I chose the DVD Anime (DIGITAL VIDEO DISC) format because of the many features that surpasses VHS ANIME and LaserDisc Anime.
Lets Compare the types of machines and their qualities.
You can use slow motion on some VCRs forwards and backwards (I believ both) but by useing this function on Video Tapes, you run the chance of warping and sooner or later this will lead to destroying the Video Tape and maybe your machine by constantly stretching the Video Tape over the Play Head on the VCR. Also Video Tape runs in slow motion with every fourth frame doubled. This means for every video frame there is a film frame plus one for every fourth frame. *The frame count is 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 8, etc.
With LaerDisc you can run slow motion in true frame backwards and forwards but depending on your machine you have. True frame LD's are recorded in CAV format, this format is used to play true frame with the more expensive LD machines. CLV (extended play) formatted LD's run at the same rate Video Tapes do. *The frame count 1 2 3 4 4 5 6 7 8 8 etc. *Television programs also use this type of frame play back*
Video Tapes- depending on if you carry around just the tapes themselves, carry the tapes in there original boxes or with a plastic protective box. Either way you are lugging around a lot of weight and bulk.
LaserDiscs- do you remember Vinyl records? 12" records?, These things are huge and sensitive, and must be carried around with their sleeves. They are not easy to hide without the risk of them being damaged.
Video Tapes- Mostly everyone with a TV has a VCR these days, and those who don't have one already can purchase a new VCR for around $65. Anime tapes are sold at $3-$10 per tape if FANSUBBED or $14-$35 if brought from a retail chain store. The availability of Anime tapes is countless, you can find them at Sam Goodys, West Coast, Sun Caost and many other Chain Stores that carry video tapes or you can purchase tapes on the NET or go to some dive in Chinatown in your city.
LaserDiscs- Not many people still have or ever had a LaserDisc Player, they are old and very expensive. Anime is a rarity on LD these days unless you are in Japan, you can by LD's at used Video stores and the prices for them vary from $5-$100 plus.
Video Tape- Subtitled by a fan of the Anime (a lot of times not an accurate translation), Poor Picture Quality, Stereo Sound, English, Subtitled or Japanese version (only option is which one to buy).
LaserDiscs- usually Dubbed and Subtitled versions, High Picture Quality, Stereo Sound.
VCR's- PLAY, STOP, FAST FORWARD, REWIND, PAUSE, TIME, CONFIG. TRACKING, SLOW MOTION FORWARD AND BACKWARDS, POWER, CHANNEL, VOLUME, KEY PAD, ONE OR TWO MORE BUTTONS.
LaserDiscs- PLAY, STOP, FAST FORWARD, REWIND, SLOW MOTION, that is all I am aware of.
Video Tapes- anywhere from an episode or movie FANSUBBED, DUBBED, or SUBTITLED in SP or LP mode to a six or eight hour video tape in EPS mode.
LaserDiscs- usually a movie or a couple of episodes from a series.
VHS-VIDEO TAPES- A lot of Anime, poor quality, subtitles get in the way, easy player hook-up, rewinds and fast forwards to slow, tape recorders cool, hard to study even in slow motion, poor audio. *OVERALL: It's a easy way to make money off of and hard to study, it's good and it'll be here for a long time
LaserDisc- Bulky, You have to Flip the Huge Record Disc to watch all the way thru, poor audio, to much money, a hassle to hook up, a pain to lug around. *OVERALL: It was and never will be as good as Video, it should have never been made, don't like it at all