American ‘Goldfinger’ Betamax Video Tape, Running Time 108 Minutes Release Date 1984 Catalogue Number 4595

Goldfinger Is A 1964 British Spy Film And The Third Installment In The James Bond Series Produced By Eon Productions, Starring Sean Connery As The Fictional MI6 Agent James Bond. It Is Based On The Novel Of The Same Name By Ian Fleming. The Film Also Stars Honor Blackman As Bond Girl Pussy Galore And Gert Fröbe As The Title Character Auric Goldfinger, Along With Shirley Eaton As The Iconic Bond Girl Jill Masterson. Goldfinger Was Produced By Albert R. Broccoli And Harry Saltzman And Was The First Of Four Bond Films Directed By Guy Hamilton

Main Cast James Bond (Sean Connery), Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), Oddjob (Harold Sakata), Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet), M (Bernard Lee), Felix Leiter (Cec Linder), Bonita (Nadja Regin), Miss Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell)…

Betamax (Also Called Beta, As In Its Logo) Is A Consumer-Level Analog-Recording And Cassette Format Of Magnetic Tape For Video. It Was Developed By Sony And Was Released In Japan On May 10, 1975. The First Betamax Device Introduced In The United States Was The LV-1901 Console, Which Included A 19-inch (48 cm) Color Monitor, And Appeared In Stores In Early November 1975. The Cassettes Contain 0.50-Inch-Wide (12.7 mm) Videotape In A Design Similar To That Of The Earlier, Professional 0.75-Inch-Wide (19 mm), U-Matic Format. Betamax Is Obsolete, Having Lost The Videotape Format War To VHS. Despite This, Betamax Recorders Would Not Be Discontinued Until 2002, While New Betamax Cassettes Were Available Until March 2016, When Sony Stopped Making And Selling Them

Like The Rival Videotape Format VHS (Introduced In Japan By JVC In October 1976 And In The United States By RCA In August 1977), Betamax Has No Guard Band And Uses Azimuth Recording To Reduce Crosstalk. According To Sony’s History Webpages, The Name Had A Double Meaning: Beta Is The Japanese Word Used To Describe The Way In Which Signals Are Recorded On The Tape; And The Shape Of The Lowercase Greek Letter Beta (β) Resembles The Course Of The Tape Through The Transport. The Suffix-Max, From The Word ‘Maximum’, Was Added To Suggest Greatness. In 1977, Sony Issued The First Long-Play Betamax VCR, The SL-8200. This VCR Had Two Recording Speeds: Normal, And The Newer Half Speed. This Provided Two Hours’ Recording On The L-500 Beta Videocassette. The SL-8200 Was To Compete Against The VHS VCRs, Which Allowed Up To 4, And Later 6 And 8, Hours Of Recording On One Cassette

Various American James Bond Beta Video Tapes Overview

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