Modern Relics: The cult of the LaserDisc

For over 20 years the Laserdisc carved a solid niche in the home entertainment market embraced by cinephiles and setting the precedent for the special feature wave for DVD and Blu-Ray

The relentless march of technological development means once cutting edge inventions are continually being relegated to the scrapheap, or at least the musty bottom drawer. From what might have been to what never stood a chance, our Modern Relics video series takes a look back at technology that has fallen by the wayside, found itself on the wrong side of a format war, or was simply superseded by new innovation.

In this episode of our ongoing Modern Relics video series we look at the cult of the LaserDisc, the first optical video disc to hit the market and a format that developed a rabid, albeit small, collective of followers throughout the 1980s and 1990s.

Anyone out there still rock a laserdisc player? Admittedly there were some pretty amazing releases across the 1990s that to this day haven't been replicated on newer formats. Let us know in the comments below what your experiences with the LaserDisc were like.

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