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Desc:Using the doomed Capacitance Electronic Disc format, touted as cheaper than videotape or laserdisc.
Category:Advertisements, Classic TV Clips
Tags:80s, RCA, Selectavision
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Comment count is 22
fedex - 2011-06-07
I actually remember these

chumbucket - 2011-06-07
well, if you put it that way then ...yeah
Xenocide - 2011-06-07
Oh god, he's right! My life is a sham!

Xiphias - 2011-06-07
I don't know what I love about old commercials for out-dated technology
Chalkdust - 2011-06-07
It's like looking at advertisements for disproven Victorian medical devices

memedumpster - 2011-06-07
Wait, so you pop the disc in, it loads the movie into itself super fast, then you pop it out and watch the movie?

That doesn't seem likely.
BHWW - 2011-06-07
The videodiscs were inside a plastic case that could only be "removed" by the player itself when you slipped it in.

Or by someone with a screwdriver.

FABIO - 2011-06-07
A 1980 commercial is mentioning movies that came out after 1980?
Xenocide - 2011-06-07
Comes with free time travel disc! And Rocky II!

Hailey2006 - 2011-06-07
The copyright says 1981

StanleyPain - 2011-06-07
Oh wow..so THAT'S what those things are! I saw a shit ton of these things at a thrift store awhile back and couldn't figure out what the hell they were.
Spike Jonez - 2011-06-07
These are awesome because just like record albums, they could develop a skip. Best video glitch ever.
Old_Zircon - 2011-06-08
I knew someone whose entire senior year of film school in the late 80s was spent working with a broken videodisc player and a disc of Jane Fonda's Workout.

Jet Bin Fever - 2011-06-07
This design is really impractical, like a 1950s vision of watching movies at home in the distant future.
revdrew - 2011-06-07
I want my electronics to look like they're made out of fake wood.
Rudy - 2011-06-08
Everything at that time was made to blend into the fake wood paneling that covered every room in your home.

hammsangwich - 2011-06-07
Under 15 bucks? Take that, Blu-Ray!
hammsangwich - 2011-06-07
Actually 15 bucks in 1981 is now. :(

Stopheles - 2013-06-14
So "less than 0" in 1981 dollars...eesh...

Billy the Poet - 2011-08-24
My mind rebels at the existence of these things.
sasazuka - 2014-12-03
Didn't they have to time compress these discs for any movie over 2 hours because 2 hours was the maximum capacity?

The "advantage" of Laserdisc over the CAD discs from RCA was that, since (unless you had a really fancy player) you had to get up every hour (for CLV) or half-hour (for CAV) to flip the disk anyway, it really wasn't that big a deal to split any movie longer than 2 hours over multiple disks.
sasazuka - 2014-12-03
Also, five stars for AIRPLANE!, still one of my favourite movies, although I don't know if that's appropriate viewing material for the younger kid. I did enjoy AIRPLANE! myself as a 9-year old, but it was an edited-for-TV version without the boobie shots.

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