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Catalog Number 12-008
Format Standard Play CAV
Running Time 107 minutes

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $9.95
Issued November 1980
Side Frames Running Time
1 40,855 28min 22sec
2 37,954 26min 21sec
3 38,845 26min 58sec
4 39,462 27min 24sec
157,116 109min 06sec
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Side-Open Sticker

Pressing Notes

A truly unique example of DiscoVision's strange mystique is the story behind Lonely are the Brave, a LaserDisc title released under many bizarre circumstances. The film first appears in the DiscoVision large book (Silver Catalog) in 1978 as a classic feature film. Its next and last catalog listing was the 11/15/79 pamphlet in which it was asterisked as not yet available, but with a price increase.

A good portion of the copies shipped were sold through UltraVideo (a mail order dealer, now out of business) during the Spring of 1981 when DiscoVision appeared to be closing out many of its titles. Other retailers did not know how to price their copies as there was no catalog at that time which listed the title. Dealers priced the title anywhere from $15.95 to $24.95.

Another oddity is the catalog number. Titles in the 12-000 series were used for Action/Adventure titles like Jaws and Smokey and the Bandit. Given that classification, Lonely Are the Brave belongs in this particular series of numbers. It could have also fallen into the much broader range of 14-000 series Westerns, as many film publications have listed it. The only reason one can find for DiscoVision listing it as a "classic feature film" would be that it is in Black & White, and it was made before 1965. All other "Classic Films" were cataloged in the 21, 22 & 23-xxx series and were from much earlier in film history. To Kill a Mockingbird also shares this numbering inconsistency, falling by number into the drama category where it belongs.

I found the video transfer somewhat disappointing. It includes the standard Black & White bumpers, but I found the image is as sharp and clear as other black & white features, but has that "green" hue normally associated with black & films shown on a color television. I suspect the colorburst signal is present. Still, the transfer is fairly good. The audio transfer is on par with normal DiscoVision transfers, and has some tinniness to the high-ends. There are several poorly repaired tears in the print used for this transfer, and at one point there is about a foot of film missing.

Some copies of side 1 suffer from 20 Frame Skip. Locating playable copies has been difficult due to the running time on sides 1 and 4 of this Kirk Douglas Western. Good copies can be located, but they are rare.

Release History

MCA/Universal Home Video released a widescreen (2.35:1) edition of Lonely are the Brave in July 1994 as a 2 sided CLV disc.

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