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|CED Digest Vol. 6 No. 34 • 8/25/2001|
20 Years Ago In CED History: August 26, 1981: * Egypt's President Anwar Sadat and Israel's Prime Minister Menahem Begin conclude their 12th meeting in four years after agreeing to resume the Palestinian autonomy talks. * The U.S. claims that North Korea fired an antiaircraft missile at a U.S. surveillance plane while it was over South Korea or in international airspace. August 27, 1981: * Records show that in the Alaskan wilderness the number of snowshoe hares increases dramatically every 10 years resulting in intense browsing that severely damages the hare's preferred food supply of twigs and small branches of birch, poplar, aspen, and alder. August 28, 1981: * In a joint declaration presented to the UN Security Council, France and Mexico state that El Salvador's guerrillas should be a recognized political force and accorded a role in negotiating a cessation of hostilities within the ruling junta. * Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Body Heat. August 29, 1981: * Lowell Thomas, the American author and news commentator, dies at age 89. He wrote more than 50 books, the best known of which is Lawrence of Arabia (CED). August 30, 1981: * Actress and former RCA Rockette dancer Vera-Ellen dies at age 60. She appears in the CED titles On the Town and White Christmas. * Iranian President Mohammad Ali Raja'i, Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar, and three members of the Supreme Defense Council are killed when a bomb explodes in Bahonar's office. * Alain Post wins the Dutch Grand Prix (CED). August 31, 1981: * Brigadier General Joseph D. Moore and 19 others are injured when a terrorist bomb explodes at U.S. Air Force European headquarters in Ramstein, West Germany. September 1, 1981: * Canada's federal government and the oil-rich province of Alberta reach agreement on the pricing of petroleum products. * Albert Speer, the German architect who was Hitler's Minister of Armaments and War Production during World War II, dies at the age of 76. * ARTICLE FROM THE SEPTEMBER 1981 ISSUE OF VIDEO MAGAZINE: MGM/CBS'S First CED Offerings: True to its promise when it adopted the RCA SelectaVision CED videodisc format last year, CBS has now released its first group of videodisc programs under the MGM/CBS Video label. All have already been made available on Beta and VHS videocassette and rank among the most popular titles in circulation today. You'll find a wide variety here from items recently released to theaters to established classics. 2001: A Space Odyssey (2) [monophonic] American in Paris, An Benji Cabaret Champ, The Cruising Doctor Zhivago (2) Electric Light Orchestra Live at Wembley Fame (2) Formula, The Jailhouse Rock My Fair Lady (2) Nutcracker, The  Oklahoma! (2) That's Entertainment Wizard of Oz, The  ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Clarence Donath" <donath> Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 12:41:11 -0400 To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Skipping at the end of a disc Hello. I am new to the list. I am experiencing skips towards the end of each disc. Having done some research, thanks to cedmagic, it appears that there is no hope of finding a replacement stylus, so I'm wondering if there's any way to repair or clean it myself, and if anyone has any suggestions on how to do so. I have the RCA SelectaVision player stereo model. Not sure of the exact model number as the label on the back was dirty, and as I attempted to clean it, it crumbled! I assume the stylus is encased in the module labeled the 'resonator'? I haven't been so daring as to remove the module yet to see what it looks like or to see if it's possible to clean the thing. I don't know if removing it will cause it to become unaligned or something. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Best Regards, Clarence Donath http://mrdo.com email@example.com ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Allen wolf" <wolfallen> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: I Sold my 3 CED Players!!! Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2001 16:17:52 -0500 Hi Tom, Just sold those Extra players!!!!! Thank you For posting it for me. I'm Sorry if any one els was Interested...But they Did sell!! Thanks,Allen Wolf ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Roger The Shrubber" <rshrubber> To: <email@example.com> Subject: The Dirty Dozen Reviewed Plus Technical Stuff Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2001 04:16:16 -0700 Hello CED Aficionados, I am endlessly fascinated by CED technology. They are essentially video records. DVD and laserdisc make sense to me. But a vinyl disc with a groove played with a needle that makes a quality video? That is pretty special. When I was a lad I saw the video equipment at the department store. Annoyed the heck out of sales clerks who were only interested in adults with cash. Then I figured that laserdisc had technical advantages