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"Sensurround" effects were not transferred in this pressing of Rollercoaster, although the annoying Sensurround
music is very present during all the rollercoaster sequences. There are reports of very troublesome sides 2 & 5 due
to excessive speckling and laserlock.
The video transfer is rather annoying. It appears that some sides were transferred directly from the 35mm theatrical
anamorphic prints, which give everyone that "thin" look. Other sides seem to be properly Panned and Scanned (a term
I personally despise - 'properly panned and scanned') within the unsqueezed 2.35:1 projected image. Some folks attribute
this to the way the 2.35 image was composed, and simply transferring the anamorphic image, or a partially unsqueezed image
would require fewer visual pans and scans during the transfer to video. Regardless, it's annoying.
There is a brief period of true "letterboxing" on side 5 when our psychopathic rollercoaster bomber is looking through
the instamatic camera at the tourists. To my knowledge, this is the first example of letterboxing on video.
Rollercoaster was finally re-issued after a long absence on MCA/Universal Home Video as a 2 sided CLV title
(Catalog #: 41397). It still doesn't have Sensurround. However, Universal did attempt to restore the "Sensurround"
experience on the DVD edition in October 1998. This new DVD boasts a Dolby Digital 1.1 channel
soundtrack. The Sensurround music is missing - a channel configuration of 1/1/1 (front/rear/sub) would have been required
to reproduce the full effects. Not all Dolby Digital receivers are capable of reproducing 1.1 channel soundtracks and as
a result, the audio can be less than inspiring.
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