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“Amadeus”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
“Amadeus” was among sixteen confirmed first-run films released in 1984 with 70mm prints for selected engagements. The Saul Zaentz Company production and Orion release — directed by Milos Forman and starring F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce — opened exclusively in a 70mm limited release on September 19th.
"Apocalypse Now"
By Mike Coate
The film was shown on a reserved-performance, guaranteed-seat basis and presented in 70-millimeter and Six-Track Dolby Stereo, which showcased a then-new quintaphonic split-surround audio mix.
The Original 70mm engagements Of "Alien"
By William Kallay and Michael Coate
If released today, Ridley Scott's “Alien” would have opened on several thousand cinema screens across the country.  Back on Memorial Day weekend of 1979 when the film was originally released, however, there were fewer than 100 engagements, 91 select-market engagements to be exact.

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“Back to the Future”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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“The Concert for Bangladesh”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70-millimeter first-run engagements of “The Concert for Bangladesh” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) prints blown-up from 16mm photography and included discrete six-track audio. The Apple/20th Century-Fox release was directed by Saul Swimmer and featured musical performances by Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, George Harrison, Ravi Shankar, and many others.
“The Deer Hunter”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “The Deer Hunter” in North America. These were letterboxed prints (approximately 2.39:1) blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The EMI production/Universal release, was directed by Michael Cimino and starred Robert DeNiro, John Cazale, John Savage, Meryl Streep and Christopher Walken.
"Die Hard"
By Mike Coate
“Die Hard” was released to movie theatres in 1988, in the high-quality 70-millimeter format.
“Dragonslayer”
By Mike Coate

The 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.
“Edward Scissorhands”: The 70mm and CDS Presentations
By Michael Coate
70mm and Cinema Digital Sound presentations of “Edward Scissorhands” in North America. The 70mm prints were pillarboxed blow-ups sourced from spherical 35mm. The audio was either Six-Track Dolby Stereo or Cinema Digital Sound. The channel layout for these presentations was Left-Center-Right-Surround

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“The Emerald Forest”: The North American 70mm Engagements
"The Empire Strikes Back"
By Coate and Kallay
What is noteworthy about the release of "The Empire Strikes Back" with regard to the 70mm presentation format is that the film was (at the time) distributed with a record number of large-format prints for a saturation, non-roadshow-type release, eclipsing the record set the previous year by "Alien".

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“Explorers”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Firefox”
By Mike Coate

The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagementes of “Firefox” 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, single-surround). The Malpaso production/Warner Bros. release, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, was released on June 18th, 1982.
“Ghostbusters”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70-millimeter first-run engagements of “Ghostbusters” in North America. These were full-frame (2.20:1) prints blown up from anamorphic 35mm. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Columbia release, directed by Ivan Reitman — and starring Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis and Sigourney Weaver — opened on June 8th, 1984.

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“Grease”
By Michael Coate
“The Dolby sound is terrific. This is a film that exhibitors might well play at higher sound levels for greater audience involvement.” — A.D. Murphy, Variety
“Gremlins”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Gremlins” in North America. These were pillarboxed blow-ups (approximately 1.85:1) sourced from spherical 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Amblin production/Warner Bros. release, directed by Joe Dante and starring Zack Galligan and Phoebe Cates, opened on June 8th, 1984.
“Greystoke”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan” in North America. These were full-frame 2.20:1 blow-ups sourced from Super-35 photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The Warner Bros. release, directed by High Hudson and starring Christopher Lambert and Andie MacDowell, opened on March 30th, 1984.
“Heaven’s Gate”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Heaven’s Gate” in North America. These were letterboxed prints (approximately 2.39:1) blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The United Artists release was directed by Michael Cimino and starred Kris Kristofferson, Christopher Walken, Isabelle Huppert, and Jeff Bridges. The running time of the 1980 screenings was 219 minutes, while the 1981 screenings ran 149 minutes.

• Go to “Howard the Duck”: The 70mm Engagements
“Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade”
By Mike Coate
The summer of 1989 was a memorable one, in particular for fans of the 70mm presentation format. The studios that season circulated over 500 large-format prints of eight productions.
“Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom”
By Mike Coate
The summer of 1984 was a memorable one not just for movies in general but for fans of the 70mm

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“The Jolson Story”: The North American 70mm Re-Release Engagements

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“Ladyhawke”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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“Little Shop of Horrors”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Logan’s Run”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the North American 70-millimeter engagements of “Logan’s Run”. These were full-frame (2.20:1) prints blown-up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was discrete six-track. A few of the prints were encoded with Dolby Noise Reduction, the first known usage of Dolby in connection with the 70mm format. The Saul David production/MGM release was directed by Michael Anderson and starred Michael York and Jenny Agutter.

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“Malcolm X”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Manhunter”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Manhunter” in North America. These were full-frame 2.20:1 blow-ups sourced from Super-35 photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The De Laurentiis Entertainment Group release, directed by Michael Mann and starring William Petersen, opened on August 15th, 1986.
“Octopussy”
By Mike Coate

The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Octopussy” 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, single-surround). The 13th James Bond release from Eon/Danjaq/MGM-UA starred Roger Moore and opened on June 10th, 1983.

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“Out of Africa”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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“Queen: We Will Rock You” — The North American Mobile Vision Presentations
“Raiders of the Lost Ark”
By Mike Coate
A list of the 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo presentations during the initial months of the first-run release in North America.
"Return of the Jedi"
By Mike Coate
In 1983 release, “Jedi” had the largest order of 70mm prints struck for a film release, eclipsing the record set by “The Empire Strikes Back”
“Rollerball”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70-millimeter first-run engagements of “Rollerball” in North America. These were near full-width prints (approximately 2.00:1) blown-up from 35mm spherical photography and included discrete six-track audio. The United Artists release was directed by Norman Jewison and starred James Caan and John Houseman.

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“The Rose”: The North American 70mm Engagements
 
 

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“Shining Through”: The North American 70mm Engagements

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“Spaceballs”: The North American 70mm Engagements


“Star Trek: The Motion Picture”
“Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan”
“Star Trek III: The Search for Spock”
“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”
“Star Trek V: The final Frontier”
“Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country”

STAR WARS

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“Star Wars”
By Mike Coate
Many moviegoers may have a distinct recollection of attending a 70mm presentation. However, in looking over the list of original engagements may be surprised to find that only eight 70mm engagements are noted

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"Star Wars"
By William Kallay and Michael Coate
All known 70mm Six-Track Dolby Stereo engagements of the movie "Star Wars". Standard 35mm engagements. which the film was also released in, are not included.
"Streets of Fire"
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the known 70mm first-run engagements of “Streets of Fire” in North America. All opened June 1, 1984. Any move-overs, sub-run and international engagements have not been included.

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“That’s Entertainment!”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“The Thing”
By Mike Coate

The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of John Carpenter’s “The Thing” 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, single-surround). The Universal release, directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell, opened on June 25th, 1982.

• Go to “Tommy”: The North American 70mm Re-Release Engagements

• Go to “Top Gun”: The North American 70mm Engagements
“Year of the Dragon”: The 70mm Engagements
By Mike Coate
The following is a list of the 70mm first-run engagements of “Year of the Dragon” in North America. These were letterboxed prints (approximately 2.39:1) blown up from anamorphic 35mm photography. The audio was Six-Track Dolby Stereo (“A” encoded, single-surround). The MGM release, directed by Michael Cimino, and starring Mickey Rourke, John Lone and Ariane Koizumi, opened on August 16th, 1985.

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Online: 02-06-1999. Updated: 23-05-2022