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Ikarie XB 1 (DVD) Second Run


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, 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.

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Special Features

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.
Released in its complete and original version for the first time in the English-speaking world.




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