|Format||Extended Play CLV|
|Running Time||118 minutes|
Waiting for what? Well, quite likely, for the technology to catch up to it. In 1980, CLV mastering still had not progressed to a point where more than 55 minutes could be put onto a single side. Some titles like Flash Gordon were edited to keep the running time within the allowable window. DiscoVision apparently waited to release 1941 until such time when they could master and replicate side up to 60 minutes in length, rather than issue the film across 3 CLV sides. When the Carson plant shut down in 1981, Pioneer shipped the masters off to Kofu Japan, where the sides were mastered, discs pressed and disc labels prepared using the current MCA Videodisc artwork. "Made in Japan" stickers were (rather sloppily) affixed to all the existing jackets.
This CLV edition is struck from the same transfer as the 5 sided CAV version. Video and audio components are identical, including the high contrast.
After being out of print for nearly 12 years, 1941 was reissued as part of MCA/Universal Home Video's Signature Collection. This Deluxe CAV THX® certified version of 1941 (Catalog #: 42343), is a complete restoration with 28 minutes of footage added to the theatrical version, presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Also restored is the original 4-Track Magnetic soundtrack used only in the 70mm release, which have been re-mixed into Dolby Surround Stereo. The disc also features an isolated score track in stereo on the Analog tracks.
MCA/Universal also issued a movie only version of 1941. Released in November 1996, this new THX® certified edition is the same restored widescreen (2.35:1) version of the film available in the Signature Collection edition. It contains no supplemental materials or the isolated score.