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||Standard Play CAV
The video transfer of The Bride of Frankenstein was taken from an actual 1935 nitrate theatrical print. As
a result, the film "hops" noticeably on the screen as the transfer equipment was never designed to handle the
nitrate film stock. Otherwise, the video is sharp and clean, with only very minor contrast problems in the very
dark scenes. Audio transfer is normal for a film of its age, with a constant hiss. However, the dialog is clear
and understandable throughout. There is a section on side 2 around frame 2,500 where there is no audio. This
occurs at a reel division and does not appear to be the fault of DiscoVision, except in their choice of prints to
use. The side bumpers are in Black & White.
The replication has some interesting troubles on side 3. There are two NTSC vertical blanking lines which appear
in the middle of frame, for a single frame. This occurs at 4 spots in the side. One, at frame 24070, doesn't even
have a frame encoded as the player will skip over it when stepping through. Additionally, someone was asleep at the
switch and encoded an Automatic Picture Stop at frame 12,563. This
signal would be ignored by players in 1979, but today's players hit it every time.
The Bride of Frankenstein was reissued in November 1985 on LaserDisc by MCA Home Video (Catalog #: 23003)
as a 2 sided CLV/CAV Encore Edition title.
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Updated: November 7, 2016
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