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||Standard Play CAV - 1st Edition
The video transfer of The Sting is bland and unremarkable. It appears faded and at times out of focus. While
the colors are sharp, they are hampered by the overly robust contrast which gives everything a harsh edge. The reds
are especially noisy. There are obvious watermarks (blue spots) about 26 minutes into side 1. There are poor splices
which manifest themselves by the image hopping through the telecine gate. The audio received equally poor
treatment. Foot falls are too sharp and overly pronounced. The musical score, which brought ragtime back to the
forefront in the early 70's, is dull and unexciting. The ADR used to bring the harsh language down from an "R" to a
"PG" rating is all too noticeable. DiscoVision elected to use the red bumpers for sides 2-5.
There are two different masterings of sides 4 & 5 which incorporate a different side break. The majority of the
copies were issued with the "Re-Mastering" numbers above. On the initial mastering, side 4 continues for another 4,435
frames, to a natural fade to black in the film. Side 5 then begins with "The Sting" title card. Check the mint marks
when assembling a set. D1 & E1 match and are from the first run. D2 & E2 (or higher) are from the subsequent run,
with the "longer" side 5.
The Sting was issued in 1982 by MCA Videodisc. It was later issued as a 3 sided CLV/CAV version
(Catalog #: 11001) Pan & Scan edition with Digital Audio. The title features windowboxed opening and closing credits. Some of the odd
watermarks are still present, but the transfer is a much needed improvement over the DiscoVision editions.
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Updated: November 7, 2016
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