©1977 Universal City Studios, Inc. All rights reserved.

Catalog Number 11-009
Format Standard Play CAV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 119 minutes
Release History


Standard Play Version

Mono
Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $15.95
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 35,972 24min 58sec
2 34,150 23min 42sec
3 34,658 24min 04sec
4 32,413 22min 30sec
5 34,184 23min 44sec
171,377 119min 00sec
Dead Side Various
Ratings
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Replication
Packaging
Large Open-Top
Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker
Printed

Pressing Notes

"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.

Known Dead Sides


Release History

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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