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  1. Mark-P

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    The Rocketeer? I'm sure that must be a joke, but it's going over my head!
     
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    The Rocketeer (film) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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    [*]The Rocketeer is a 1991 American period superhero film produced by Walt Disney Pictures and based ..... Dalton has fun as a villain patterned after Errol Flynn.
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    He plays "Neville Sinclair", a Hollywood star known for his swordfighting action pictures, who is secretly a Nazi spy.
     
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    THE ROCKETEER, Not sure of the connection to Warner titles.
     
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    Well, I got the joke and smiled, David. :)

    And I agree about about Flynn on blu.
     
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    might as well then throw in My Favorite Year (another 'Flynn' missing from Blu)
     
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    No kidding; I've got 4 different Warner Home Video DVD box sets, containing 19 Errol Flynn movies (ranging from all-time-classic to highly-entertaining) and a documentary, not one of which is on Blu-Ray. And I bet they've got a good version of "Santa Fe Trail" kicking around somewhere, too.
     
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    I wonder if Warner have the original Technicolor three strip film for Dodge City? The DVD was very red & the colour registration was a bit dodgy. Mind you, it never seems right to me seeing it in colour, I grew up watching this in b/w. Time will tell
     
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    That title probably has been a bit of a problem for Warner/MPI.
     
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    I wonder what Warner currently has, but I remember seeing a stunning archive print of it in 1973. Ah, the pleasures of long-gone 3-strip Technicolor!
     
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    Yes! :)
     
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    so watching TCM tonight, and Around the world in 80 days is on, and I am wondering with the original indented Todd AO presentation would have been a curved screen , if when this is released if we are going to get a flat / smilebox combo? my fingers are crossed for a presentation as it was originally intended, some of this would work so much better that way
     
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    Though ToddAO called for a curved screen it was nowhere as deep as Cinerama. Other Blu-rays from ToddAO films have all been flat. Cleopatra, Oklahoma, South Pacific come to mind. The only Smilebox features I've seen on Blu-ray have been Cinerama/MGM How The West Was Won and the Cinerama travelogues...Don't think that WB will provide 2 different presentations.
     
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    little place called the widescreen museum has some different ideas as to what the curvature was, Todd AO was basically to be CINERAMA from one projector but I think it stated for the screen to be a little deeper, as for two presentations, WB did it with HTWWW and their 3D presentations always include the flat as well, hopefully one of the better qualified could answer the question of original Todd AO 70mm roadshow presentation via curved screen
     
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    I use all of the items you suggest. I have a collection of itunes and UV but also do alot of local streaming and some cloud to mix it up.
     
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    HTWWW was 3 strip Cinerama. One of only two features produced in this manner. WB did an excellent job in their Smilebox blu-ray. None of the ToddAO features have Blu-rays in Smilebox. OAR of ToddAO is 2.21 while Cinerama and later Ultra Panavision 70 were 2.76:1. Actually I think Cinerama is closer to 3.0:1. Cinerama's curved screen was much deeper than the ToddAO screens. Admittedly not an expert except to say I viewed every 70mm Roadshow in NYC during the late 50's as well as 60's. Best presentation I've ever seen was the D-150 projection of The Bible at Loew's State. The folks at D-150 threatened Fox with a lawsuit since Fox was going to show The Bible in ToddAO. Fox relented and the Loew's State was forced to install a new screen to present The Bible in the D-150 format.
     
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    ok a little more reading, apparently only the first two features filmed in Todd AO would be presentable this way, as the use of the bug eye lens was set up to display at 128 degree curvature, hence Oklahoma! and Around the world in 80 Days were originally designed for that presentation, along with a flat for theaters that had not been converted yet. After that the other features were filmed in Todd AO flat, but these two were designed to be seen on a curved. http://www.cinematographers.nl/FORMATS4.html has some good info as well.
     
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    And here's hoping that the Sinatra blurb means "Anchors Aweigh" and "On The Town" get Blus.
     
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    I'd love a remastered LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON (Billy Wilder). The DVD from 2001 was based on far-from-pristine elements.
     
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    The MGM Studio Orchestra, its orchestrators, its arragements, its remarkable musicians must be preserved in the best way possible; the blu-rays should have extra care in the sound tracks that would represent this legendary orchestra's performances, both for musicials and for back ground scores. Time goes by and it would be a damn shame if these tracks were compromised or lost to mishandling. This orchestra was one of the great orchestras in the US. Please, restore their greatness on the sound tracks of all the MGM studio productions.
     
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    It's worth noting that Andre Previn, who started his career at MGM and who later changed direction and became a much respected conductor of some of the world's great orchestras, has always expressed huge admiration for the MGM orchestra.
     
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