This is Cinerama
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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.
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Surelly you cannot recreate the full experience of cinerama but if you have a very large screen projection system this is going to be the best you can do. Something to show and explain to the kids and grandkids. I look forward to future releases. of this Miracle of the cinema. This and how the west was won are great examples of what can be done with todays technology.
The technicians who re-mastered this film to high definition completed a tremendous task, as can be seen in the special features. Unfortunately, due to budget considerations, they had to create their HD version from a 70mm dupe print; not from original 3-strip prints. Thus, there is an additional generation of quality lost.
I still wish I could see it in its original, curved format. The smilebox helps, but it doesn't give the same peripheral coverage.
The film itself is quite fun to see. I especially enjoyed seeing images of my home state, Utah. The Kennecott mine, Salt Lake City, and Zion canyon were all featured, and much of the music was performed by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir.
The least interesting parts of the film are the stage performances, I think. Aida is a lavish production, but it is seriously boring. It's worth viewing once, but it doesn't show off Cinerama very well.
I'm glad I bought this Blu-Ray. It's a good one for the collection, especially for a Cinerama nut.
Many kudos to the team for restoring the three-strip so that we can experience it at home. (My view is approximately 46 inches) But most of all, thanks to Fred Waller and Lowell thomas and a slight thank you to Michael Todd for coming up with the Cinerama process to begin with. Believe me, it still is worth getting dressed up for (I wore my tux when I put this on for the first time) and it reminds me of why we used to do so back in the day. If you are hesitating about buying a copy, my opinion is don't: put an order in and see for yourself what wide-screen started out as and think on what it's become. It all started here with This Is Cinerama!
No home theatre presentation of this or any other Cinerama film can replicate the experience of actually seeing it in a 3-projector, 6-channel sound Cinerama theater, but the SmileBox presentation and staging on this BD is as close as it gets.
The set piece segments in the film were spectacular on the really big Cinerama screen, but they seem tedious in the this release. However, the iconic roller coaster ride, the water skiing segment and the wonderful U.S. coast-to-coast B-17 fly-over (with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing "America The Beautiful") more than make up for it.
I also got the Cinerama movies "Windjammer" and "How The West Was Won". They are all equally impressive in the Smilebox format. I was so impressed, I did an atricle in tribute to Cinerama on my own website at k3dav.com
This is a must see movie, and a deep wish on my part to bring this wonderful format back to life with new and old movies. Call or write the movies studios in Hollywood and ask them to do movies in the Cinerama format.
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