After nearly three years of following the progress of these illusive Cinerama titles, independent distributor, Flicker Ally have set a release date for This Is Cinerama and Windjammer: The Voyage Of The Christian Radich for the 13th September 2012. Both will be presented in the criminally underused Smilebox format, which so far has only been used once back in 2008 with How The West Was Won. But that Blu-ray also presented a 2.78:1 version (flat) as well, but this is not mentioned here.

Hopefully, this will be the beginning of a grander revival and ALL the Cinerama travelogues may be released, let alone the prospects of releasing other films with the option of Smilebox, such a s 2001: A Space Odyssey & Ben~Hur, for example, which were presented on a curved screen at time, let alone restorations of lost films such as the only other 3-Panel Cinerama films besides HTWWW, and The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm.

But after two years of speculation, it finally appears that these two titles at least will finally be released in a dual format, both DVD and Blu-ray but seemingly only in Smilebox, which is fine by me.

There will of course be a selection of features looking at the restoration and the subject matters and I hope that these two titles will make a prestigious addition to my collection. I have never seen Windjammer though, and it suspect that few people have but I have seen This Is Cinerama at Bradford back in 1993 and of course many excerpts in Smilebox as they featured in the Cinerama Adventure documentary from 2003.

Cinerama and Cinemiracle, the latter format used just once for Windjammer, were never really sustainable as widescreen formats, but this was and is still a fascinating format and does not deserve to be lost forever and thanks to all those who spent their time restoring these lost epics.


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