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Added by manpen
Cover by laserking (24)

Added on: 21/02/2003
Latest update: 05/01/2017
User updates processed: 4

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Theatre of the Imagination: Radio Stories by Orson Welles & The Mercury Theatre [V1012L]

Country  USA    
Released  1988
Publisher  Voyager
Price  39.95 USD

UPC  (none)ISBN=0-931393-90-6
I-S-B-N  0-931393-90-6
Collection  Voyager Collection
Category  Drama

Color  Color
Length  349 min.
Sides  2
Chapters  16
Size  12"
Picture  Video
Ratio  1.33:1
Plastic  Transparent
Cover  Standard
Rot status  None reported
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Manufactured by  3M or IMATION



 Sound Encoding  Digital Tracks  Analog Left  Analog Right 
 Spoken Language  Subtitles 
English No subtitle 

 Mint Marks sample 

 Additional Information by manpen    18/03/2008 

This disc contains only sound - allowing 6 hours of radio shows from Welles' Mercury Theatre presented across all three audio tracks.

Programs featured are:

  1. Rebecca
  2. Heart of Darkness
  3. The Apple Tree
  4. My Little Boy
  5. The Hitch Hiker
  6. A Tale of Two Cities
  7. H.G. Wells Meets Orson Welles (a 7:30min. taped meeting between the two 2 years after Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast)
  8. The Song of Solomon
  9. Noah Webster's Library/Dorothy Parker Poetry
  10. Hamlet
  11. Doris Miller Tribute
  12. The Shadow: The White Legion
  13. The Sun Rising/No Man Is An Island
  14. Wilbur Brown, Habitat brooklyn
  15. Theatre of the Imagination: The Mercury Theatre Remembers - Leonard Maltin narrates a new audio documentary featuring memories of many players including John Houseman, Richard Wilson, Geraldine Fitzgerald and more. Also features older interviews with Bernard Herrmann and Welles himself.

 Additional Information by videopticon    18/03/2008 

Both a true anomaly and a treasure among laserdisc titles. Only Voyager would take the risk of deploying an audio-only program on what was the premier video format of its day. Readings span the years 1938 through 1946. They are neatly distributed across the digital and analog soundtracks to take full advantage of available bandwidth and chapter indexed. A 1988 audio documentary on the Mercury players caps one of the analog tracks.

The only available video is continuous black burst, to maintain sync. This is in fact the closest to virginal looking a CLV disc ever got, if one cares to study the disc surface. Voyager was uncharacteristically vague in its running time listing of "6 hours". The sum total of all soundtracks is actually over eleven minutes shy, not that anyone but me is counting. Typical of early Voyager releases, an insert sheet on heavy stock was included. This one describes the various audio track options and a caveat for those lacking digital audio playback.

 Additional Information by nems (2)   05/11/2011 

The digital left and right tracks contain the same mono track. The analog left and right tracks each contain a unique mono track.