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Catalog Number 12-005
Format Standard Play CAV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 111 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $15.95
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 33,476 23min 14sec
2 31,066 21min 34sec
3 31,659 21min 59sec
4 31,452 21min 50sec
5 32,736 22min 44sec
160,389 111min 22sec
Dead Side Various
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Large Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker

Pressing Notes

Good copies of Gray Lady Down are known to be rare. Most have reported troubles finding acceptable sides 3/4. This aside, replication is about average for this DiscoVision title, with the standard amount of inclusion. The video transfer rates only as average. While it received high marks for color balance in most areas of the film, shots inside the submarine too blue. Additionally, the exterior underwater shots are poorly contrasted and it is almost impossible to see any detail. The Audio transfer is better and is fairly free from background noise. Even the "over the air" radio dialog is clean and clear without any tinny side effects which are common in many of the DiscoVision transfers. There are a few occasions where the audio breaks up during exceptionally loud passages, but it is mild. 10,000 Frame Shift has been identified to exist on some masterings of Side 5.

Not having seen this movie for a long time, I was kind of surprised to see that Charlton Heston lives through the closing credits. He ends up dying in all of his other DiscoVision appearances.

Known Dead Sides

Release History

Gray Lady Down was never reissued on LaserDisc after the fall of DiscoVision.

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