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At some point, there was a mastering of Smokey and the Bandit which began the frame counter on side 1 at the
beginning of the DiscoVision bumper. This is a departure from normal masterings of the title. Further, this mastering
also used the red bumpers, rather than the typical orange bumpers of most copies. Since the CLV Extended Play edition
used the "orange bumper" transfer, we can only assume the "red bumper" version came first, however, copies of both have
been found in printed jackets. There seems to be no reason behind the differences.
On the transfer side, the "red bumper" version has more contrast, which gives the colors real vibrance and power. This
is not necessarily good, since it almost appears oversaturated. The dark scenes - especially on side 1 - take on a
blue hue as well, which was corrected on the "orange bumper" mastering. The audio transfer is also softer than the "orange
bumper" version and seems to contain a bit more background hiss. Overall, I must chose the "orange" transfer as my
transfer of choice.
There is no clear way to tell the 'red bumper' earlier versions from the later 'orange' version. All of the original
copies were 'red' but there is a mix after that. There are some copies that have a 'red' side 3 and an 'orange' side 4.
Smokey and the Bandit was reissued in July 1984 on MCA Home Video. The disc was a Japanese pressed CLV disc
which had a terrible transfer and suffered from speckle problems. The title received a widescreen (1.85:1) release (Catalog #: 42938) in
October 1996. This new edition boasts a new transfer which is much better than the July 1984 edition. The image is
not quite as bright as the DiscoVision transfer, but is properly balanced. The widescreen image does show slightly
more on the sides but looses some vertical information which was present in the previous full frame transfers due to
the 1.85:1 matte.
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Updated: November 15, 2016
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