Posted by vp19 on 2015.09.11 at 22:47
Current mood: curious
These days, I think it safe to say that when it comes to Carole Lombard and discs, this is how must people purchase her, whether it be the original DVD format or the more recent Blu-ray. But just as there are those who collect vinyl records — not just those long-playing albums at 33 1/3 rpm, but singles on 45 (for you youngsters, that’s the 7-inch disc with the big hole) and even 78s, which more or less were discontinued by the end of the 1950s — so do some collect videodiscs in more archaic formats.
Take laserdiscs, for instance. Two of Carole’s classics in that format now are available via eBay. First, “Nothing Sacred”:
You can buy it straight up for $24.99 or make an offer. Learn more at http://www.ebay.com/itm/NOTHING-SACRED-Carole-LOMBARD-Fredric-MARCH-Technicolor-Remastered-Laserdisc/381398526185?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Df6ce0c709c864445ac435cbf22df468f%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D2%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D400993772377.
Or how about Carole and Cary (Grant, and Kay Francis, too) in the romantic drama “In Name Only”?
It’s not “the only film to pair these two Hollywood legends” (they shared the screen in “Sinners in the Sun”), but it is the only time both Carole and Cary were leads. The cost is $19.95 or make an offer; go to http://www.ebay.com/itm/In-NAME-ONLY-Carole-Lombard-Cary-Grant-1939-RKO-LaserDisc-Edition-/400993772377?hash=item5d5d176359 for more.
On both, the seller reminds prospective buyers that “This is a LaserDisc *** This is Not a DVD *** A Laserdisc needs to be played on a Laserdisc player *** It will not play on a DVD player **” — but even a laserdisc won’t help you with our next item, Lombard’s film finale, “To Be Or Not To Be”:
This is a format called the CED videodisc (capacitance electronic discharge). Perhaps this was Beta to the laserdisc’s VHS; I have no idea. But the seller emphasizes the difference, adding the caveat, “no excuses.” Perhaps that’s why this disc is available for a mere $2.50.
If you can play it — or merely want to use it as a decoration — visit http://www.ebay.com/itm/CED-Videodisc-To-Be-or-Not-To-BE-Jack-Benny-Carole-Lombard-B-W-movie/361385675367?_trksid=p2045573.c100033.m2042&_trkparms=aid%3D111001%26algo%3DREC.SEED%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20131017132637%26meid%3Dcdac93a106b74a96ab6924cca735ebd2%26pid%3D100033%26rk%3D3%26rkt%3D4%26sd%3D400993772377.