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Catalog Number 31-011
Format Standard Play CAV

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Green
Retail Price $5.95
Year Issued 1978
Side Frames Running Time
1 51,449 28min 34sec
Dead Side Various
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Side-Open Sticker 

Pressing Notes

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.

Known Dead Sides

Since no known copies exist with the proper disc (properly labeled) in the proper jacket, there are no Dead Sides listed here.

Release History

A Roman Family Dinner was never reissued on LaserDisc.

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