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CED Digest Vol. 4 No. 27  •  7/10/1999


From: gordoninsechelt
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 1999 01:16:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: ceds

while searching the net last month i came across anything 80s and they
have for sale ced movies so i ordered apocalypse now for 17.00 and they
have arond 8 more titles for 9.00-17.00 was this a good price i got the
disc a few days ago and it is incredible i wish it was in stereo but it
is still great and i came across a old taping that i made about 10 years
ago of siskel and eberts christmas special where hey talked about and
showed new products and they had eberts  laser disc player dual tray i
might add and at the end of the segment he compared it to good old ced
which as he said" it was advertised all over the place and IT WAS
GARBAGE TECHNOLOGY",well all i can say is at least ced never had laser
rot or since dvd ced lovers nevr abandoned the format as most laser
owners seem to have in the last 2 months i have only purchased 2 dvds nd
bought 15 lasers and 4 ceds and continue to enjoy my ced and i found a
person in texas who is selling ceds for 4.00-20.00 i think his name is

Date: Thu, 08 Jul 1999 13:58:02 -0500
From: Dave Potochick
Subject: DVD v/s CED
To: Tom Howe <>


I must say that ever since I bought a DVD player the old CED player has
been collecting dust... Don't get me wrong, I still watch and collect CED's,
just not as often anymore.... But anyway, I know that the picture quality
on some CED's can be really awful... But, the picture quality on cheap DVD's
can be equally awful... I've been buying a lot of the cheaper Simitar DVD's
recently because I like cut rate horror movies... One movie titled
"Fraternity Demon" is of extreme awful quality... You can actually see the
blocky pixels changing while watching it... I was equally dissatisfied with
a movie called Rush Week... Both of these movies were on sale for $5 but I
figured that they might just be marked down because they
didn't sell...

Another DVD that I'm not impressed with is Blade Runner... You can see pixels
in a lot of  the frames... I don't know which is more annoying to watch, lines
in the picture or seeing pixels...

-Other Bad Quality DVD's-
The Eva Braun Story
The Con Maker
Some 3 stooges DVD's

Among the best DVD's I've seen are Bride Of Chucky and The Wedding Singer..
The picture quality and sound are incredible...

I like the size of the DVD in comparison to the CED and Laserdisc... They're
definetly not as heavy and they take up less space....

As for smudges and fingerprints.... The CED and Laserdisc handle a lot better....
A tiny smudge on a DVD causes the disc to lock up... The needle based CED doesn't
care about fingerprints....

One thing that I loved to see go away was DIVX.... That was a joke... Yeah, I
really wanted to get charged each time that I watched a movie.... However, now
that the format is bankrupt, I wonder if there is any way to hack into the
players or discs to watch the movies for free... You can't beat the $1.99 clearance
price of the movies... If anyone figures anything out let me know....


Date: Fri, 9 Jul 1999 23:18 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Basic Operation Question (asked, so not dumb?)
From: Brian Clarke
To: "" <>

I recently purchased a Zenith CED player (the only one they made; identical
in design & operation to the early RCA units). Maybe I'm overlooking
something here, and perhaps you can help.

When the unit is hooked up, plugged in & set to the "load" position and I
try to insert a disk, I encounter a stop about 1/3 of the way in. The disk
will go no further (although when I look in I can't really see what's
stopping it) but if isn't "sucked" out of the caddy automatically either.
This happens with all my disks, not just one, and I've tried various
"angles of approach". It's entirely possible I'm missing some simple step;
it's been some years since I've used one of these machines. Nothing appears
to be loose inside & I don't THINK the unit was damaged in transit, but I
guess that's always possible.

Any input or advice on basic operation would be most appreciated.

Brian Clarke.

Date: Sat, 10 Jul 1999 13:34:45 -0700
Subject: RE: Dual Language Discs

>Does anybody know how many titles (and which ones) were ever produced as dual 
>language discs?  I now have one of the model 400 machines and I may want to 
>start learning Spanish.  For that matter, are we to assume that Spanish was 
>the only alternative language that CED's were ever produced with?

All the dual-language discs I'm aware of are English/Spanish and are listed in
this section of the RCA VideoDisc FAQ: These titles all have the red banner stating they're bilingual, but it's possible that some bilingual titles were released that went unlabeled. If any of these exist, they would cause the A or B indicator to light up on RCA's auto-sensing players, and you would hear the second audio track on Hitachi OEM stereo players with the switch in the SUB position. RCA's manual SGT200 and SGT250 players are interesting in that they simultaneously play both soundtracks with the switch in the STEREO position, which sounds pretty weird. --Tom


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