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CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 4  •  1/26/2002


20 Years Ago In CED History:

January 27, 1982:
* Honduras ends nine years on military rule with the installation of Roberto
Suazo Cordova as president. During his inaugural address, Suazo pledges that
officials of his administration will be "servants of the people and not
beneficiaries of the state."
* Mauno Koivisto is elected president of Finland with 167 of the 301 votes cast
by members of the electoral college. He replaces President Urho Kekkonen who
had resigned for health reasons after 25 years in office.

RCA Offers Eight New Video Disc Titles in February

RCA will release eight new video disc titles in February, and will continue
announcing new titles on a monthly basis in 1982, Thomas G. Kuhn, Division Vice
President, RCA "SelectaVision" VideoDiscs, announced today.

The new video disc titles available include: "Annie Hall," "Dressed To Kill,"
"Three Days Of The Condor," "The Great Muppet Caper," "The Return Of The Pink
Panther," "The Big Fights, Vol. 2 -- Heavyweight Champions' Greatest Fights,"
"A Charlie Brown Festival, Vol. 11" and "Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 2." Mr.
Kuhn said that the titles announced today are among 160 new titles RCA intends
to add to its catalog in 1982.

"Annie Hall," winner of Oscars for Best Picture, Best Direction, Best
Screenplay and Best Actress, is one of those rare movie comedies that has
warmth and truth as well as laughs. Woody Allen wrote the screenplay and
starred with Oscar-winner Diane Keaton and a hand-picked supporting cast.

"Dressed To Kill" is a violent and exotic film starring Angie Dickinson as Kate
Miller, a restless suburban housewife, whose sexual fantasies and a dalliance
with a stranger lead to her death at the hands of a knife-wielding psychopath.
The film was written and directed by Brian DePalma and also stars Michael Caine
and Nancy Allen.

"Three Days Of The Condor," starring Robert Redford, is a taut,
all-too-believable thriller that examines morality and manipulation in
post-Watergate America. Expertly directed by Sydney Pollack, the film offers
meaty and unusual roles to a stellar cast, including: Faye Dunaway, Cliff
Robertson, Max Von Sydow and John Houseman.

"The Great Muppet Caper" is the second hilarious Jim Henson feature length
movie starring the Muppets. Kermit the Frog, Fozzie Bear, Gonzo and Miss Piggy
join Diana Rigg and Charles Grodin in a sleuthing adventure complete with
madcap musical mayhem, and some pretty dangerous stuff involving hot-air
ballooning, parachuting, car chases, and Miss Piggy as a karate-chopping
motorcycle mama, with a happy Muppet ending assured.

"The Return Of The Pink Panther," one of the most popular comedy films of all
time, brought Peter Sellers back to the role of the bumbling French detective,
Jacques Clouseau, which he created in "The Pink Panther" and "A Shot In The
Dark." The film was written and directed by Blake Edwards and also stars
Christopher Plummer, Catherine Schell and Herbert Lom.

"The Big Fights, Vol. 2 -- Heavyweight Champions' Greatest Fights," traces
seven decades of heavyweight title and non-title fights. Boxing's great eras
and champions are represented, including: Joe Louis, Jack Dempsey, Rocky
Marciano and Muhammad Ali. This exciting video disc captures all of the
elements that make the drama and energy of boxing unique: history-making
fights, hard-fought contests between evenly matched opponents, heroism, the
rapture of victory and the disbelief and devastation of defeat.

"A Charlie Brown Festival, Vol. ll" includes four delightful stories starring
the Peanuts gang: "Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown," "He's Your Dog, Charlie
Brown," "It's The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown" and "Life Is A Circus, Charlie

"Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 2" is the second in RCA's video disc series
showcasing the most memorable cartoons of Walt Disney. It includes the zany
antics and wild shenanigans of Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse, Goofy and Pluto, plus
the whole gang of Disney characters in two delightful features -- "At Home With
Donald Duck" and "The Coyote's Lament."

January 28, 1982:
* U.S. Brigadier General James L. Dozier is rescued from his Red Brigades
kidnappers when Italian anti-terrorist forces carry out a carefully planned
raid on an apartment Padua. Three men and two women are captured. Dozier is
described as tired but otherwise in good health after his 42 days of captivity.

'Airplane!' Leads RCA's VideoDisc Hit Parade

Americans are building inexpensive home movie libraries with video discs, and
"Airplane!" was their favorite album in 1981, according to an RCA survey of
more than 1,200 video disc player owners.

Stuart Gray, Vice President, Program and Market Research, RCA "SelectaVision"
VideoDiscs, said "The Muppet Movie" ran a close second, followed by "Star Trek
-- The Motion Picture," "M*A*S*H" and "20,000 Leagues Under The Sea."

Mr. Gray said "Star Trek -- The Menagerie" was the only non-feature film to
place in the top 20. This album, taken from the television series, ranked 10th
overall, underscoring the continuing popularity of the Star Trek series.

Based on the survey, the 20 most popular albums in 1981 were:

1.	Airplane!
2.	The Muppet Movie
3.	Star Trek -- The Motion Picture
4.	M*A*S*H
5.	20,000 Leagues Under The Sea
6.	The Godfather
7.	The Black Stallion
8.	Grease
9.	Heaven Can Wait
10.	Star Trek -- The Menagerie
11.	Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid
12.	Patton
13.	Fiddler On The Roof
14.	Casablanca
15.	Goldfinger
16.	Rocky
17.	Escape From Alcatraz
18.	Ordinary People
19.	Singin' In The Rain
20.	Saturday Night Fever

January 29, 1982:
* "The Bulletin" ceases publication in Philadelphia after 134 years.
* Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: Shoot the Moon.

