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70mm Blow Up
1979

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

01.06.2012

TitleFormatOpeningSoundStudioNotes
1941
 
PanavisionDec 14 (USA)6-Track StereoUniversal/ColumbiaWorld Premiere: Dec 13 (Los Angeles).  This was the second of numerous Spielberg films in 70mm (though the only one not to utilize a Dolby soundtrack).
Alien
 
PanavisionMay 25 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxOne of only a few films of the Dolby era to prominently promote “70mm Dolby Stereo,” rather than simply “Dolby Stereo,” on the one-sheet posters, trailers & artwork section of newspaper ads.
"Apocalypse Now"TechnovisionAug 15 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (SS)United ArtistsUS reserved seat engagement.  LA newspaper ads contained the following note from director Francis Coppola: “Dear Filmgoer: After five years and after numerous difficulties, it is my pleasure to announce that ‘Apocalypse Now’ will open at The Cinerama Dome on the 15th of August, 1979. This showing will be the finished film in a special 70 millimeter version as I would like it to be seen. The sound is a unique Dolby 6-track Quintaphonic System coming from speakers specially installed in the theatre for this engagement.
     We would like to make tickets available to you on a guaranteed seat performance basis. Thank you, Francis Coppola.” 70mm prints were unique in that they did not include any studio logo or credits at either end of the film. (35mm prints included additional footage seen over the end credits.) Also test screened in 70mm prior to release. Re-issued in ‘87. Re-edited 202-minute “Apocalypse Now Redux” screened at Cannes in May, 2001 and released on Aug 15,  2001 (in 35mm dye transfer and digital sound).
“The Black Hole”
 
TechnovisionDec 18 (UK)6-Track Dolby StereoWalt DisneyUS 70mm release: Dec 21. Double billed in selected cities (in 70mm) with ‘Sleeping Beauty’ in ‘80 & ‘81.
     
Blechtrommel, DieSpherical (1.85:1)May 3 (West Germany)6-Track StereoNAAKA: ‘The Tin Drum.’ US release in 35mm.
Champ, TheSpherical (1.85:1)July 10 (UK)6-Track StereoMGMUS release: April 4. US 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book ‘Wide Screen Movies.’
“The Exorcist” (Re-Issue)Spherical (1.85:1)April 11 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.OAR blow-up. The film’s Oscar-winning mono soundtrack was remixed for this re-issue (and subsequent video release).
     From a one-off midnight screening in the 1990s
 
Grease (Re-Issue)PanavisionMay 18 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamount 
HairSpherical (1.85:1)July 17 (UK)6-Track Dolby StereoUnited ArtistsUS 35mm release: March 15. US 70mm re-issue in 1982.
“Hanover Street”PanavisionMay 18 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoColumbiaAs with Columbia’s ‘Close Encounters,’ this was misleadingly billed in many newspaper ads as ‘Super Panavision 70.’
“Hurricane”Todd-AO 35April 12 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamountWorld Premiere: April 12 (Los Angeles).  AKA: “Forbidden Paradise”
MoonrakerPanavisionJune 29 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUnited ArtistsUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book ‘Wide Screen Movies.’
“The Muppet Movie”
 
Spherical (1.85:1)May 31 (UK)6-Track Dolby StereoAFDUS 70mm release: June 22. The first and best muppet movie (and the only one to have 70mm prints).
“The Rose”Spherical (1.85:1)Nov 7 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxOAR blow-up.  One of only a few films of the Dolby era to prominently promote “70mm Dolby Stereo,” rather than simply “Dolby Stereo,” on the one-sheet posters, trailers & artwork section of newspaper ads.
“Star Trek: The Motion Picture”
 
PanavisionNA6-Track Dolby StereoParamountInitially released in 35mm on Dec 7.  World Premiere in Washington, DC (35mm). A (few) 70mm print(s) appear to have been struck at a later date. Double billed (in 70mm) with “Star Trek II” in San Francisco (and perhaps elsewhere) in Sept 1982.
Star Wars (Re-Issue)PanavisionAug 15 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxTrailer for “The Empire Strikes Back” was introduced during this re-issue.  Re-issue advertised as: “It’s back! The Force will be with you for three weeks only. Extra: See the coming attractions for ‘The Empire Strikes Back,’ the continuing saga of ‘Star Wars.’
Winds Of ChangePanavisionNA (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoSanrioThis was a re-titled re-issue of “Metamorphoses”.” US 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.” Also see the 1978 entry for “Metamorphoses.”
      

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