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The video transfer of Midway is actually quite nice. Of note is the opening credits footage which is way too
red, causing the credits to be almost unreadable. The widescreen re-issue released in 1992 corrects this error.
Otherwise, the colors are rich and vivid, but the reds are over-saturated. The images are sharp, clean and film-like.
Of course, this is only true of the "new" footage. Archive footage which was used throughout is old and shows its
age. Some separations have shrunk which causes images to shift color and position at random. This is not a fault of
the DiscoVision transfer, but an error of the film.
On the audio front, DiscoVision elected not to transfer the Sensurround effects in this release. However,
the disc contains wonderful full range audio with good low end for those explosions. I was take off guard during the
aforementioned opening title sequence by the shaking I received due to the bomb explosions. Some feel the extended
low frequency response of the disc is by mistake, characterizing it as "film bump" (over modulation of the optical
track). I tend to discount this explanation since a optical distortion of this type would produce sounds other than
a well defined rumble.
Disc replication is spotty depending on when the particular copy was made. Most of the earlier pressings are much
better (as was typical), but side 2 had an extremely high defect rate and troubles with laser lock through the first
On the film front, it feels as though the film we are seeing is a last minute hatchet job trying to bring the film
down to a marketable running time. Poorly mixed music and choppy edits during the last 45 minutes of the film seem
to indicate a much longer version exists. The fake blood and cheesy acting, typical of Universal films of this scope
during the 1970's, make this feel like an over long TV movie.
Midway was finally reissued after a long absence by MCA/Universal Home Video as a 3 sided CLV/CAV widescreen
(2.35:1) release (Catalog #: 12003) in April 1992. It still doesn't have Sensurround, however the Sensurround track
has been mixed into the mono track quite nicely and provides excellent low frequency response. This edition also
corrects the color problems of the opening title sequence.
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Updated: November 7, 2016
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