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Ikarie XB1 awarded at IL CINEMA RITROVATO DVD AWARDS

7 JULY 2014 - Jindřich Polák’s pioneering and much-imitated feature IKARIE XB 1 released by Second Run DVD last September has been awarded BEST REDISCOVERY at Bologna's IL CINEMA RITROVATO DVD AWARDS.

The film is one of the cornerstones of contemporary sci-fi cinema. It predates Star Trek and Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey and was clearly an influence on both, as well as on almost every other science-fiction work that followed.

Adapted from Stanisław Lem's 1955 novel The Magellanic Cloud, the film is set in 2163 and follows a mission deep into space in search of alien life. During their perilous journey the crew confront the effects of a malignant dark star, the destructive legacy of the 20th century and, ultimately, the limits of their own sanity. With outstanding design and cinematography, Ikarie XB 1 is imbued with a seriousness, intelligence and attention to detail rarely seen in science-fiction cinema of the period.

The DVD is presented in a superb new anamorphic digital transfer with restored picture and sound and features a newly filmed appreciation by author and critic Kim Newman and a new essay on the film by author Michael Brooke.

Second present this seminal work of fantasy cinema in its complete and original form for the first time ever in the English-speaking world. 

More information: http://www.secondrundvd.com/release_ikarie.php

Czechoslovakia, 1963
Length / Ikarie XB 1: 83 minutes
Length / Special feature: 12 minutes
Sound: Original mono (restored)
Black and White
Original aspect ratio:
2.35:1 / 16:9 anamorphic
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English On/Off
PAL DVD9
Region 0
RRP: £12.99