Ikarie XB 1 DVD

Ikarie XB 1

JindÅ™ich 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 StanisÅ‚aw 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.

Second Run are delighted to present this seminal work of fantasy cinema in its complete and original form for the first time ever in the English-speaking world.

Production Year: 1963
Region Code: 2
UK Rating: PG
Running Time: 83
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Audio: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Colour: Black and White
Director Jindrich Polák
Cast Zdenek Stepánek
Cast Frantisek Smolík
Cast Dana Medrická
  • 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.