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70mm Blow Up

The 70mm Newsletter

Compiled by William Kallay and Michael Coate - ©1999-2002


Capricorn OnePanavisionJune 2 (USA)6-Track StereoWarner Bros.First of many Peter Hyams-directed movies to have 70mm prints. Also test screened in 70mm prior to release.
Comes A HorsemanPanavisionOct 25 (USA)6-Track StereoUnited Artists
Coming HomeSpherical (1.85:1)NA (Canada)6-Track StereoUnited ArtistsUS 35mm release: Feb 15.
Crossed SwordsPanavisionMar 2 (USA)6-Track StereoWarner Bros.Screened in 70mm at Radio City Music Hall in NY. Engagement included “The Glory Of Easter” stage show.   AKA: “The Prince And The Pauper.”
Days Of HeavenSpherical (1.85:1)Sept 13 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamountOAR blow-up. Highly regarded as one of the finest spherical 35mm-to-70mm blow-ups.
Deer Hunter, ThePanavisionDec 8 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalUS reserved seat engagement. One-week Academy Award consideration run Dec 8-14 in Los Angeles. Returned for nationwide release on Feb 23, 1979.  Advertised in “Super 70mm 6 Track Stereo.” OAR blow-up.
DonNAOct (India)6-Track StereoNA
GreasePanavisionAug 4 (Australia)6-Track Dolby StereoParamountInitially released in the US in 35mm on June 16.  70mm prints available in the US beginning August 16. 70mm re-issue in ‘79, & 35mm-digital in ‘98.
Manitou, ThePanavisionApril 26 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoAvco EmbassyInitially released as a 70mm Salt Lake City, Utah exclusive.  Nationwide 35mm release in May. 70mm print circulated to other cities (including Chicago) later in run.
MetamorphosesPanavisionMay 3 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoSanrioUS 70mm test screening in Los Angeles on June 14, 1977. US 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.” Re-issued in ‘79/80 as “Winds Of Change.” Also see the 1979 entry for “Winds Of Change.”
Punk Rock Movie, TheNAJune (USA)6-Track StereoCinematicUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book "Wide Screen Movies.’"  Photography format unconfirmed (some sources indicate Todd-AO 35, while others suggest 8mm & 16mm).
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club BandPanavisionJuly 21 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalMany of the early Dolby releases were released with a dual inventory (some Dolby, some non-Dolby) of 70mm prints. This was a rare example of one being advertised as such.
ShalimarNADec (India)6-Track StereoNAAKA: “Deadly Thief”
Star Wars (Re-Issue)PanavisionJuly 21 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxThe original release never ended in some theatres, but new prints (1,756 -- a record number at the time -- including a few 70mm), posters and ad campaign were created for this successful seven-week re-issue. Some 70mm prints were re-used from original run.
SupermanPanavisionDec 15 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (SS)Warner Bros.OAR blow-up. First 70mm release to feature (as a test) a discrete split surround soundtrack (Dolby Format 43).
Wiz, TheSpherical (1.85:1)April 5 (UK)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalUS 35mm release: Oct 26.

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