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|CED Digest Vol. 8 No. 4 • 1/25/2003|
20 Years Ago In CED History: January 26, 1983: * After less than a month of retirement from college football, with the most victories in history, Coach Bear Bryant dies of a heart attack at age 69. During his career he posted 323 victories, 85 defeats, and 17 ties. * Provincial employees in Quebec begin an illegal strike to protest wage cuts. * Scientists working at CERN, the European nuclear research center near Geneva, Switzerland, announce that experiments have proved the existence of the W particle. This is a subatomic particle that lives for less than a billionth of a billionth of a second, believed to carry one of the four basic forces of nature - the "weak" force which binds subatomic particles together. The other three basic forces are gravity, electromagnetism, and the "strong" force, which binds atoms together. January 27, 1983: * After a two-month recess, the U.S. and Russia resume negotiations on the reduction of intermediate-range nuclear missiles in Europe. The U.S. offers to cancel the deployment of its missiles if the Soviets dismantle the missiles they have in Europe. * Japanese engineers break through the last rock in a 33.5 mile tunnel, the longest in the world. January 28, 1983: * In a government shake-up in India, all 60 members of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi's cabinet resign. * Future CED title in widespread theatrical release: The House on Sorority Row. January 29, 1983: * Indira Gandhi names a new cabinet to replace the one that resigned the previous day. * Greece gives wives an equal voice in the home. * 40th Annual Golden Globe Awards: Best Director - Motion Picture Richard Attenborough, Gandhi (CED) Best Foreign Language Film Gandhi, Great Britain/India (CED) Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Brideshead Revisited, PBS Best Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical Tootsie, Columbia Pictures (CED) Best Motion Picture - Drama E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Universal Best Original Score - Motion Picture John Williams, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Best Original Song - Motion Picture Up Where We Belong, An Officer and a Gentleman (CED) Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Anthony Andrews, Brideshead Revisited Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical Dustin Hoffman, Tootsie (CED) Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama Ben Kingsley, Gandhi (CED) Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role - Motion Pictutre Louis Gossett, Jr., An Officer and a Gentleman (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 John Forsythe, Dynasty Best Performance by an Actress in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Ingrid Bergman, A Woman Called Golda Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical Julie Andrews, Victor/Victoria (CED) Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama Meryl Streep, Sophie's Choice (CED) Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role - Motion Picture Jessica Lange, Tootsie (CED) Best Performance by an Actress in a Television-Series - Comedy/Musical Debbie Allen, Fame (CED) Best Performance by an Actress in a Television-Series - Drama Joan Collins, Dynasty Best Screenplay - Motion Picture John Briley, Gandhi (CED) Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Lionel Stander, Hart to Hart Best Supporting Actress in Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television Shelley Long, Cheers Best Television -Series - Drama Hill Street Blues, NBC Best Television-Series - Comedy/Musical Fame, NBC (CED) Cecil B. DeMille Award Laurence Olivier Historic Award: New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female Sandahl Bergman, Conan the Barbarian (CED) Historic Award: New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Male Ben Kingsley, Gandhi (CED) January 30, 1983: * The Washington Redskins defeat the Miami Dolphins 27-17 in NFL Football's Super Bowl XVII played at the Orange Bowl in Pasadena, CA. The Redskin's John Riggins sets Super Bowl records with 38 rushes and 166 yards gained rushing. * Eight newsmen are slain