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Interesting precursor to many SF movies,
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This review is from: Ikarie XB-1 [DVD] (DVD)
Ikarie XB-1 is an interesting movie in its own right, but remarkable as a precursor to the SF movies / TV series that came in its wake. In its concept of a varied crew that goes on a mission of space exploration, one can't help but find the inspiration for Star Trek. Stanley Kubrick's 2001 and Ridley Scott's Alien could have well taken inspiration from the production design and atmosphere of this film. Well worth seeing especially if you're into SF movies.
While it would have been ideal to see this in HD format, Second Run's DVD gives a very impressive presentation of the film in its original aspect ratio (2.35:1, anamorphically enhanced). The audio (Czech Dolby mono) is clear in terms of dialog, and gives a nice representation of the very interesting background score. Extras include a video piece with Kim Newman, and an excellent essay on the included booklet.
The only complaint I have is with Second Run's so-called "eco-cases". They're quasi-flexible flimsy affairs that seem to withstand very little stress. Mine arrived pretty much caved in (a blu-ray case in the same parcel was pristine). Amazon UK has promised me a replacement which should hopefully be fine, but someone should tell Second Run to go back to more sturdy cases.