In today’s micro/nano world, the foot-wide discs look comically large. But when the format was first introduced more than 30 years ago, it looked like the future. (It was like records, but for video!)
But despite all its futuristic appeal, the format never really took hold.
Part of the problem was size: Each side of a LaserDisc could only hold 60 minutes of video, which meant movies longer than two hours required multiple discs and interrupting the viewing experience at least twice (the extended edition of The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King would have required three discs).
While the format didn’t officially “die” until 2009, DVDs had delivered the death blow long before then.