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Cinerama - South Seas Adventure [Blu-ray]
(Carl Dudley, Richard Goldstone, Francis D. Lyon, Walter Thompson, Basil Wrangell, 1958)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Cinerama Productions Corp.
Video: Flicker Alley
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Oppo Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 40,428,447,429 bytes
Feature Size: 32,052,240,384 bytes
Video Bitrate: 29.99 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 2013 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 2013 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
Commentary: Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps / DN -4dB
• Audio Commentary with David Coles (Historian) and Ramine Seaman (Featured actress)
•In the Wake of Captain Cook (23:04)
• Carol Dudley Katzka Interview (11:09 - excerpts of 1999 interview)
•Saul Cooper Interview (29:36 - excerpts of 1999 interview)
• Restoration of South Seas Adventure (19:29)
• Slideshow - Behind the Scenes with South Sea Adventure (5:51)
• Trailer For South Seas Adventure (3:52)
• Cinerama's Renault Daphine short (6:15)
Description: 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.
All those eternally wishful travelers who haven't the money or the time
to go to the fabled South Pacific and have a real first-hand look around
should go to see "Cinerama—South Seas Adventure." It's the best thing
presented to date to give you a fine scan of that region without taking
you away from home base.
“Cinerama South Seas Adventure” proved to be the 5th and last of
the original, 3-panel Cinerama travelogues. Released in 1958, and 4
months after the 3-panel competitor, “Windjammer: The Voyage of the
Christian Radich”, it is at moments similar, although overall an
entirely different tale than previously seen in the format. Five
separate stories are dramatized, woven out of a series of theoretical,
island-hopping voyages that start en route to Hawaii, and after
traversing the South Seas as far as Australia, end up flying back home
Image : NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.
First How the West Was Won, then This is Cinerama - now more SmileBox Blu-ray with Flicker Alley's new Cinerama South Seas Adventure! and simultaneously released Cinerama Holiday. It's hard not to be impressed - especially if you sit a bit closer during the presentation. The SmileBox effect can really encompass your vision and wrap you into the motion. This Blu-ray attempts to recreate the Roadshow version complete with Overture, Intermission and Exit music. The two hour film is housed on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. The image looks great... really great at time. Colors are bright and truer with no embellishment. The cinematography is likewise impressive - frequently brilliant. Contrast exhibits healthy black levels - more a function of the restoration. I see no noise and this Blu-ray can take your breath away if viewed on a large enough system. The film seams vertical disconnect is are far less visible when the movie is in motion. This is filled with beautiful, rich visuals that lend themselves to the HD format.
NOTE: Although the 'Intermission' title card says 15-minutes - the actual time through the Blu-ray presentation is about 3-minutes.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
Audio is transferred via a DTS-HD Master 5.1 at 2013 kbps and is advertised to represent the original seven-channel sound track. I don't know what it sounded like originally, but this surround has some appealing moments. It is exceptionally clear - we get some Orson Welles narration - and the rest exports some decent bass with a tight, unhindered lossless track. All good. There are no subtitles and my Oppo has identified it as being a region FREE disc playable on Blu-ray machines worldwide.
Flicker Alley offer many extras including a rewarding and educational audio commentary with David Coles (Historian) and Ramine Seaman - a featured actress in the South Sea Adventure who tells us her memories of the production. Also included is In the Wake of Captain Cook - 23-minutes with highlights of key moments in Captain Cook's original voyage. There are excerpts from some 1999 interviews - 11-minutes with Carol Dudley Katzka and a 1/2 hour with Saul Cooper where we learn further about the marketing and details behind the camera. There is an extensive 20-minute piece entitled the Restoration of South Seas Adventure highlighting its journey to 1080P. We get a 6-minute Slideshow of behind the scenes images of South Sea Adventure. There is a trailer and a kind of commercial for Renault cars in SmileBox - lasting some 6-minutes.
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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