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Catalog Number 12-004
Format Standard Play CAV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 97 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Issued December 1978
Side Frames Running Time
1 35,257 24min 29sec
2 35,105 24min 56sec
3 35,197 24min 27sec
4 33,135 23min 23sec
139,223 96min 42sec
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
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

At some point, there was a mastering of Smokey and the Bandit which began the frame counter on side 1 at the beginning of the DiscoVision bumper. This is a departure from normal masterings of the title. Further, this mastering also used the red bumpers, rather than the typical orange bumpers of most copies. Since the CLV Extended Play edition used the "orange bumper" transfer, we can only assume the "red bumper" version came first, however, copies of both have been found in printed jackets. There seems to be no reason behind the differences.

On the transfer side, the "red bumper" version has more contrast, which gives the colors real vibrance and power. This is not necessarily good, since it almost appears oversaturated. The dark scenes - especially on side 1 - take on a blue hue as well, which was corrected on the "orange bumper" mastering. The audio transfer is also softer than the "orange bumper" version and seems to contain a bit more background hiss. Overall, I must chose the "orange" transfer as my transfer of choice.

There is no clear way to tell the 'red bumper' earlier versions from the later 'orange' version. All of the original copies were 'red' but there is a mix after that. There are some copies that have a 'red' side 3 and an 'orange' side 4.

Release History

Smokey and the Bandit was reissued in July 1981 as a CLV DiscoVision pressing. Again in July 1984, the title was issued on MCA Home Video. The disc was a Japanese pressed CLV disc which had a terrible transfer and suffered from speckle problems. The title received a widescreen (1.85:1) release (Catalog #: 42938) in October 1996. This new edition boasts a new transfer which is much better than the July 1984 edition. The image is not quite as bright as the DiscoVision transfer, but is properly balanced. The widescreen image does show slightly more on the sides but looses some vertical information which was present in the previous full frame transfers due to the 1.85:1 matte.

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