Disc Reviews

The Cannonball Run
The African Queen
All That Jazz
American Graffiti
An American Werewolf in London
Angel of H.E.A.T.
Animal House
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


Catalog Number VL6001
Suggested Retail Price $34.95

Though released theatrically by 20th Century-Fox, "The Cannonball Run" originally was found on video via Vestron Video rather than on Fox's video label.

Among the initial Vestron Video disc releases on LaserVision, "The Cannonball Run" is a typical example of the bad things that happened in those days to movies on video. The print used for the transfer has numerous damaged and dirty sections throughout. The opening credits and the openiing section of side two are prime examples that this was far from a mint copy of this then-new movie. The transfer generally suffers from being very soft and has a faded color with a streaky image. In many ways, this presentation resembles a standard videotape image more that it looks like a higher quality disc. Also of note are what appears to be dubbed dialog sections. Language is some passages is replaced with what seems to be an edited for broadcast audio version of the movie. HBO Video has released both a DVD and blu-ray of "The Cannonball Run."  These modern video releases are vast improvements in many ways over the original Vestron LV disc.   The new versions still retain some of the same cleaned-up langauge, while other dialog is left original.  I am not certain how this matches or doesn't match to the theatrical verison.
The FLAT-1.85:1 film is presented full frame on this Vestron disc and has non-CX'd mono audio. Copies examined have all been Pioneer Japan pressings with some having one side of CLV-format and the other side is the then-new CAA-format of Extended Play.

This LV release of "The Cannonball Run" is first seen in Pioneer's Winter 1983 software catalog. This title is among the eleven releases that made up the first Vestron Video offerings on the LV format found in that catalog.

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