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)

  15. cinemiracle

    GOLDEN HEAD was NOT a Cinerama film. It was only ever shown in 2 cinemas in the world during it's original release.

    Since the thread was stared and titled by Dave Strohmaier, who is in all aspects a guru on Cinerama, I will continue to refer to this as a ‘lost’ Cinerama film. I also believe Mr Strohmaier answered you same remark in post 9 of this thread.

  16. We who have worked with Cinerama Inc. since 1998 consider Golden Head a 70mm Cinerama film, just as the others that opened in Cinerama theaters on curved screens with Cinerama noted in the opening titles such as Ice Station, 2001, etc. 70mm is a part of the later Cinerama history story.

  17. Ice-Station Zebra is one of my favorite films and would love to see a Smilebox version of it to recreate the experience I had seeing it at the Summit in Detroit. My memory may be faulty but I seem to recall that when I returned to re-watch it later the Overture had been shortened to about half its length, omitting the introductory material (which included a passage incongruously in bolero rhythm) and starting right in on the main theme.

  18. ahollis

    Since the thread was stared and titled by Dave Strohmaier, who is in all aspects a guru on Cinerama, I will continue to refer to this as a ‘lost’ Cinerama film. I also believe Mr Strohmaier answered your same remark in post 9 of this thread.

    Numerous 70mm films were projected onto Cinerama screens but that didn't make them Cinerama films. It was common where I worked.

  19. cinemiracle

    Numerous 70mm films were projected onto Cinerama screens but that didn't make them Cinerama films. It was common where I worked.

    i don't know if you are being deliberately obtuse but no one is saying that every 70mm film shown on Cinerama screens is considered part of Cinerama history. There is a world of difference between those 70mm films intended to be shown in Cinerama and advertised as such (GOLDEN HEAD being one) and those 70mm films (mainly reissues) which were never designed and/or promoted to be shown in Cinerama.

  20. cinemiracle

    Numerous 70mm films were projected onto Cinerama screens but that didn't make them Cinerama films. It was common where I worked.

    I refer you back to post #27 from David Strohmaier. I believe not only his knowledge, but his actual work on several Cinerama film restorations is the last word on this subject.

  21. Douglas R

    i don't know if you are being deliberately obtuse but no one is saying that every 70mm film shown on Cinerama screens is considered part of Cinerama history. There is a world of difference between those 70mm films intended to be shown in Cinerama and advertised as such (GOLDEN HEAD being one) and those 70mm films (mainly reissues) which were never designed and/or promoted to be shown in Cinerama.

    I was referring to the many NEW 70mm films shown on cinerama screens ,especially in Europe and Australia but never advertised as being projected in or advertised as being in cinerama. GOLDEN HEAD was such a film in Europe and I refuse to consider it a cinerama film regardless of who says so.

  22. Due to severe geometry issues I find projecting "normal" 70mm movies on a deeply curved screen problematic, I would probably not go above an 80° curvature for that reason or these days and with digital images just use a sophisticated image processor to fit the picture to the screen.

  23. cinemiracle

    I refuse to consider it a cinerama film regardless of who says so.

    There is nothing so valuable on a discussion forum as a logical, well-reasoned opinion. I hope Dave S. and RAH don't muddy the waters with techno-babble based on their decades of experience in the industry. It's only going to confuse people who live in the world of alternative facts.

  24. ahollis

    I would suggest taking a look at the below web site, for it has newspaper ads for The Golden Head playing at the Royalty Cinerama Theatre in the UK and presented by Cinerama. I know it will not change anyone’s mind, but it makes me feel confident in my position on the film.

    And I very nearly went to see it! I used to see every Cinerama film in those days but for some reason didn't get to see THE GOLDEN HEAD, which of course I deeply regret now (the Royalty was a lovely cinema as well) but I think the film ended its run sooner than I expected.

  25. It did go very quickly I recall.
    Never did see 70mm Cinerama there but remember the Royalty from Brothers Grimm and Best of Cinerama, and before that for Ben Hur(after it moved from the Empire and my second viewing ) and Mutiny on the Bounty.

  26. I am going to see Mutiny on the Bounty at Bradford in a few weeks, they are showing an original 70mm print which of
    course has bad colour fade but i hear the sound is good and it might be shown on the Cinerama screen and they have
    an original Ultra Panavision 70 lens to use as well.

