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
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