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Star Wars on Video High Density discs (VHD)

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Funny thing is you can get VHD discs for next to nothing but buying a refurbished player, they are rare will cost you somewhere between 2000 dollars and up.  Finding and buying an X0 laserdisc player is far cheaper.

The last player i saw on sale had the 3-D  equipment so sold for 5 grand plus like 20 movies.  And i think Friday the 13th 3D and jaws 3D.

I think VHD was a japan only format and was popular for music videos and anime amongst other things.

“Always loved Vader’s wordless self sacrifice. Another shitty, clueless, revision like Greedo and young Anakin’s ghost. What a fucking shame.” -Simon Pegg.

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I just picked up Empire Strikes Back on VHD here in New Zealand today.  Does anyone know what these discs go for in terms of a sale price?

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TK-949 said:

 

SilverWook said:


First time I've actually seen copies of these and wanted to share...

http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-EMPIRE-STRIKES-BACK-Japan-VHD-VHP46167-8-/120627771785?pt=US_Movies_Other_Formats&hash=item1c15f9b989

http://cgi.ebay.com/STAR-WARS-Return-Jedi-JAPAN-VHD-Cart-VHP49243-4-/290484822008?pt=US_Movies_Other_Formats&hash=item43a23e9ff8


"This listing (120627771785) has been removed, or this item is not available."

 

It's one year old post.

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Would VHDs be better quality than laserdiscs? Also, what version of Star Wars was released on VHD? If it is the 1997SE and VHDs are better than laserdiscs, then these could be interesting indeed.

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They were made in the 1980's and on an obscure and obsolete format, even more obscure than cdi movies format, or video8.

Star Wars was pan and scan only.

Stereo i think and the same as 1982 vhs release.

“Always loved Vader’s wordless self sacrifice. Another shitty, clueless, revision like Greedo and young Anakin’s ghost. What a fucking shame.” -Simon Pegg.

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skyjedi2005 said:

Star Wars was pan and scan only.

Stereo i think and the same as 1982 vhs release.

Ahh... I see.

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Some general info for the Original Trilogy on VHD (Video High Density)…

 
Insert the obligatory ‘Big In Japan’ joke here! 😉

 

^ an abridged image of the Original Trilogy VHD cover art from swonvideo.com

 

Some more of the VHD covert art for the Original Trilogy…

 

 

a few informative and insightful videos on Original Trilogy VHD releases…

 

VHD DiscLord VideoDisc Player’ - a 1 minute video from the I Rodriguez youtube channel.

^ a demo of how these the VHDs actually fitted into the VHD players for playback 😃

 
 

From the informative and insightful Nathan Butler youtube channel…

(a bastion of info for all things ‘Star Wars Home Video’)
 

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #102​.1: A New Hope and Return of the Jedi on VHD (1983-86) - a 7 minute video

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From the Star Wars Home Video Library #102​: The Empire Strikes Back on VHD (1984) - a 7 minute video

 

and also Nathan Butler’s other videos covering other Star Wars releases on VHD…

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #308​: “Making of” Double-Feature on Japanese VHD - a 5 minute video

From the Star Wars Home Video Library #199​: Caravan of Courage on VHD - a 7 minute video.

 
 

Some OT VHD Info (and cover art) from Video Collector’s SWonVideo site - https://www.swonvideo.com/other/divforside.htm

Some OT VHD Info from DavisDVD - http://web.archive.org/web/20060206024552/http://www.davisdvd.com/misc/ep_misc.htm

Info Wanted: on Old Japanese VHS Videocassette and VHD Dealers? (2014 OT•com thread)

 
 

A little information on the VHD format as a whole…

 

'Movies on Vinyl - VHD The forgotten 1980s Videodisc:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCWLaAwr3sM - a 32 minute video from the Techmoan youtube channel.

 
 

'VHD in the UK - how 1980s UK missed out on this interactive video & games format:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKLwAwIfZT4)’ - a 35 minute video from the Techmoan youtube channel.

 
 

'VHD in the USA: Videodisc Failure to Launch:-

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S8Zt6cB_NPU)’ - a 31 minute video from the Techmoan youtube channel.

 
 

VHD - The 1980s Videodisc Format Popular in Japan’ - a 24 minute video from the databits youtube channel.

 

As well as the obligatory ‘Wikipedia Page for VHD’ - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Video_High_Density

And ‘VHD DiscWorld’ - a 2011 website with some indepth info on VHD - https://disclord.tripod.com/vhddiscworld/index.html
 

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How had I never heard of those before. Wild. Thought I think I actually watched Raiders of the Lost Ark on the RCA version of the disc. Very cool.