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01.06.2012

TitleFormatOpeningSoundStudioNotes
Absolute Beginners
 
Super 35April 18 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoOrionOriginally released (in 35mm) in the UK on 4 April. 70mm trailer: “Pirates” & “Howard The Duck”
     
“Aliens”Spherical (1.85:1)July 18 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxOAR blow-up. A great sequel...even greater in 70mm. 151 70mm prints. 70mm trailer: “The Fly.”  Expanded to 154 minutes in 1991, and released exclusively on LaserDisc (and subsequently, on DVD & VHS).
“Big Trouble in Little China”
 
PanavisionJuly 2 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxAKA: ‘John Carpenter’s Big Trouble In Little China.’ 70mm trailers: ‘Aliens’ & ‘The Fly.’
“The Clan of the Cave Bear”TechnovisionJan 17 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.
CobraSpherical (1.85:1)May 23 (USA)6-Track Ultra StereoCannon/Warner Bros.The one and only six-track release in Ultra Stereo.  Prints note “Eagle Stereo,” while newspaper ads and one-sheets noted “Ultra Stereo.”  OAR blow-up. 70mm trailers: “Under The Cherry Moon,” “The Karate Kid II” & “Club Paradise.”  Some theatres began screenings on the evening of May 22.
     
“The Color of Money”Spherical (1.85:1)Oct 17 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoTouchstoneOAR blow-up.
Down And Out In Beverly HillsSpherical (1.85:1)Jan 31 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoTouchstoneUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in Dolby’s records and the book “Wide Screen Movies.”
Fly, TheSpherical (1.85:1)Aug 15 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”
HighlanderSpherical (1.85:1)Mar 26 (France)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxTested & trade screened prior to release in 70mm. International cut released with 70mm prints. US release (shortened to 111 min): March 7. US 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”
Howard The DuckSpherical (1.85:1)Aug 1 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalOAR blow-up.  AKA: “Howard: A New Breed Of Hero.”  AKA: a terrible movie.
Iron EagleSpherical (1.85:1)Jan 17 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoTriStarUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”
KarmaNANA (India)6-Track StereoNA
LabyrinthJ-D-CJune 27 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoTriStarUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”  According to Lucasfilm, no 70mm prints were struck.  70mm presentation advertised in Dallas (at a theatre believed to be equipped for 35mm-only!).
Legal EaglesPanavisionJune 18 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”
“Little Shop of Horrors”Spherical (1.85:1)Dec 19 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoGeffenOAR blow-up. 70mm trailer: “Innerspace.”
     
“Manhunter”Super 35Aug 15 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoDEGThe one and only 70mm release from DeLaurentiis Entertainment Group (DEG). AKA: “Red Dragon.”
“The Mission”J-D-CNov 14 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoWarner Bros.
“The Money Pit”Spherical (1.85:1)Mar 26 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoUniversalOAR blow-up. Would a movie like this have been released in 70mm had Steven Spielberg not been one of the producers?  70mm trailer: “Howard The Duck” and “Legal Eagles.”
Name Der Rose, DerSpherical (1.85:1)Oct 16 (West Germany)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxOAR blow-up. US 35mm release: Sept 24.  AKA: “The Name Of The Rose.”
Nutcracker: The Motion PictureSpherical (1.85:1)Nov 26 (USA)
 
6-Track Dolby StereoAtlantic
PiratesPanavisionMay 8 (France)6-Track Dolby StereoCannonUS 35mm release: July 18.
Poltergeist II: The Other SidePanavisionMay 23 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoMGM/UAUS 70mm release unconfirmed. Title is listed in the book “Wide Screen Movies.”
SinghasanNAMar (India)6-Track StereoNA
“SpaceCamp”Spherical (1.85:1)June 6 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo20th Century FoxOAR blow-up. 70mm trailers: “Big Trouble In Little China” & “Aliens.”
“Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home”PanavisionNov 26 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo SRParamount135 70mm prints. OAR blow-up. A couple 70mm-Dolby SR prints tested during release. 70mm trailers: “The Golden Child” & “Little Shop Of Horrors.”  AKA: “The Voyage Home: Star Trek IV”
“Top Gun”Super 35May 16 (USA)6-Track Dolby Stereo (SS)Paramount100+ 70mm prints. Some sources suggest this may have been released with a dual inventory of 70mm prints (some full-width, others matted to 1.85:1).  Sneak previewed in 70mm prior to release.  70mm trailers: “The Golden Child” (teaser), “Under The Cherry Moon,” “The Karate Kid II,” “Ruthless People,” “Legal Eagles” & “Deadly Friend.”
“Tough Guys”PanavisionOct 3 (USA)6-Track Dolby StereoTouchstone
      

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