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The Alleged 70mm Releases

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Compiled by: Michael Coate and William KallayDate: 04.12.2022
Agent 007 in space IN 7OMM? Never! Here is the 24 sheet of "Moonraker" at the former Cinerama cinema in Copenhagen, 1979. Image: Thomas Hauerslev

What follows is a compilation of motion picture titles that are said to have been released with 70-millimeter prints but for which no evidence has been found to confirm such releases ever occurred. The objective with this article is to account for these titles so that they can be categorically separated from the confirmed and well-documented 70mm releases.

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• Go to Grant's Blow-Up-Tagebuch
• Go to 70mm in London 1958-2023
• Go to 70mm Premieres in Los Angeles

Seventy-millimeter prints of these titles were not promoted in their original theatrical releases and never turn up in studio asset inventories, film archives, retrospective festivals, private collections, etc., suggesting (to these historians, at least) such prints were never made.

So what explains titles being listed as a 70mm release in the first place when evidence seems to suggest they were never given a 70mm release? The most plausible scenario for many of the subject titles is that a six-track audio mix was prepared with the intention of 70mm prints being made and plans for a 70mm release were announced in trade reports, and then the distributor revised their release strategy and issued the film only in 35mm.

Some of these questionable titles are likely the result of faulty memory or sloppy research when historical works were written. Some historians may have experienced great-sounding 35mm 4-track mag stereo presentations and misremembered them as 70mm 6-track. Or…films with similar titles were confused with one another. For instance, was “Roller Boogie” confused with “Rollerball”? “Was “Chariots of Fire” confused with “Quest for Fire”? Was “The Last Dragon” confused with “Year of the Dragon”? Were the same-year releases “Iron Eagle” and “Legal Eagles” confused with one another and in turn confused with “Top Gun”?

Another scenario: Some reporters and historians may have viewed a 70mm coming-attraction trailer and mistakenly assumed the creation of such meant said film was to be released with 70mm prints. (In the 1980s and early 1990s, in particular, every major studio circulated 70mm trailers for their forthcoming films.)

Complicating matters (and which might be the explanation for some of the questionable titles) is the fact that some films were dubbed into a foreign language and released by a different distributor in 70mm in international market(s) whereas the films in question were issued only in 35mm in their country of origin. Or…a 70mm “one-off” print was exhibited during pre-release screenings or film festivals or a special event and then never placed into the release inventory.

A point of contention in all of this is whether or not certain films were exhibited in 70mm without being promoted as such. A controversial and difficult-to-prove scenario, no doubt, but given the cost and prestige of 70mm prints, the idea of foregoing 70mm promotion seems dubious and while it may have happened in isolated, outlier cases, such likely would not have happened as a general practice.

Another reason to compile this information is one cannot prove a negative, and so one ought to consider there is always the (small) chance by way of an extraordinary circumstance or oversight in research that some of these did get issued in 70mm and confirmation of such has simply eluded historians and interested parties. And, finally, it should be emphasized that even if 70mm prints were never struck, a six-track audio master may have been created for some of these and might still exist in an archive or among studio assets.
 
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The 70mm Trailer Anomaly

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Grant's Blow-Up Blog
Grant's Blow-Up-Tagebuch

70mm in London 1958-2023

70mm Premieres in Los Angeles


70mm Cinemas in North America

70mm, Cinerama and Cinemiracle shown in Denmark

in70mm.com's list of films blown up to 70mm

70mm Engagements by Title

35mm to 70mm Engagements by Year

Large Format 7OMM Engagements

Month by month premiere list of wide gauge and 3-strip films

Chronological premiere list of major 70mm films


70mm Blow Up List

Dolby Stereo
 

PART 1: THE UN-RELEASED “SIX-TRACK DOLBY” TITLES

 
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Presented here is a compilation of motion picture titles that appeared with a “70mm” designation in Dolby Laboratories’ master listings of Dolby Stereo releases. The implication is these were released to selected cinemas in 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo. The evidence, however, points to these films getting issued only in 35mm with an optical 4-channel Dolby soundtrack.

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1979
Moonraker

1980
Flash Gordon
Roadie
Rough Cut

1982
Das Boot / The Boat
Inchon
Megaforce
Night Crossing
The Pirate Movie

1983
The Pirates of Penzance

1984
The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai
The Bounty
Country
Give My Regards to Broad Street
Metropolis (re-issue)

1985
Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend
The Last Dragon
Starchaser: The Legend of Orin

1986
Down and Out in Beverly Hills
The Name of the Rose

1987
The Sicilian

1988
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Kansas

1990
Narrow Margin

1991
Final Approach
 
 

PART 2: OTHER ALLEGED AND QUESTIONABLE 70MM RELEASES

 
1960
The Unforgiven [“Four Aspects of the Film”]

1962
Gypsy [“Future Noir: The Making of Blade Runner”]
The Music Man [trade reports, “Widescreen Cinema” and “Wide Screen Movies”]

