I had seen the older DVD version with the separations and the stereo sound and enjoyed that one but had heard about this Blu-ray version and couldn't resist the price. It has come in and is a vast improvement over the older version. The division into three panels is mostly gone and the surround sound is very impressive to hear. I am very satisfied with the quality of the disc; while not up to the standards of the new releases it does a fantastic job of recovering the drama planned for the original Cinerama release.
The movie itself is entertaining and held our interest all the way through. The John Wayne part is very short and of little consequence in the movie; I would have to say the focus is on Debbie Reynolds who does a very decent job in the part assigned to her. Second to her the role played by George Peppard served as a focal point for the second part of the movie. Other notable actors contribute varying parts to the telling of the story.
The movie is suitable for the family and has some exciting moments, especially in surround sound at a respectable sound level. It is a worthy addition to one's collection.