After watching Avatar in 3-D for the first time since theatres in 2009, I began to think about the long delay in the production of the sequels. I remembered how long it took to bring the original to the screen, a decade to be precise, with talk of "developing something new and innovative". It was… Continue reading AVATAR 2, 3, 4 & 5 -WHY THE DELAY?
As promised, here is the running order for next month's Widescreen Weekend which is being held at the Pictureville Cinema, attached to the National Media Museum in Bradford, England. SCHEDULE 15th ~ 18th October 2015 THURSDAY 15th 11:00 - A INTRODUCTION TO CINERAMA & WIDESCREEN CINEMA (PICTUREVILLE) 18:00 - WIDESCREEN WEEKEND RECEPTION (TBA) 19:00 -… Continue reading WIDESCREEN WEEKEND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED (BRADFORD – 15th – 18th OCTOBER)
After some concern over the future of the festival, the Widescreen Weekend, a celebration of classic widescreen films including those made in the Cinerama format, is set to return in October. The very future of the Media Museum itself was in jeopardy back in 2013 too... ...But they were ultimately saved. The festival begins on Thursday… Continue reading WIDESCREEN WEEKEND BACK AT BRADFORD
MIssed it! The 45th anniversary of IMAX's debut at the Expo '70 in Osaka, Japan, which took place on the 15th May 1970. That's right, the all be it unknown IMAX short, Tiger's Child (1970) premiered at the show, the year before the first permanent installation was opened to the public. IMAX has come along way… Continue reading IMAX @ 45
1998 DIRECTOR: Steven Spielberg Today marks the 70th anniversary of Victory In Europe or V.E. Day. In honour of this event, I have chosen to repost this review from 2011. Saving Private Ryan is without a doubt one of the best war films ever made and set on and around the D-Day Landing, chronicles the… Continue reading SAVING PRIVATE RYAN (V.E. DAY @ 70)
There have been so many technical leaps and innovations since the birth of cinema in 1896, with many failures and successes but more than not, they are failures which inspire. Cinerama was the godfather of the modern widescreen, multi-track surround sound cinema, but it wasn't the first attempt at widescreen, any more than The Jazz… Continue reading “IT’S ALL ‘BOUT THE BASS, ‘BOUT THE BASS… NO TREBLE!” : A BRIEF LOOK AT SENSURROUND
The release of this 1960 Smell-O-Vision curio, Scent Of Mystery, which was re-released in 1962 as a Cinerama film, blown-up from its original TODD-AO 70mm master, has actually been released after all. It sneaked out in November 2014 and passed many of us by. Surprisingly, it was not released by Flicker Alley, who many of us… Continue reading HOLIDAY IN SPAIN (“SCENT OF MYSTERY”) RELEASED
IT ALL BEGAN... ...back in 2008 with the release of the new experimental feature which help make up Warner's How The West Won (1962) Blu-ray, Smilebox, a 3D mapping system which recreates the 146 degree curved screen of the three-strip Cinerama process, which only lasted 10 years before it was phased out in favour of the… Continue reading FLICKER ALLEY’S 3-STRIP CINERAMA LINE-UP