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Old 13-03-2005, 07:02   #21
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Glad y'all liked this. Myself, I missed out this again this year because I always stay a few nights for the whole bash, otherwise the long drive isn't worth it. But I weighed things up (and down) and just thought the rest of this year's programme pretty dismal - apart from HTWWW there wasn't a single movie I really fancied seeing. I mean, Doctor Dolittle and that awful print of South Pacific? And Ag and Ex is pretty lousy, isn't it? If they'd got 2001, Grand Prix or Mad World I would have been there.
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Old 13-03-2005, 14:15   #22
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And Ag and Ex is pretty lousy, isn't it?
It's not much of a film but I'm a bit of a Heston fan (the shame) and for sheer spectacle (which is kinda the point of Cinerama etc) I would've liked to have seen how it was supposed to be presented...
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Old 13-03-2005, 14:17   #23
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At least...

Anybody recall seeing a Godlike chap with a faint resemblance to a young, virile Sean Connery?

Defiinitely wasn't me...
I was seriously tempted to shout "Hodson!" in a Marlon Brando, primal sceam kinda way in the foyer just to round up the usual suspects, but good grace got the better of me...
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Old 13-03-2005, 14:19   #24
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I was seriously tempted to shout "Hodson!" in a Marlon Brando, primal sceam kinda way in the foyer just to round up the usual suspects, but good grace got the better of me...
You might have started a new trend (anyone remember 'Wally!' at rock venues throughout the land, ah, a few years ago?)

Sorry I missed you, oh kidney-less one...
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Old 14-03-2005, 05:14   #25
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I was having another look through NMPFT's programme and thought that Todd-Ao is the weakest widescreen process of them all in terms of the quality of the movies made in it. All those Rogers & Hammerstein musicals - great scores, lumpen films - and stuff like Ag & Ex, Mag Men etc. Cleopatra has some merit in its longest version but what else of value is there filmed in Mike Todd's patented process? I'd take HTWWW and later Ultra-Panavision Cinerama pix any day over anything made in Todd-Ao.
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Todd-Ao was a cheapened version of Cinerama, though, so there's some poetry there... it's an odd paradigm to posit, though, that the process has some reflection on the sum total of films produced with it.

I wouldn't call Oklahoma! lumpen, btw. Or Baraka.
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Old 23-04-2005, 20:22   #27
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Interesting article, John.

I don't have a problem with Warners and HP 'sorting out' Cinerama presentations for home viewing. After all, if anything was designed solely for cinema exhibition then glorious Cinerama is it.

I have watched 'How the West was Won' on televison before and I personally find the lines where the screens meet quite distracting so good luck to them, I say.
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Directors worked hard to hide the panel lines, carefully composing shots to disguise them; they form part of the creative process. Use technology to smooth them out yes, eradicate them, no.

The giant curved screen of Cinerama is one of the wonders of the movie age. I'd rather Warners gave a little thought to the Smile-Box process, or at least provide it as an alternative. We are 'Home Cinema' enthusiasts too aren't we? Destroying the Cinerama experience is akin to colorization isn't it? Or allowing Gene Kelly to adverise VWs...
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Point taken, John.

I would personally seek out watching Cinerama presentations on the big screen wherever possible (still gutted that I missed this in Bradford ) as my 32" Widescreen TV will struggle to display an aspect ratio of 2.65:1 adequately IMO.

As usual with these restoration debates I have no problem a)if the restorers know what they are doing and b)the original version is released as well.
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Was watching the TCM doco,100 Years of the Western, last night and they had an interesting, if all to brief, segment on HTWWW. The clips they showed were fantastic (but would have rather had the whole movie included ) I don't mind the lines on the screen but it will be interesting to see what the restoration will look like. Hopefully this'll be included in the Ford/Wayne WB boxset we discussed in the Warner Chat thread

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Was watching the TCM doco,100 Years of the Western, last night and they had an interesting, if all to brief, segment on HTWWW. The clips they showed were fantastic (but would have rather had the whole movie included ) I don't mind the lines on the screen but it will be interesting to see what the restoration will look like. Hopefully this'll be included in the Ford/Wayne WB boxset we discussed in the Warner Chat thread
Doubtful; Ford's contribution is one of the smaller segments, and Wayne is on screen for 3-4 minutes at the most. But it does look as if Warners are giving it another crack, and we should be grateful for that.

I'll have to have a look out to see if they screen that doco again TS
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So, just when is the new DVD of How The West Was Won coming? I've just asked the question at the HTF and one Will Ryan, whose profile puts him as a Digital Technician working out of Culver City (so far, so good) said:

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Look for it in 2007 for it's 45th anniv. with the doc Cinerama Adventure as an extra
Now, does that tally with any info anyone here has ( )?
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nudgenudgewinkwink. I *hate* the thought of waiting another 18 months (potentially) for it though... still, by that time I might have bought a screen big enough to do it justice.

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Ditto! BTW, good looking doco though; Cinerama Adventure
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On tomorrow (4th Jan) on C4 at 12.45PM if anyone's interested. Most likely cropped, but I'll be interested to see if a better transfer exists than the one TCM chucks out.
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On tomorrow (4th Jan) on C4 at 12.45PM if anyone's interested. Most likely cropped, but I'll be interested to see if a better transfer exists than the one TCM chucks out.
HTWWW works beautifully on TV as long as you have three sets laid side by side in a graceful arc. Anyone got wind of the 2006 Bradford bash yet?
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HTWWW works beautifully on TV as long as you have three sets laid side by side in a graceful arc. Anyone got wind of the 2006 Bradford bash yet?
Bradford Film Festival 2006
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Thanks Mr H - judging from the dates it seems I have a struggle between going to Bradford or Bahrain for the first grand prix of the season. I think the weather might be the arbiter, though if Bradford gets Grand Prix that might change things.
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Oh, you international jetsetter, you. Bradford is exotic in my book, so I know which grey, rime-spattered city will get my cash money.
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