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The video transfer of Saturday Night Fever fell within the typical DiscoVision transfers. Some sections are
too bright, others are too dark. The image is mostly dark and the night scenes contain almost no detail. Colors are
a bit sharp and harsh. It's hard to fault DiscoVision for this since they were working from video tape. The audio
is transferred with DiscoVision's typical quality, with some sections sounding dull and muddied. The stereo has been
transferred poorly and listening to it through a Dolby Pro-Logic decoder will cause the dialog to bleed terribly into
the surround channels.
There are no fewer than 17 complete remasterings of this title. Of the copies reviewed, none had the exact frame
count for each side, differing by as much as 60 frames per side. One copy which has two side 1 (a dead side) has
different frame counts between them. The frame counts above are from a single set, and I am NOT going to list all
the variations. All different masterings had the same side breaks. Most copies contain a channel balance problem
during the opening credits where the audio will shift to the left then right...or right then left...or left then back
to the left...or not at all. It varies on the master. Disc replication is problematic. Side 5 is fairly troublesome
with most copies containing high frequency speckling at the beginning of the side.
Saturday Night Fever was another DiscoVision title to have "stereo" stickers attached first to the shrinkwrap
and later to the box itself. The printed jacket removed the "Dolby System" logo and had the "Stereo" strip placed
across the back of the jacket. The DiscoVision edition last listed in the October 1980 catalog.
Saturday Night Fever has issued in 1981 under the Paramount Home Video label as a 3 sided CLV disc.
(Catalog #: LV1113). Paramount later had the title repressed in Japan as a 2 sided CLV disc without changing either
the price or the catalog number. All LaserDisc editions after the DiscoVision release were re-cut editions rated
PG. In October 2002, Paramount finally released the original R rated cut of the film on video in the DVD format.
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