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 (Academy Award Winner*), exactly as seen by over 20,000,000 viewers in its original roadshow version. 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. Experience this cinema classic once again in this unique "Smilebox" curved screen simulation!
(* 1953 - Scientific & Technical Award to inventor Fred Waller)
Starring: Lowell Thomas
Directed By: Robert L. Bendick
Score By: Sidney Cutner, Howard Jackson, Paul Sawtell, Leo Shuken, Max Steiner, Roy Webb
Video: 1080P / 2.56:1 / Color
Audio: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Theatrical Release: 1952
Runtime: 127 Minutes
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Region Code: Region Free (A/B/C)
Special Features: 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 / The This is Cinerama "Breakdown Reel": Footage originally projected interstitially during the interruptions of any Cinerama performance / Alternate Act II European Opening / Fred Waller Radio Interview: A slideshow featuring an original 1952 radio interview with Fred Waller on the eve of opening night / This is Cinerama Trailer: A new recreation in HD of the film's trailer / TV Spots: This is Cinerama and 7 Wonders of the World / 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 / Tribute to the New Cooper Theatre: Remembering the first Super Cinerama in Denver, CO
Genre: Documentary, Travelogue