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Epic 70mm films of the '60s


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#1 of 11 OFFLINE   Douglas R

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Posted February 11 2002 - 09:51 AM

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 of 11 OFFLINE   Eric Paddon

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Posted February 11 2002 - 11:03 AM

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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Posted February 11 2002 - 11:13 AM

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.
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Posted February 11 2002 - 12:44 PM

Warners was said to be releasing "The Great Race" this summer.

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Posted February 12 2002 - 08:15 AM

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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Posted February 12 2002 - 08:36 AM

The Rom Howard/Tom Cruise Film "Far and Away" was filmed in 70MM

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Posted February 12 2002 - 09:15 AM

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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Posted February 12 2002 - 03:53 PM

Jaws, Close Encounters, Superman, Alien. Saw 'em all in 70m when they first came out...awesome! Posted Image
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Posted February 13 2002 - 01:59 AM

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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Posted February 13 2002 - 02:23 AM

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Jaws, Close Encounters, Superman, Alien. Saw 'em all in 70m when they first came out...awesome!

Slap me around with a wet fish if I appear misinformed, but wasn't Jaws shot in 35mm? Thereby blowing it up to a 70mm print would provide no better resolution than that of a 35mm print? Or was it the additional sound flexibility.. but again, Jaws was presented in cinemas in mono.

#11 of 11 OFFLINE   Ken_McAlinden

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Posted February 13 2002 - 02:41 AM

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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