The Eiger Sanction
©1975 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.

Catalog Number 12-002
Format Standard Play CAV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 125 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 36,368 25min 15sec
2 37,170 25min 48sec
3 38,519 26min 44sec
4 37,700 26min 10sec
5 36,965 25min 40sec
186,722 129min 40sec
Dead Side Various
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Large Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker 
Price History
Silver Catalog $15.95
November 1979 $24.95
May 1980 $24.95
August 1980 $24.95
October 1980 $24.95

Pressing Notes

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.

Known Dead Sides

Release History

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.

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