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Added by laserlord (43)
Cover by thepenguin

Added on: 19/01/2003
Latest update: 12/09/2019
User updates processed: 13

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THX WOW! (1990) [THX-WOW]

Country  USA  
Released  1990
Publisher  ???

UPC  020350027366UPC=020350027366
Category  Demo Disc

Color  Color
Length  53 min.
Sides  2
Chapters  21
Size  12"
Picture  * Various *
Ratio  1.33:1
Plastic  Transparent
Cover  Standard
Rot status  Low probability [?]
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Manufactured by  Pioneer USA



Intro THX Cimarron 
 Sound Encoding  Digital Tracks  Analog Tracks 
 Spoken Language  Subtitles 
English No subtitle 

 Mint Marks sample 
58-130A1-32   MADE IN USA   E9290427
58-130B1-14   MADE IN USA   E9290515

 Additional Information by laserlord (43)   19/01/2003 - Last update: 29/12/2008 

Not for sale - for demonstration purposes only as the cover says.

This THX "WOW" disc is considered as one of the "holy" grails of LD collectors. The "WOW!" sequence is the most important part of the disc: a large trailer containing scenes from Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Willow, and finishing with the Cimmaron THX trailer.

 Additional Information by hapehape (8)     29/09/2004 - Last update: 29/12/2008 

There are actually 21 chapters, though the cover says 20. There is no sound at all on analog tracks. The longer featurettes are widescreen but some material is TV size.

SIDE 1 (23:28)

  1. Contents (0:20, 600 frames)
  2. WOW! (7:38, frames 601-11963) - a montage of three "Star Wars" films, three "Indiana Jones" films and "Willow"
  3. The Home THX Audio System (9:50, frames 11964-28124)
  4. Mode Selections (5:40, frames 28125-37577) - includes Home THX examples, "Last Crusade" and "Twin Peaks", Dolby Pro Logic examples "TV sports event" and "The Cowboys" by Henry Mancini as music and a still and Stereo Mode example "Punta del Soul" by Dave Grusin as music and still picture

SIDE 2 (30:01)

  1. Contents (0:06, 200 frames)
  2. Soundtrack! (13:06, frames 201-19050) - featurette narrated by James Earl Jones, including takes from "Star Wars" and "Last Crusade" amongst other things
  3. to 18. Sound test signals
  4. Color Bars And Pluge (Three different test pictures)
  5. Grey Scale and FCC Composite Signal (Several different color and B&W test pictures for adjustment)
  6. (more test pictures, some are the same and some new ones to test CRT alignment). Last frame is 43241.

 Additional Information by gardener_50    08/02/2007 - Last update: 19/11/2013 

Publisher is Lucasfilm.

 Additional Information by jdeavs    29/12/2008 - Last update: 12/09/2019 

Barcode sticker with "THX Demonstration Disc" printed on it on the shrinkwrap of sealed discs."

 Additional Information by sega3dmm (2)     19/11/2013 

Not only a holy grail for Laserdisc collectors, but a fantastic way to demonstrate your home theater system regardless of year. This was heavenly mastered by the geniuses at THX, and the picture and sound quality is crystal clear. At side two, it comes with useful test sequences to calibrate your system.

Production of this disc started in 1990 into the mid-90's. To check your pressing of WOW, if you have one, look at the user's guide card and look for the year of copyright. For example, my copy was from 1995.