©1980 U.S. Pioneer Electronics Corp.
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The demonstration for Pioneer VP-1000 LaserDisc player is possibly the most accurate demonstration disc Pioneer has
ever produced about LaserDisc technology and the player available at the time. It has been included here because the
some of the discs were pressed by DiscoVision, and some by Universal Pioneer in Japan. Production value far
supersedes the attempt at a similar attempt by Magnavox a year later to push its VH-8005 on the consumer market. Not
even Leonard Nimoy could help their feeble attempt.
The first side is includes a program hosted by Patrick O'Neal. It spans the entire side and was perfect to simply
let run on the VP-1000 player as it demonstrated itself. Because the player had an auto repeat functionality,
it would simply restart the side when it reached the end. The program is divided into 8 chapters, highlighting
nearly every feature available on the player. Virtually nothing is said about the remote control, except it
duplicates all the on unit functions and you can control the player from across the room (isn't that the idea
of a remote?).
Side 2 is a short little program, starring Don Herbert who proudly announces "Many of you may have grown up knowing me
by another name, Mr. Wizard". That aside, he presents an in-depth look at the concepts of Laser technology, and goes
into great detail showing how the laserdisc player works and how it is able to display such a wonderful picture.
While horribly outdated by today's players and discs, the concepts are accurate and it's neat to see the old Gas Tube
lasers again. There is one glaring flaw in his program - he clearly indicates the 'data' stored on a LaserDisc is
in "the reflective layer" and covered by a layer of protective plastic. Even the model cross section of the disc
he uses would seem to indicate this. We all now know that the true information storage point is the disc itself and
reflective layer is simply to reflect the beam back into the lens.
The US version of the disc is the very same program - even to the frame count. The differences are the jacket, disc
labels, and the "Mister Wizard" program on side 2 has the stereo channels reversed.
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