Ikarie XB 1 Blu-ray

Ikarie XB 1

Presented from the new 4K restoration of the film which premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, Second Run are delighted to present a new Blu-ray Special Edition of Jindřich Polák’s seminal work of fantasy cinema Ikarie XB 1.

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 - and on almost every other science-fiction vehicle that followed.

Adapted from Stanisław Lem's 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.

"Remains one of the most original and exciting science fiction films ever made... packed with sublime moments unlike those of any film preceding it. A game-changing film that profoundly influenced the genre and showed that science-fiction movies weren't only about special effects; they were also high art."
- Alex Cox, The Guardian

"Polák's groundbreaking celestial saga is every bit as impressive today as it was in 1963. Don't tell me Kubrick missed this one..." 
- Joe Dante 

"The missing link between the flamboyant outer-space movies of the 50s, such as Forbidden Planet, and the more serious, sterile and cerebral fare of the pre-Star Wars 1970s."
- Phelim O'Neill, The Guardian


Production Year: 1963
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: PG
Running Time: 88 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English SDH
Audio: 2.0 Dual Mono LPCM/24-bit
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Colour: Black & White
Director Jindrich Polák
Cast Zdenek Stepánek
Cast Frantisek Smolík
Cast Dana Medrická


  • Ikarie XB 1 presented from a new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
  • A filmed appreciation by author and critic Kim Newman.
  • The Most Ordinary of Occupations (Nejvšednější povolání, 1963) – a short film about science and mathematics by Josef Kořán.
  • Voyage to the End of the Universe - opening credits and end-sequence from the alternative, dubbed US version.
  • Booklet featuring a substantial essay by writer and film historian Michael Brooke.
  • Ikarie XB 1 trailer.
  • Voyage to the End of the Universe trailer.
  • Image gallery.
  • Region Free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
  • Easter egg