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The Last Married Couple in America was created on DiscoVision right in the middle of IBM's reign over the
disc replication. During this period, the films which made it to disc were transferred with a deep brown tint to
everything. Contrast is under fairly decent control, but the brightness is too high and washes everything out. The
brown tint to everything makes the interiors of our "happy couple's" house look wonderful, with the real wood fixtures
and decor, but it also gives the late Natalie Wood a permanent tan.
The audio transfer is possibly the worst audio transfer ever produced for videodisc. There are no highs, too many
lows and it sounds as if they recorded the audio by placing a microphone in front of a 1½"x3" cone speaker from a 12"
black and white television and turning the volume up too loud.
Disc replication is typical with that produced by the Carson facility at the time. Copies examined contain excessive
speckles, far more than those discs produced prior to IBM's involvement. In fact, the more I think about it, the
entire viewing experience of this title on DiscoVision feels like I am watching the film as a Sunday mid-day movie on
the local independent TV station.
The Last Married Couple in America has not been re-released on LaserDisc.
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