High Plains Drifter
©1973 Universal Pictures. All rights reserved.

Catalog Number 14-002
Format Standard Play CAV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 105 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 33,640 23min 22sec
2 38,290 26min 35sec
3 39,165 27min 11sec
4 41,061 28min 30sec
152,156 105min 40sec
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

High Plains Drifter was one of the original single sided test pressings done by DiscoVision in 1977. This version is a complete re-master of that film. The video transfer has vivid colors and a sharp picture. It is too bad it is transferred with such poor regard to the Panavision image and the Pan & Scan process really takes a toll on the screen. The film looses video transfer points for the excessive contrast, which makes the film nearly unwatchable in the night scenes, which comprises nearly half the film.

The audio is transferred within the normal abilities of DiscoVision. The audio for the film is repetitive and annoying, and there isn't anything that DiscoVision could have done to make it more listenable, aside from turning the sound completely off. When playing side 1 through a Dolby Pro-Logic decoder, the surround channels show as being active during most of the side, yet there is almost no audio coming from them. One might suspect a simple phase error when the disc was transferred, but the program doesn't sound "out of phase".

Some copies of Side 1 suffer from 20 Frame skip. Some copies also have a Oval spiral pattern orange bumper at the end of side 3, rather than the typical circle pattern.

Release History

High Plains Drifter was reissued on MCA/Universal Home Video (Catalog #: 14002) in January 1992 as a 2 sided CLV Widescreen (2.35:1) disc.

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