Cinerama: South Seas Adventure [Blu-ray] [Import]
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CINERAMA:SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
Unseen theatrically since the early 1970s and never before released on home video, CINERAMA SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE can now be viewed in a digitally remastered edition. The film was restored from its original camera negatives, emitting both a breathtakingly colorful panorama and a sparklingly clear, seven-channel sound track. Narrated by Orson Wells the film takes us on five different stories following trips to Hawaii Tahiti, Tonga and Fiji, then to and the even more exotic, primitive Pentecost Island. Native dancing and song are celebrated alongside cultures and customs spanning thousands of years. Then it's onward to New Zealand and to Australia. My granddaughters and I watched the Blu-ray today and they really enjoyed the movie. Watch and you will see primitive bungee jumping from a tower with vines attached to the boys feet...YIKES. Sound is great and the transfer is even better than "This is Cinerama" re-mastered last year. It's worth every penny. There is a vintage Renault promotional film as originally presented in 3-panel Cinerama that is pretty cool.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Peter Rondum - Published on Amazon.com
Image Trends performs miracles on this round of Cinerama restorations! Due to the extra cost & complexity of restoration many people felt these films would never be restored. Image Trends goes above & beyond! Cinerama was an industry game changer. In 1952 they had developed wide aspect ratio & high resolution picture along with 7 channel high fidelity simultaneous surround sound. A very significant step(s) up from the norm of the time. Their "test" exhibition on Broadway was a colossal success leading to international growth. South Seas is the last of the initial Cinerama travelog films and the subject matter is stunning in sight & sound. The motion of the ocean on the Te Vega really puts you in the picture! It's such a 1950's time capsule.The Tongan Choir singing Handel's messiah in Polynesian is astounding! They did not read music but used a system of numbers. The higher the number the higher the note. Pick up a Blue-ray deck if you don't have one. They are really affordable these days. Cinerama is high resolution from the start so it's pays off on this vintage material. Recommenced!
15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By Jim Tarleton - Published on Amazon.com
Another Cinerama travelogue now released in a beautiful Blu-Ray SmileBox format. The scenery is positively spectacular with Orson Welles narrating. It is a big plus that these original Cinerama movies are being released in SmileBox simulating the original Cinerama process. MGM released "How the West Was Won' in SmileBox and I just wish that all Cinerama movies were released in the SmileBox process. This is the original roadshow presentation.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By Joseph P. Durham, Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
At long last the Cinerama feature South Seas Adventure has been released to DVD and Blu-Ray, and it is worth the wait. The music, one of the lushest scores Alex North ever created, gives this movie a real lift. But while there is a lot of good about it, there are still several things which are really puzzling to me. Cinerama after all was the iconic wide-screen presentation with three cameras and three projectors covering a huge curved screen to give the audience an illusion of depth never before achieved in cineama. Opening in 1952, Cinerama produced four travelogues with the fifth and final one being SSA. The movie has been billed as a documentary/travelogue but the really puzzling thing about it is, these are almost all actors potraying roles. After this release in 1959, Cinerama went to a full fledged story line with two fetures, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm and How the West Was Won before losing the 3-camera system to a one-camera system. In fact, the only person who plays herself in any of the stories is the lady who does the Australian school of the air sequence. This blu-ray is especially fun to watch and easy on the eyes. i'm still wating though, for 7 Wonders and the Search for Paradise features to be released, hopefully this year, then have the WWBG sometime in 2015. HTW3 is already in release with a Smilebox look. Smilebox, incidentally, comes as close to projecting the original Cinerama features as possible without actually being in the theater. With a just over two hour running time, it doesn't really need an intermission, and could be shown without it. I await the other three releases with eager anticipation. There was another film released about the same time as SSA but in a slightly different process. Windjammer was released in a process called Cinemiracle, and was presented in Cinerama in several theaters. Still, its nice to see all of these feature films once more. Oh, yes, and they are better than IMAX, even the IMAX director said so.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
By forrie lowell - Published on Amazon.com
This movie was a fun travelogue on the big curved screen in the 1950's. Now on a digitalized Blu-Ray format with the SMILEBOX Widescreen provides us with the illusion of the original curved 3 projector experience. A must have for the admirers of Cinerama. A must have. Many extras and fun, fun, fun.