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Catalog Number 10-025
Format Standard Play CAV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 120 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $24.95
Year Issued 1980
Side Frames Running Time
1 34,822 24min 11sec
2 36,303 25min 12sec
3 32,095 22min 17sec
4 36,366 25min 15sec
5 34,923 24min 15sec
174,509 121min 11sec
Dead Side Various
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Printed Jacket

Pressing Notes

The Electric Horseman was released near the end of the DiscoVision era. Available in only a printed jacket, the transfer was done from an anamorphic theatrical print which is shown in the incorrect aspect ratio for most of the film. It might look fine on a current 16x9 TV set configured for widescreen, but in 1980, this was just poorly transferred. The video transfer is further hampered by washed out colors and a contrast setting which is too high. This edition was mastered during DiscoVision's "brown" period and the color for the entire program are off as a result. There are several scenes, especially on side 5, where the white balance problem runs amuck, and the image pulses annoyingly for most of the side.

The audio transfer has been done with the typical DiscoVision care and is only average. The dialog is clear and intelligent, but sounds muffled most of the time. It was also typical for discs made during this period. And true to form, the IBM controlled disc replication has made it impossible for any copies of this title to be located which don't have higher than average speckling problems. It's not that the discs are unwatchable, but they are of lower quality that the discs coming off the replication line in 1979.

Known Dead Sides

Release History

MCA Videodisc reissued The Electric Horseman in a time-compressed 2 sided CLV release in 1983. With the removal of it from the MCA catalog, the title was out of print until April 1994. At that time, MCA/Universal Home Video released a 3 sided CLV/CAV widescreen (2.35:1) edition (Catalog #: 41516) which restored the film to its correct running time.

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