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One of the eight titles from "The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau" released on DiscoVision, The Coral Divers of
Corsica follows the exploration and reckless adventures of a diver who harvests the precious coral from depths of
300 feet and more. 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. 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.
Disc replication is average, with some minor high frequency speckling on most copies.
For a long time, it was thought there was an Extended Play CLV test pressing of Side 1 of this program. Having
examined the disc, which is an un-bonded single sided disc, it clearly looks like a CLV disc. The typical 'V'
pattern is missing from the playing surface. However, when the disc is played, it is clearly a CAV disc. The
exact reason for the unique coding is unknown - however one could speculate that testing was being done to see how
playback was affected with different encoding routines. Of course, it could also be a complete fluke and a total
screw up on the mastering lathe.
The Coral Divers of Corsica has never been re-issued on LaserDisc.
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