1963
The Pink Panther [“Wide Screen Movies”]

1964
The Carpetbaggers [American Cinematographer and “Wide Screen Movies”]

1965
The Flight of the Phoenix [Large Format Examiner]

1966
The Blue Max [Widescreen Review “Roadshow Movies” article]
Hawaii [“Wide Screen Movies”]

1967
More Than a Miracle [American Cinematographer]
Thoroughly Modern Millie [Widescreen Review “Roadshow Movies” article]
Ulysses [trade reports]

1968
The Charge of the Light Brigade [Widescreen Review “Roadshow Movies” article]

1969
They Shoot Horses, Don’t They? [“The Moviegoing Experience, 1968-2001”]

1970
The Adventurers [“Wide Screen Movies”]
Woodstock [Kodak’s In Camera article, “Back to the Land”]

1971
Bedknobs and Broomsticks [“Motor City Marquees”]
The Emigrants [trade reports]
Windjammer (re-issue) [“Motor City Marquees”]

1972
Jeremiah Johnson [“The Moviegoing Experience, 1968-2001”]
The New Land [trade reports]

1973
Electra Glide in Blue [“Wide Screen Movies”]
The Neptune Factor [“Wide Screen Movies”]

1975
Barry Lyndon [Pacific Theatres/Cinerama Dome lobby display]
The Hindenburg [“Wide Screen Movies”]

1976
Grizzly [“Wide Screen Movies”]
King Kong [“Wide Screen Movies”]

1977
Billy Jack Goes to Washington [“Wide Screen Movies”]
Fantasia (re-issue) [regional newspaper coverage]
Mohammad: Messenger of God [“Wide Screen Movies”]

1978
Coming Home [Widescreen Review “Presented in 70mm” article]
The Punk Rock Movie [“Wide Screen Movies”]

1979
The Black Stallion [“Wide Screen Movies”]
Roller Boogie [Widescreen Review “Presented in 70mm” article]

1980
The Watcher in the Woods [Disney News]

1981
Chariots of Fire [“Wide Screen Movies”]
Lion of the Desert [Pacific Theatres/Cinerama Dome lobby display]

1982
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas [“The Moviegoing Experience, 1968-2001”]
Brimstone & Treacle [trade reports]

1983
Jaws 3-D [trade reports]
The Keep [trade reports and “Wide Screen Movies”]
Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone [trade reports]
Twilight Zone: The Movie [trade reports]
Yentl [Pacific Theatres/Cinerama Dome lobby display]

1984
The Killing Fields [“Wide Screen Movies”]
The Never Ending Story [advertised opening weekend only, “Widescreen Movies”]
Once Upon a Time in America [trade reports]
Romancing the Stone [newspaper ads in advance of release]
Sheena [trade reports]
Tightrope [trade reports]

1985
Enemy Mine [“Wide Screen Movies”]
King David [advertised in Chicago during 2nd week only and “Wide Screen Movies”]
Pale Rider [“Wide Screen Movies”]
Ran [“The Emperor and the Wolf” and “The Moviegoing Experience, 1968-2001”]
A View to a Kill [“Wide Screen Movies”]

1986
The Fly [“Wide Screen Movies”]
Iron Eagle [“Wide Screen Movies”]
Labyrinth [“Wide Screen Movies”]
Legal Eagles [“Wide Screen Movies”]
Poltergeist II: The Other Side [“Wide Screen Movies”]

1987
Beverly Hills Cop II [TAP trade ad]
Dead of Winter [newspaper advertisement in advance of release]

1988
Akira [Criterion LaserDisc liner notes]

1990
Bird on a Wire [LaserDisc liner notes/letterbox disclaimer]
Fire Birds [San Diego run promoted first week of release]
Hamlet [newspaper advertisement in advance of release]

1991
Flight of the Intruder [“The Moviegoing Experience, 1968-2001”]
The Hard Way [LaserDisc liner notes/letterbox disclaimer]

1992
Aladdin [Pacific Theatres/Cinerama Dome lobby display]
Batman Returns [Seattle Times article, “Cinedome is Left Holding Bat-bag”]
The Bodyguard [newspaper advertisement in advance of release]

1993
Map of the Human Heart [65mm origination credit on some promotional material]

1994
Wolf [“US 70mm Capable Theatre Listing”]

1999
The Girl on the Bridge [65mm origination credit on some promotional material]
 
in70mm.com's list of films blown up to 70mm

35mm to 70mm Engagements by Year

70mm Blow Ups Which Never Were

 

PART 3: Seventy-Millimeter That Bypassed The United States:
International-Only 70mm Releases

 
Do you know 70mm presentations were more popular internationally? What follows is a listing of the known motion pictures released with 70mm prints in various regions of the world but exhibited only in 35mm in the United States.

