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Bonzai!, episode 6 of the highly acclaimed British documentary series The World at War, contains what is
possibly the longest DiscoVision side ever produced. Tipping in at a whopping 42,550 frames, side 1 will run for 29
minutes and 32 seconds with a counter displayed. This doesn't include the 300 or so frames which would contain the
opening DiscoVision bumper and spiral graphics. All discs in the World at War series contain one very very
long side and as a result, most have tracking problems at the end. On the whole, disc replication is very clean, with
very little speckling evident.
The transfer was quite good which was typical of DiscoVision's handling of the non-feature programs. Since this
program was prepared for television broadcast in Europe, the 16mm source material was well suited for this transfer.
However, the images appear grainy, showing the age of the elements. The audio transfer is clear and intelligible, with
some very powerful low-ends during the bombing sequence on Pearl Harbor. As is typical, there is almost no high-end
to the audio. Further, there was something wrong with the source optical sound head when this title was transferred.
There is a constant pumping in the audio, most noticeable during quiet passages, which lasts for the entire program.
Bonzai! has never been re-issued on LaserDisc.
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