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70mm Blow Up

The 70mm Newsletter

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


American FlyersPanavisionAug 16 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.
Baby: Secret Of The Lost LegendSuper 35Mar 22 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWalt DisneyUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in Dolby’s records, American Cinematographer magazine and the book “Wide Screen Movies.”   AKA: “Dinosaur: Secret Of The Lost Legend.”
“Back to the Future”
Spherical (1.85:1)July 3 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalOAR blow-up. A “To Be Continued” credit was added to the film for the video release. 70mm trailer: ‘E.T’ (re-issue).
“Bring on the Night”
Spherical (1.85:1)Nov 8 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoSamuel GoldwynOAR blow-up.
Chorus Line, ASuper 35Dec 11 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoColumbia
CocoonSpherical (1.85:1)June 21 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxOAR blow-up. 100+ 70mm prints.
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (Re-Issue)Spherical (1.85:1)July 19 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalOAR blow-up. 70mm trailers: “Weird Science,” “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure” & “American Flyers”
Emerald Forest, ThePanavisionJuly 3 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoEmbassy
Enemy MineSuper 35Dec 20 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”
ExplorersSpherical (1.85:1)July 12 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (SS)ParamountOAR blow-up.
Goonies, ThePanavisionJune 7 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.70mm trailer: “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”  Sneak previewed in 70mm prior to release.
King DavidPanavisionMar 29 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamountUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”
LadyhawkeTechnovisionApril 12 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros./FoxWhat’s up with that rock music score? 70mm trailers: ‘The Goonies’ (teaser) & ‘Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome’
Last Dragon, TheSpherical (1.85:1)Mar 22 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoTriStarUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in Dolby’s records and the book “Wide Screen Movies.”   AKA: “Berry Gordy’s The Last Dragon.”
LegendPanavisionNA6-Track Dolby StereoUniversal/Fox70mm prints reportedly issued in Europe. US release: April 18, 1986 (in a shortened 89-minute version). US 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”

J-D-CJune 21 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoTriStar
Mad Max Beyond ThunderdomePanavisionJuly 10 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.70mm trailer: “American Flyers” & “Pee-wee’s Big Adventure.”  Sneak previewed in 70mm prior to release.
Out Of AfrciaSpherical (1.85:1)Dec 18 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalOAR blow-up. 70mm trailer: “Howard The Duck” (teaser)
Pale RiderPanavisionJune 28 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.US 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”
Rambo: First Blood Part IIPanavisionMay 22 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoTriStar70mm trailer: “Lifeforce”
RanSpherical (1.85:1)May 22 (Japan)6-Track Dolby StereoOrion ClassicsPremiered at the Tokyo Film Festival. US 35mm release: Dec 20.  AKA: “Chaos.”
Return Of The Jedi (Re-Issue)J-D-CMar 29 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century Fox70mm print inventory of 75.  70mm trailer: “Cocoon” (teaser). Advertised as: “Return to a galaxy far, far away.” Nine theatres in North America ran a one-time only 70mm “Star Wars” triple feature one day prior to re-issue on 28 March.
Return To OzSpherical (1.85:1)June 21 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (SS)Walt DisneyOAR blow-up. The directorial debut of acclaimed sound designer/editor Walter Murch. 70mm trailers: “The Black Cauldron” & “Back To The Future”
RevolutionSuper 35Dec 25 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.
Rocky IVSpherical (1.85:1)Nov 27 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoMGM/UAOAR blow-up. 70mm trailers: “Poltergeist II” (teaser), “Youngblood,” “Top Gun” & “Down And Out In Beverly Hills”
SaagarNAAug (India)6-Track StereoNA
Santa ClausJ-D-CNov 25 (UK)6-Track Dolby StereoTriStarUS 70mm release: Nov 27.   AKA: “Santa Claus: The Movie”
SilveradoSuper 35July 10 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoColumbia100+ 70mm prints. Excellent example of how good the controversial Super 35 process can look if printed in 70mm. 70mm trailer: ‘White Nights’
Spies Like UsSpherical (1.85:1)Dec 6 (USA)6-Track StereoWarner Bros.World Premiere: Dec 3 (Los Angeles).  OAR blow-up.  Ads made no mention of sound format.  Advertised simply as “70mm.”  70mm trailer: “Wildcats.”
Star Wars Trilogy, The (Special Screening)Panavision/J-D-CMar 28 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxOne time, one day-only 70mm screening of all three “Star Wars” movies in nine North American cities. Screenings held in Chicago (Carnegie Center), Dallas (North Park West), Denver (Cooper), Los Angeles (Avco Westwood & Egyptian Hollywood), New York (Warner #1), San Francisco (Coronet), Seattle (UA 150) & Toronto (Uptown).  Some theatres gave away the ‘85 “Jedi” re-issue one-sheet posters to attendees.
Starchaser: The Legend Of OrinStereoscope 3-DNov 22 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoAtlanticUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in Dolby’s records and the books “Wide Screen Movies” and “3-D Movies.”
View To A Kill, APanavisionMay 22 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoMGM/UAUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.” San Francisco world premiere possibly in 70mm.
White NightsSpherical (1.85:1)Nov 22 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoColumbiaOAR blow-up. 70mm trailer: ‘A Chorus Line’
“Year of the Dragon”
J-D-CAug 16 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoMGM/UAOAR blow-up. 70mm trailer: ‘Rocky IV’
Young Sherlock HolmesSpherical (1.85:1)Dec 4 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoParamountOAR blow-up.  AKA: ‘Pyramid Of Fear.’  70mm trailers: ‘Top Gun,’ ‘Pretty In Pink,’ ‘Youngblood’ & ‘Down And Out In Beverly Hills.’

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