Warner Home Video has announced a 2-disc special edition of How the West Was Won which stars John Wayne, Henry Fonda, and James Stewart. The set will be available to own from the 9th of Sept 2008, and should retail at around $20.97. As well as a remastered,anamorphic and restored widescreen presentation, the 2-disc release will include a Film Historian Commentary, Dave Strohmaier's critically-acclaimed, feature-length documentary Cinerama® Adventure, Making of How the West Was Won (Archival featurette), and the original theatrical trailer. An Ultimate Collector's Edition will also be available for $59.92, $61.99 cdn. This will include a 3-disc special edition, as well as a 20-page theatrical press book reproduction, 10 behind-the-scenes photo cards and 10 postcards, and an exclusive movie poster offer.
Streeting simultaneously will also be a Blu-ray(tm) Hi-Def ($34.99 SRP) version. Again, all the 2-disc features will be included, along with special Digi-book packaging featuring 32-pages of rare press materials and behind-the-scenes photos. Also, exclusive to STD DVD & Blu-ray is the "SmileBox" version of the film which presents the image with a unique curvature that virtually recreates the true Cinerama® experience in a home theater. Aspect ratio?? 2.89:1 which is approx 5% wider than Ben Hur.
Due to HP technology they and Warner Bros restoration experts have removed the two bars that was in previous wide screen versions and have also removed and cleaned up the images that overlap the three screens divided by these two lines. It will also be Anamorphic widescreen for aspect ratio of 2.35 to maybe 2.55 for the main feature, as the smile box is the third disc.