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Would You Like A Cheese Puff?: The Art Of The RCA SelectaVision Videodisc CED

Posted by Mark Beaver, January 13, 2015 04:20pm | Post a Comment
 For a brief moment in time (1981-1986, to be exact) there existed a film delivery system based on needle/groove technology, just like a record player.



Launched by RCA and dubbed the CAPACITANCE ELECTRONIC DISC (CED), it was quickly supplanted by both commercially available VHS tapes and Laserdiscs, the precursor to the DVD, which read the information with light beams.

Ultimately, it was a clunky, inelegant technology prone to problems and RCA lost about $600 million on it, but there was a curious upside to its brief arc through the collective consciousness...the cover art.

For many of the CED packages, promotional artwork was commissioned for the face of the cartridge that was singular for the release of the RCA SelectaVision format. 

Below I have displayed a gallery of some of the cover art from that time, in most cases, different images than were ever seen on the more popular VHS, Laserdisc or DVD releases of the same films. 

Enjoy the beauty!


CED amityville horror josh brolin selectavisionboxcar bertha barbara hershey





    

















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13th Annual Los Angeles Film Noir Festival Week 1

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 2, 2011 12:30pm | Post a Comment

It's lucky 13 for us in LA as the Film Noir Foundation is offering quite an unusual batch of films this year.  Last night kicked off the festival with newly struck prints of Audrey Totter in High Wall and a recently restored Anthony Mann obscurity Strangers In The Night.  Tonight's offering is a prison themed double starting off with Jules Dassin classic Brute Force. Well known for its ensemble cast, it features a particularly stellar performance from Hume Cronyn as the sadistic Capt. Munsey. Paired with Brute Force is Jack Palance vehicle House of Numbers, which features vintage San Quentin locations and Tim
othy Carey of Killing of a Chinese Bookie, the Killing & World's Greatest Sinner fame.
 
Sunday brings a couple of unearthed gems in Whiplash and The Hunted, neither on DVD.  In fact, 6 of the first 10 movies in this year's lineup are not available on DVD! Wednesday offers the murderous combination of Humphrey Bogart as a psychotic artist in the Two Mrs. CarrolsOlivia De Havilland in a dual role as twins accused of murder in The Dark Mirror. Thursday rounds out the first week with Charles McGraw as a murderer on the lam in The Threat & Joan Crawford as a gangster losing her eyesight in This Woman is Dangerous.  Promised to be "Joan at her Joaniest," what more could you ask for?!


New Bev Noir: Jan Sterling Double Bill- Ace In The Hole / Harder They Fall

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, May 14, 2010 02:15pm | Post a Comment


I'm truly saddened that there are too many musical events this weekend for me to make it out to the New Bev for this double. Ace in the Hole is a Billy Wilder flick that has evaded me for some time now. It's noted as one of his most cynical films (that's saying a lot!!) and Jan Sterling's performance is noted to be spectacularly wicked. The Harder They Fall is a classic boxing noir based on a story by Budd Shulberg, he of What Makes Sammy Run?, A Face In The Crowd & On the Waterfront fame. Although I could care less about sports, boxing themed noirs always seem to deliver heavy doses of blackhearted personal reality that stick with me much more deeply than the average cops and robbers story. The Harder They Fall also happens to be Humphrey Bogart's final role. It's among my favorite Bogey pieces; his physical deterioration is apparent and adds to his broken and desperate character. Rod Steiger is at his ruthless best and Max Baer spars with some of his real life demons as the brutal champion Buddy Brannen. Truly a dark double feature and well worth your $7. Damn it, after writing this post I now think I have to squeeze this double into a very busy weekend...

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Los Angeles, CA  90036
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Ace In The Hole  Friday 7:30  Sat 3:10 & 7:30
The Harder They Fall  Friday 9:40  Sat 5:20 & 9:40

Film Noir Festival week 1

Posted by Mr. Chadwick, April 2, 2008 02:00pm | Post a Comment

For me, April is the best time of year in L.A.  The weather is great, usually overcast with some rain, the last really mild month before we Spring forward into the instant summer blaze.  It's also the month that the Egyptian Theatre presents the Film Noir Festival.  Possibly the best history lesson I've had as far as L.A. is concerned, every year I get a new take on the "Noir City" via the programming at the Egyptian.  Check out these scenes from opening nights Lizbeth Scott double feature. Click on the poster to the left to check out the film schedule...



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