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Smokey and the Bandit II
The African Queen
All That Jazz
American Graffiti
An American Werewolf in London
Angel of H.E.A.T.
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Anne Byrd's Cookery
Autumn Sonata
Battlestar Galactica
The Black Stallion
The Blue Lagoon
The Boys From Brazil
The Cannonball Run
The Cannonball Run III - Speed Zone (Japanese Import)
Chapter Two
Cheech and Chong's Next Movie
The China Syndrome
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind - Special Edition
Die Hard 3 -Making of
The First National Kidisc
The Four Seasons
The Happy Hooker
History of the World Part 1
How To Watch Pro Football
Last Married Couple in America
Let It Be
The Making of Star Wars
The Moon Is Blue
9 to 5
Olivia: Physical
The Omen
The Producers
Raise The Titanic
The Return of the Pink Panther
The Rose
Saturn 3
Smokey and the Bandit II
Star Wars
Take The Money And Run
Terminator 2: Judgment Day -Squeeze LD
Terminator 2: Judgment Day -Making of
That's Entertainment
This Gun For Hire
West Side Story
Yankee Doodle Dandy

Smokey and the Bandit II

Catalog Number 12-012
Suggested Retail Price $29.95

A Japanese pressed Extended Play re-issue on the MCA DiscoVision label, this is the second release of "Smokey and the Bandit II" on disc. The original release was also on the DiscoVision label, but was a 2-disc/4-side CAV release from late 1980. This CLV re-issue was done about a year later in late 1981.

The mastering for this CLV version trades the CAV's musical orange/blue spiral bumpers to mark its side openings for the MCA "numbers" bumpers. If one listens closely, you can catch the very tail end of the music fading out from the spiral bumpers as the "numbers" bumpers fades into the opening of side two. An apparent sign that the original CAV master was edited to create the CLV release.

The film is a 1.85:1 format film and the original Universal globe opening is preseved in the letterbox format, while the rest of the film is presented on the disc release in what appears to be an open-matte full-frame transfer. The disc features mono-analog sound without CX-encoding. There are Chapter Stops placed before a handful of scene highlights across both sides of the disc.

Both the CAV and CLV versions of "Bandit II" were pressed in what appears to have been fairly large quantity. The CLV version was often found as a heavily marked down title, selling for $5 or less by the mid-'80s. "Smokey and the Bandit II" was never issued again on LD. 
The film has seen release on DVD in recent years.

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