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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
“The Abyss”

Super 35 Aug 9 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo 20th Century Fox 70mm trailer: “Worth Winning.” Re-issued in 1993 (in 35mm) as a 171-min expanded edition
“Always” Spherical (1.85:1) Dec 22 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Universal OAR blow-up. 70mm trailer: “Cry Baby”
“Back to the Future Part II”
Spherical (1.85:1) Nov 22 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR Universal OAR blow-up. 70mm trailers: “Born On The Fourth Of July,” “Always” and “The War Of The Roses."  Some theatres began screenings at midnight.
“Batman” Spherical (1.85:1) June 23 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Warner Bros. OAR blow-up. Sneak preview screenings held on the evening of June 22.  70mm trailers: “Lethal Weapon 2,” “Young Einstein” and “When Harry Met Sally”
"L'Ours" / “The Bear”
Panavision Sept 22 (UK) 6-Track Dolby Stereo TriStar Originally released in France (possibly in 70mm) on Oct 19, 1988 as “L’Ours.”  US 70mm release: Oct 25.
“Black Rain”
Super 35 Sept 22 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR Paramount 70mm trailers: “Fat Man And Little Boy” and “Harlem Nights”
“Born on the Fourth of July” Panavision Dec 20 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR Universal
“Casualties of War” Panavision Aug 18 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Columbia OAR blow-up. 70mm trailer: “Old Gringo”
“Dead Poets Society" Spherical (1.85:1) June 2 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Touchstone OAR blow-up. Someone high-up at Touchstone sure liked 70mm! 70mm trailer: “Turner And Hooch”
“Glory” Spherical (1.85:1) Dec 14 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR TriStar OAR blow-up. 70mm trailers: “Total Recall” (teaser) and “Mountains Of The Moon”
“In Country” Spherical (1.85:1) Sept 15 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Warner Bros. OAR blow-up.
“Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade”
Panavision May 24 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR (SS) Paramount 200 70mm prints. Dual 70mm print inventory (SR w/ split surrounds & A w/ mono surround). 70mm trailers: “Star Trek V,” “Black Rain,” “Batman” and “Casualties Of War.” Double-billed in 70mm with “Star Trek V” later in run.
“Lethal Weapon 2”
Panavision July 7 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Warner Bros. 70mm trailers: “Next Of Kin,” “In Country” and “Young Einstein”
“The Little Mermaid" Spherical (Super 1.85:1) Nov 15 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Walt Disney OAR blow-up. First spherically photographed Disney animated film to be blown-up to 70mm.
Slipstream Spherical (1.85:1) Feb 10 (UK) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Entertainment
“Star Trek V: The final Frontier” Panavision June 9 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo SR Paramount The advance one-sheets asked, “Why are seat belts being installed in movie theaters?” Answer: the marketing “experts” at Paramount obviously knew moviegoers might be tempted to walk out on this terrible movie! Double-billed in 70mm with ‘Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade’ later in run. 70mm trailers: ‘Let It Ride,’ ‘Friday The 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan’ & ‘Licence To Kill.’
“Tango & Cash” Panavision Dec 22 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Warner Bros.
“Valmont” Panavision Nov 17 (USA) 6-Track Dolby Stereo Orion

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