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Outside the test pressings done in 1977, The Andromeda Strain never made its official appearance on
DiscoVision. Until recently, it was believe that no actual work had been done on a production version of this
science fiction classic. However, a dead side has been located on a copy of Jesus Christ
Superstar. This dead side is a fully mastered extended play side complete with spiral bumpers and is labeled
side 3. It contains the last 48 minutes of the film, including the closing credits. This indicates that the
remaining sides would have averaged about 45 minutes each.
As with the test pressing from 1977, the image is Pan & Scan from the theatrical
2.35:1 aspect ratio. This appears to be the same relative transfer, with an improved contrast and brightness
The Andromeda Strain was finally released on MCA/Universal Home Video as a 3 sided CLV/CAV Widescreen (2.35:1)
title in December 1990 (Catalog #: 13001). Image Entertainment has also issued a widescreen (2.35:1) edition on DVD.
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