Originally Posted by Wolfie
The good thing about this Blu-ray is that the Cinerama 2 vertical section lines are now being digitally removed for a seamless presentation.
Martin Hart (proprietor of www.widescreenmuseum.com
) posted on rec.arts.movies.tech that Dave Strohmeier (creator of THE CINERAMA ADVENTURE documentary to be included on all HTWWW DVDs and Blu-ray sets) attended a Smilebox screening of HOW THE WEST WAS WON at Warner and was blown away by the result.
He said the effect on the flat projection screen worked extremely well, and the join lines are practically invisible to the point that many will never see them.
This is my most anticipated home video release of all time. I saw HTWWW in its original roadshow presentation at the gorgeous Rialto theater in Louisville, KY (now a parking lot). Though I was only nine years old at the time I was enthralled with the film enough to see it twice more during that run in 1962.
I made the trip to Dayton, OH about 10 years ago to see it at the New Neon theater, again in 3-strip Cinerama glory. My letterboxed laserdisc simply did not deliver the joy of being enveloped by the wraparound screen and sharp detail of three 35mm strips of film, not to mention the multiple channels producing thunderous, clear sound effects and maginificent Alfred Newman score. (The magnetic audio track was sent to the speakers from its very own 35mm spool of film!)
HTWWW is not the best movie ever made, or even the best western, but it is my favorite film. The marriage of a sweeping epic story and a just-as-epic presentation thrilled me as no other movie ever would. The story of the "conquering" of the American West is the very definition of the word "epic," and HTWWW in Cinerama delivers in spades. The announcement of a high definition home video release that would even attempt to emulate the Cinerama experience gave me goose bumps. Adding THE CINERAMA ADVENTURE as a bonus just sweetens the pie that much more.
When the Blu-ray arrives look for the extreme depth of field that no film technology since has been able to duplicate. By way of a bit of a spoiler, notice the hairy arms of the stunt men who donned dresses and dived into raging rapids in the stead of Debbie Reynolds and Carrol Baker. The 3-in-1 35mm cameras revealed almost too much!
If I did not already own a Blu-ray player this would have been the one title that would have compelled a purchase at any price.
-- Dan --