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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





    

















hello dolly barbara streisand selectavisionhumphrey bogart lauren bacall big sleep selectavision ced
























bridge on the river kwai selectavision cedburt reynolds hooper selectavision ced

























burt reynolds white lightning selectavision cedcharles bronson death wish selectavision ced

























clark gable marilyn monroe montgomery clift misfits selectavision cedfantastic voyage selectavision ced
























happy hooker selectavision cedhitchcock north by northwest selectavision ced























laughton hunchback of notre dame selectavision cedjackie chan they call me bruce selectavision ced
























cat ballou jane fonda lee marvin nat king cole selectavision cedjohn travolta nancy allen blow out selectavision ced
























john wayne stagecoach selectavision cedpeter o'toole lawrence of arabia selectavision ced
























legend of the lone ranger selectavision cedjane fonda jack lemmon michael douglas china syndrome selectavision ced
























monty python live at the bowl selectavision cedmoon is blue selectavision ced
























paul newman patricia neal hud selectavision cedrichard pryor steve martin blues brothers saturday night live selectavision ced

























james cagney public enemy selectavision cederrol flynn olivia de havilland robin hood selectavision ced
























shane jack palance selectavision cedwilliam holden stalag 17 selectavision ced

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