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December 14, 2008


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Pete Apruzzese

Very good article, Glenn. Glad to see that there are people working with these HD transfers that don't want to eliminate the 'film look' that so many of us love. It's too bad that Lowry mentions that some producers want them to erase the grain.

Smallest nit to pick - Sleeping Beauty was photographed in Technirama (and released in SuperTechnirama 70), not VistaVision. The Technirama process was similar to VistaVision (both used horizontal 35mm negatives), but Technirama used lenses with a slight anamorphic squeeze to get a CinemaScope ratio final image. VistaVison's lenses were standard spherical designed to give a 1.85 flat final image.

Glenn Kenny

Oops. I hate when that happens. Really. I think the error must have come out of my conversations with John Lowry, when he talked about acquiring a special gate to do the scanning on "Sleeping Beauty" and mentioning VistaVision in that contexts, as I infer that the gates for VV and Technirama must be identical. In any case, I've contacted my editors and hopefully the fix will be put in the online version, and a correction made to the print version next issue. Drat.


Bullshit! Murderer! Etc. Good job hanging tough Friday.

Pete Apruzzese

Glenn -

Yes, the camera gate size is virtually identical to VistaVision; Technirama cameras were made from modified VistaVision cameras, which were made from modified 3-strip Technicolor cameras..., so I'm sure he's used to just saying VistaVision. There's a lengthy description of Technirama and other widescreen & large format processes on Martin Hart's Widescreen Museum website.

Michael Adams

Just bought first Blu-ray player, and what you say about Shine a Light is perfect. It's the best looking and sounding Blu-ray I've seen so far. Images much crisper than they were in IMAX.

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