The Lathe of Heaven, the first movie made for public television, comes to DVD, and while the film has a historical significance, the disc doesn't match that. Granted, everything about this disc must be taken in context. First, made in 1979 on a thread-bare budget, the full-frame televised image shows the signs of age and the fact that the original filmed elements are no longer available. The best source New Video could find is full of scratches, ghost images, and grain. Colors are generally washed out and detail is at times nonexistent. The sound, which uses the original two-channel mono track, is at times slightly distorted, though generally the dialogue is understandable. Unfortunately, sound effects and music don't come off nearly as well, and the lack of any auditory depth is persistently evident. As for extras, a fine interview by Bill Moyers with author/creative consultant Ursula K. Le Guin is certainly worth watching. She's intelligent, well spoken, and provides insight about her writing and this production. The only other supplement is a text-based biography of Le Guin. As mentioned, this disc has to be taken in context. Is the video and audio elements below par? Absolutely, by today's standards, but when making a judgment on quality, other factors have to be considered.