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70mm Blow Up

The 70mm Newsletter

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


Boot, DasSpherical (1.85:1)Sept 17 (West Germany)6-Track Dolby StereoBavaria/ColumbiaAKA: “The Boat.”  US release (at 145 minutes): Feb 10, 1982. US 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”  Originally shown on German television as a 211 minute mini-series. Re-issued theatrically (in 35mm & 8-channel SDDS) at 211 minutes in 1997.
Chariots Of FireSpherical (1.66:1)Sept 17 (Canada)6-Track Dolby StereoLaddUS release: Sept 25. US 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book ‘Wide Screen Movies.’
Dance Craze

Spherical (Super 1.66:1)Feb 19 (UK)6-Track Dolby StereoJoe Dunton's camera shop produced the film.This was a feature-length experiment to evaluate full aperture (Super 35)-to-70mm image quality. Shown in 70mm in NY one screening only in 1982. 70mm print only used in London, UK. Shown in Bradfod March 2011
“Dragonslayer”PanavisionJune 26 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (SS)ParamountAlso released in the experimental 35mm VistaSonic discrete optical format.
Empire Strikes Back, The (Re-Issue)PanavisionJuly 31 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxAdvertised as “One of the best things that ever happened is about to happen again”...and that’s no lie!
For Your Eyes OnlyPanavisionJune 26 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUnited ArtistsUS 70mm release unconfirmed.  Title is listed on the Internet Movie Database (IMDb).
Heaven’s Gate (Re-Issue)PanavisionApril 24 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUnited ArtistsOAR blow-up. This was the shortened 149-min version.
Lion Of The DesertPanavisionApril 17 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUFDUS 70mm release unconfirmed. According to Cinerama, Inc., a 70mm print ran (unadvertised) at the Cinerama Dome in LA.
OutlandPanavisionMay 22 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (MegaSound)Orion
“Raiders of the Lost Ark”
PanavisionJune 12 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamount70mm re-issues in ‘82 & ‘83. Re-titled “Indiana Jones And The Raiders Of The Lost Ark” for recent video release.  Paramount and Lucasfilm: Why aren’t you re-issuing this for its 20th anniversary???   : ( 
Sharky’s MachineSpherical (1.85:1)Dec 18 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoOrionWhy wasn’t ‘Smokey And The Bandit’ in 70mm?
Star Wars (Re-Issue)PanavisionApril 10 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxThe subtitle “Episode IV: A New Hope” first appeared on prints during this two-week re-issue. Advertised as: “It’s back! The Force will be with you for two weeks only” (even though we all know the Force will be with you...always.)
“Superman II”
PanavisionJune 19 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (SS/MegaSound)Warner Bros.Originally released in other regions in 1980. 70mm prints prior to US release unconfirmed.
TessPanavisionApril 9 (UK)6-Track Dolby StereoColumbiaUS release: Dec 12, 1980. US 70mm release unconfirmed. 
Released in 70mm in England and France (and other parts of Europe) in ‘79 or ‘80.



PanavisionJuly 24 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (MegaSound)OrionThis was the last of the four titles mixed and released in MegaSound.
Zoot Suit


“Zoot Suit”: The 70mm Engagements

Spherical (1.85:1)Oct 2 (USA)

6-Track Stereo (Sensurround Plus)UniversalWorld Premiere: Oct 1 (Los Angeles).

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