Cinerama’s Golden Head and Tale of Old Whiff

ften considered the LOST Cinerama film, "The Golden Head" starring Buddy Hackett and George Sauders will come out sometime this fall through Flicker Alley. 3 Stars

A heads up on a “Golden Head” release

Often considered the LOST Cinerama film, “The Golden Head” starring Buddy Hackett and George Sauders will come out sometime this fall through Flicker Alley. One of the bonus extras will be the LOST 15 minute 1960 cartoon “A Tale of Of Whiff” that was originally in Smell-o-Vision and played with Mike Todd Jr’s “Scent of Mystery”.

Here are two 5 minute remastering shorts that will also be included on this release along with slideshows and trailers.

These may take a few minutes to load up:
www.davidstrohmaier.com/review/Gold%20Head%20Reconstruction-iPad%20and%20iPhone%204.m4v

www.davidstrohmaier.com/review/Old%20Whiff%20remastering-iPad%20and%20iPhone%204.m4v

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  1. Strohmaier

    A heads up on a "Golden Head" release

    Often considered the LOST Cinerama film, "The Golden Head" starring Buddy Hackett and George Sauders will come out sometime this fall through Flicker Alley. One of the bonus extras will be the LOST 15 minute 1960 cartoon "A Tale of Of Whiff" that was originally in Smell-o-Vision and played with Mike Todd Jr's "Scent of Mystery".

    Here are two 5 minute remastering shorts that will also be included on this release along with slideshows and trailers.

    These may take a few minutes to load up:
    http://www.davidstrohmaier.com/review/Gold%20Head%20Reconstruction-iPad%20and%20iPhone%204.m4v

    http://www.davidstrohmaier.com/review/Old%20Whiff%20remastering-iPad%20and%20iPhone%204.m4v

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    That's just fantastic! Huge kudos and thanks Mr Strohmaier!

  2. Another Heads up- For those near LA on April 28th -the new restoration of Windjammer will screen at the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood on the full curved screen as part of the Turner Classic Movies Film Festival.

    If you happen to be in Amsterdam it will screen at the Eye Filmmuseum on Sunday March 4th. Then If your in Paris the Cinematheque Francaise will show it March 10th. And those in Oslo, Norway on May 27 can see it at the Coliseum theater where it had its premeire in 1958. Then enjoy a 4 hour cruse on the film's ship, Christian Radich right after the show.

  3. ArnoldLayne

    That's just fantastic! Huge kudos and thanks Mr Strohmaier!

    GOLDEN HEAD was never a LOST Cinerama film. Maybe a lost film but definitely not a Cinerama film. Maybe it was not even a lost film but merely an unseen film after it bombed at the box-office and only was screened in 2 countries and then only very briefly. It is merely a curiosity film to see to-day.It was originally titled MILLIE GOES TO BUDAPEST

  4. Yes – but many have called it the Lost Cinerama film, that was what I was referring to. It only played on a Cinerama curved screen in London for 8 weeks and then was pulled. For a "Cinerama show" it was not a popular film.

  5. cinemiracle

    GOLDEN HEAD was never a LOST Cinerama film. Maybe a lost film but definitely not a Cinerama film.

    Not 3-panel Cinerama but a title presented in 70mm Cinerama like Circus World and Custer of the West.

  6. Thank you, David, for this wonderful news and for your incredible work! The more I see stories such as these about Cinerama releases, the more it makes me pine for a home video release of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm.

  7. Strohmaier

    Yes – but many have called it the Lost Cinerama film, that was what I was referring to. It only played on a Cinerama curved screen in London for 8 weeks and then was pulled. For a "Cinerama show" it was not a popular film.

    Yes, The Golden Head played at the Royalty Cinerama theatre from April 8th to July 29th 1965. It came off to make way for The Greatest Story Ever Told, transferring from the Casino Cinerama. The Royalty was one of three theatres operated by Cinerama in London at that time, the Casino (1954-1974), the Coliseum (1963-1968) and the Royalty (1963-1966). The Golden Head, of course, was filmed in Technirama.

  8. I applaud your commitment and dedication and have been impressed with previous Cinerama restorations, however looking at these examples, I wonder if you might've gone a step too far. I hate to criticise this effort, but feel that redrawing animation inklines and backgrounds is going beyond restoration. The focus issue doesn't seem sufficiently detrimental to the film to justify that. I can understand cleaning dirt and colour fade, but feel analog artefacts of animation photography should be left intact. If the image quality was originally less than perfect, then so be it.

    It's really something special to have located this long lost cartoon, I look forward to seeing the rest.

  9. We thought about that -only 6 shots were "fixed" that way and animation historians we talked to all thought it was the right thing to do given the circumstances. Also too many people complained to us when they saw the original before these fixes on the big screen. Trust me, you would have done the same given these problems. Now the cartoon's story is much less distracting with the "fixes". Also the original scans, before the repairs, are preserved as well.

  10. Les Mangram

    Yes, The Golden Head played at the Royalty Cinerama theatre from April 8th to July 29th 1965. It came off to make way for The Greatest Story Ever Told, transferring from the Casino Cinerama. The Royalty was one of three theatres operated by Cinerama in London at that time, the Casino (1954-1974), the Coliseum (1963-1968) and the Royalty (1963-1966). The Golden Head, of course, was filmed in Technirama.

    The Astoria in Charing Cross Road was the 4th Cinerama theatre in London which had really good sound.

  11. DP 70

    The Astoria in Charing Cross Road was the 4th Cinerama theatre in London which had really good sound.

    Rank's Astoria was not really a "Cinerama" theatre. Its 1968 refurbishment resulted in a new curved screen similar to the Odeon Marble Arch and the Gaumont 1s at Sheffield and Bournemouth ( a similar screen was installed at around the same time at the Odeon Merrion Centre in Leeds). The Astoria reopened with its new screen on December 17th 1968 with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This played until July 30th 1969 and the following day Krakatoa, East of Java opened on exactly the same screen but was indeed advertised as being in "Cinerama". After a 24 week run Krakatoa made way for Paint Your Wagon which played for 79 weeks. A curious feature of the Astoria's new screen was that the top corners were cut off by the curvature of the balcony front (the projection box was beneath the balcony). The screen was actually masked to allow for this.

  12. Before the Astoria closed as a cinema in 1976 they ran a season of 70mm films which I saw including Scrooge, My Fair Lady, The Wild Bunch, Funny Lady and Papillon and they all looked really great on the screen.

  13. Les Mangram

    Rank's Astoria was not really a "Cinerama" theatre. Its 1968 refurbishment resulted in a new curved screen similar to the Odeon Marble Arch and the Gaumont 1s at Sheffield and Bournemouth ( a similar screen was installed at around the same time at the Odeon Merrion Centre in Leeds). The Astoria reopened with its new screen on December 17th 1968 with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. This played until July 30th 1969 and the following day Krakatoa, East of Java opened on exactly the same screen but was indeed advertised as being in "Cinerama". After a 24 week run Krakatoa made way for Paint Your Wagon which played for 79 weeks. A curious feature of the Astoria's new screen was that the top corners were cut off by the curvature of the balcony front (the projection box was beneath the balcony). The screen was actually masked to allow for this.

    The Sheffield Gaumont 1 made a big thing about it being a Cinerama cinema when it was twinned in 1969. It didn't last long though because Cinerama and road show films were already running down. I visited the cinema frequently when I was working in Sheffield in the mid 1960s but the Gaumont deep curved screen was nowhere near as enveloping as the Cinerama screen at the Casino in London. More impressive was Manchester's Theatre Royal Cinerama screen.

  14. Strohmaier

    We thought about that -only 6 shots were "fixed" that way and animation historians we talked to all thought it was the right thing to do given the circumstances. Also too many people complained to us when they saw the original before these fixes on the big screen. Trust me, you would have done the same given these problems. Now the cartoon's story is much less distracting with the "fixes". Also the original scans, before the repairs, are preserved as well.

    I'm not seeing the clips in context, so perhaps you are correct, I'll reserve judgement on it at this point.

    Were any of the experts you consulted able to offer any advice with regard to the original colour palette? I sometimes get the impression vintage restorations may have been over-corrected for colour fade. Although I admit that my perception of what looks correct for that period is possibly biased from seeing faded examples, and perhaps some personal preference for muted palettes.

    I also notice that when faded colours are boosted to more saturated levels, it sometimes becomes apparent that colour depth has been lost that cannot be recovered. There is some inconsistency that is causing inklines and areas of the same cell colour area to split into other colours towards the edge of the frame. This is especially apparent in the scene with the dog catcher's van in front of the hotel. The clouds of smoke vary from greenish to purple, and the inklines turn red as the van exits frame. The dog itself is noticeably distorted.

    (apologies for lateness of reply)

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