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Where and when, did you see your first DVD, do you also remember the OAR and title?

Old 05-05-03, 12:28 AM
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Where and when, did you see your first DVD, do you also remember the OAR and title?

The subject line says it all, for me it was at a Lehigh Valley mall presentation on a big 4:3 screen down in Allentown, PA. 1997 USA.
Edit: 5-06-03 11:15AM EDT

Although and this will blow most of your ideas about optical discs, I seen the first showing in Japan the year was *1972*! I have a good feeling about recalling memories and this one is on DVD is right up, some of your alleys.

I wonder how many will have a good working brain to do a 'total recall' to answer all of the 4 (or optional 5 what type of disc) questions. Please do not visit the IMDb, from memory recall the data, it will be much more rewarding to your ego. Remember Beta this was before video tape, old news now, but big news to to those 'privy' to new technology 31+ years ago!

Proof read pre-1997 www.dvdangle.com
"1972: Philips and MCA showcased the world's first optical disc (analog audio and video)".

You got it they had a working disc in 1972....31 years ago when my family won a big contest, our hotel had a notice on bulletin board, and my dad and I attended. Phillips came out with laser disc, then DVD and they were working on blue lasers as of 1996, but released titles in RED laser first. The reason why blue laser is still not available happened in 1996, when the Country of Hong Kong failed to get the laser to last, before it *failed* far short of a standard 90 minute movie!

Stability in 1972 and greed in 2003 IMHO!

Think of it as the million dollar set of questions the emcee would ask on a big game show with millons watching, with your DVD Talk forum cheering you on!

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Old 05-05-03, 12:57 AM
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Where and when, did you see your first DVD, do you also remember the OAR and title?
On a computer screen at home. And it was seen sometime in the last century for me as well. I also remember the OAR and title, but I'll also save that very interesting bit of info for latter in the thread.
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Old 05-05-03, 01:05 AM
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August 30, 1999. The first movie I saw on dvd was Boogie Nights in OAR on a 19 inch sony television in my living room.
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I believe the first DVD I saw was "The Matrix" in it's OAR on some TV at a friend's house my freshman year of college. Being from a podunk town, I hardly knew was a DVD was. I was amazed, and once I got a job I started a collection of my own.
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I bought (and watched) my first DVD around 1999. It was The Silence of the Lambs Image edition. I realize the movie has black bars on the top and the bottom of the image (the first time I watched The Silence of the Lambs is when its playing on TV), but I didn't really take much attention to it until I rented and watched October Sky, which has widescreen and foolscreen version all in one disc.
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My first DVD (and the first DVD I remember watching) was Mallrats CE. That was in mid 2000 sometime, and it was OAR.
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Best Buy in 1999. I believe it was some sort of Warner Brothers demo. It had some clips from Twister and A Time to Kill.
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Old 05-05-03, 01:56 AM
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It was the weekend the Limey was released in the theaters. I saw the Matrix OAR at a friend's party on his big screen TV. After the feature we took a red pill.
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It was Austin Powers on my first computer with a DVD Rom in 1999. It was in its OAR.
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Blade on a friends 15" monitor through his DVD-ROM in 1999, I think May or June, in widescreen. Didn't see another DVD until The Matrix, which I watched when it came out later that year, on a friends 21" monitor through his DVD-ROM, widescreen. Those two movies were my sole reason for wanting a DVD player, which I didn't buy until the Thanksgiving Day sale at Circuit City in 2000. Funny thing is, even though those were my most-wanted DVDs, I didn't buy Blade until last summer, and I still don't have The Matrix. May as well just wait for the box set now...
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Probably mid 1997 or so at the now defunct The Wiz. They had a DVD demo disc running on a $700 Panasonic player. Can't remember the first actuall movie I saw playing on DVD. I know the first one I played in my house was The Glimmer Man.
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The first one was u571 in its 235 oar on a ps2.
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The Mask. The movie was a DVD demo for Home Audio/video stores.

I saw it mid-summer 1997 at a Home Audio store. The DVD player cost over $2000.

I bought my first DVD player for $300 in late 1998.
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November, 1998. &nbsp Movie was "Blade Runner". &nbsp Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 viewed on a 4x3 screen.
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April 2, 1999 - The Client, 2.35:1 in my living room on my 27" Panasonic TV.
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May or June of 1999 on my friend's new Dell PC.

Enemy Of The State: Aspect Ratio 2.35:1 viewed on a 17 inch monitor.

A few months later I got my own DVD player and all hell broke loose.
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All I remember is that it was Dark City, at a friend's house.
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July of 2001 -- I bought my first player and rented X-Men, which I had missed in the theater. Fun movie.

Cut to Saturday, when I replace my player and coincidentally watch X-Men 1.5 in preparation for seeing the sequel. I realized the coincidence as I was setting up the player. I only hope I won't have to buy a new player when I get X-Men 2 on DVD.
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Best Buy had a demo playing in very late 1997. I remember pieces of LOST IN SPACE. I added a DVD player on my computer because a TV DVD player was about $500 and my computer DVD player was about $150. I think the first movies I played at home were Sony 'MIND'S EYE' series. My favorite is THE GATE into the MIND'S EYE. The music is great and I never get tired of it.
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Re-Read first post on this thread on or after May 5

I have edited this thread to include where a optical disc was first shown and year, most of you will be suprised!

In 1972 I was 7 years out of High School, my age was 25, I had been married on June 20, 1970 to my roller skating sweetheart.

Please return to the first post on this thread, and read the old news, I have included a dot.com web address for your *proof*. Sayanara
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The movie was the first 'Austin Powers' flick, which my friend bought the day of release. There was a large group of us huddled into his bedroom, because he was living with a roommate that monopolized the living room.

So, about 10 of us crammed into the bedroom, with about 5 of us on the bed, and he played the movie on his computer monitor.

I don't remember the aspect ratio, although I'm pretty sure it was full frame/p&s. The monitor was fairly small.

I was a hold-out of the laserdisc days, and was trying to be stubborn and not give in to DVD. I ended up giving in the next Christmas, getting the Alien Legacy box and Army of Darkness ltd edition discs.
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I also remember seeing my first laserdisc at The Wiz. It was late 1990 and the title was Beetlejuice which was only Pan & Scan/MAR back then. I was blown away by the picture quality and bought my first LD player a few days later.
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While it was not my first DVD, but Escape From New York seeing on DVD in OAR I really noticed what I was missing compared the the VHS because I watched my VHS copy many times....
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First DVDs I watched were July, 1997 at work (was testing a new computer that had a DVD-ROM). First commentary I watched was The Mask, one of the other first movies I watched was Mortal Combat. I don't remember which was the first though.
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