Must say at the outset that I am not in any way a techy with regard to Cinerama. Know nothing about Blu-ray, but, fortunately for me I stumbled upon this site after deciding to play background music on another computer whilst working on this one. Music, out of over 200 odd titles happened to be 'Love Letters', by Ketty Lester, which came on the radio .....whilst I was working in a place in the UK called Southsea, and I was in a cafe with pals on my day off from the CINERAMA Big Top as it was called then. I got 'homesick' so went looking, as I have done often, and this time I really got lucky. Pages of Cinerama stuff, including short clips of South Seas Adventure promo's!!
I started work with the Cinerama group in Sheffield, UK just as a knockabout - if you know what that is, and loved the work, hard and long as it was. Erecting and dismantling that huge tent (I have two b/w pics,very kindly given by Sheffield Council 2? years ago)was a tremendous job. Then a change (no showers available) into dress gear- black guards style daks, black shoes, maroon cummerbund, white shirt, maroon bow tie, and white waistcoat type jacket with silver navy style buttons. HA! those were the days: and Glen Miller playing over the sound system as we showed the patrons to their seats.
I saw Cinerama's South Seas Adventure 13 times a week, and loved every second of it-would swap my life now to go back for the same.
We 'ushers' would sit at the rear of the 'theatre', and wait to watch the people react to scenes such as the 'runaway' mountain train in, I believe it was Funchal on Madeira, but a quick look just now at Wikepedia shows that it stopped in 1943???? Remember it was prob 1963 that I started at the Big Top! so memories slip somewhat.
Screams of joy from men, women and children as they swayed severely in their seats due to virtually being on that train (wherever it was) as it careered down the mountain
at high speed gave us great pleasure, as did their reactions from similar 'virtuals'
Over the years that I have been looking it seems that there is quite a bit of misunderstanding re the Big Top, at least as regards the UK one. I have been told it was called Itinerama, which it was not, nor was the film I saw, 'Windjammer' (13 times per week tends to ingrain quite a lot) and the voice of the man singing 'Kari' on Windjammer is not afai can tell, the same voice as he whom sings it on SSA.
The Christian Radich is on both films and the songs on the SSA trailer on youtube are ones I recall from my time at Cinerama, plus Greigs Piano Concerto, in A Minor. but...
To reach this point in my humble life and see the many references to Cinerama and especially to my souls song, the SSA, is something I did not think would occur. I had read, maybe 2 years ago that there was but one copy of SSA left, in poor condition, and that it was in Australia, which is where I now live-so attempted to contact anyone who may know more, but time and family illness stopped my search, and I left it until circumstances permitted. Not much success however until now, and wow, do I need a beer and a fag! and I don't even smoke, and a drink happens maybe once in a blue moon!
OK, I have bored you to sleep or insanity, so shall stop. There are aspects left which are very strange, but have nothing to do with Cinerama as such, nor Blu-ray etc, so will try to sort those things myself.
Suffice to say that I am over-the-moon with the fact that there are such Knights as these, for whom Cinerama is a cause well fought for.
I humbly salute you and will buy copies of SSA and others (trusting that the thing in our lounge will play Blu-ray??)you have made my new year worth having.
My apologies to those with headaches. if any of the above made sense ..well!!
Thank you for this great site,