The LaserDisc (LD) is a home video format and the first commercial optical disc storage medium, initially licensed, sold and marketed as LaserDiscMCA DiscoVision (also known simply as "DiscoVision") in the United States in 1978. Its diameter typically spans 30 cm (12 in). Unlike most optical-disc standards, LaserDisc is not fully digital, and instead requires the use of analog video signals. Although the format was capable of offering higher-quality video and audio than its consumer rivals, VHS and Betamax videotape, LaserDisc never managed to gain widespread use in North America. This was largely due to the high cost of the players and their inability to record TV programs. It eventually did gain some traction and high-end popularity in the 1990s. Its superior video and audio quality made it a popular choice among videophiles and film enthusiasts during its lifespan. The technologies and concepts behind LaserDisc were the foundation for later optical disc formats, including Compact Disc (CD), DVD, and Blu-ray (BD). LaserDisc players continued to be produced until July 2009.  With such limited availability, LD players and media have become the focus of a growing community of aficionados.


Show:
A Carnegie Hall Christmas Concert

Kathleen Battle, Frederica von Stade, Wynton Marsalis

An Evening with the Kiri Te Kanawa

Kiri Te Kanawa, Jeremy Irons, London Symphony Orchestra (John Mauceri)

Baroque Duet

Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis, Orchestra of St. Luke's (Anthony Newman)

Beethoven: Lieder

Peter Schrier, Norman Shetler

Berg: Wozzeck

Franz Grundheber, Hidegard Behrens, Vienna State Opera (Claudio Abbado)

Borodin: Prince Igor - Royal Opera, Covent Garden [Box Set]

Sergei Leiferkus, Anna Tomowa-Sintow, (Bernard Haitink)

Chants D'Auvergne

Kiri Te Kanawa, English Chamber Orchestra (Jeffrey Tate)

Concert in Berlin: Rostropovich, Bashmet & Spivakov

Yuri Bashmet, Vladimir Spivakov, Berliner Philharmoniker (Mstislav Rostropovich)

Damn Yankees

Gwen Verdon, Tab Hunter, Ray Walston, A baseball musical!

Dvorak: Symphony No. 9; Fucik: Marches & Waltzes

Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra (Vaclav Neumann)

Gala Performances: Domingo & Rostropovich Live In Concert

Domingo, Rostropovich, Kirov Theatre Orchestra of St. Peterburg

Independence Day

Will Smith

Moonstruck

Academy Award winning movie staring Cher, Nicholas Cage, Norman Jewison

Mozart: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Serenade No. 10, Serenade No. 12

Bavarian Radio Symphony Orcestra (Colin Davis)

Mozart: Serenades no 9 & 11, Bassoon Concerto

Eberhard Marschall, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra (Sir Colin Davis)

Mozart: The Requiem from Sarajevo

Jose Carreras, Ruggero Raimondi, (Zubin Mehta)

Mozart: Violin Concertos 1-3; Sinfonia Concertante

Gidon Kremer with Kim Kashkashian, Vienna Philharmonic (Nikolaus Harnoncourt)

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

Vladimir Ashkenazy, The Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra