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Star Wars
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

Star Wars

Catalog Number 1130-80
Suggested Retail Price $34.95

For its time, the release date for "Star Wars" was unique in that it was the same on LV as it was on VHS, Beta, and the CED videodisc format. LV releases of big titles at this time seemed to always lag far behind those of tape and CED disc.

"Star Wars" on LV originally was a single-disc Extended Play CLV-format title with CX-analog Stereo sound. The transfer was a pan-and-scan version of the 2.35:1-WideScreen image.

The major drawback to this otherwise decent LV release was the fact that the film is time-compressed to 118-minutes to fit on one disc. A sad practice that happened to far too many early disc releases. It is interesting to note that the first Japanese CBS/Fox Video LV release of "Star Wars" was done on two-discs maintaining the film's proper running time. Another Japanese disc format, VHD, also released the film as a two-disc set and avoided time-compressing the film. American disc owners weren't so lucky, as both the LV and CED versions of "Star Wars" released in October 1982 suffered from time-compression.

The 1982 Summer Consumer Electronics Show in Chicago was the first public display for the LV release of "Star Wars." Discs seen there were 3-sided 2-disc sets that must have kept the films correct running time. The original announcement for "Star Wars" on LV called for a $49.98 release, rather than the $34.98 price that was later seen. One assumes that this fifty-dollar "Star Wars" might have been a two-disc set.

Also of note to collectors, the red studio identification mark on lower center of the front jacket cover is not what is found on copies released. This same situation is found in catalog pictures for "The French Lieutenant's Woman" and "On Golden Pond." To date, no copies have been examined on the 20th Century-Fox Video label on LV that feature a red studio logo on the front jacket. All have the standard white logo found on other Fox discs.

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