Epic 70mm films of the '60s

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  1. Douglas R

    Douglas R Cinematographer

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    The '60s was a great time to go the cinema because it was the heyday of the 70mm epic and hardly a week seemed to go by without a new roadshow presentation. But where are all these films on DVD? Top of my list are the following films which were either made in 70mm or blown up to 70mm and with 6 track stereo sound, all of which I saw in my late teens and early twenties when they first opened.

    Mutiny on the Bounty

    Khartoum

    Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

    The Alamo (complete version)

    Exodus

    Cheyenne Autumn

    Lord Jim

    The Great Race

    Is Paris Burning

    Far from the Madding Crowd

    Where Eagles Dare

    El Cid

    Fall of the Roman Empire

    55 Days at Peking

    King of Kings

    Zulu

    It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, World (complete version)
     
  2. Eric Paddon

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    I've heard stories about the Bronston epics (save "King Of Kings" which is under Warners control) coming out this year or next but I've yet to see anything definitive.
     
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    I believe Khartoum is coming in May along with the Vikings

    and a few other epicsfrom MGM. Khartoum with a stereo track and a great score, while the Vikings has a mono track.

    Best

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    Warners was said to be releasing "The Great Race" this summer.
     
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    LAWRENCE OF ARABIA and (I think) 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY were in 70mm. I wish they used that format these days. Was TRON the last film to use it?
     
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    The Rom Howard/Tom Cruise Film "Far and Away" was filmed in 70MM
     
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    I vote for Warner,to release MGM's Raintreee County (recently restored to it's full length) with Elizabeth Taylor & Eva Marie Saint. Though not a 60's or 70's epic as it was released in the 50's, It was the first film to use.. MGM's Camera 65 a process which was only used one more time on Ben-Hur (also the VHS restored versions had several featurettes
     
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    Jaws, Close Encounters, Superman, Alien. Saw 'em all in 70m when they first came out...awesome! [​IMG]
     
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    Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet from 1996 was the most recent theatrical feature photographed in 65mm/70mm of which I am aware.

    More trivia: The Vertigo restoration from VV to 70mm was the first theatrical release (also around 1996) of a film in 70mm with digital sound (DTS, to be specific).

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    The films mentioned were blow-ups. An obvious benefit was multi-track sound in the pre-digital age. You also get less generational loss, kind of like oversampling. You would want to make the blow-up from the earliest available elements, though.

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