This is Roger Ebert Displaying Off the Biggest Leisure System of 1988

A fantastic video from 1988 has resurfaced showing legendary American film critic Roger Ebert showing off the largest entertainment system from 1988 – LaserVision.Shared by Jeremy Herbert The late Roger Ebert appeared on Twitter with Gene Siskel in one 1988 Holiday Gift Guide and he greeted the audience in his basement entertainment center as part of a segment to demonstrate his setup.

In 1988 Roger Ebert shows his entertainment center in the basement, which is referred to as “The Orson Welles Room”: pic.twitter.com/4uppJA44Wr

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While demonstrating his entertainment center, which he called “The Orson Welles Room,” Ebert first stated that he had a 45 “screen because the 50” screen would not fit down the stairs. He then said, “Anyone with a large TV screen needs LaserVision to get a good picture on the screen because it gives you a lot more definition.”

LaserVision or LaserDisc first came to the United States in 1978 and was a home video format and the first commercial optical storage medium. LaserDisc was a major upgrade from VHS, offering 425 lines of resolution as opposed to 240 lines of VHS. LaserDisc also offered digital audio over analog audio.

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By today’s standards, LaserVision also had huge optical discs that resembled the size and shape of vinyl records. Ebert even commented that they looked like they were eating some of it in Close Encounters in the spaceship [of the Third Kind]. “

While it never quite reached the popularity of DVD in the US, it was popular in Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. It also laid the foundation for CD, DVD and Blu-Ray.

Roger Ebert was the first film critic to win the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism and worked for the Chicago Sun-Times from 1987 to 1987 his death in 2013 at the age of 70.

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