A couple of months ago, I bought a laserdisc of the movie Stargate. I don’t own a laser disc player, but I’m a big Stargate fan and I really loved the artwork on the laser disc so I bought it for display purposes. Years ago, I saw someone with a massive frame of audio albums online and I always thought that would be cool to do with laser discs.
It took me a while to get around to buying a frame for my album, but I found one for $9.99 at Walmart that looks pretty good. My fiancée recommended I pick up a few more so that we can hang them above the TV in our bedroom and that sent me on a wild goose hunt for cool looking laser discs.
I spent some time thinking about what movies I wanted to feature: Do I do my favorite movies? or Do I stick to a single genre? I decided I wanted to keep a theme going, so I decided to look up other sci-fi movies that had nice cover art.
One of the first movies that popped up is an old favorite of mine that I haven’t seen in years: The Arrival. This is not to be confused with Arrival from 2015. This film stars Charlie Sheen and was released in 1996 and seemed to air around the clock on HBO.
The film is about an astronomer who discovers evidence of intelligent alien life and ends up in a huge conspiracy. It was familiar territory for all the TV shows and movies that were coming out on the heels of The X-Files, but this one had a little more class to it since it was written and directed by David Twohy, who wrote The Fugitive and Waterworld, and went onto write and direct the Riddick Franchise and A Perfect Getaway.
The Arrival was very much a high end B film that was better than anyone expected. It was the type of movie you’d easily get lost in and I must have seen it a couple dozen times.
The artwork for the laser disc is beautiful and way better than the VHS and DVD releases. I think it’ll look great right next to my Stargate laserdisc.
I’m still debating on what other films to display but I’m keeping with the sci-fi/alien theme and leaning towards: Fire in the Sky and an X-Files disc, but I may go with Communion.