||[Aug. 13th, 2003|09:20 pm]
I would make Weird Al proud. I just won an e-bay auction for a laserdisc of a Great Performances special from the 1980s.
I have no way of playing a laserdisc. I will need to beg, borrow, rentVHS or [cough] purchase a laserdisc player in order to enjoy this particular performance.
Why, you ask? Well, this is Spike Lee's "Do It A Cappella," a brilliant tour de force of my very favorite music, performed by some of my favorite groups, and I have been looking for it for years. I was screwed out of a VHS version of it a year ago, and despite a fair amount of self-effacing begging could not persuade the winner to make me a tape of it. I have been regularly checking for either a rerelease of the original or another copy on VHS offered up on e-bay.
No luck. This brilliant performance was, for all intents and purposes, lost to those who adore a cappella music.
I let this auction expire once.
I didn't bid. Laserdisc is a dead technology, finding a way to move it to a more acceptable medium would be time-consuming....
But it was offered again. And only 18 minutes to go.
How could I resist?
Now I must look to my geeky friends, in the hopes that I will find someone who can loan me a laserdisc player, or record the disc onto VHS for me.
It's a strange little happiness, this. And with any luck, my time, trouble and effort will guarantee that it gets rereleased on DVD.
At which point I will buy it again. Because I'm like that.