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Listed in DiscoVision's "The Arts" section, The Bolero was always sold at a retail of $5.95. The mono
soundtrack is, at best, flat and shallow. The performance, itself is first-rate. The disc is divided into two
distinct section although there are no chapter stops. The first half of the program consists of musicians, stage
workers, and conductor Zubin Mehta (pictured on the disc jacket) preparing for the performance of Ravel's classic.
The final half of the disc is devoted to the actual performance of The Bolero. The title was last listed in
the October 1980 catalog.
This title was actually the first LaserDisc ever purchased by a consumer. Ray Kuehne dropped down the staggering
$5.95 at McDonald's Magnavox on December 15, 1978 at 9:35am. He said at the time: "I've been reading about it
[DiscoVision] for five years...The big problem right now is the lack of software. They said they would have around
200 titles at first, but wound up with only 50 or 60 being available right away and people are buying the discs even
though they don't have one of the players. MCA's execution getting the discs into the stores has been extremely
poor, but my enthusiasm remains high overall." He continues, "The imagination is the only limit to DiscoVision."
This performance of The Bolero was never reissued on LaserDisc.
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