My laserdisc player died in 2012. R.I.P.
This list is what I previously owned on tape:
My very first pre-recorded videotape was an ex-rental (excellent condition) Betamax copy of ALIEN P&S ($29.99 AUD) in 1985. It featured the audio with alternate effects and some dialogue - I think I remember Dallas’ voice sounded differently in his first scene with MU/TH/UR?
VHS PAL reissue in 1991 - new, this time. Same overly dark full-screen transfer but different audio.
VHS PAL reissue 1992 - same as ^above^ but Macrovision copy-protected this time.
1998 VHS PAL boxed-set (then) trilogy. This time released for the first time (Australia) in widescreen letterbox format. I also had the full-screen equivalent. Both sets were colour coded (blue = widescreen, green = full screen).
2000 VHS PAL full-screen release for ALIEN, which also included the deleted scenes and two outtakes (from the 20th Anniversary DVD release) as supplemental features.
I ended up binning all the tapes (all Macrovision copy-protected) when moving to optical discs (which I will definitely keep).
I didn’t get the chance to make back up copies (to DVD-R) for my laserdiscs because the player died.
RIP to your player.
You can get a pretty decent LD player for about a $100 USD on Ebay. Maybe it might be worth it to you to purchase a player, rip copies, and then put the player back on ebay for sale.
Either way, nice collection!
Being an advocate for widescreen, I remember Laserdics were the only way you could get a movie in letterbox versus pan & scan. People would complain "what's these horrible black bars on the bottom and top of my screen? I hate it!"
So many people back then had no idea how much pan & scan truncated the movie.