Here is another deleted scene from the classic Dragon’s Lair arcade game, you might remember the one last year featuring the deleted “Giddy Goons” scene. This time we get to look at what might have been, a new path that was originally offered in the underground cavern.
As it plays now in the game you have to time your jump between the closing door and then dash across the bridge avoiding a blast of deadly lava. The uploader of this video, csneddon00, wonders if perhaps the scene wasn’t trimmed as to contain more of a sense of urgency to the level.
Capacitance Electronic Discs, or CEDs, were more commonly known as “videodiscs.” Although they looked like laser discs, they have more in common with their analog cousin, the vinyl record. Like albums, RCA’s videodiscs were physically read by a needle and were good for “about 500 plays,” according to RCA. These discs became commonly known as RCA SelectaVision discs, which was mildly confusing to consumers as RCA also used the SelectaVision moniker early VCR models as well.
Each disc was able to hold 60 minutes of video per side for a total of 120 minutes. For movies more than two hours in length, scenes were often trimmed or sped up to get the film to fit. RCA released their SelectaVision player in 1981, but without the ability to record like a VCR and inferior quality when compared to laser discs, SelectaVision never really had a chance. RCA cancelled the production of players in 1984, and disc production stopped two years later.
One of our local thrift stores recently set out on display a large collection on SelectaVision discs, as you can see above. I haven’t been able to track down a player yet, but if those discs are an example of the types of movies you can find on this format, count me in!
Universal (Mr. Do!, Ladybug, Top Gear, and many others) released this Laser Disc arcade game into the wilds back in 1985, I’ve not had the pleasure though to play the title myself. If you’ve had a go at it, please take a moment and talk about it in the comments section. As always a huge thanks to the Arcade Flyer Archive for the scanned flyers posted below.
Remember when you are though with “Caution To Death Traps!!” to make sure to visit the Game Review section, I promise we’ve deactivated all the Death Traps there. They’ve just added three new reviews though, Subsunk and Dizzy Panic for the Commodore 64 by CritAnime, and Scramble for the Vectrex system by none other than Vinvectrex!
Enjoy this 1984 classic as DEVO talks us through ins and outs of laser disc technology. You will only need one eye to see how right they were.