I started working on this video about a year ago and had no idea it would take this long to complete.

(Comment) I prefer the 'old' intro
A) I'm alternating intros depending on the topic and how I feel on the day...I've got three or four in rotation. So there's no old or new...just different.

(Comment) Those monitors aren't cheap.
A) I must have got lucky - mine cost about £100
(C) Blimey that's not cheap
A) It is compared to the original price

If you want to see some footage from the interactive VHD titles, just search for MSX VHD on YouTube...but here's one example https://youtu.be/yALEzUSQtWE

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