  27. See you guys in Bradford, we are also showing Grand Prix (in digital Cinerama) just like we did at the TCM festival at the Cinerama Dome last April.

    My wife, Carin Anne, who worked long and hard on the editing crew of "Contact", which had shot 65mm on many efx. shots, will make her second appearance in Bradford introducing the film via 35mm scope.

    Another rare short I will present is the original 1956 Ultra Panavision test reel (MGM Camera 65 at he time) which I digitally restored for Panavision.

  28. DP 70

    I am going to see Mutiny on the Bounty at Bradford in a few weeks, they are showing an original 70mm print which of
    course has bad colour fade but i hear the sound is good and it might be shown on the Cinerama screen and they have
    an original Ultra Panavision 70 lens to use as well.

    I was lucky enough to see Mutiny at the Casino at a Saturday Midnight screening.
    I expect it was to original UP print.
    I guess they were thinking about a rerelease which never happened.
    It was its only screening and I can still recall how magnificent it looked and sounded.

  29. john a hunter

    I was lucky enough to see Mutiny at the Casino at a Saturday Midnight screening.
    I expect it was to original UP print.
    I guess they were thinking about a rerelease which never happened.
    It was its only screening and I can still recall how magnificent it looked and sounded.

    Are you sure that you saw MUTINY ON TH BOUNTY at the Casino in London? In which year? MOTB was shown in 70mm at the Royalty from 19 November 1962. The Casino was still showing 3 strip Cinerama in 1962 unless you saw it years later. Your post needs clarifying please regarding it's release date.

  30. I can imagine that the scenes shot in broad daylight on Tahiti must have looked fantastic in full color – and detail – but sadly these days one can either enjoy the detail with a 70mm print or possibly the colors with an IBtech 35mm print but not both.
    I have watched Mutiny twice in 70mm and one time it was the supposedly best remaining print with regard to colors but it had very little density and was in bad mechanical shape, still it was a much cherished occasion to watch it with a packed audience.

    Mutiny seems to be one of those movies that has quite a big number of fans, probably the third most popular UP70 movie after Ben-Hur and IAMMMMW. Its negative should be in decent shape so there is hope that Warner will revisit it and finally do it justice on Blu-ray and UHD as the current Blu-ray is a rather low resolution affair.

  31. cinemiracle

    Are you sure that you saw MUTINY ON TH BOUNTY at the Casino in London? In which year? MOTB was shown in 70mm at the Royalty from 19 November 1962. The Casino was still showing 3 strip Cinerama in 1962 unless you saw it years later. Your post needs clarifying please regarding it's release date.

    Wow!

  32. cinemiracle

    Are you sure that you saw MUTINY ON TH BOUNTY at the Casino in London? In which year? MOTB was shown in 70mm at the Royalty from 19 November 1962. The Casino was still showing 3 strip Cinerama in 1962 unless you saw it years later. Your post needs clarifying please regarding it's release date.

    In the post John does say a Midnight Screening and also a re-release so this must have been a show from a later date.

  33. Just to clarify, as I said, it was a single performance only on a Saturday at midnight. Would have been early 70's-late 60's.
    And it did look incredible.
    That first shot from Tahiti atop the hill where they sound the conch shell made my jaw drop!
    Although I had seen Mutiny at the Royalty, I recall this screening more.
    Pretty sure they were thinking of a reissue that never happened.

    And Peter, the only other special screening at the Casino that I know and which as a poor student , I could not afford, was a charity performance of Windjammer .
    The Duke of Edinburgh attended.
    Single screening mid week.

  34. john a hunter

    Just to clarify, as I said, it was a single performance only on a Saturday at midnight. Would have been early 70's-late 60's.
    And it did look incredible.
    That first shot from Tahiti atop the hill where they sound the conch shell made my jaw drop!

    haineshisway

    Mutiny on the Bounty in its original 70mm run at the Egyptian in Hollywood, looked absolute incredible, as did King of Kings which played there, too.

    I am thinking about collecting a few of these quotes and sending them to George Feltenstein. Dear George, once upon a time Mutiny on the Bounty looked fantastic but not anymore, we would be very grateful if you could make our jaw drop again.

  35. The list of film titles released in 70mm Cinerama not on Blu-ray (in English) is getting smaller!

    Mediterranean Holiday
    La Fayette
    The Flaming Years
    The Black Tulip
    Song of Norway
    The Great Waltz
    Run Run Joe

  36. john a hunter

    Mediterranean Holiday is available in BD as well as 4k under its original title "Flying Clipper", Roland.

