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Directed by Jerry Jameson
USA 1978

 

Itís the biggest event of the yearóthe Super Bowl! But the star players for the Cougars, gathered in New Orleans for the big game, are preoccupied with some serious off-the-field issues. Dave Waleckiís (Ken Howard, 1776) marriage to his wife Nancy (Susan Howard, TVís Dallas) is falling apart, while Jim McCauley (Tom Selleck, An Innocent Man) is involved in a shady deal with a management firm that could destroy his career. But thatís nothing compared to the real drama. Thereís an assassin killing off many of the teamís personnel (as well as their chances of winning)! David Janssen (The Fugitive) stars as the team manager, who races against time to identify the killer before itís too late. This made-for-television thriller was directed by veteran filmmaker Jerry Jameson (Airport í77, Raise the Titanic) and co-stars Edie Adams (The Oscar), Donna Mills (Play Misty for Me), Van Johnson (23 Paces to Baker Street), Vonetta McGee (The Eiger Sanction), Jane Wyatt (Pitfall), Robin Mattson (Return to Macon County), M. Emmet Walsh (Blood Simple) and NFL legends Bubba Smith (Police Academy) and Dick Butkus (TVís Blue Thunder).

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It's Superbowl. And there's a lot of drama, one of the players, Dave Wolecki, has been so preoccupied with the game and if his bum knee will hold out until the game, has been completely ignoring his wife. And McCauley, the team's star quarterback, is being courted by a management firm, and the man the firm has assigned to get him into the firm has been told that if he doesn't get him, he will be out. But that's nothing compared to the real drama. There's a killer running around. It seems that the syndicate doesn't want the highly favored Cougars to win. They tried to get the team's trainer to drug or incapacitate some players, and when he refuses he is killed. So, the team's manager has to try and find out who the killer is, before he does some real damage.

Excerpt from IMDb located HERE

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Broadcast Premiere: January 9th, 1978

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Distribution Kino - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:37:03.484        
Video

1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,582,325,202 bytes

Feature: 21,317,591,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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DTS-HD Master Audio English 1554 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1554 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Commentary:

Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English, None
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1.85:1 1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,582,325,202 bytes

Feature: 21,317,591,040 bytes

Video Bitrate: 25.94 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

ē NEW Audio Commentary by Director Jerry Jameson with Film Historians Howard S. Berger and Steve Mitchell
ē Trailers


Blu-ray Release Date:
March 3rd, 2020
Standard  Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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ADDITION: Kino Blu-ray (February 2020): Kino have transferred the 1978 Made-for-TV movie Superdome to Blu-ray. It is from a "Brand New 2K Master". It looks very good - as they state in the commentary - despite the 1.33:1 frame, it looks more like a more serious production film. This "Movie of the Week" appears to have had a more substantial budget with many extras, on-location shooting plus a diverse and notable cast. It's on a single-layered disc with a reasonable bitrate, but there are instances of depth and pleasing colors/detail. No damage or marks - probably a strong replication, or exceeding, its broadcast premiere video presentation. 

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On their Blu-ray, Kino use a DTS-HD Master 2.0 channel track (16-bit) in the original English language. It has some football crowd and pomp music plus a score by John Cacavas (The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Horror Express, Hangar 18)  sounding a deep and consistent in the lossless. Kino offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Kino Blu-ray has a brand new audio commentary by director Jerry Jameson with film historians par excellence Howard S. Berger and Steve Mitchell. It focused on Jameson's career, his recollections of the production and cast. While the questions appeared to be more based for larger-scale theatrical cinema, the answers were fairly bland - suitable to that of a 20-day TV production. Of course, it's always impressive to hear Berger and Mitchell rhyme off extraneous relationships that Jerry Jameson had working with others in the industry. These guys are so well-prepared. They did talk about DoP Matthew F. Leonetti, the look, design of the film, it's limitations made in the 70s, certain scenes lighting, Donna Mills Farrah-esque hair, etc.. I thought the commentary had plenty of value. There are also trailers (none for the film.)

The appeal of Superdome was the cast; I've always been a huge David Janssen fan, as well as seeing early Selleck and the lithe Donna Mills - both looking like superstars. The supporting players are also impressive with Edie Adams, Clifton Davis, Ken Howard, Van Johnson, Jane Wyatt, Bubba Smith, Dick Butkus, M. Emmet Walsh etc. Superdome is very indicative of its era - weak plot, churned out, but solidly performed and realized. Meh. The Blu-ray has appeal for those keen on the commentary and/or who have nostalgic value for 70's TV work. I watched to completion and I think this is better than represented critically (no 'Turkey'). It's typical including a twist and has a Superbowl 'Nawlins' backdrop. I'm glad I saw it and listened to the commentary.

Gary Tooze

 


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