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Listed among DiscoVision's Television Movies section in the 1978 Silver Catalog, The Marcus-Nelson Murders
served as the pilot for the long running Kojak television series. The disc is a prime example of collectible
DiscoVision at its best! The video transfer is quite sharp and clear, however it also tends to be a little dark
during the first side. Audio transfer is crisp and clear and represents the film well. I find it interesting how
the spelling of "Kojak" changed between this pilot and the subsequent television series. The end credits list
the character's name as "Kojack".
Some have noted the film print used contains a bit of grain, but I could not see any visible traces of grain on
the review copies. It is possible that individual television settings (sharpness in particular) can induce these
types of visual problems. The long running times of all sides have been known to cause tracking problems in some
The disc includes the normal orange bumpers, but several are shifted to the left, causing the spiral pattern to be
significantly off-center. Side 1 jumps into the bumper at the end, but the audio continues for about 150 frames.
It's nothing more than some minor music, but still isn't a clean cut. The typical end bumper about illegal copying
is missing from this disc.
The Marcus-Nelson Murders was never seen again LaserDisc after the demise of DiscoVision.
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