Unless someone can find a laserdisc without rot, this VHS Hi-Fi stereo may be the best audio available for the theatrical cut of Buck Rogers. This was also released on Beta back in the day as well, but those tapes are harder to find and I have never had any Beta decks.
Hey great post Monolith149, and thanks to everyone else for keeping this thread alive.
The Buck stereo audio has been on my media bucketlist for a while now, having read the same info from Disclord that Silverwook mentioned. I would be willing to pitch in if a decent capture can be made.
Just a thought, but has a bad print or mastering already been ruled out i.e. the noise isn’t identical on all discs, it’s definitely rot?
Does anyone have a section on their LD that is more or less noise-free, so it can be compared to the same section from VHS? I would love to hear samples just to get an idea of how much improvement the LD offers over the vhs.
Assuming noise on everyone’s LD copy is different, and the crackling isn’t continuous on every disc, a complete copy might be possible using the different discs, and possibly patching with the vhs if necessary.
Another approach could just be to go directly to the LD community and see if anyone has a clean disc to sell or at least capture the audio. I used to be in a facebook LD group but don’t have an account any longer.