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70mm Blow Up

The 70mm Newsletter

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


Title Format Opening Sound Studio Notes
Adventures Of Baron Munchausen, The Spherical (1.85:1) Dec 8 (West Germany) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR Columbia OAR blow-up. US 35mm release: March 10, 1989.
Akira Spherical (1.85:1) July 16 (Japan) 6-Track Dolby Stereo NA US 35mm release in 1991. Many sources (including the Criterion Collection LD liner notes & IMDb) indicate this film was originated in 65mm.
Alien Nation Super 35 Oct 7 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo 20th Century Fox AKA: “Outer Heat.”  70mm trailer: “Cocoon: The Return”
Beaches Spherical (1.85:1) Dec 21 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Touchstone OAR blow-up. 70mm trailer: “Three Fugitives”
"Le Grand Bleu" / “The Big Blue”
CinemaScope Aug 19 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Weintraub/Columbia Originally released in France (possibly in 70mm) on May 11 as ‘Le Grand Bleu.’ US version features shorter running time and different music score.
Cobra Verde Spherical (1.85:1) (Germany) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Only 2 or 3 70mm prints. One of which played in Stuttgart
Cocoon: The Return Spherical (1.85:1) Nov 23 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo 20th Century Fox OAR blow-up. 70mm trailers: “Working Girl,” “Twins” & “The Fly II”
Dayavan NA Oct (India) 6-Track Stereo NA
"Die Hard" Panavision July 15 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo 20th Century Fox Opened in a limited 70mm-exclusive run on July 15.  Advertised in advance of release as, “Exclusive Engagement -- 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo -- On July 15...An adventure that will blow you through the back wall of the theatre.”  Nationwide 35mm release followed one week later.  Trivia: Prints (both 35 & 70) featured a “flat” Fox logo stretched-out to “scope” proportions (the DVD does not reflect this). 70mm trailers: “Alien Nation,” “Young Guns,” “Moon Over Parador” & “Twins”
Gorillas In The Mist Spherical (1.85:1) Sept 23 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Universal OAR blow-up.   AKA: “Gorillas In The Mist: The Adventure Of Dian Fossey.”
Kansas Super 35 Sept 23 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR Trans World US 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in Dolby’s records.
Last Temptation Of Christ, The Spherical (1.85:1) Aug 12 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Universal OAR blow-up. 70mm trailer: “Gorillas In The Mist”
Pathfinder Panavision Sept 23 (UK) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Norsk/IFEX Reportedly screened in 70mm at the 1988 Seattle Film Festival. Originally released in Norway (as “Ofelas”) in 1987. Advertised as “The first Scandinavian film made in 70mm Panavision and Dolby Six-Track Stereo.”
Presidio, The Panavision June 10 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR Paramount 70mm trailers: “Tucker” & “Coming To America”
Shoot To Kill Super 35 Feb 12 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Touchstone AKA: “Deadly Pursuit”
Tucker: The Man And His Dream Technovision Aug 12 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR Paramount 70mm trailers: “U2: Rattle And Hum” & “Scrooged”
Who Framed Roger Rabbit Spherical (1.85:1) June 22 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Touchstone OAR blow-up. 70mm trailer: “Cocktail”
Willow Panavision May 20 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR MGM “Star Wars” it wasn’t...though still a fun and enjoyable movie.

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