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The Electric Horseman was released near the end of the DiscoVision era. Available in only a printed jacket,
the transfer was done from an anamorphic theatrical print which is shown in the incorrect aspect ratio for most of
the film. It might look fine on a current 16x9 TV set configured for widescreen, but in 1980, this was just poorly
transferred. The video transfer is further hampered by washed out colors and a contrast setting which is too high.
This edition was mastered during DiscoVision's "brown" period and the color for the entire program are off as a
result. There are several scenes, especially on side 5, where the white balance problem runs amuck, and the image
pulses annoyingly for most of the side.
The audio transfer has been done with the typical DiscoVision care and is only average. The dialog is clear and
intelligent, but sounds muffled most of the time. It was also typical for discs made during this period. And true
to form, the IBM controlled disc replication has made it impossible for any copies of this title to be located which
don't have higher than average speckling problems. It's not that the discs are unwatchable, but they are of lower
quality that the discs coming off the replication line in 1979.
MCA Videodisc reissued The Electric Horseman in a time-compressed 2 sided CLV release in 1983. With the
removal of it from the MCA catalog, the title was out of print until April 1994. At that time, MCA/Universal Home
Video released a 3 sided CLV/CAV widescreen (2.35:1) edition (Catalog #: 41516) which restored the film to its
correct running time.
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