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Rated as the second rarest Jacques Cousteau DiscoVision title (behind The Singing Whale),
the transfer of Octopus, Octopus is quite typical for the series. Taken from a 16mm print, the contrast and
color balance are under control. Sharpness and detail are also quite good on this title in which nearly all footage
was shot under water. The audio transfer is typical for the 16mm optical track, with the dialog crisp and clear and
the music, on more than one occasion, activated my system's sub-woofer. As is typical with all of the Jacques Cousteau
titles, the DiscoVision bumper music is overdriven and sounds distorted.
The video transfer on side 1 appears to have a hair in the telecine gate which waves back and forth for most of the
side. It's really a slightly black blur weaving back and forth and is almost imperceptible.
Both review copies used for this overview contain two defective frames on side 2 which the player mis-reads as
automatic picture stop codes. The result is an abrupt stop at frame 4,988 and again at 28,009. Pressing Play
continues the program in both cases.
Octopus, Octopus was re-issued on LaserDisc in 1986 by Pacific Arts through Image Entertainment
(Catalog #: ID5293PA) as a single sided CLV pressing. It is out of print.
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