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18th August 2013 15:00:00
Posted by Anthony Nield

Ikarie XB 1 in September

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"Remains one of the most original and exciting science fiction films ever made... packed with sublime moments unlike those of any film preceding it. A game-changing film that profoundly influenced the genre and showed that science-fiction movies weren't only about special effects; they were also high art. Of the hardest and most admirable kind" Alex Cox, The Guardian

Second Run DVD have announced the UK DVD release of the pioneering Czech science-fiction film IKARIE XB 1 for September 23rd, 2013. From the press release…

Jindřich Polák's pioneering and much-imitated feature is one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. Adapted from Stanisław Lem's 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, and predating Gene Rodenberry's Star Trek and Kubrick's 2001, Ikarie's influence can be seen on both - and on almost every other science-fiction vehicle that followed.

Released in the US in the 1960s by AIP in a heavily truncated and re-edited version as Voyage to the End of the Universe, Ikarie XB 1 follows man’s first mission deep into space in search of life. The journey is of course perilous, and Polák invests the film with a seriousness and attention to detail rarely seen in science-fiction cinema of the period. Second Run are delighted to present this seminal work of fantasy cinema for the first time ever in the UK.

DVD Special features:

• New digital transfer with restored picture and sound
• New filmed appreciation by author and film critic Kim Newman
• Booklet featuring a new essay on the film by Michael Brooke
• New and improved English subtitle translation


About Anthony Nield
Anthony hails from Cheltenham and has been writing about film for the best part of a decade. His particular obsessions include British and experimental cinema, non-fiction, and films that have fallen by the wayside. You'll find him reviewing such works in the DVD and Blu-ray sections, plus the occasional feature.