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Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Feb 14, 2011.
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???
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.
Its listed at in70mm.com and it definitely would have been a blow-up.
Even if it did have a 70mm blow up, it doesn't necessarily mean that it had multi track audio.
It wasn't uncommon for Russian films to have 70mm mono releases:
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.