Second Run have announced a new Blu-ray Special Edition of Jindřich Polák’s seminal work of fantasy cinema, Ikarie XB 1, presented from a new 4K Restoration of the film and available from 25 March 2019.
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.
Presented from a new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive
An 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
US version Voyage to the End of the Universe alternative opening credits and end scene
Booklet featuring a substantial essay by writer and film historian Michael Brooke
Voyage to the End of the Universe trailer
Region Free Blu-ray (A/B/C)