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A black comedy about life on the Los Angeles police force, The Choirboys proudly proclaims beneath the
film's title on the back of the jacket, "Contains stuff you won't see on TV". MCA probably left this theatrical
"teaser" intact for the disc version to show off the fact that home video releases were not edited as are
television versions of most films. The Choirboys was one of the very first laser discs made available to
the Atlanta test market back in 1978. The best way to describe the film is a cross between Hill Street Blues
and National Lampoon's Animal House. It's not a comedy in the strict sense of the word, but these cops are so offbeat, one
can hardly ignore the comparison. The film was billed as a "black comedy" but was [wisely] placed in the 12-xxx
catalog sequence under Action/Adventure rather than outright comedy.
The video transfer is sharp and clean, maintaining detail even in the extensive night shots. The audio is tinny
and over-emphasized in the highs. There are entire portions where the audio contains a high pitch whine, mostly
during scenes within police cars. Also present on side 5 is an annoying buzz which we must assume is the noise
from a cassette recorder in the interrogation room. The effect is poorly executed and we find it mostly annoying.
Between frames 8,200 and 8,300 on side 3, the frame to jump quite a bit in the telecine gate. It's an error in
the transfer and not in individual discs. Side 5 ends in a "freeze frame" spiral graphics, rather than the
spinning graphics which are normal. The disc doesn't actually freeze frame, this odd bumper is a couple hundred
frames of the same image.
The Choirboys was not reissued on LaserDisc.
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