    Indeed both Flying Clipper and The Black Tulip have been released in Europe with very good detail but color grading in the second and contrast in the first one are very problematic.

  37. RolandL

    The list of film titles released in 70mm Cinerama not on Blu-ray Region A (in English) is getting smaller!

    Mediterranean Holiday (Flying Clipper – Region B)
    La Fayette
    The Flaming Years
    The Black Tulip (Die Schwarze Tulpe – German and French)
    Song of Norway
    The Great Waltz
    Run Run Joe

    I had the misfortune of seeing RUN, RUN, JOE. I think it was the last film to be shown in Cinerama at the London Casino. Why it was given the 70mm (blow up from 35mm) Cinerama treatment is baffling.

  38. Douglas R

    I had the misfortune of seeing RUN, RUN, JOE. I think it was the last film to be shown in Cinerama at the London Casino. Why it was given the 70mm (blow up from 35mm) Cinerama treatment is baffling.

    RUN JOE RUN ranks as one of the very worst films that I ever saw. I tossed out the dvd that I had after watching it only once. It was very common in Europe in the sixties, to blow up 35mm films to 70mm .

  39. john a hunter

    I think it lasted about a week Doug, then disappeared for ever!

    I was lucky (?) to see it then! Fortunately I don’t recall anything about the film other than coming out of the Casino thinking how bored I’d been.

  40. RolandL

    The list of film titles released in 70mm Cinerama not on Blu-ray Region A (in English) is getting smaller!

    Mediterranean Holiday (Flying Clipper – Region B)
    La Fayette
    The Flaming Years
    The Black Tulip (Die Schwarze Tulpe – German and French)
    Song of Norway
    The Great Waltz
    Run Run Joe[/QUO

    Numerous 70mm films were shown on full size Cinerama screens world wide,in the sixties/seventies. I guess your list is limited to those shown in London at the Casino cinema? One had to pay Cinerama Inc. in order to use the Cinerama logo for these films. Most films however, were not advertised as being in Cinerama due to copyright reasons. GONE WITH THE WIND and THE KING AND I were shown on full size Cinerama screens in New Zealand.The list is endless. The dvd of RUN JOE RUN did advertise the film as being in Cinerama in the credits. The Rivoli cinema in NYC had a D-!50 screen installed in the sixties but never advertised their 70mm films as being projected onto the D-150 screen. I was always very impressed when I saw 70mm films there.

  41. I checked out this site again. Thanks for the reminder Doug.
    Great to see the special presentation of Windjammer included but not the one off late Saturday night showing of Mutiny on the Bounty.
    However , I can now say that first I saw HTWWW on Saturday 3 November 1962 at 5.30pm.:)

  42. Douglas R

    The incinerama website lists every film which played at the Casino Cinerama, along with posters and flyers.

    http://incinerama.com/ctcasino.htm

    I am completely shocked that Song of Norway seems to have run for a whopping 60 weeks!
    For me it is easily the worst large format movie I have ever watched and for me seeing it once is enough for a lifetime. when we screened it t a festival nobody seemed to be very fond of it so I am really puzzled how taste in movies could have been so much different.

    On the other hand the much superior The Last Valley ran only 2 weeks and the equally silly but more funny Krakatoa only 3 weeks – very hard to comprehend…

  43. OliverK

    I am completely shocked that Song of Norway seems to have run for a whopping 60 weeks!
    For me it is easily the worst large format movie I have ever watched and for me seeing it once is enough for a lifetime. when we screened it t a festival nobody seemed to be very fond of it so I am really puzzled how taste in movies could have been so much different

    Tastes differ of course, but I am rather fond of SONG OF NORWAY. While it's one of those "so bad it's good" movies for me, it did boast some beautifully photographed scenery. My opinion may have been swayed by the fact that NORWAY played here in the DC area in 70mm in two theaters (both long gone) with excellent projection and sound systems. Yes, I actually saw it twice, and would happily buy a decent Blu-Ray.

    As for the worst large format movie, I would nominate THE MASTER. Not only did it not use the large format to any advantage, but Joaquin Phoenix's repeated violent outbursts were so predictable as to be laughable.

  44. cinemiracle

    Any extras for the release? Can't find them anywhere.

