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||Extended Play CLV
||Universal Pioneer Japan
The CLV edition of The Electric Horseman replaced the CAV version the following year. The film was
re-transferred, spanning 3 sides. As with 3 other titles released during this period, the masters for this Jane Fonda
& Robert Redford film were prepared in the US and then shipped to Kofu for replication. The jacket featured new
artwork and did not mention "Extended Play" anywhere.
The difference between this edition and the CAV edition, from the obvious number of side breaks is almost as dramatic.
This version has been given a completely new transfer, and while it suffers terribly from the Pan & Scan process, it
is properly unsqueezed most of the time. Of biggest improvement is the color and white balance. The image is sharp
and colorful, with wonderful greens and reds. The image is never washed out or has the pulsing problems inherent in
the original transfer. The audio transfer has been given a "face life" too, but it is recorded slightly loud for my
tastes (and will overdrive most Pro-Logic decoders).
Disc replication is spotty. All copies inspected have minor speckling and dropouts, slightly higher than average for
Japanese discs pressed at this time. However, all have been watchable.
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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