This Is Cinerama: 2017 Authorized Restoration
(BLU-RAY US Import)
|Flicker Alley and Cinerama lnc. are pleased to announce the long-awaited re-release of This is Cinerama, now beautifuIly restored from the original three-panel, six-perforation camera eIements. Presented in a deluxe BIu-ray edition, this is the most extensive and thorough restoration yet of the film 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 World TeIegram said of the event: I have just looked at the movies answer to television, whether or not the movies know it yet. lndeed, this unique, widescreen process was launched when television was deemed a major threat to US film exhibition. Fred Waller, Cinerama s creator, dreamed of a motion picture experience that wouId recreate the fulI range of human vision. Using three cameras and three proctors on a curved screen 146° deep, Cinerama created an immersive cinematic event, wowing 20 miIIion viewers in its originaI roadshow version.
Now, audiences can experience the forerunner to all modern widescreen formats once again, and in a brand-new, definitive restoration. From Venice to Madrid, from Edinburgh CastIe to the La ScaIa opera house in MiIan, and all across America in the nose of a B-25 bomber, traveI around the worId with Cinerama, presented in the one-and-only SmiIebox® curved screen simuIation.
BONUS MATERlALS lNCLUDE:
Audio Commentary - With John Sittig (Cinerama Inc.), David Strohmaier (Cinerama Restorer), Randy Gitsch (Cinerama Historian), and Jim Morrison (original crew member)
The Best in the Biz - Updated hour-long documentary about the composers of Cinerama
Restoring This is Cinerama - A detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the brand-new restoration
Alternate European Opening to Act Two - A European-oriented segue into the second haIf 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 fiIm ceIebrating an Ohio theater where a projectionist revived Cinerama through special screenings for people from all over the country.
Radio lnterview with Cinerama Creator, Fred WaIIer - Recorded on the eve of opening night; accompanied by a slideshow of selected Cinerama images.
This is Cinerama Trailer - An updated recreation of the originaI theatrical trailer, edited with newly-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 teIevision ads for This Is Cinerama and Seven Wonders of the WorId.