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Catalog Number 17-002
Format Standard Play CAV - Stereo
MPAA Rating
Running Time 103 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $24.95
Year Issued 1979
Side Chapters Frames Running Time
1 4 32,004 22min 14sec
2 5 30,174 20min 57sec
3 5 33,679 23min 23sec
4 7 26,570 18min 27sec
5 4 31,142 21min 38sec
25 153,569 106min 39sec
Dead Side Various
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer

Pressing Notes

This version has a copyright sentence below the DiscoVision logo on Side 1. The film also opens with the MPAA rating screen before the film starts. Content wise, the film is the same as the 4 sided version, however, the film has been re-transferred and each scene is composed slightly differently from the 4 sided version. Side 5 of this version and side 4 of the first pressing are identical in run time. This version was the only DiscoVision edition of Jesus Christ Superstar to have stereo sound or chapter stops.

The video transfer is about typical for DiscoVision, with vivid colors possible but with so much contrast, there are scenes where the only way you know someone is there is by the whiteness of their teeth. The audio transfer is also typical with an apparent lack of high-end. There are times when the audio distorts noticeably. This isn't a fault of the transfer or of the DiscoVision mastering, but of the source material used. The distortion is even present on widescreen LaserDisc edition of the film available from Universal Home Video.

The first edition of the printed jacket for this edition almost seems to have been prepared for the original 4-sided Mono edition. The size of the jacket is a bit on the small side, none of the chapter stops are listed on the back, and the only mention of "STEREO" is a small sticker affixed to the lower right front corner.

Known Dead Sides

Release History

Jesus Christ Superstar was reissued on MCA Home Video as a 2 sided CLV disc in August 1987 (Catalog #: 17002). Again, it was released Mono first (a mistake, since the jackets claimed stereo), and then repressed in Stereo. MCA/Universal Home Video released a widescreen (2.35:1) edition (Catalog #: 41297) in July 1992.

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Updated: February 22, 2018
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