in an ambush in Peru after being mistaken for rebels. January 31, 1983: * The Independent Truckers Association begins a nationwide strike in the United States to protest higher truck and fuel taxes. * President Ronald Reagan formally presents Congress his budget for fiscal 1984; a deficit of $188.8 billion is projected. February 1, 1983: * A month of violent clashes begin in the northeastern Indian state of Assam, resulting in over 1,500 deaths. The clashes take place between native Hindus and immigrant Muslims. * RCA VideoDisc Releases for February 1983: Aerobicise: The Beautiful Workout* Alice in Wonderland Annie (2)** Barbarosa Bonnie and Clyde Bridge On The River Kwai, The (2) Chariots of Fire** Cincinnati Kid, The* Comancheros, The Diva Emily Enter the Ninja Godzilla Great Dictator, The Great Space Coaster, The Greatest Adventure, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (2)* Lady Chatterley's Lover Lolita (2) Mahogany Man For All Seasons, A Misfits, The [RCA] Monsignor Moonraker (2)** Officer and a Gentleman, An (2) On the Town [UA] Peter Allen and the Rockettes* Pink Panther Strikes Again, The Singin' in the Rain [UA] Swiss Family Robinson  Taming of the Shrew Treasure Island  Wild in the Country* Young Doctors In Love ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 08:45:09 -0800 (PST) From: Terry Helopoulos <medmatch2> Subject: Lightening My Load To: firstname.lastname@example.org Many thanks to Tom for such a a great site over the years. I have decided to lighten my load. I have a great collection of more than 325 titles for sale. I will throw in a FREE working CED player. Buyer must take the whole lot & come & pick them up. I am in the Miami, Florida area. Somebody out there must be in my area and interested in the whole shebang for the package price of only $300. Take it all. Titles are attached. Let me know if you are interested & can arrange for pickup. I am not interested in packaging up one's and two's and selling on eBay. Thanks. Chris Helopoulos email@example.com 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 2001: A Space Odyssey 39 Steps, The 42nd Street 9 to 5 Absence of Malice Absent-minded Professor, The Adam's Rib African Queen, The Agnes of God Airplane Airplane II, The Sequel Alamo, The Alien All the Marbles American Graffiti American In Paris, An American Werewolf in London, An Amityville Horror, The And Justice For All Angels With Dirty Faces Animal Crackers Animal House Annie Apocalypse Now Apple Dumpling Gang, The Arsenic and Old Lace Bananas Barbarella Battlestar Galactica Beast Within, The Being There Bells Are Ringing Benji Best Little Whorehouse in Texas,The Betsy, The Big Jake Big Sleep, The Black Hole, The Black Stallion Black Stallion Returns Blade Runner Bloody Mama Blow Out Bogey Man, The Bonnie and Clyde Boys From Brazil, The Brainstorm Breakheart Pass Breakout Brian's Song Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid Butterflies Are Free Carbon Copy Carnal Knowledge Cat on a Hot Tin Roof Cat People Chariots Of Fire Chinatown Christine Clash of the Titans Class Reunion Clockwork Orange, A Close Encounters of the Third Kind Cocoon Coma Comancheros, The Count of Monte Christo, The Crimes of Passion Cruising Damien: Omen II Dark Crystal, The Dark Victory Death Wish Death Wish 2 Deep, The Deliverance Diamonds Are Forever Diner Dirty Dozen, The Dirty Harry Dr. No Dressed to Kill Dresser, The Dumbo Easter Parade Educating Rita Electric Horseman, The Empire Strikes Back, The Escape From Alcatraz Escape From New York Escape to Witch Mountain Evilspeak Falling In Love Again Fantastic Voyage Farewell My Lovely Fiddler On The Roof Final Assignment Final Conflict, (Omen 3) First Blood Fistful of Dollars, A Flashdance Fog, The For Your Eyes Only Forbidden Planet Formula, The Four Musketeers, The French Connection, The French Lieutenant's Woman, The From Russia With Love Fun in Acapulco Funny Thing Happened On the Way. G. I. Blues Gentlemen Prefer Blondes Gidget Gigi Gilda Godzilla Goldfinger Great Train Robbery, The Halloween III: Season of the Witch Hang 'Em high Hawaii He Knows You're Alone Heaven Can Wait Hello Dolly He-Man&Masters of Universe, Vol.2 High noon High Road To China History of the World, Part 