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Cinerama Holiday [Blu-ray]
(Robert L. Bendick, Philippe De Lacy, 1955)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Cinerama Productions Corp.
Video: Flicker Alley
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 38,539,156,461 bytes
Feature Size: 27,921,285,120 bytes
Video Bitrate: 25.00 Mbps
Case: Transparent Blu-ray case
Release date: November 2nd, 2013
Aspect ratio: 2.00:1 matted for SmileBox
Resolution: 1080p / 23.976 fps
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
DTS-HD Master Audio English 2067 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2067 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
•Breakdown Reel (14:20)
• Cinerama Holiday at the Dome (5:44)
• Return to Cinerama Holiday (21:35)
• Betty's Scrapbook (11:10)
• 1997 Cast Interview from Cinerama Holiday (22:05)
• Deleted Scenes from Cinerama Adventure (8:25)
• 8mm Home Movies (15:13)
• Aussie Newsreel (2:26)
• Restoration of Cinerama Holiday (12:53)
• Slideshow Behind the Scenes with Cinerama Holiday (7:30)
Description: Cinerama Holiday was the second of the original, 3-panel Cinerama travelogues. Released in 1955, the film crisscrosses the vacations of two adventurous, real-life married couples, with stops in St. Moritz, San Francisco, New Orleans, and Paris.
By far, the most dazzling experiences visualized on the giant
screen—once the Cinerama spectacle is opened with a breathtaking
airplane view of alpine terrain—are some grand and exhilarating moments
of skiing on the slopes above Davos and a heart-thumping plunge aboard a
bobsled down the whole long, white, zig-zagging chute of the famous
Cresta Run. This latter episode, with its accompaniment of sounds of
screaming runners and rushing wind, is something to put the now familiar
roller-coaster ride of "This Is Cinerama" in the shade.
“Now the 2nd Cinerama presentation goes beyond anything you’ve ever
imagined, as it takes you on a round-the-world adventure that will have
your spirits soaring like a million Roman candles! It’s winter in
Switzerland, it’s summer in New England, it’s daybreak on the desert,
it’s dancing till dawn, it’s spring in Paris, it’s jazz in New
Orleans…it’s every holiday you ever dreamed of…come true!”
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
Cinerama Holiday is released at the same time as Cinerama South Seas Adventure on Blu-ray from Flicker Alley. I'd say the image quality is about the same - maybe a notch lower. The 'Cinerama effect' is still in full force but the film seemed to have an odd flow. There are many impressive visuals to gaze at and in-motion the vertical disconnect is not really a factor although there is some chroma-like colorization - a bit more noticeable in the right seam. This is dual-layered with a supportive bitrate and it produces a strong presentation with no signs of digital manipulation. Daylight scenes can be quite striking. I saw no noise. Contrast seemed adept, if not overwhelming with its black levels. This Blu-ray seems another fine replication of the theatrical - that fans can appreciate.
NOTE: Although the 'Intermission' title card says 15-minutes - the actual time through the Blu-ray presentation is about 3-minutes.
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Audio is transferred via a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2067 kbps and, as with Cinerama South Seas Adventure is advertised to represent the original seven-channel sound track. Again, I can't know what it sounded like originally, but this surround has some appealing moments. It is exceptionally clear notable with Morton Gould's music (which seems quite dated and irritating!) I would say there are surprising moments of depth and it does sound quite strong. There is also a simple 2.0 channel Dolby option.There are no subtitle offered for the narration and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
No commentary on Cinerama Holiday but about 1.5 hours of video extras including a breakdown reel, Cinerama Holiday at the Dome, a reminisce piece entitled Return to Cinerama Holiday, Betty's Marsh's Scrapbook, 20-minutes of a 1997 cast interview, deleted scenes from Cinerama Adventure, 8mm Home Movies, an Aussie Newsreel, a piece on the Restoration and a slideshow of behind the scenes stills.
November 2nd, 2013
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 9500 DVDs and have reviewed over 5000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
Although I never wanted to become one of those guys who
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find HD is swiftly pushing me in that direction.
Oppo Digital BDP-83 Universal Region FREE Blu-ray/SACD
Gary W. Tooze
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