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RCA Press Release for June 6, 1983 No. 2


'The Muppet Movie' Becomes RCA's Best Selling Disc; Eighteen Titles Awarded Gold Video Awards by RIAA

"The Muppet Movie" became the first video disc album in RCA's catalog to top the 68,000-mark in factory sales, Thomas G. Kuhn, Division Vice President, RCA VideoDiscs, announced today.

He said it also was one of 18 RCA video disc albums to be certified as "Gold" by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the only video discs so honored.

In addition to "The Muppet Movie," the other "Gold" video discs are: "Airplane!," "The Black Stallion," "Fiddler On The Roof," "The Godfather," "Goldfinger," "Grease," "Heaven Can Wait," "M*A*S*H," "On Golden Pond," "Ordinary People," "Rocky," "Rocky III," "Saturday Night Fever," "Star Trek-The Motion Picture," "Star Trek-The Wrath of Khan," "Superman," and "The Ten Commandments."

Mr. Kuhn said these 18 disc albums have sold more than $30 million at retail price value, clearly indicating that the American public will spend money -- even in the deepest recession since the 1930's -- to build home video libraries of favorite programs.

The RCA video disc system was introduced to the public in March 1981. Today, players are priced from under $300 and discs from under $15.

Mr. Kuhn said of the more than 400 titles in RCA's video disc catalog, six have sold more than 60,000 copies, 13 more than 50,000, 22 more than 40,000 and 42 more than 30,000.

"We continue to be impressed by the strength of disc sales and by the rate at which consumers are acquiring video discs for their home video libraries," Mr. Kuhn said.


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