The Esoteric Retina (found Osamu Sato Video CD; 1994)
Scan of the VCD's cover.
Date found: Jun 2018
Found by: Swazaaa
The Esoteric Retina is a Video CD release by Japanese artist Osamu Sato, known for creating surrealistic games such as LSD: Dream Emulator. Published by Sony Music Entertainment, it was supposedly released in 1994 according to the website of Illuminat Co., Ltd.
The VCD's rarity was proven to be high and, for years, the disc's contents had not surfaced online. Aside from the fact that it contained several music videos by Sato, little to no info about its contents was known, with the only evidence of its existence is a mention on the official Outside Directors Company website, a small, low-quality scan of the cover that looks to have been found in a catalog, and its price at the time (which would be around $45 in 2016, not adjusting for inflation).
In February 2018, a copy of The Esoteric Retina was auctioned on eBay, originating from an estate sale in New York. After a last minute bidding war, it was sold with a winning bid of $717.00. The disc's contents were ripped and made available online in late June 2018.
- The Esoteric Retina disc image, artwork scans, and video/audio rips on MEGA. Retrieved 18 Nov '20
- Disc image and artwork scans on archive.org. Retrieved 18 Nov '20