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Catalog Number 55-002
Format Standard Play CAV

Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Green
Retail Price $9.95
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 42,550 29min 32sec
2 35,916 24min 56sec
78,466 54min 29sec
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Side-Open Sticker

Pressing Notes

Bonzai!, episode 6 of the highly acclaimed British documentary series The World at War, contains what is possibly the longest DiscoVision side ever produced. Tipping in at a whopping 42,550 frames, side 1 will run for 29 minutes and 32 seconds with a counter displayed. This doesn't include the 300 or so frames which would contain the opening DiscoVision bumper and spiral graphics. All discs in the The World at War series contain one very very long side and as a result, most have tracking problems at the end. On the whole, disc replication is very clean, with very little speckling evident.

The transfer was quite good which was typical of DiscoVision's handling of the non-feature programs. Since this program was prepared for television broadcast in Europe, the 16mm source material was well suited for this transfer. However, the images appear grainy, showing the age of the elements. The audio transfer is clear and intelligible, with some very powerful low-ends during the bombing sequence on Pearl Harbor. As is typical, there is almost no high-end to the audio. Further, there was something wrong with the source optical sound head when this title was transferred. There is a constant pumping in the audio, most noticeable during quiet passages, which lasts for the entire program.

Release History

Bonzai! was never reissued on LaserDisc.

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