©1979 Universal City Studios, Inc. Columbia Pictures Industries. All rights reserved.

Catalog Number 16-014
Format Standard Play CAV
Extended Play CLV
MPAA Rating
Running Time 118 minutes
Release History


Standard Play Version

Mono
Pressing Location DiscoVision Carson
Label Color Blue
Retail Price $15.95
Year Issued 1979
Side Frames Running Time
1 32,550 22min 24sec
2 32,408 22min 30sec
3 35,215 24min 27sec
4 35,850 24min 54sec
5 35,085 24min 22sec
171,105 118min 49sec
Dead Side Various
Ratings
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Replication
Packaging
Large Open-Top
Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker
Printed

Pressing Notes

1941, while not one of Steven Spielberg's best films still holds a warm place in the hearts of DiscoVision fans. The discs were issued in printed jackets and were released near the end of the DiscoVision period. The transfer is only marginal, with the Panavision 35mm film often remaining squeezed, so the actors and images all look really tall and thin.

Known Dead Sides


Extended Play Version

Mono
Pressing Location Universal Pioneer Japan
Label Color MCA Videodisc
Retail Price $29.95
Year Issued 1982

Side Chapters Running Time
1 4 59 min
2 6 59½ min
10 118½ min
Ratings
Video Transfer
Audio Transfer
Replication
Packaging
Large Open-Top
Open-Top
Side-Open Sticker
Printed

Pressing Notes

The CLV edition of 1941 replaced the CAV version after the death of DiscoVision. While The Four Seasons was the last DiscoVision disc, 1941 actually was the very last DiscoVision disc, shipping from the warehouse after MCA DiscoVision had closed down. Don't be fooled by the presence of the MCA Videodisc label - the film was transferred at its full running length, including the opening DiscoVision music. The jackets were printed and they, along with the master tapes, sat on a shelf.

Waiting.

Waiting for what? Well, quite likely, for the technology to catch up to it. In 1980, CLV mastering still had not progressed to a point where more than 55 minutes could be put onto a single side. Some titles like Flash Gordon were edited to keep the running time within the allowable window. DiscoVision apparently waited to release 1941 until such time when they could master and replicate side up to 60 minutes in length, rather than issue the film across 3 CLV sides. When the Carson plant shut down in 1981, Pioneer shipped the masters off to Kofu Japan, where the sides were mastered, discs pressed and disc labels prepared using the current MCA Videodisc artwork. "Made in Japan" stickers were (rather sloppily) affixed to all the existing jackets.

This CLV edition is struck from the same transfer as the 5 sided CAV version. Video and audio components are identical, including the high contrast.


Release History

In November 1988, MCA Home Video announced a Widescreen version of 1941 to include 30 minutes of new footage. The disc was never released.

After being out of print for nearly 12 years, 1941 was re-released as part of MCA/Universal Home Video's Signature Collection. This Deluxe CAV THX® certified version of 1941 (Catalog #: 42343), is a complete restoration with 28 minutes of footage added to the theatrical version, presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Also restored is the original 4-Track Magnetic soundtrack used only in the 70mm release, which have been re-mixed into Dolby Surround Stereo. A DVD edition, complete with a Dolby Digital discrete soundtrack was issued in March 1999.

MCA/Universal also issued a movie only version of 1941. Released in November 1996, this new THX® certified edition is the same restored widescreen (2.35:1) version of the film available in the Signature Collection edition. It contains no supplemental materials.


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