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Blu-ray Status of Feature Films
Produced in 70mm Todd-AO

Evan Powell, February 26, 2010

Todd-AO was the first of the high resolution film formats to appear in the 1950s. Instead of the conventional 35mm, the negative was 65mm. From this negative, a 70mm print was made. The additional 5mm carried a six channel audio track.

Blu-ray Releases: The following feature films were produced in the 70mm Todd-AO format, and have been released on Blu-ray:

South Pacific (1958) (see review)
Patton (1970) (Dimension 150 variant) (see review)
Baraka (1992)

Not Yet Released: Todd-AO 70mm films not yet released on Blu-ray (many of them never will be):

Oklahoma! (1955) (30 fps)
Around the World in Eighty Days (1956) (30 fps)
Porgy and Bess (1959)
Can-Can (1960)
The Alamo (1960)
Cleopatra (1963)
The Sound of Music (1965)
Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965)
The Agony and the Ecstasy (1965)
The Bible: In the Beginning (1966) (Dimension 150 variant)
Doctor Dolittle (1967)
Star! (1968)
Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Airport (1970)
The Last Valley (1971)

Comments (2) Post a Comment
gary camp Posted May 16, 2011 6:22 PM PST
The two D-150 films, The Bible in the Beginning and Patton, have been released since this was written.

Patton is a bad transfer -- someone applied digital processing that veiled a fair amount of detail. Too bad. The 70 mm print seen in San Francisco was very highly detailed.

Around the World in 80 Days(1956)was near hypnotic in Todd-AO, with incredible sound, featuring one of the best orchestral recordings ever made so let's hope someone spends the time and money to restore the original color negative and the 6 channel soundtrack for release on Blu-ray..
Larry Bender Posted Dec 23, 2014 12:29 PM PST
I'm still waiting for DOCTOR DOLITTLE and STAR! both in TODD-AO. Any rumors?

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