There have been several versions of Bootleg DVDs available over the years - while the rights for NOTC appeared to be in limbo, and there seemed to be no hope for a genuine DVD release. Some of the various different covers that have been used are shown below.
Unofficial Spanish VCD cover - front and back cover with spines
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CED (Capacitance Electronic Disc)
Night of the Comet was also available in CED (Capacitance Electronic Discs) format as an RCA Selectavision VideoDisc. CED was a consumer video format on grooved vinyl discs that was marketed by RCA in the 1980s. Catalogue # 24543674399.
The artwork on the back of the disc, in addition to the synopsis of the film, also contains the following info about the film from an uncredited source:
The most often heard question concerning "Night of the Comet" asks how it's possible to get those eerie shots of LA without people, cars and airplanes. It is easy. In fact, no tricky optical effects such as painted backdrops or airbrushing were used. Mosrt scenes were shot during the middle of a normal business day.
Many camera positions were set on natural rises. So we see only a short distance before the ground slopes down and out of view, thus hiding all the traffic. For some shots, the actors and crew simply waited for natural breaks in the traffic. And, of course, pointing the camera up at buildings during shooting eliminates traffic problems altogether. That's all there is to it. Coupled with the right wind sound effects and dialogue replacements flavors the shots of LA with a sense of desertion.
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Laser-Video Entertainment Ltd released a Laserdisc in Hong Kong.
NTSC, Mono with CX noise reduction
(Info and photos submitted by Mike Furuli)