Best of Cinerama [Blu-ray]



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At the end of 1963, The Best of Cinerama was released -- marking the end of the pioneering three-projector widescreen system when single-system Panavision was rapidly becoming the industry norm. A greatest hits package, this lengthy film features the finest moments from the Cinerama travelogues -- the ballet of Navy jets and the stomach-turning rollercoaster ride from This Is Cinerama; the excursion in St. Moritz from Cinerama Holiday; the Oriental vistas from Seven Wonders of the World, and the death-defying leaps of the island natives from an elevated platform from South Sea Cinerama. Lowell Thomas is still the host as he guides the audience through Cinerama's finest (and past) moments. But with the release of It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World in the single camera Ultra Panavision 70 process under Cinerama's auspices that same year, this compilation film also services as an epitaph to the unique widescreen process that was Cinerama. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Release Date
Flicker Alley
MPAA Rating
NR -- Not rated
2 hours, 23 minutes
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Blu-ray region A (North America, Central America, South America, Japan, Taiwan, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Southeast Asia)
Video Features
  • Feature-length Audio Commentary: With Cinerama historian David Coles
  • Shellarama (1965): Short in Super-Technirama and released on 70mm, this Shell-produced short follows the journey of Shell oil from raw source to refined fuel
  • Bridge to Space (1968): A 70mm short documentary shot on Merritt Island and at Cape Canaveral
  • "The Rangerettes": Deleted scene from Seven Wonders of the World featuring Kilgore College "Rangerettes"
  • "Battleship Iowa Arrives in San Pedro": A Cinerama short film shot in 2012
  • "Reconstructing The Best of Cinerama": A restoration demonstration with Dave Strohmaier
  • "Cinerama Troika": Interview with the principles behind Cinerama travelogue restorations (Blu-ray only)
  • "Remembering The Best of Cinerama": Norman Karlin, Cinerama Film editor, is interviewed by Harrison Eagle (Blu-ray only)
  • Slideshows: "Who's Who in Cinerama History," Show Places of the 1950s (Blu-ray only)
  • The Best of Cinerama Trailer: Theatrical Trailer
  • Program Booklet: A facisimile representation of the original program booklet
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