©1980 Avco Embassy Pictures Corp. All rights reserved
DiscoVision's only AVCO/Embassy feature film was this thriller starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Leslie Nielson.
Prom Night is the last known disc to be mastered and pressed by the DiscoVision Carson facility, with all
other discs of the period coming out of the Universal Pioneer facility in Kofu Japan. The bulk of the copies
suffer from heavy crosstalk and speckling. The July 1981 DiscoVision flier listed Prom Night as a coming
attraction and was included in Pioneer's initial (Winter 1982) catalog. Its last dance was seen in the Fall 1982
catalog. The disc includes the MCA Videodisc "shrinking numbers" bumpers. The opening logos are very similar to
those seen on Rooster Cogburn, which seems to "pull" the blue
background from the center, rather than simply opening "curtain style" to the blue background. The jacket for this
title and Shogun Assassin are the only DiscoVision jackets to actually have 2 pictures on
the back cover.
The video transfer is too bright, with too much contrast. This yields a picture which is too dark in the dark
scenes and so bright that all direct lighting such as lamps bloom terribly. The audio is better, containing full
range sound, including some pretty good low-end.
Prom Night was release on LaserDisc through Elite Entertainment. This widescreen (1.85:1) transfer was issued
in October 1997. A DVD edition was issued by Anchor Bay Entertainment in February 1998.
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