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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 Materials Include:
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.
Promotion and Publicity Image Gallery
The first restoration and well worth it as a piece of cinema history but the fact that original elements could not be used does not help. The project, though, deserves our support.Published 3 months ago by D. J. W.
It was great! I saw it with my six grade class in 1955 at the Warner theater in Oklahoma City. I've always remembered it and was glad to be able to get a copyPublished 5 months ago by Donald G. Walkup
The original Cinerama feature. I saw this projected in Hollywood many times, Good to see a good transfer and I have come to love the SmileBox presentation.
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Saw this in San Francisco and the Cinerama process floored me. An excellent reproduction even without the giant curved screen. Read morePublished 10 months ago by DH
I enjoyed this movie when I was a kid. This Blu-ray did not disappoint me. The opening roller coaster ride was just as I remember it. Read morePublished 11 months ago by JIMMYZ
This long awaited Blu-Ray while not taking you into a theatre experience allows you to experience the thrills of the movie in many respects. Read morePublished 13 months ago by WrightReview
Wonderful film of Cinerama, a lost art today. I was fortunate enough to see a few Cinerama movies in the 1960's. Very well done.Published 13 months ago by Norman Skolnick
LOWEL THOMAS HAS A PRIVATE BLOOPER MOMENT ON CAMERA, LOL.
I REMEMBER SEEING THIS IN L.A.IN THE 70'S ON THE BIG SCREEN. NOW I CAN SEE IT ON MY BIG SCREEN. Read more