“Casualties of War”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Even in war…murder is murder.”
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|Compiled by: Michael Coate||Date: 26.10.2019|
|The following is a reference / historical listing of the 70-millimeter presentations of “Casualties of War” in North America. These were the best cinemas in which to experience this motion picture. |
“Casualties of War” was among seventeen confirmed first-run films released in 1989 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Columbia release — directed by Brian DePalma and starring Michael J. Fox and Sean Penn — opened August 18th.
For the release of “Casualties of War”, Columbia employed the services of Lucasfilm’s Theatre Alignment Program (TAP) to evaluate and approve the cinemas selected to book a 70mm print.
Among the film’s pre-release screenings was an invitational preview held August 11th at the Samuel Goldwyn in Beverly Hills.
The 70mm prints of “Casualties of War” featured letterboxed imagery (approximately 2.39:1) blown up from anamorphic 35mm and Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded “baby boom” format).
Seventy-millimeter trailers for Columbia’s “Immediate Family”, “Old Gringo” and “Welcome Home” circulated during the “Casualties of War” release and which the distributor recommended be screened with the presentation. (Additional 70mm trailers from other studios circulated during this period as well. Which trailers, if any, were seen during the “Casualties of War” presentations varied by venue and screening.)
The duration of the engagements (measured in weeks) has for some entries been included in parenthesis following the cinema name.
Note that some of the presentations included in this listing may have been presented in 35mm during the latter week(s) of engagement due to print damage and the distributor’s unwillingness to supply a 70mm replacement print or because the booking was moved to a non-70mm-equipped auditorium within a multiplex. As well, the reverse may have been true in some cases whereas a booking began with a 35mm print because the lab was unable to complete the 70mm print order in time for an opening-day delivery or the exhibitor negotiated a mid-run switch to 70mm. In these cases, any 35mm portion of the engagement has been included in the duration figure.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Chinese Triplex (6) [THX]
Los Angeles — Mann’s Village (6) [THX]
San Diego — Mann’s Cinema 21 (7)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s Baronet (4)
New York — Cineplex Odeon’s National Twin (6)
SUBSEQUENT 70MM ENGAGEMENTS & SCREENINGS
1989-09-29 … New York, NY — Cineplex Odeon’s Warner (1) [THX]
The information in this article was principally referenced from film industry trade publications and regional newspaper promotion.
International 70mm engagements of this title have not been accounted for in this article.
If you believe this article contains any errors or omissions, please consider emailing the author or editor.
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