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70mm Blow Up

The 70mm Newsletter

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


Title Format Opening Sound Studio Notes
"Around the World in 80 Days" (Re-Issue) Todd-AO April 29 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Warner Bros. 70mm engagement in Seattle, WA (and perhaps elsewhere) featured a shortened 140-min Dolby Stereo version. This re-issue version was reportedly blown-up from 35mm reduction element (which is why it is included on this list). Re-issued nationwide in 35mm.
“Blue Thunder”
Panavision May 13 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Columbia The first of many John Badham movies released in 70mm.  Sneak preview with 70mm prints prior to release.  70mm trailers: “Krull,” “Breathless” and “Return Of The Jedi.”

Various Sept 30 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo MGM/UA 178 70mm prints. Objective scenes shot in 35mm (1.66:1) -- subjective “brainstorm” scenes lensed in 65mm (2.20:1). Original prints (both 70mm & 35mm) featured the aspect ratio changes in the horizontal plane. The DVD changes them in the vertical plane, creating a viewing experience that makes little sense to those unfamiliar with the theatrical presentation. 70mm trailer: “Yentl.”

See "Brainstorm" in 65mm
Flashdance Spherical (1.85:1) NA 6-Track Dolby Stereo Paramount Canadian advert from 27.02.1985 promoting "Flashdance" at "Ford 70mm Film Festival" at the Cinespeare, Toronto.

Reportedly released with 70mm prints in Europe. US 35mm release: April 15.
“Krull” Panavision July 29 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Columbia 70mm trailer: “Yol”
“Let’s Spend the Night Together”
Spherical (1.85:1) Feb 11 (USA) 6-Track Stereo Embassy Released in parts of Europe (possibly in 70mm) in 1982. One of many Rolling Stones concert films (a couple of which have been issued in some form of 70mm).  AKA: “Time Is On Our Side.”

Todd-AO Festival 2015

See KRRR! 70mm Film Fest
Mahaan NA April 1983 (India) 6-Track Stereo NA See: 70mm Films in India
Never Say Never Again
Panavision Oct 7 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Warner Bros. World Premiere: Oct 6 (Los Angeles). 70mm trailer: ‘Deal Of The Century.’
Panavision June 10 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo MGM/UA World Premiere: June 6 (London - 35mm). 70mm prints screened in a few US cities during release.
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (Re-Issue) Panavision Mar 25 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Paramount The return of “The Return Of The Great Adventure.” Released on video in late ‘83, 30 months after initial release (so much for the six-month window).
Razia Sultana NA Sept 1983 (India) 6-Track Stereo NA See: 70mm Films in India
"Return of the Jedi"
J-D-C 25 May (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo 20th Century Fox 164 70mm prints. 70mm prints, for some reason, featured music from “Empire” during the opening crawl. Lucasfilm Ltd. introduced the THX Sound System in L.A. (Avco) and Dallas (North Park) for this release.  70mm trailer: “The Star Chamber.” Re-issued in 1985 (70mm) & ‘97 (35mm-digital).  AKA: “Star Wars: Episode VI - Return Of The Jedi.”
“The Right Stuff” Spherical (1.85:1) Oct 21 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Warner Bros. Original Aspect Ratio (OAR) blow-up. This won a much-deserved Oscar for Sound, as evidenced by listening to the six-track mix. Sneak previewed with 70mm prints prior to release.
“The Star Chamber” Panavision Aug 5 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo 20th Century Fox
Star Wars/The Empire Strikes Back (Double Feature Re-Issue) Panavision July 29 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo 20th Century Fox This was a “Star Wars”/”Empire” double feature re-issue (with some 70mm prints) in selected US regions.
“Staying Alive” Spherical (1.85:1) July 15 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Paramount World Premiere: June 11 (Los Angeles). Original Aspect Ratio (OAR) blow-up.
“Superman III”
Panavision June 17 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Warner Bros. 70mm trailer: “Risky Business”
“WarGames” Spherical (1.85:1) June 3 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo MGM/UA 70mm trailers: “Strange Brew” & “Brainstorm”

Further in 70mm reading:

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35mm to 70mm Engagements by Year

35mm to 70mm Engagements by Title

Presented on the big screen in 7OMM

The Alleged 70mm Releases

70mm Blow Ups Which Never Were

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