over CED. I wanted a little of everything though. Still do I suppose. In the mid eighties I got my first laserdisc player. It was only just recently I was given an old RCA stereo CED player. I am having so much fun with it. I currently have about fifty titles on CED, and it will not be too much longer before I have more CED titles than I do laserdiscs. I have about seventy five laser and about the same number of DVD. Today I will review the MGM/UA double disc of The Dirty Dozen. The Dirty Dozen stars Lee Marvin as an Army major who is charged with training and leading twelve hardened criminals for a top secret mission. They are to infiltrate and destroy a posh resort run for top German military brass. The location itself is not of high strategic value, but the theory is it will hurt the Germans if many of their most important men are killed. Robert Aldrich's direction obtains excellent performances from the star studded cast including Ernest Borgnine, Charles Bronson, Jim Brown, John Cassevettes, Richard Jaeckel, George Kennedy, Trini Lopez, Ralph Meeker, Robert Ryan, Telly Savalas, Clint Walker, Robert Webber, and Donald Sutherland. The script is excellent with well laid out plot, good dialog, and, surprising for a war movie, nice character development. At two hours twenty nine minutes it never seems over long. I do wonder about the premise. Death row inmates? Are they expendable? Would not men trained in espionage be better suited to this job? Oh well it is a darned fine movie. I have a lot to say about these discs technically. My first impression was bad. In the opening scenes the color saturation is inconsistent. Also there are a lot of little shots in each scene. This kind of rapid camera movement is disorienting and can lead to bad continuity. Fortunately these problems are only in evidence in about the first ten minutes of the movie. Overall the color is good. Some of the darkest scenes appear very grainy, though not all of them. Also the darkest scenes are well lit, unlike some CED which have detail overcome by darkness making it hard to see what is going on. The flat 1.85:1 picture is fairly well served by this pan and scan video. The scenes with credits or subtitles are squeezed to fit the image into the television screen. I do not recall ever seeing this done with a flat movie before. It is common with scope, probably because that is the way the image is on the thirty five millimeter prints. Too bad they could not have found an element without subtitles and made new ones for this video, but we can not have everything. The stereo soundtrack is very good with sparse sound effects and a lot of music which spread out nicely amongst the front speakers when played in surround sound. Overall it is very spacious. Unfortunately my set has a few large flaws, but is nearly mint. Oh well, sucks being me, does it not? I do highly recommend that if you have the opportunity, you add these discs to your collection. I had a couple of questions I will perhaps save for another time. There is a pipe dream I have though. Would it be possible to add a Dolby digital or DTS soundtrack to a CED video in the same way Dolby digital was added to laserdiscs? Take an RF output from the machine, put it into what I think is called a demodulator, (sounds like a modem... changes the analog signal to digital) then put the digital signal into a six track decoder. Seems like it would work. Though people with mono equipment would be left in the cold. Also who knows what the skips would do to the audio. Can anyone comment on these theories? If it was done with a stereo discs one channel could be used for digital and one for mono analog. If it was done with a mono soundtrack maybe more bandwidth could be used for a good DTS soundtrack. Of course very few could actually use that disc. Please write to me with any thoughts or send them to this CED Digest. I would like to know of any discs for sale in Seattle, Washington. My e mail is <mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>email@example.com One more quick thing. Can anyone tell me which cartridge is appropriate for an RCA SJT200 player? Mine works good but I would like to have one on hand for the day that it quits. The chart at CED Magic is a little confusing to me. Thanks for reading. Joseph Topolinski ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Thu, 23 Aug 2001 01:58:11 -0700 (PDT) From: Joe Phillips <littlejoeflub> Subject: childrens videos To: firstname.lastname@example.org Hi, I just recently picked up The Great Space Coaster on ebay, for a bit of childhood nostalgia. I was surprised to discover that even though the program is an hour in length instead of the entire program on one side of the disc the manufacturers put 30 minutes on one side and 30 minutes on the other. What's even more interesting is the break is right in the middle of a musical sequence instead of at the end. I wonder if any other childrens videos were done like this.
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