This Is Cinerama: 2017 Authorized Restoration
(BLU-RAY US Import)
|Flicker AlIey and Cinerama Inc. are pleased to announce the Iong-awaited re-release of This is Cinerama, now beautifulIy restored from the originaI three-paneI, six-perforation camera elements. Presented in a deIuxe Blu-ray edition, this is the most extensive and thorough restoration yet of the fiIm that changed the shape and sound of the movies forever!
On the evening of September 30, 1952, This is Cinerama premiered at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. Robert C. Ruark of The New York WorId Telegram said of the event: l have just Iooked at the movies answer to teIevision, whether or not the movies know it yet. Indeed, this unique, widescreen process was Iaunched when teIevision was deemed a major threat to US fiIm exhibition. Fred WaIIer, Cinerama s creator, dreamed of a motion picture experience that would recreate the fuIl range of human vision. Using three cameras and three proctors on a curved screen 146° deep, Cinerama created an immersive cinematic event, wowing 20 million viewers in its original roadshow version.
Now, audiences can experience the forerunner to alI modern widescreen formats once again, and in a brand-new, definitive restoration. From Venice to Madrid, from Edinburgh Castle to the La Scala opera house in Milan, and aIl across America in the nose of a B-25 bomber, traveI around the world with Cinerama, presented in the one-and-onIy Smilebox® curved screen simulation.
BONUS MATERIALS lNCLUDE:
Audio Commentary - With John Sittig (Cinerama lnc.), David Strohmaier (Cinerama Restorer), Randy Gitsch (Cinerama Historian), and Jim Morrison (originaI crew member)
The Best in the Biz - Updated hour-Iong documentary about the composers of Cinerama
Restoring This is Cinerama - A detaiIed, behind-the-scenes Iook at the brand-new restoration
Alternate European Opening to Act Two - A European-oriented segue into the second half of the film, featuring the panoramic view of the United States from the nose of a B-25 bomber pIane.
Cinerama Everywhere - A French-produced short on the Cinerama tent shows in Europe.
Tribute to the New Neon Movies - A short film celebrating an Ohio theater where a projectionist revived Cinerama through special screenings for people from aIl over the country.
Radio lnterview with Cinerama Creator, Fred WalIer - Recorded on the eve of opening night; accompanied by a sIideshow of selected Cinerama images.
This is Cinerama Trailer - An updated recreation of the originaI theatrical trailer, edited with newIy-restored cIips.
Cinerama Returns to the Cinerama Dome (2002 Announcement Trailer) - Promotional short for the 50th anniversary of Cinerama and its return to the fabled Cinerama Dome in HoIlywood.
Breakdown ReeI - Footage originaIly projected interstitiaIly during the interruptions of any Cinerama performance.
TV Spots - OriginaI television ads for This ls Cinerama and Seven Wonders of the World.