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70mm Blow Up

The 70mm Newsletter

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


AnniePanavisionMay 21 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoColumbia40+ 70mm print inventory.
"Badle Ki Aag"35mm anamorphicIndia 19826-Track StereoNASee: 70mm Films in India
"Blade Runner"
PanavisionJune 25 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoLaddIt is noted in the book “Future Noir: The Making Of Blade Runner,” that the producer of the film believes only two or three 70mm prints were made.

Daily Variety, however, noted ten prints were made for US distribution.

Test screened in 70mm prior to release (in Denver & Dallas). A 1990 LA screening of the 70mm test print led to the 35mm “director’s cut” re-issue.
“The Dark Crystal”
PanavisionDec 17 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversal/AFD
Days Of Heaven (Re-Issue)Spherical (1.85:1)Nov 5 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamountOriginal Aspect Ratio (OAR) blow-up.
“E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial”
Spherical (1.85:1)June 11 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalOriginal Aspect Ratio (OAR) blow-up. Expanded 70mm release on July 16. 

Trivia: The Universal Studios logo that starts the film is played in reverse.

30+ 70mm prints. 70mm trailers: “The Dark Crystal” & “The Thing.”
Empire Strikes Back, The (Re-Issue)PanavisionNov 19 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxPrints included trailer for “Revenge Of The Jedi” (later re-titled “Return...”).
“The Entity”
PanavisionSept 30 (UK)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxUS 70mm release: Feb 4, 1983.
Fame (Re-Issue)Spherical (1.85:1)Sept 17 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoMGM/UA
“Firefox”PanavisionJune 18 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.World Premiere: June 13 (Washington, DC). 70mm trailer: “The World According To Garp.”
“Gandhi”PanavisionDec 3 (UK)6-Track Dolby StereoColumbiaWorld Premiere in New Delhi, India. US 70mm release: Dec 8.
“Grease 2”

PanavisionJune 11 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamountEight 70mm print inventory.
“Hair” (Re-Issue)Spherical (1.85:1)Sept 17 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUA Classics70mm notation in ads appeared a few days after release.
“House of Wax” (Re-Issue)Spherical (1.37:1)/3-DFeb 15 (USA)6-Track StereoWarner Bros.1971 release advert

Originally released in 35mm 3-D in 1953.
Tryptich/PolyvisionJuly 16 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversal/ZoetropeAlso re-issued in 1981 in a 3 x 35mm recreation of the original 1927 widescreen presentations.

Napoleon (Re-Issue)

“One from the Heart”
Spherical (1.37:1)Nov 12 (Canada)6-Track Dolby StereoZoetrope/ColumbiaOriginal Aspect Ratio (OAR) blow-up. US 35mm release: Feb 11. This may have had some limited U.S. exposure in 70mm.  Canadian engagement advertised in “70mm Academy Frame Dolby.”
PadayottamCinemaScopeOct (India)6-Track StereoNAAKA: ‘Soldiers’

70mm Films in India
“Pink Floyd: The Wall”
PanavisionJuly 15 (UK)6-Track Dolby Stereo (SS)MGM/UASneak previewed in 70mm in LA on June 30. US 70mm release began Aug 6. Expanded releases on Aug 13 & Sept 17. 70mm trailer: ‘The Beastmaster.’
J-D-CJune 4 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoMGM/UA30+ 70mm prints. This was a fun, action-packed, special effects-filled Steven Spielberg, er, uh, Tobe Hooper ghost story.
Quest For FirePanavisionFeb 12 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century Fox100+ 70mm prints. Originally released in France (possibly in 70mm) as “La Guerre Du Feu” on Dec 16 1981.

See A Conversation with Jean-Jacques Annaud, Director of "The Bear" (1988)

Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Re-Issue)PanavisionJuly 16 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamountSome theatres ran “Raiders” continuously from June ‘81 through October ‘82.  Nonetheless, Paramount struck new prints and re-issued the movie. Re-issue advertised as “The Return of the Great Adventure.”
“The Road Warrior”PanavisionMay 21 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.Originally released in Australia (possibly in 70mm) in 1981 as ‘Mad Max 2.’ US 70mm release expanded on Aug 20. 70mm trailers: ‘Firefox’ & ‘Blade Runner.’

See: 70mm Films in Sydney
“Rocky III”
Spherical (1.85:1)May 28 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUnited ArtistsTwo dozen 70mm prints were issued for this, the first of two “Rocky” sequels to have 70mm prints during release.
"Samraat"35mm anamorphicIndia 19826-Track StereoNASee: 70mm Films in India
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”
PanavisionJune 4 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamount50+ 70mm prints.  Roman numeral “II” added to the on-screen title for the video release. Double-billed (some prints 70mm) with “Star Trek: The Motion Picture” or “Dragonslayer” in selected theatres in Fall ‘82. Trivia: This was the first sell-through VHS & Beta release (Nov ‘82).
Star Wars (Re-Issue)PanavisionAug 13 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxTrailer for “Revenge Of The Jedi” (later re-titled “Return...”) introduced during this re-issue. Four 70mm prints re-used from ‘81 re-issue. Advertised as: “The original is back. Extra: See the coming attractions of the next chapter in the Star Wars saga Revenge Of The Jedi.”
“Tempest”Spherical (1.85:1)Aug 13 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoColumbia
“The Thing”
PanavisionJune 25 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalAKA: “John Carpenter’s The Thing.”  70mm trailer: “The Dark Crystal.”
“Yes, Georgio”
Spherical (1.85:1)Sept 24 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoMGM/UA

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