|Format||Extended Play CLV|
|Running Time||108 minutes|
It's funny how time mellows things. In 1981 when I saw this film in the theater, I hated it. But, what could a sixteen year old kid know about films like this one anyway? Watching it again when I've doubled in age, it takes on a whole new meaning for me. I have to say it's not anywhere near as bad as I thought.
This DiscoVision transfer, taken from a 35mm theatrical release print (including projectionist cues) is sharp, clear, colorful and well balanced in the video recreation. On the sound front, the optical tracks were transferred well, giving life to the orchestral score. The music is so wonderful, I half expected it to leap from the center channel and surround the room. A discrete stereo mix of this film would sound truly amazing. However, it's only mono, so we have to take what we can get. The replication by Universal Pioneer is very good. Most copies have some very minor high-frequency speckling, which is only visible randomly throughout, but good video noise reduction usually clears up the trouble.
For being the last DiscoVision ever, one would expect a half-assed job on all fronts. But since DiscoVision was essentially dead anyway, and Pioneer/MCA Videodisc picked up the disc for distribution well into 1985, it really goes to show that by the end, DiscoVision could actually produce a LaserDisc, that 35 years later, still plays wonderfully.