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Ikarie XB-1


Directed by Jindrich Polák

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Jindřich Polák’s pioneering and much-imitated feature Ikarie XB-1 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.

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.

  • Presented in a superb new anamorphic transfer with restored picture and sound
  • An appreciation - new filmed interview with author and critic Kim Newman
  • Booklet featuring a new essay by writer and film historian Michael Brooke
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
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SKU 5060114150775
Catalogue Number SECONDRUN082
Subtitle a film by Jindřich Polák
Product contents 1 disc
Year 1963
Director Jindřich Polák
Format DVD
Publisher(s) Second Run
Countries Czechoslovakia
Aspect ratio 2.35:1
Colour Black & White
Sound Original mono (restored)
Subtitles English optional
Language(s) Czech
Running time 83 mins
DVD region 2
Certificate PG
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