"Ran" was a common 35mm print.
"Days of Heaven" was one of only two 70mm "blow-up" prints made for
this film and the only one left in running condition.
"2001: A Space Odyssey" was all but impossible to obtain in 70mm.
For a time it seemed likely that the film would have to be shown in the
form of a 35mm reduction print. Although much of the orginal clarity of
the 65mm negative would come through, a great deal would be lost and as
the 35mm print would be in mono the 6-track sound would be lost as well.
(There was some talk of running a print interlocked with a separate
stereo soundtrack.) Fortunately, Turner Entertainment finally saved
the day by agreeing to allow the use of the only good quality 70mm print
extant, one made only about a year before. Why all the fuss? Well, for
starters a 70mm print costs about $20,000 and it only takes a tiny
mistake to cause a scratch and permanently ruin it. (This information was correct at the time.
Since that time a number of 70mm prints have been struck as well as 35mm prints with both
optical stereo and all three types of digital soundtracks.)
The screen was a 70' x 30.5' matte white manufactured by Technikote.
Screen frame constructed by Nick Malone.
Scaffolding was erected by a contractor.
70mm presentations (2nd & 3rd evenings) used a Norelco AA-2 Todd AO
projector refurbished by Mark Gulbrandsen. The AA-2 is arguably the
finest projector ever made. And easily portable. (Kidding!)
Although the Norelco AA-2 will run 35mm as well as 70mm, the first
evening's film, "Ran" was run on a Simplex XL equipped with a high speed
pulldown which allowed for greater light on the screen while projecting
the less efficient 35mm 1.85 format. Mark Gulbrandsen supplied the XL.
LamphouseDespite James' threats to bring out his giant VentArc
carbon arc lamps and run reel by reel instead a Christie H40 4kW Xenon
was used. This lamphouse has been modified with a Kneisley Xenex
II reflector for greater efficiency.
Sound Processors"Ran" was in 35mm Dolby Stereo Type "A" and a
Dolby CP-55 was used for this film. The 70mm presentations used a Dolby
CP-100 system put together by Mark Gulbrandsen. This unit was equipped with
a Dolby MPU (magnetic preamp unit) with updated preamp cards supplied by
Dolby Laboratories. "2001" was in straight, non-Dolby 6-track while
"Days of Heaven" was in Dolby discrete 6-track (rather than the more
common Dolby "boom" format.)
Speakers5 Full range JBL speaker systems were required behind the
screen for the 70mm presentations; Only 3 were active for the 35mm show.
were: 2360 Horns, 2445 HF drivers, 2225 LF Drivers in Rent-Com RC215
Supplied by Rent-Com.
Subwoofers10 Intersonics SERVO-DRIVE SDL-5 Subwoofers at ground
level in front of the screen.
Supplied by Intersonics.
Surround Speakers JBL 4612's.
Supplied by Rent-Com
Amplifiers BGW 750E's
Supplied by Rent-Com.
GeneratorForces Inc. Silenced Diesel
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