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This is Cinerama [Blu-ray] (1952)

Lowell Thomas , Merian C. Cooper , Gunther von Fritsch  |  G |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Lowell Thomas
  • Directors: Merian C. Cooper, Gunther von Fritsch, Ernest B. Schoedsack, Michael Todd Jr.
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Full Screen, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Flicker Alley LLC
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N3E016
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #126,489 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

Audio commentary track: With John Sittig (Cinerama, Inc.), Dave Strohmaier (Cinerama Historian), Randy Gitsch (Locations background), and Jim Morrison (original crew member).

Remastering A Widescreen Classic: Before and after demonstrations on the film's remastering - 19 min.

The THIS IS CINERAMA "Breakdown Reel": Footage originally projected interstitially during the interruptions of any Cinerama performance - 9 min./B&W

Alternate Act II European Opening: 2 min./Color

Fred Waller Radio Interview: A slideshow featuring an original 1952 radio interview with Fred Waller on the eve of opening night - 15 min.

This Is Cinerama Trailer: A new recreation in HD of the film's trailer - 3 min.

TV Spots: THIS IS CINERAMA and 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD –- 1 min. each

Tribute to the New Neon Movies: A short film celebrating the Cinerama revival in Dayton, OH from 1996 to 1999, where a local projectionist set up Cinerama for special screenings to people from all over the country - 15 min.

Tribute to the New Cooper Theatre: Remembering the first Super Cinerama in Denver, CO - 4 min.

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Editorial Reviews

On the evening of September 30, 1952, the shape and sound of movies changed forever with the introduction of Cinerama. This unique widescreen process was launched when television was deemed as a major threat to US film exhibition. Fred Waller, Cinerama's creator, had indeed labored that long on his dream of a motion picture experience that would recreate the full range of human vision. It used three cameras and three projectors on a curved screen 146° deep. In celebration of the 60th Anniversary of its premiere, Flicker Alley is proud to present THIS IS CINERAMA, exactly as seen by over 20,000,000 viewers in its original roadshow version. You will travel around the world with Cinerama, from Venice to Madrid, from Edinburgh Castle to the La Scala opera house in Milan, and concluding with a flight across America in the nose of a B-25 bomber. Bonus Features Audio commentary track - With John Sittig (Cinerama, Inc.), Dave Strohmaier (Cinerama Historian), Randy Gitsch (Locations background), and Jim Morrison (original crew member). Remastering A Widescreen Classic - 19 minutes / Before and after demonstrations on the film's remastering The THIS IS CINERAMA Breakdown Reel - B&W / 9 minutes - Footage originally projected interstitially during the interruptions of any Cinerama performance. Alternate Act II European Opening - Color / 2 minutes Fred Waller Radio Interview - 15 minutes / A slideshow featuring an original 1952 radio interview with Fred Waller on the eve of opening night. THIS IS CINERAMA Trailer - 3 minutes / A new recreation in HD of the film's trailer TV Spots - THIS IS CINERAMA and 7 WONDERS OF THE WORLD - I minute each Tribute to New Neon Movies - 15 minutes / A short film celebrating the Cinerama revival in Dayton, OH from 1996 to1999, where a local projectionist set up Cinerama for special screenings to people from all over the country. Tribute to New Cooper Theatre - 4 minutes / Remembering the first Super Cinerama in Denver, CO. THIS IS CINERAMA Behind The Scenes Slideshow - 6 minutes - Featuring images from the production and original exhibition of the film. Promotion and Publicity Image Gallery

