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The Day of the Jackal falls in the middle of the rarity scale. However, finding excellent copies is nearly
impossible. The most notorious side is side 5, which always begins with lots of high frequency video noise and
audio static. This usually clears up during the first 8,000 frames and then plays cleanly through the rest of
the side. The video transfer, rated at 4 stars here, is really quite good. The colors are rich and vivid
with an overall image which is very sharp. The brightness and contrast are under control, even in some of the
darkest of scenes which itself is unusual for DiscoVision. This transfer is even slightly better than that of the
new widescreen transfer available on the Universal Studios DVD release. The audio transfer is a bit distracting
however. Only listed as average here, there is almost no high-end material and there is an annoying deep hum
which is present and quite pronounced on systems equipped with a sub-woofer. This hum comes and goes through the
entire picture - especially on scenes which occur indoors.
The transfer has an annoying hair which appears on side 1 at frame 4,853 and continues until frame 5,073. Side 3
also suffers from a mastering error beginning at frame 20,634. The picture tears at the top of the frame,
skips frames 20,635 and 20,636 then continues this tearing pattern until 20,657.
The Day of the Jackal was re-released on MCA/Universal Home Video in May 1991 as a 3 sided CLV/CAV title
(Catalog #: 11004). It was also released on DVD in a widescreen (1.85:1) edition on Universal Studios Home Video
in April 1998.
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