This Is Cinerama and Windjammer are coming September 17' 2012. Both remastered editions are presented in their original roadshow versions with "flat" prologues, overtures, etc and the picture in Smilebox. Pre orders are now being accepted at flicker alley.com. September 28 through October 4, celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Cinerama with showings of all five original productions (This Is Cinerama, Cinerama Holiday, Seven Wonders of the World, Search for Paradise, South Seas Adventure) plus Windjammer, Russian Adventure, How The West Was Won, Brothers Grimm, 2001: A Space Odyssey, It's A Mad, mad, mad, mad, World, and the world premiere of IN THE PICTURE, the first film shot in 3 strip Cinerama in 50 years....all at ArcLight Cinemas Cinerama Dome in Hollywood. Tickets on sale in mid- July
I too love the "SmileBox" version of How The West Was Won. I have a 3D television which allows you to covert a flat picture to a simulated 3D picture. Using this on the SmileBox version of HTWWW creates the illusion of having a curved screen come out of your wall...it is awesome! I would love to see more of the large film format movies be made available in SmileBox. Films such as Around The World In 80 Days, Oklahoma, Ben Hur, It's A Mad Mad Mad Mad World, 2001 A Space Odyssey, to name a few. Someone even posted SmileBox corrections of CinemaScope Films which indeed were shown on a slightly curved screen...that too was cool. Having never seen a 3 strip Cinerama film in a theater as a kid (I did see 70mm Cinerama), now being able to watch a film in SmileBox is a nice substitute. I supposes the majority of people don't care about these sort of things but it would be nice to be able to select between SmileBox and flat format. The link to the restoration of This Is Cinerama is a delight to watch. Hats off to David Strohmeier and his team! Just an added note...some people have been mislead by my comment about converting the BluRay smilebox version of How The West was Won to a simulated 3d picture...I understand that Cinerama was not a 3D film, it is designed to replicate what the human eye sees peripherally about 146 degrees. What 3d simulation accomplishes is creating the effect of having a curved screen come out of your viewing room wall. It's especially cool in a dark room. The simulated 3D effect on the film itself is so-so.