January 30, 1982:
* According to a Warsaw radio report, more than 200 people are arrested in
Gdansk after violent clashes with Polish police. The local military council
responds by tightening curfew restrictions and suspending all sports activities
and public entertainment.
* "I Can't Go For That" (CED) by Hall & Oates becomes the No. 1 US single,
replacing "Physical" (CED) by Olivia Newton-John, which had been No. 1 since
November 21, 1981, a record for the 1980's.

* 39th Annual Golden Globe Awards:

Best Director - Motion Picture
Warren Beatty, Reds (CED)

Best Foreign Language Film
Chariots of Fire, Great Britain (CED)

Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television
East of Eden (tie), Mace Neufeld Prod./Viacom/ABC
Bill (tie), Alan Landsburg Prods./CBS

Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical
Arthur, Orion (CED)

Best Motion Picture - Drama
On Golden Pond, Universal & AFD Corp. (CED)

Best Original Song - Motion Picture
Arthur's Theme (Best That You Can Do), Arthur (CED)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for
Mickey Rooney, Bill

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Dudley Moore, Arthur (CED)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama
Henry Fonda, On Golden Pond (CED)

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
John Gielgud, Arthur (CED)

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Comedy/Musical
Alan Alda, M*A*S*H (CED)

Best Performance by an Actor in a TV-Series - Drama
Daniel J. Travanti, Hill Street Blues

Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for
Jane Seymour, East of Eden

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical
Bernadette Peters, Pennies From Heaven (CED)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Meryl Streep, The French Lieutenant's Woman (CED)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture
Joan Hackett, Only When I Laugh (CED)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television-Series - Comedy/Musical
Eileen Brennan, Private Benjamin (CED)

Best Performance by an Actress in a Television-Series - Drama
Linda Evans (tie), Dynasty
Barbara Bel Geddes (tie), Dallas

Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Ernest Thompson, On Golden Pond (CED)

Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for
John Hillerman, Magnum P.I.

Best Supporting Actress in Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for
Valerie Bertinelli, One Day At A Time

Best Television -Series - Drama
Hill Street Blues, NBC

Best Television-Series - Comedy/Musical

Cecil B. DeMille Award
Sidney Poitier

Historic Award: Best Television Special - Variety/Musical
The Kennedy Center Honors: A Celebration

Historic Award: New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Male or Female
Pia Zadora, Butterfly (CED)

January 31, 1982:
* The Israeli government signals its acceptance of France, Great Britain,
Italy, and the Netherlands as part of a peace force that will patrol the Sinai
after Israel's withdrawal in April.

February 1, 1982:
* The first "Late Night with David Letterman" show is broadcast.
* Senegal and Gambia, two West African nations, unite in a confederation called
Senegambia. Abdou Diouf, president of Senegal, becomes president of the
confederation and Sir Dauda Jawara, president of Gambia, becomes
vice-president. Under the agreement, Senegal and Gambia will remain sovereign
nations, but the countries will be united for military and economic purposes.

* RCA VideoDisc Releases for February 1982:

Annie Hall
Big Fights, Vol. 2: Heavyweight Champions' Greatest Fights
Charlie Brown Festival, Vol. 2
Disney Cartoon Parade, Vol. 2
Dressed to Kill
Great Muppet Caper, The [monophonic]
Return of the Pink Panther, The
Three Days of the Condor

February 2, 1982:
* Belgium's Senate grants the government power to enact reforms by decree to
deal with the country's economic crisis.
* Egyptian President Hosni Mubarek arrives in Washington for two days of talks
with President Reagan. Mubarek declares that resolving the "Palestinian
problem" is the key to peace and stability in the Middle East. He also asserts
"both sides have an inherent right to exist and function as a national unity."

From: "Michael A. Campellone" <mcampellone>
To: "Tom Howe" <>
Subject: RE: CED Digest Vol. 7 No. 3
Date: Sun, 20 Jan 2002 11:57:59 -0800

Hi -

Actually, in reply to one of the posts in this issue of the Digest, I did in
fact begin saving my CED discs to VCD.  However, I sort of "cheated".  I
purchased a Terapin VCD recorder, I hooked up my CED player to it, and I
started recording discs.

That's all there was to it.  So much simpler than going through all of the
hassle on the computer.  You can check out the Terapin at

Have a great day!

- Mike

Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 17:14:32 -0800
From: "Tom Howe" <>
Subject: RE: CED Magic CD-ROM Cover

>How does the cover of that CD work? I took
>the card out and it looks like a brown blob, but
>couldnt see any colors through the clear top. how does
>it make those colors?

The "grooves" on the jewel case cover have prisms cut into them at distinct
angles so that the card underneath can provide six separate images depending on
the angle of view. All those colors are present on the card, but it looks dull
brown because without the facets, all the colors are mixed together too close
for the eye to discern. This is the same thing that happens when an assortment
of different-colored paints are mixed together. Patent 5,588,526 viewable at
this URL provides more technical detail on how the CD cover works:


From: "Aaron Hottenstein" <ahottenstein>
To: <>
Subject: no sound on ced player
Date: Fri, 25 Jan 2002 14:35:09 -0500

I recently recieved a CED player.  THe only problem is there is no sound
only a buzzing crackling sound.  To me that seems like it would need a new
stylus.  What do you think?  The picture looks okay.

Thanks for your help,



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