“Dragonslayer”: The 70mm and VistaSonic
“In the Dark Ages, Magic was a weapon.
Love was a mystery. Adventure was everywhere… And Dragons were real.”
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Compiled by: Michael Coate
following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Dragonslayer” in
North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) blow-ups sourced from
anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A”
encoded, split-surround). The Disney/Paramount co-production was released on
June 26th, 1981.
Los Angeles — Mann’s Hollywood
New York — Walter Reade’s Bay
The following is a list of the 35mm VistaSonic Sound presentations of
“Dragonslayer” in North America. This was one of two films released in the
short-lived VistaSonic process (“Popeye” was the other). The audio was
discrete optical (as opposed to matrixed optical which is what the standard
Dolby Stereo process of the era entailed).
San Diego — Pacific’s Cinerama
San Francisco — Blumenfeld’s Regency II
Boston — Sack’s Cheri Triplex
New York — Walter Reade’s Baronet
Philadelphia — SamEric’s Mark I
This information has been principally referenced from film industry trade
publications and regional newspaper promotion. Any move-over,
subsequent-run, re-release, and international engagements have not been
accounted for in this article.
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