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With the release of Heaven Can Wait in January 1981, MCA DiscoVision began to release in the Extended Play
format only. Heaven Can Wait was never listed in any of the DiscoVision catalogs. It was however, mentioned as
a coming attraction in the October 1980 catalog. This was the last Paramount title to be released by DiscoVision
before Paramount started producing LaserDiscs on their own. It's interesting to note that the picture used on the
back of the jacket doesn't seem to be in the film anywhere. The normal spiral bumpers are employed, but side 2 does
not include the standard music.
The video transfer is typical of the DiscoVision period of 1980. The image appears washed out in some spots, too dark
in others, overly bright and just plain off. The 2.35:1 aspect ratio is transferred partially un-squeezed to the disc,
but giving it a slightly stretched out look, but not as bad as The Great Waldo Pepper.
The audio transfer is also lack-luster in its performance, sounding rather flat and unexceptional. Disc replication
is par for DiscoVision Carson. While it doesn't appear there are any missing tracks, which was very common in the
Extended Play product, these are some of the worst discs produced. All copies reviewed have been speckled to some
degree, but not so bad as to make the disc unwatchable.
Heaven Can Wait was re-issued on LaserDisc by Paramount Home Video (Catalog #: LV1109) but it has since gone out of print.
A new widescreen DVD edition was released in July 1999 by Paramount Home Video.
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