> Well yeah pretty much. > > Someone said something about using a blu-ray optical detector to do it. I have no > idea how possible that actually is but I have a feeling it's not easy at all.
I made the comment about using a Blu-ray pickup, for a couple of reasons, the last laserdisc player was designed in 1999, and technology has improved a bit since then, by necessity a Blu-ray pickup requires better auto focus, but also includes the 780nm laser diode used for CD (which I believe is common to laserdisc), Blu-ray pickups like the Toshiba PHR-803T found in the xbox 360 are cheap common and have at least been partly reverse engineered and documented, and it likely there are others that are well documented and suitable to the task.
Finding data on the optical pickups in laserdisc player is likely a lot harder, and they are likely dependant on more supporting electronics.