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70mm Blow Up
1980

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

01.06.2012

TitleFormatOpeningSoundStudioNotes
“Altered States”Spherical (1.85:1)Dec 25 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (MegaSound)Warner Bros.First of four 70mm releases from 1980/81 to feature MegaSound bass enhancement. OAR blow-up. Sneak previewed in 70mm prior to release.  70mm trailers: ‘Outland’ and ‘Excalibur.’
“The Blue Lagoon”Spherical (1.85:1)June 20 (USA)6-Track StereoColumbiaWorld Premiere: June 19 (Los Angeles).  OAR blow-up. As with DP Nestor Almendros’ work on ‘Days Of Heaven,’ this was a magnificently shot film enhanced with 70mm prints.
Blues Brothers, TheSpherical (1.85:1)Oct 10 (UK)6-Track StereoUniversal35mm release: June 20. Some 35mm prints in 4-track mag stereo.
“Can’t Stop the Music”
 
PanavisionJune 20 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoAFD
     
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (Re-Issue)PanavisionAug 1 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoColumbiaThis was the 132-min ‘Special Edition,’ and was the version initially made available to home video formats. This version included a newly-shot ending, footage unused in the 1977 edition, and different editing throughout the film.
“Divine Madness”PanavisionSept 25 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoLadd
     
Electric Horseman, ThePanavisionMar 13 (UK)6-Track StereoUniversal/ColumbiaUS 35mm release: Dec 21, 1979.
"The Empire Strikes Back"
 
PanavisionMay 21 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxWorld Premiere: May 17 (Washington, DC). 136 70mm prints were struck for initial release (a record at the time.)  Due to last-minute changes made to the film, the already prepared 70mm prints contain some different shots, dialogue & transitional wipes compared to the final 35mm prints.  Expanded release June 27.  70mm re-issues in ‘81, ‘82, ‘83 and 35mm-digital in ‘97.   AKA: “Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back.”
     
“Fame”Spherical (1.85:1)May 16 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoMGM
“Heaven’s Gate”PanavisionNov 19 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUnited ArtistsUS reserved seat engagement (shortest in history!). Originally set to open in three cities (New York, Los Angeles, Toronto). LA engagement was cancelled.  There was one screening in Toronto. The NY run lasted three days.  OAR blow-up. Premiere version ran 219 min. Cut to 149 for 1981 re-issue/general release.
Island, ThePanavisionJune 13 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversal
“The Jazz Singer”Spherical (1.85:1)Dec 19 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (SS)AFDOAR blow-up.
“The Ninth Configuration”PanavisionFeb 29 (USA)6-Track StereoWarner Bros.LA engagement not advertised in 70mm until third week of run. Re-edited into a ‘director’s cut’ & re-issued in Aug 1980 under the title “Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ Kane.” Also see database entry for “Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’Kane.”
“Raise the Titanic”TechnovisionAug 1 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoAFDTechnovision photography credit misspelled ‘Technivision’ in end credits.  70mm trailer: ‘The Jazz Singer.’
SargamNAMay (India)6-Track StereoNA
Saturn 3Spherical (1.85:1)Feb 15 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoAFDUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”  Advertised in LA for one day only (Feb 10) & in NY for three days only (Feb 10, 15 & 17). Screened in 70mm in London beginning May 8.
ShaanNADec (India)6-Track StereoNA
Twinkle, Twinkle, ‘Killer’ KanePanavisionAug 8 (USA)6-Track StereoUFDThis was a re-edited, re-issued version of “The Ninth Configuration.” Re-issued in yet another edition (in 35mm) in 1985. Which cut (and under which title) will eventually appear  on DVD? Also see database entry for “The Ninth Configuration.” 
Watcher In The WoodsSpherical (1.85:1)NA (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWalt DisneyUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in ‘Disney News.’ 70mm print possibly screened at April premiere. National release began June 27. Re-issued in ‘81 with a new ending.
      

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