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||Standard Play CAV - Stereo
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.
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
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Updated: February 22, 2018
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