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Old 06-01-2006, 18:53   #41
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DVD Review February issue (page 18) under the heading "Classic Comes Home" announces:
"Sources at WHV have exclusively confirmed to Disc World there's going to be an epic double - disc release for the classic western "How the West was Won"............But this is more than just a re-release. Expect the set to stand out thanks to groundbreaking new technology - dubbed "Silme Box" - which will give home cinema projector set-ups the same qualities as old-style Cinerama theatres.
Curved Cinerama screens, with a near 3-D image created by three projectors, were first introduced in the '50s. Says ours Warners insider "When its projected in a home-theatre system you actually get the three-dimensional depth of what the film would have looked like on that cinerama-type screen........

The feature then says that it will be a 12 month wait because of the restoration involved and concludes "Supplementary material will include an anamorphic transfer, a commemerative reproduction of a booklet available in theatre foyers during the film's original run and a feature-length documentary"

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Old 06-01-2006, 18:57   #42
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Yipee! Superb news.

EDIT - more 'Smile-Box' details here

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Old 06-01-2006, 19:09   #43
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That sounds excellent, thanks for letting us know!
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Old 06-01-2006, 20:13   #44
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BTW, anyone with the new King Kong SE can get a glimpse of the Smilebox process - it's in the last chapter of the I'm King Kong! doco discussing Cooper's role in developing Cinerama. You'll see some glorious footage from the This is Cinerama! doco in Smilebox, some of which was also used to top and tail How The West Was Won. I've just watched it again, and I'm still smiling!
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I watched this the other day and enjoyed every second of it (aprt from the end scenes in modern day), it really did feel like an epic.

I would absolutely love to watch it in Cinerama, any chance of getting it in London ?

Those join lines were quite distracting on Ch4 as they were moving left and right due to the Pan&Scanning

12 month wait - ah man !

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Old 07-01-2006, 06:38   #46
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BTW, anyone with the new King Kong SE can get a glimpse of the Smilebox process - it's in the last chapter of the I'm King Kong! doco discussing Cooper's role in developing Cinerama. You'll see some glorious footage from the This is Cinerama! doco in Smilebox, some of which was also used to top and tail How The West Was Won. I've just watched it again, and I'm still smiling!
The doco in question is called Cinerama Adventure and was first shown and reviewed by the trade press about three years ago. It includes interviews with, inter alia, Carroll Baker and Debbie Reynolds, plus many others. I've not seen it myself but I'm told a DVD version is in the works. If anyone simply types in the title you get on to their own website.
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The doco in question is called Cinerama Adventure and was first shown and reviewed by the trade press about three years ago. It includes interviews with, inter alia, Carroll Baker and Debbie Reynolds, plus many others. I've not seen it myself but I'm told a DVD version is in the works. If anyone simply types in the title you get on to their own website.
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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

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Sorreee - it was 6.15am and I was having a Charles Kennedy moment. But can I please stay on the Forum?
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But Councillor John Walsh says yes!
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I'm sure everyone noticed in the WB chat but wanted to say it again!

..." HOW THE WEST WAS WON fully restored will be 2008,Definitely."
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awesome news indeed
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Martin Hart (the curator of the excellent www.widescreenmuseum.com) recently posted this on the usenet group rec.arts.movies.tech:

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It should be understood that HTWWW does NOT require any restoration. The negatives are in mint condition. What does need to be done is to digitally combine the three panels and carefully color match them in addition to keeping the panel lines as invisible as possible.

Warners are well equipped to handle this job. Whether or not they can do the Smilebox process is something else.

You can expect Dave Strohmaier's "Cinerama Adventure" to be an added bonus to the HTWWW set. It's worth waiting another year for this classic.
So it seems that we can expect Cinerama Adventure as an extra!
I hope very much that Warner gives us a smilebox version. It'll be more than worth the wait if they get that right.

Edit: just saw that Cinerama Adventure was already mentioned. Guess I should read earlier posts better

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What ever happened to this?
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As per Cecil B's post up the page - it's coming, but not till next year.
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