1 Hound of the Baskervilles, The How To Marry a Millionaire Howling, The Hud Iceman If You Could See What I Hear Incubus, The Invasion of the Body Snatchers Jaws Jazz Singer, The Jazz Singer, The Jewel of the Nile, The Joan of Arc Karate Kid, The Key Largo Kidnapped King Kong Kiss Me Goodbye Kramer vs. Kramer Lady Sings the Blues Laura Lawrence of Arabia Liar's Moon Lion In Winter, The Little Big Man Live and Let Die Logan's Run Lord of the Rings, The Love At First Bite Love Bug, The Love Is a Many Splendored Thing Love Me Tender Love Story M.A.S.H. Mad Max Magic Maltese Falcon, The Man With the Golden Gun, The Marathon Man Marie Marty Mary Poppins Meet Me In St. Louis Mickey's Christmas Carol Midnight Cowboy Midnight Express Mirror Crack'd, The Missionary, The Mister Roberts Moonraker Muppet Movie, The Murder On The Orient Express My Little Chickadee Natural, The Network Never Cry Wolf Ninotchka Norma Rae North by Northwest Notorious Octopussy Odd Couple, The Officer & a Gentleman, An Oklahoma! Omen, The On Golden Pond On Her Majesty's Secret Service On the Waterfront Once Upon a Time In America Our Town Parent Trap Paternity Patton Peter Allen & the Rockettes Petrified Forest, The Pink Panther, The Pirates of Penzance, The Playboy Video Collector's Ed. 3 Playboy Video Collector's Ed.4 Playboy Video, Playmate Review Playboy Video, Vol. 1 Playboy Video, Vol. 2 Pollyanna Poltergeist Postman Always Rings Twice, The Pride & the Passion, The Private Benjamin Private Eyes, The Psycho 2 Public Enemy Raging Bull Raven, The Rear Window Rebel Without a Cause Red Dawn Reds Return of A Man Called Horse, The Return of the Pink Panther, The Revenge of the Pink Panther Rich and Famous Rio Bravo Risky Business Robe, The Rocky Rocky II Rocky III Rocky IV Rodan Rolling Thunder Romancing the Stone Rose, The Rosemary's Baby Royal Wedding Rumble Fish Run Silent, Run Deep Sailor Who Fell Fr.Grace w.Sea,The Sands of Iwo Jima Saturday Night Fever Search and Destroy Seems Like Old Times Seven Brides for Seven Brothers Shogun Shout, The Show Boat Silent Partner, The Silver Streak Silverado Simple Story, A Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger Singin' In The Rain Sixteen Candles Smokey & the Bandit Smokey & the Bandit II Sophie's Choice Sound of Music, The South Pacific Splash Spy Who Loved Me, The Stalag 17 Star Chamber, The Star Is Born, A Stardust Memories Starman Sting, The Stir Crazy Strange Invaders Straw Dogs Streetcar Named Desire, A Stripes Sunset Boulevard Supergirl Superman II Superman III Superman, the Movie Survivors, The Swing Shift Taking of Pelham One, Two, Three Tales From Muppetland Tarzan the Ape Man Taxi Driver Ten Commandments, The Tender Mercies Tentacles Terms of Endearmant They Call Me Bruce? They Shoot Horses, Don't They? Thing, The Thing, The, From Another World Thomas Crown Affair, The Thunderball Time Bandits Tom Jones Tootsie Top Secret Topkapi Trading Places Tron True Confessions True Grit Twelve O'Clock High Urban Cowboy Verdict, The Visiting Hours War Games War of the Worlds, The Warlords of the 21st Century Way We Were, The What's Up, Doc? Where's Poppa? Without a Trace Witness Woman In Red, The Wrong Is Right Xtro You Only Live Twice Young Frankenstein ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Allen wolf" <wolfallen> To: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Updating the VHD Discworld page!! Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 12:37:12 -0600 Hello All, over the last month,I'v bin scimming thru the great VHD DiscWorld page! it's Fantastic. but it has not bin updated sence may of 2001.i think you good people at VHD world should think about adding some new things. like photo's of other VHD Players that where made while this Great format was on the market. HOW ABOUT IT????!!!!! Allen Wolf. