AVATAR 2, 3, 4 & 5 -WHY THE DELAY?


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?

HOLIDAY IN SPAIN (SCENT OF MYSTERY) (CINERAMA)


1960 (Scent Of Mystery ~ 70mm/Smell-o-vision) 1962 (Holiday In Spain ~ (3-Strip & 70mm Cinerama) DIRECTOR: Jack Cardiff Contains spoilers!!! Where to start with this one. Beginning life with one supposedly revolutionary process, as the Smell-o-vision 70mm extravaganza in 1960, it would end up being re-cut into the then flailing widescreen format of Cinerama in … Continue reading HOLIDAY IN SPAIN (SCENT OF MYSTERY) (CINERAMA)

FILM OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2015


"Are we back?" "We're back" replied Doc Brown, but he was referring to 1985 after Marty and Doc's trip to October 2015, but this month saw US arrive on that "future" date, a date that has now slipped peacefully into the past. The buzz surrounding this fictional interpretation of the future has been as fascinating … Continue reading FILM OF THE MONTH ~ OCTOBER 2015

THE BEST OF CINERAMA (CINERAMA)


1963 May contain spoilers! Created as filler to use between major Cinerama performances during the early 1960's, it is rumoured that there were other, rougher cut versions of this as early as 1960, but this, the "final" version as it were, was initially played in the interim before How The West Was Won (1962) hit … Continue reading THE BEST OF CINERAMA (CINERAMA)

HOW THE WEST WAS WON 3-STRIP REVIEW (CINERAMA)


If we were to walk into a theatre today and watch a film in which the widescreen image was clearly separated in to thirds, with each third looking different from its neighbour, jumping around and not even marrying up with it, I think that we would be right out the door demanding a refund before … Continue reading HOW THE WEST WAS WON 3-STRIP REVIEW (CINERAMA)

WIDESCREEN WEEKEND 2015 @ BRADFORD ~ REVIEW


A young man made his way through the crowd which had assembled outside the single Pictureville screen, the only Cinerama screen left in the England, carrying a large 35mm spool, giving us a taste of what we where in for that night. The film which was about to be presented was an original three-strip Cinerama … Continue reading WIDESCREEN WEEKEND 2015 @ BRADFORD ~ REVIEW

CINEMA-SCOPE @ 62


This is the one that stuck! Just a few days shy of a year after the release of the phenomenally successful This Is Cinerama at the end of September 1952, The Robe (1953) ushered in the simpler and more palatable widescreen format, Cinema-scope and one which quickly evolved to become one of the industry standards. Even … Continue reading CINEMA-SCOPE @ 62

WIDESCREEN WEEKEND SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED (BRADFORD – 15th – 18th OCTOBER)


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)

WIDESCREEN WEEKEND BACK AT BRADFORD


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

IN THE PICTURE (CINERAMA) (SHORT)


2012 DIRECTOR: David Strohmaier May Contain Spoilers! Cinerama premiered in New York on September 30th 1952 with the aptly named "This Is Cinerama". This Is Cinerama was basically a show-reel demonstrating the new technological marvel that was the three-panel widescreen system, which along with its seven channel surround sound and curved screen, would kick-start the wide-screen … Continue reading IN THE PICTURE (CINERAMA) (SHORT)