"Battlestar Galactica" was first released as a 3-disc/5-sided CAV issue on MCA's DiscoVision label. This second
release on disc was this single disc Extended Play Japanese pressing.
The film's 123-minute running time is time-compressed
to just under 2-hours to fit on one disc. The transfer also suffers from muted color as well as having a ghosting or streaky
image, when compared with the original DiscoVision release, this is likely due to Pioneer's heavy-handed use of video noise-reduction
on many early disc masters.
The original release was a CLV-format pressing that displayed minutes only, a re-mastered
version exists that is CAA-format with the ability to display both minutes and seconds. This re-mastered "Galactica"
also has the auto-CX feature, with CX forced off on newer players. The video and audio of this re-mastered version is the
same poor quality found on the first Extended Play "Battlestar."
"Battlestar Galactica" was never
re-issued beyond the versions reviewed here. It is now available on DVD with its low-frequency channel properly encoded to
reproduce its SENSURROUND effects.