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Criterion Press Release: Solaris (Blu-ray)


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#1 of 7 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 14 2011 - 07:31 AM

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#2 of 7 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted February 15 2011 - 03:57 PM

Dammit Criterion, why do you keep giving us a lousy sounding mono track from an optical print (no really, they said so) for a film that was originally in 70mm 6-track stereo? WHY???



#3 of 7 OFFLINE   Douglas Monce

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Posted February 16 2011 - 01:48 AM

Solaris was photographed on 35mm film in the Soviet Sovscope process (IE CinemaScope) with a mono soundtrack. I can find no evidence that there was ever a 70mm blow up with any kind of multi track sound.


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#4 of 7 OFFLINE   Lord Dalek

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Posted February 16 2011 - 02:40 AM



Originally Posted by Douglas Monce 

Solaris was photographed on 35mm film in the Soviet Sovscope process (IE CinemaScope) with a mono soundtrack. I can find no evidence that there was ever a 70mm blow up with any kind of multi track sound.


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Its listed at in70mm.com and it definitely would have been a blow-up.



#5 of 7 OFFLINE   Douglas Monce

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Posted February 16 2011 - 04:11 AM

Even if it did have a 70mm blow up, it doesn't necessarily mean that it had multi track audio.


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#6 of 7 OFFLINE   Worth

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Posted February 16 2011 - 07:15 AM

It wasn't uncommon for Russian films to have 70mm mono releases:


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Soviet film studios ceased to use 70 mm cameras and the resulting negatives. Instead, films were shot in an Anamorphic Widescreen process on 35 mm negatives (SovScope), and prints for the initial release were then blown up to 70 mm and shown in theaters. So, for example, Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala, Konchalovsky's Siberiade, Danelia's Mimino and others were released in 70 mm, but without the 6-channel stereo remix of a genuine 70 mm production. And thus the magnetic tracks of those prints contained only the original mono mix.


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#7 of 7 OFFLINE   ahollis

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Posted February 16 2011 - 10:03 AM




Originally Posted by Worth 

It wasn't uncommon for Russian films to have 70mm mono releases:


http://people.ucalga...er_RusCiCo.html


Soviet film studios ceased to use 70 mm cameras and the resulting negatives. Instead, films were shot in an Anamorphic Widescreen process on 35 mm negatives (SovScope), and prints for the initial release were then blown up to 70 mm and shown in theaters. So, for example, Kurosawa's Dersu Uzala, Konchalovsky's Siberiade, Danelia's Mimino and others were released in 70 mm, but without the 6-channel stereo remix of a genuine 70 mm production. And thus the magnetic tracks of those prints contained only the original mono mix.



Wow, one of the great attractions for a 70mm print was the great sound it could produce. Especially since the blow-ups were not near as gorgeous as when 65mm negative was used to film.


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