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Catalog Number 15-004
Format Standard Play CAV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 155 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $15.95
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 35,822 24min 52sec
2 37,922 26min 20sec
3 36,908 25min 37sec
4 40,824 28min 21sec
5 39,122 27min 10sec
6 32,833 22min 48sec
223,431 155min 09sec
Dead Side Various
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Large Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker

Pressing Notes

The opening credits of Fellini's Casanova are letterboxed at an aspect ratio of 1.77:1, making this the first true example of letterboxed video. The video transfer is sharp, but overly saturated. The contrast is too high, making the image appear harsh and forced. The audio transfer also has an edge to it and is often overdriven. Disc replication, given the single example I've seen, is better than average, with some minor speckling and high-frequency noise. On side 3, frames 26,994 through 27,017 have no audio or video. The side breaks chosen by DiscoVision are terrible. The side 4/5 break is placed in the middle of a sentence. However, one may not notice since the film is horribly disjointed anyway.

According to Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide 1997, Fellini's Casanova has never been released on LaserDisc. Obviously his records do not include release on DiscoVision. This has contributed to the rarity factor, and the title, in good condition, is a highly sought after release.

Known Dead Sides

Dead sides, while not normally associated with an even sided title, have been found on Fellini's Casanova. The occurrence has been found where the discs were assembled incorrectly and rather than placing side 6 on the back of side 5, a standard deadside was used instead. An odd find, not to mention rendering the film incomplete.

Release History

Fellini's Casanova was never reissued on LaserDisc in the US. A widescreen 165 minute version was issued in Japan.

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