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars After such a long wait - CINERAMA Comes To Home Video August 26, 2012
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My first introduction to Cinerama was in NYC in 1955, I was 11 years old. A family trip to the Big Apple. Sitting in the 3rd row from the screen, surrounded by wine colored curtains, waiting for the show to start. I noticed 3 projection booths on the orchestra floor. Not knowing what Cinerama was, I thought it might be a new type of three dimension process. The lights went down, a b&w mono sound prologue starts. After about 10 minutes into the prologue, I started to get bored. Nothing different about this movie. Then the narrator said "Ladies and Gentlemen, enjoy your Cinerama Holiday". The horizontal masking started to rise, the wine colored curtains started to open wider and kept going and going. We were flying through the sky, surrounded in picture and sound. WOW, WE DON'T HAVE THIS BACK HOME"
Since that Saturday night at the Stanley Warner Times Square theater, I have been a big time fan of Cinerama. Making sure I saw everything and any thing that was released in Cinerama. In 1996, my wife and I drove for 24 hours (1400 miles) to see a come back of Cinerama in Dayton, Ohio. I flew to Seattle for the "Reel Cinerama Festival". I have been to Pacific's Cinerama Theater (fondly refered to as the Cinerama Dome)to see Cinerama productions.
When "How The West Was Won" was released in "SmileBox" on Blu-Ray, I was over joyed. Now "This Is Cinerama", the first Cinerama production which changed forever the way we look at movies will be in my Cinerama Collection. I am a big Cinerama memorabella collector. I have one entire wall in my home theater dedicated to Cinerama. I can hardly wait to see it on my 92" diaganal screen. The Blu-Ray 1080p picture will show the great depth of field high quality photography Cinerama was famous for.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A long time coming! July 21, 2012
The BluRay release of "This Is Cinerama" is presented in the amazing SmileBox format, just like "How The West Was Won." The legions of Cinerama fans have been waiting for this release for what seems like a lifetime, so I rejoice that that time is near. When I was in high school, I had the privilege of working in a Cinerama theatre in Wichita, Kansas and I remember all of these wonderful films. The Cinerama process wasn't perfect visually, since one could see the lines where the three pictures joined on that huge curved screen, but once you became involved in what was going on, the lines seemed to disappear. And what spectacular sound! A full seven channels of directional stereophonic sound, coming at you from every direction and being reproduced on a separate audio magnetic playback machine. This was indeed thrilling cinema and was many years ahead of it time both artistically and technically.
There is a You-Tube preview of this release which was put together by David Strohmier and a host of other Cinerama "geeks" so if you haven't seen this yet, check it out. You will be amazed!
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35 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's been a long time in coming! July 30, 2012
I was one of the last projectionest to run this monster called Cinerama. It was a thrill. Of course this also shows my age. You will not be disappointed by this film and the vast places that this film will take you on your two hour travel log. The smile box format will give you the impression of what a curved screen feels like. If you would like to see a preview of the film go to You Tube - This is Cinerama. Enjoy
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars This is Cinerama Blu-Ray October 1, 2012
The package includes two discs. First is the Blu-ray of the movie and all the extras. The second disc is a two-sided DVD. One side is the movie (also in Smilebox format) and the other side contains all the extras. Also included is a booklet copy of the opening night program with a lot of information about the Cinerama process, Lowell Thomas and several of the men involved in creating the film, production photos of the filming, and more.

The color and sharpness quality of the film is much higher than I ever expected. In the "making of" extra David Strohmaier and Greg Kimble explain in pretty good detail how they were able to pull natural color out of extremely faded scenes, remove the scratches, and reassemble the multitude of scenes into a presentation as close to the original presentation as possible.

"Smilebox" - love it or hate it. Frankly, I cannot think of any other way to present Cinerama films and remove some of the tremendous distortion inherent in showing the 3-panel film on a flat screen. I had seen the Blu-Ray "How the West Was Won" and was used to the Smilebox format, but newcomers might not like it at first and see it as a gimmick of some sort.

The stereo and fidelity of the sound is also startling. The guys at Chace Audio handled that part of the restoration and the result is worthy of a new soundtrack CD album.

This is a film you should watch on as large a screen as possible, and do sit closer to the screen than usual. The Smilebox seems to work best when you do. After you watch it all the way through, watch it again later with the audio commentary turned on. Strohmaier and others provide 2 hours of very informative facts and even trivia of behind the scenes stories on each scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of nostalgia for a film process that didn't survive the...
In the 1950s, the introduction of television into the American home meant a decline in attendance at movie theaters and eventually a decline in profits for the movie studios of... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Charlie Aukerman
4.0 out of 5 stars Shows the capabilities -- and limitations -- of Cinerama
This is basically a travelogue showcasing how the extreme wide aspect ratio could immerse the viewer in the scene. Read more
Published 1 month ago by M. D. HEALY
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Cinerama (1952)
I remembered seeing this film in England in a mobile cinema and was blown away with the size of the screen and the sound effects. Read more
Published 2 months ago by filmbuffalec.
5.0 out of 5 stars Youthful Impression!
I was twelve or thirteen years old in the early 1950's when two of my doting Aunts took me on a weekend trip to Dallas, Texas where the old Melba Theatre had been modified to offer... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jorge
5.0 out of 5 stars This is Cinerama
Had to get this one. This is the movie my then boyfriend and I went to see on our first date, 53 years ago, in another country.
It has a special meaning for us! Read more
Published 6 months ago by nea
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
enjoyed it very much very historical will show it to all my friends very realistic in smilevision would like to get the DVD when it becomes available of The making of Cinerama
Published 6 months ago by raymond neidl
4.0 out of 5 stars TRAVELOG
More of the showing off the new process of Cinerama which it does and must have been quite spectacular on the large screen at the time. Over all it was interesting. Read more
Published 7 months ago by C6
1.0 out of 5 stars Boring
I had higher expectations of this movie. It spends way too much time in certain places. Not enough shots of cities which I was hoping to see.
Published 7 months ago by Miguel A. Milanes
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Curiousity & Fun
Even on a 55" TV there is a certain visceral thrill on the Roller Coaster at the beginning. But many of the static scenes lay there. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Phillip B. Tursky
5.0 out of 5 stars Keep these Cinerama Classics coming
Great praise to the amazing restorations and special feature I saw this when I was five and I expanded my mind. Read more
Published 9 months ago by David Cole
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