Leonard Nimoy demonstrates Magnavision LaserDisc Player from 1981

Posted on May 18, 2011

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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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