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: SPACERTR Date: Mon, 20 Jan 2003 15:06:33 EST Subject: Sears Video Disc Player To: email@example.com I am in search for a stylus cartridge for a Sears Video Disc Player. The model # is 934,54780150. I believe the stylus cartridge is #G55B26B. Any help out there? I have had luck on here, on getting my RCA Disc Player back in operation again, but seem to run in dead ends in getting the Sears model rolling again. Thanks to everyone on here for the help. TRACY RUCH SPACERTR@CS.COM BETHLEHEM, PA ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Date: Wed, 22 Jan 2003 22:16:43 -0800 To: firstname.lastname@example.org From: Tom Howe <email@example.com> Subject: RE: CX Noise Reduction on RCA VideoDiscs >If I recall correctly, LD had stereo sound from the beginning but didn't >introduce CX until 1982 or so. Even then not all new stereo releases were >CX-encoded. How did the use of CX with CED play out? Were all stereo discs CX >encoded from the start? Also, my player doesn't have a CX logo or any controls >to switch CX on and off. Is this controlled by a VBI signal, like LD? Did all >stereo CED players have CX decoders built-in? What about the players that were >mono with stereo adapters sold separately -- did the stereo adapter incorporate >a CX decoder? CX noise reduction was available on CED's from the start of the stereo implementation in 1982. The CX circuitry was turned on and off by one bit in the 77-bit DAXI (Digital AuXiliary Information) stream embedded in the vertical blanking interval. This is a good opportunity to review DAXI, which breaks down as follows: Bits 01 - 13: Start Code Bits 14 - 26: Error Detect Code Bits 27 - 53: Unassigned ( reserved for future use) Bits 54 - 71: Field Number Bits 72 - 77: Band Number (even fields), System Flags (odd fields) So the first 26 bits basically allow the system control microcomputer to recognize the start of a new DAXI send, and read it correctly. The real information is in bits 54 through 77. The Field Number constantly increments during disc play (there are eight fields per groove), and is used for the time display and to prevent a locked-groove condition, i.e. if the microcomputer fails to detect an increasing field number, it kicks the stylus two grooves forward. Even fields contain the Band Number in bits 72 - 77, while these contain the System Flags (audio format) in odd fields. If you've ever wondered why CED's have the rather odd maximum number of seekable bands equal to 62, it makes sense if you think of these 6 bits in binary terms and consider every possible combination of 0's and 1's: 000000 Start state before playback begins 000001 Band 01 000010 Band 02 000011 Band 03 111110 Band 62 111111 Band 63 (Reject Band) This is why an SJT400 player returns the message NOT VALID ENTRY if an attempt is made to seek a band outside the range 01 through 62. The System Flag Bits are assigned as follows: Bit 72: Unassigned (reserved for future use, default value is 0) Bit 73: Stop Bit (0 = default, 1 = repeat 400 groove play on interactive discs) Bit 74: CX bit ( 0 = CX off, 1 = CX on) Bit 75,76: 00 = monaural, 01 = bilingual, 10 = stereo Bit 77: Guard Bit (0 if any one of the other flag bits is a 1) So a stereo disc could be encoded with or without CX noise reduction depending on the state of Bit 74. Most stereo discs do have the CX bit turned on, but the only way to confirm this is by looking at the DAXI stream with a logic analyzer. All stereo CED players have noise reduction circuitry built-in, as do the two stereo adapters made for the system. --Tom ------------------------------------------------------------------------ From: "Rix" <rixrex> To: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Subject: PART ONE AND PART TWO DISCS Date: Sat, 25 Jan 2003 05:05:29 -0600 I have several part 1 and part 2 disks that came with purchases of group sets of disks, and the sellers either knew it and didn't say, or just didn't realize it was half a movie. Anyway, I will be happy to trade or swap, sell or even buy the other half of these movies, these are the ones that I have: Coming Home, part 1 Close Encounters, part 1 Silverado, part 1 Red River, part 1 Deer Hunter, part 1 2001, Space Oddysey, part1 A Star is Born (Striesand), part 2 Ordinary People, part 2 (two copies) Murder on the Orient Express, part 2 Silkwood, part 2 Godfather 2, part 2 Lord of the Rings, part 2 Raging Bull, part 2 Birdman of Alcatraz, part 2 King Kong (1976), part 2 Well, that's it. Hope I can help someone out with their collection or visa versa! Thanks, Rix.
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