1960
Carthage in Flames
The Savage Innocents
The Trials of Oscar Wilde

1961
The Flaming Years
Hercules and the Captive Women
The World by Night No. 2

1962
The Great Wall
Taras Bulba

1963
Buddha
Bye Bye Birdie
The Leopard
The Pink Panther
Schéhérazade

1964
The Black Tulip
The Carpetbaggers
First Men in the Moon
Fistful of Dollars
The Long Ships
Zulu*

1965
Genghis Khan
The Golden Head* / Milly Goes to Budapest
Marriage on the Rocks
Operation Crossbow
The Sleeping Beauty (Kirov Ballet)*
Uncle Tom’s Cabin

1966
Around the World Under the Sea
The Heroes of Telemark
The Lost Command
Othello
Savage Pampas
The Professionals
Whom the Gods Wish to Destroy

1967
Casino Royale
Cervantes / The Young Rebel
Clint, the Lonely Nevadan
The Comedians
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
In Cold Blood
More Than a Miracle
Play Time*
The Taming of the Shrew
The Young Girls of Rochefort

1968
Anzio / The Battle for Anzio
The Bolshoi Ballet: Secret of Success
Duel in the Sun (re-issue)
Guns for San Sebastian
Half a Sixpence
Hell in the Pacific
Hellfighters
The Lion in Winter
The Longest Day (re-issue)
Mayerling
Once Upon a Time in the West
Planet of the Apes
Quo Vadis (re-issue)
The Robe (re-issue)
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (re-issue)*
Shalako
Valley of the Dolls

1969
Alfred the Great
Battle of Britain
Castle Keep
The Greatest Show on Earth (re-issue)
The Jolson Story (re-issue)*
Julius Caesar (re-issue)
Oh! What a Lovely War
The Olympics in Mexico
The Royal Hunt of the Sun
The Southern Star
The Story of Simon Bolivar
Those Daring Young Men in Their Jaunty Jalopies / Monte Carlo or Bust!
The Wild Bunch*
Winning

1970
Cromwell
Emiliano Zapata
The Hawaiians
Kelly’s Heroes*
Little Big Man
A Man Called Horse
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Tchaikovsky
Two Mules for Sister Sara
The Virgin and the Gypsy

1971
The Andromeda Strain
Battle of Neretva
The Boy Friend
The Devils
Elvis: That’s the Way It Is
The Emigrants
The Great Battle
Hannie Caulder
The Horsemen
Le Mans
The Light at the Edge of the World
Murphy’s War
The Music Lovers
Never Give a Inch / Sometimes a Great Notion
Nicholas and Alexandra
Raid on Rommel
Wild Rovers

1972
Antony and Cleopatra
Blind Terror / See No Evil
The Godfather
The Great Caruso (re-issue)
Jeremiah Johnson
The New Land
The Revengers
Silent Running
Solaris
Young Winston

1973
The Bridge on the River Kwai (re-issue)*
Hatari (re-issue)
Jesus Christ Superstar*
Let the Good Times Roll
Lost Horizon
The Neptune Factor
The Three Musketeers

1974
Airport ’75
Earthquake*
The Great Gatsby
Mame
Papillon
Zardoz

1975
Funny Lady
The Hindenburg
Three Days of the Condor
Tommy*

1976
The Food of the Gods

1977
Airport ’77
A Bridge Too Far
Rollercoaster

1978
The Wiz

1979
The Champ
The Concorde: Airport ‘79
The Electric Horseman
Hair*
Moonraker
Tess
The Tin Drum

1980
The Blues Brothers
Flash Gordon
Saturn 3
Xanadu

1981
Dance Craze**
Das Boot / The Boat

1983
Carmen

1984
Fort Saganne
Romancing the Stone
Supergirl

1985
Legend
Ran

1986
Highlander*
The Name of the Rose
Pirates
Platoon

1987
The Living Daylights
RoboCop

1988
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Akira
Cobra Verde

1989
Slipstream
Young Einstein

1990
Dances with Wolves
RoboCop 2

1995
Judge Dredd

1996
Independence Day*

1997
The Lost World: Jurassic Park
Star Wars: Special Edition
Tomorrow Never Dies*

1998
Armageddon
Godzilla*

2000
Dinosaur

2001
Pearl Harbor

2008
Faubourg 36

*USA 70mm screenings only during second run, re-issue, revival, etc.
**USA 70mm pre-release only (press screening, invitational previews, etc.)

Note that dozens and possibly even hundreds more 70mm releases, particularly those exhibited in Spain and Russia and other under-researched regions of the world, have not been accounted for as more research is needed to comprehensively account for each and every 70mm release.
 
 
  
Special thanks to Herbert Born, Miguel Carrara, Alain Dorange, Peter Fraser, Wolfram Hannemann, Thomas Hauerslev, and Doug Louden.

If you have any comments, questions or corrections to this article, please consider emailing the authors Mike Coate and Bill Kallay or editor.
 
  
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