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Catalog Number 51-010
Format Standard Play CAV

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Green
Retail Price $9.95
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 37,747 26min 12sec
2 34,806 24min 10sec
72,553 50min 23sec
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Side-Open Sticker

Pressing Notes

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.

Release History

The Unsinkable Sea Otter was reissued on LaserDisc in 1986 by Pacific Arts through Image Entertainment (Catalog #: ID5297PA) as a single sided CLV pressing.

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