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There are no known copies of this title in existence - at least in the proper packaging. DiscoVision managed to meld
the programs Abruzzi Specialties and A Family Dinner together. Copies of A Roman Family Dinner
are all have the proper artwork on the jackets, the discs have the correct labels, the recipe cards are correct. Even
the mint markings on the outside edge of the disc are correct. However, the actual program on the disc - is not. All
known copies of this title are actually Abruzzi Specialties. The only known way to find the title is on a
dead side. Strangely enough, all copies found have been on the back of Abruzzi Specialties!
Here's our theory... DiscoVision originally did not intend to release the titles in the Home category
as single-sided discs. If you'll notice, all three title groups in this category include an even number of titles.
DiscoVision intended to release these titles as double sided titles, with a single program on each side. This would
have effectively reduced the Home section of the catalog to 5 discs. For a reason that I'm sure no one
knows, the decision was made to issue discs in single sided editions - after a number of copies had been produced as
double sided. The pairing of Abruzzi Specialties and A Roman Family Dinner further goes to prove this
theory in that the mint markings on the the copies which include both programs are 0966A on Abruzzi
Specialties and 0966B on A Roman Family Dinner. How DiscoVision further confused the programs and
failed to issue any copies of A Roman Family Dinner in the correct packaging is a mystery.
Since no known copies exist with the proper disc (properly labeled) in the proper jacket, there are no Dead Sides listed here.
A Roman Family Dinner has never been re-released on LaserDisc.
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