Disc Reviews

That's Entertainment

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

That's Entertainment MGM/UA

Catalog Number 8007-80
Suggested Retail Price $29.95

For those who simply can't invest more than 120-minutes, but still want to enjoy MGM's 1974 50th anniversary trip through its history, this is the disc for you! 

The correct running of That's Entertainment is 132-minutes. As was done a bit too often in the early days of videodisc, the film was sped up via time compression to fit neatly onto a single CLV-disc. For films with 122- or even 125-minute running times, this produces a noticeable jitter to the image and the pitch of voices and music is disturbed. That's Entertainment is the true prize winner in the contest to be the worst example of time compression on LD. A full dozen-plus minutes are sped out of the film's running time. For anyone who has seen this version of the film, the results are disastrous to say the least. Considering the film is made up of well know clips featuring musical numbers, it is hard to imagine how those responsible for this release felt it was passable. Classics like Singin' in the Rain and Over the Rainbow become near-'Chipmunk'-like deliveries that produce more laughs than nostalgia. 

To their credit, MGM/UA Home Video did correct this situation. First with a 2-disc release that not only returns the film to 132-minutes, but even letterboxed certain numbers which was rare for its time of release on video. Later releases included correct aspect ratio, CAV, and digital sound, really presenting this film more as it should more as it should be viewed.  It has since been issued on DVD.

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