Leonard Nimoy demonstrates Magnavision LaserDisc Player from 1981

Posted on May 18, 2011


This is, perhaps, one credit that Leonard Nimoy would probably like to forget about.

As spokesman for Magnavox, Leonard Nimoy demonstrates the first consumer LaserDisc player made, the Magnavox VH-8000 MagnaVision. He is introduced to and guided through this product by a glowing, beeping rock. How’s that for embarrassment?

Unfortunately for Magnavox, the VH-8000 was well known for its terrible reliability and would later be outclassed by the first consumer grade LaserDisc player from a Japanese competitor, the Pioneer VP-1000. (The first ever production LaserDisc player was the commercial/industrial PR-7820, which was designed by MCA DiscoVision and manufactured by Pioneer.)

Although the MagnaVision debuted in 1978, this video was made in 1981, which was about a year after Pioneer introduced their VP-1000 in 1980.

Magnavox revised this model by adding a remote control and calling it the VH-8005. But, Pioneer still had them beat as the VH-8005 was still the VH-8000, flaws and all.

Anyways, enjoy!

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