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ODC Recordable LaserDisc RVL Media

LaserDisc Recordable Media – RLV Only $1295 Each…

August 17, 2013

by DaDon

Recordable LaserDisc RVL

Recordable LaserDisc 21 years later

In 1992 Pioneer Electronics introduced a commercial recording system for LaserDiscs. The vdr-v1000 LaserDisc Recorder was priced at $39,950 and the RLV (Recordable LaserVision Disc) was $1295 each.  The RLV LaserDisc was developed by the Optical Disc Corporation now named ODC Nimbus in 1984. Recording time per side was 32 minutes and the sound was analog. The method was WORM (Write Once Read Many)  just as the DVD-R. Note the dark purple violet color like the DVD-R recordable media of today. This particular disc is from DaDon’s collection and has one recordable side….

Silver colored flip side is non-recordable

The silver colored flip side is non-recordable

The silver side is not recordable so the maximum time that this LaserDisc can record is 32 minutes. That is about $40 per minute ! The good news is that these LaserDiscs would play back in a standard LaserDisc Player. If anybody would like to share some more information or pictures please comment below or use our contact form.

Physical Specifications:
Weight  3.8 ounces
Diameter  11 7/8th of an inch



PS As requested, close-up images of the labels

Recordable side label RLV

Close-up of purple colored recordable RLV LaserDisc side label


non-recordable RLV LaserDisc side

Close-up of silver colored non-recordable RLV LaserDisc side label

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

carl snyder August 17, 2013 at 6:33 pm

that’s pretty cool. I never knew recordable laserdiscs were commercially available. Now, there is only one thing missing….the recorder.


omar August 18, 2013 at 4:40 am

is the silver side “regular” or in fact made from aluminium??


DaDon August 18, 2013 at 5:16 pm

If I understand your question, both sides are plastic on the outside.


Rod August 18, 2013 at 3:32 pm

I got out-bid on a Laserdisc recorder a while ago. I’m not too upset, as getting hold of media such as that above is very difficult and expensive.
Is the above disc blank?


DaDon August 18, 2013 at 7:49 pm

Yes, it is blank and it will stay that way as I keep it as part of my collection.


CumbersomeCummerbund August 19, 2013 at 10:43 am

I would have no recorded laserdisc material with that price. I wonder how good the pq is( or was )? I have to be honest as a laserdisc fan though, I’ve never heard of this. Looks to me like DD didn’t either until recently.


Mark August 19, 2013 at 7:28 pm

Rod who got out-bid from the recorder if he has information from the auction he could send you pictures and the like?


Bobby August 20, 2013 at 12:02 am

I remember doing some research on these discs and the recorder some time ago. Weren’t these used primarily for medical use?


Wrong Side January 18, 2014 at 10:35 pm

actually used first in filmmaking


Bobby August 20, 2013 at 12:05 am

It was an ODR (Optical Disc Recording) which was used in filming surgeries that was statically put onto media onsite??


Wrong Side January 18, 2014 at 10:41 pm

DARPA likes it too. Filming maps


Bobby August 20, 2013 at 12:06 am

The actual optical recorders were very pricy if I remember correctly….If memory serves. I might be wrong.


Wrong Side January 18, 2014 at 9:41 pm

It wasn’t just the price of the ODC. You needed a particulate controlled environment, a metallization lab, and a PHD in chemistry to make Blanks for this system. AMA.


Christopher Lee Livingston August 20, 2013 at 5:58 pm

I have four DVD recordables drives (2 can burn to blu-ray), 1 external DVD writer and one built-in DVD writer on my labtop. I thought those where expensive, but this proved me wrong.

The prices people want for these and MUSE Hi-Vision laserdiscs and players/decoder a bit to high for my budget.


Michael Vincent August 21, 2013 at 2:28 pm

I purchased my original machine on 1984. Discovered later that I was the first laserdisc owner in the entire state of Arizona, north of Phoenix. Whenever a new disc came available, I was on a special list, and the products were shipped to this area, from LA first before anywhere else! Pretty sweet. Had heard of the recordable machines but had never seen one, nore one of the recordable discs. Amazing! Thanks for sharing. Please keep me informed of any interesting Japanese Anime disc that turn up. Mike. :O)


Joe January 10, 2015 at 4:47 am

Hi everybody, I have a Pioneer VDR- V1000 recorder but alas no discs! If anyone has any RLV or VDM-V130 discs for sale please do let me know. Thanks


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