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One of the eight titles from "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" released on DiscoVision, The Unsinkable Sea
Otter details the mammal which was very near extinction. It also covers both sides of a public debate over the
relocation of sea otters to allow for easier and more plentiful fishing. Since the program was produced in 1972,
the dispute is long resolved I'm sure.
The video transfer, taken from a 16mm print is typical of the other Jacques Cousteau titles from the Silver Catalog.
The contrast and color balance are under control and display the wonders of undersea photography. Much of the program
takes place above the surface, but does not reduce the image quality. The audio transfer is typical for the 16mm
optical track, with little excursion into the upper and lower frequency range. The opening DiscoVision bumper is
recorded at too loud a level and distorts terribly as a result. The side break is poorly placed. Had DiscoVision
simply allowed the program to run another 2,100 frames, the side break could have been placed at a pre-determined
break in the program. Disc replication is average, with some minor high frequency speckling on most copies.
The Unsinkable Sea Otter was re-issued on LaserDisc in 1986 by Pacific Arts through Image Entertainment (Catalog #: ID5297PA) as a single sided
CLV pressing. It is out of print.
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