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Battlestar Galactica is very rare. Released only in an Open Top box, the film spans 5 sides. The video
transfer is first rate. The copies reviewed for this entry has some static in the audio during sides 3 & 4
indicating they may be the most difficult to find good copies of. The title was listed in the "Television Movies"
section of the DiscoVision catalog in the Silver Catalog. The film was re-classified as a Feature Film
(and given a hefty price increase) in all of the subsequent DiscoVision fliers and later, when the film
was reissued on MCA Videodisc.
There are several masterings of most sides, Some copies of side 1 contain almost no audio on the right channel.
Found on completed sets as well as dead sides, it is not known how many faulty copies exist. Sides 2,3 & 5 have
also been reported to have phase problems in the audio - a fairly typical DiscoVision trouble. Side 4 has also
been found on deadsides of various titles which has a terrible replication fault and poorly produced master. It
causes laserlock and excessive noise (both video and audio) for the first 5,000 frames.
Addition information has been found at the end of some copies of side 4. A player which ignores the "end of side"
is required to play this additional program. What has been discovered is SMPTE color bars and 1000hz tone. During
the test pattern, the frame counter remains stationary. This is repeated several times and then black returns.
Left to play out, during the black, there is also a small section of audio from side 5 of the title which lasts
about 5 seconds.
Battlestar Galactica was re-issued by MCA Videodisc in 1982 (Catalog #: 19-007) as a time-compressed 2 sided
CLV disc. The time compression reduced the running time from 124 minutes to 118 minutes. The transfer is the same
as used on the DiscoVision edition, however the pressing out of the Universal Pioneer plant in Japan is terrible.
Universal released a new widescreen (1.85:1) transfer of the film with the DVD
edition in June 1999. As they did with Rollercoaster the year before,
the "Sensurround" track has been restored utilizing a Dolby Digital 1.1 channel soundtrack. It is worth noting that
not all Dolby Digital receivers are capable of reproducing 1.1 channel soundtracks and as a result, sensurround affect
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