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Diane Keaton plays a schoolteacher who spends her nights in singles bars in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, one of a
handful to titles that was licensed to DiscoVision from Paramount. The video transfer presented on this quite rare
title is terrible. The image is overly dark, suffering from too much contrast and not enough brightness. There are
entire scenes which take place in the dark where it looks as though I've turned off the monitor. On the scenes where
there is enough light to see, the image is very green, as if the entire film was lit with fluorescent lamps.
On the audio side, there is nothing special about Goodbar either. All sides suffer from an overly bright audio
track, which is quite apparent in loud passages. The right channel crackles annoyingly during most of these passages.
Several copies also experience a phase shift in the audio which mistakenly produces a surround track when played
through a Dolby Surround decoder.
Some masterings of sides 1, 2 & 4 exhibit 10,000 Frame Shift.
Some copies of sides 2, 4 & 5 are encoded with 20 Frame Skip. There
are three known masterings, which is fairly odd for a title that only managed to ship 421 copies. Looking for Mr.
Goodbar was shipped from the DiscoVision Carson facility between March and June 1979 and was completely removed
from the MCA catalog after the November 1979 update.
Looking for Mr. Goodbar was later released on Paramount Home Video on a 3 sided CLV disc (Catalog #: LV8874-2).
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