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The Magellanic Cloud,
This review is from: Ikarie XB-1 [DVD] (DVD)
This 1963 sci fi jewel is based on the The Magellanic Cloud (Polish title: Obłok Magellana)novel by Polish writer Stanisław Lem (1955). Stanislaw Lem is best known for his novel Solaris on which Tarkovksy based his sci fi jewel with the same name. Jindřich Polák made a beautiful movie with Ikarie XB-1 and you can clearly see that this movie has been a huge influence on amongst others 2001 : A Space Odyssey.
During the year 2163 the so called spaceship Ikarie XB-1 is on it's way to a mysterious white planet which orbits the star Alpha Centauri. En route to this planet the astronauts encounter the negatice effect of a radioactive dark star which results in the crew being very sleepy at first but some suffer from mental breakdown.
As usual the packaging by Second Run and the booklet within the DVD case is beautiful and contains lots of information about the film. Moreover the film itself contains the original closing scene and not the ridiculous US ending ( the film was once released in the USA with the title Voyage to the end of the Universe ).
This film is a must have for each sci fi fan. A true jewel and highest possible recommendation.