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Side 1 has a couple of spots where the frame goes black for a couple of frames. Freeze framing through the area
shows that both begin as nearly an entire field for a frame being black, next frame is totally black and the next
frame is is either another black field, or a restored image. Since they can be frame advanced through, it's
obvious these blackouts are part of the print used to create this disc. The copies of the disc used in this review
is clean and contains almost no speckling, rivaling disc replication from Pioneer in 1987.
The balance of the film is transferred brilliantly. The colors are sharp and clear with very little over-saturation
in the reds. It's a wonder why DiscoVision didn't produce images like this more often. The transfer would put
its best against some of what we are seeing today. However, the Pan & Scan image is a far cry from good. There
are entire scenes where it doesn't look like anything is happening and we sit and look at a vacant scene for
several seconds on end. Thankfully the title was eventually released in its correct aspect ratio of 2.35:1.
Some copies of sides 1 and 2 have been know to exhibit 20 Frame Skip.
10,000 Frame Shift has been noted on some masterings of side 4.
Some masterings of side 3 use orange oval spiral bumpers, rather than the typical circle bumpers.
The Eiger Sanction was issued on MCA Home Video in November 1987 (Catalog #: 12002) as a 3 sided CLV/CAV
release in Pan & Scan. A Widescreen (2.35:1) version (Catalog #: 41262) was issued five years later in May 1992.
The Widescreen transfer was made available on DVD from Universal Studios Home Video in December 1998.
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