    From Amazon:

    BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDE:
    Fortress of Peace – A short film directed by John Fernhout, portraying the Swiss Army fighting against an unnamed, unseen enemy which originally screened theatrically in front of The Golden Head.
    A Tale of Old Whiff – Originally in Smell-O-Vision, a 70mm cartoon where a dog, named "Old Whiff", searches for a dinosaur bone.
    Restoration of The Golden Head – A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the new restoration of this Cinerama title.
    Restoration of the animation, A Tale of Old Whiff – A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the restoration of this animated classic.
    Image Gallery – Featuring original production, exhibition and promotional materials.
    Trailer Gallery – Featuring restored Cinerama titles.

  45. The list of film titles released in 70mm Cinerama not on Blu-ray Region A (in English) is getting smaller!

    Mediterranean Holiday (Flying Clipper – Region B)
    La Fayette
    The Flaming Years
    The Black Tulip (Die Schwarze Tulpe – German and French)
    Song of Norway
    The Great Waltz
    Run Run Joe

    Numerous 70mm films were shown on full size Cinerama screens world wide,in the sixties/seventies. I guess your list is limited to those shown in London at the Casino cinema? One had to pay Cinerama Inc. in order to use the Cinerama logo for these films. Most films however, were not advertised as being in Cinerama due to copyright reasons. GONE WITH THE WIND and THE KING AND I were shown on full size Cinerama screens in New Zealand.The list is endless. The dvd of RUN JOE RUN did advertise the film as being in Cinerama in the credits. The Rivoli cinema in NYC had a D-!50 screen installed in the sixties but never advertised their 70mm films as being projected onto the D-150 screen. I was always very impressed when I saw 70mm films there.

    Hi Peter,

    The list above is for films that were promoted as being "In Cinerama". Not just shown at the London Casino theatre.

    Mediterranean Holiday – multiple US Cinerama theatres
    Lafayette – London Coliseum
    The Flaming Years – London Coliseum
    The Black Tulip – London Coliseum
    Song of Norway – multiple Cinerama theatres in the UK
    The Great Waltz – London Casino
    Run Run Joe – London Casino

    Other films were re-released at Cinerama theatres and promoted as "on the Giant Cinerama Screen!"

  46. OliverK

    I am completely shocked that Song of Norway seems to have run for a whopping 60 weeks!

    Played for a long time at other movie theatres also (34 weeks at the LA Cinerama Dome, 22 weeks at the Toronto Glendale theatre) with reserved seat pricing. Someone must have liked it.

  47. RolandL

    Played for a long time at other movie theatres also (34 weeks at the LA Cinerama Dome, 22 weeks at the Toronto Glendale theatre) with reserved seat pricing. Someone must have liked it.

    Apparently it was indeed moderately successful given its production costs but to me it is still puzzling that this movie was more successful than every other single strip large format movie that ran in the casino in cinerama, all of which I would prefer to Song of Norway.

    But then today the Transfomers movies get both bad reviews from critics and most people on imdb and still all grossed more than 600 million world wide at the box office. Obviously there are still enough people who like this kind of movie so why should there not have been an audience for Song of Norway back in the day no matter how much it was panned by critics and most moviegoers?

  48. RichMurphy

    Tastes differ of course, but I am rather fond of SONG OF NORWAY. While it's one of those "so bad it's good" movies for me, it did boast some beautifully photographed scenery. My opinion may have been swayed by the fact that NORWAY played here in the DC area in 70mm in two theaters (both long gone) with excellent projection and sound systems. Yes, I actually saw it twice, and would happily buy a decent Blu-Ray.

    As for the worst large format movie, I would nominate THE MASTER. Not only did it not use the large format to any advantage, but Joaquin Phoenix's repeated violent outbursts were so predictable as to be laughable.

    I guess that proves that tastes do differ and I would be happy for you if it came out on Blu-ray. Still it would probably be one of the very few large format movies that I'd pass on unless it would be something that looks ridiculously good. For some reason the print I saw was not very good by the way, it lacked the sharpness that I expect from western large format productions.

  49. Song of Norway did look and sound magnificent at the Casino.
    Like Rich I saw it twice and would get a BD of it in a heart beat although as a critic said,it was like drowning in custard!
    It was probably held at the Casino for longer that it should as there was nothing or little to follow it.!

  50. john a hunter

    Song of Norway did look and sound magnificent at the Casino.
    Like Rich I saw it twice and would get a BD of it in a heart beat although as a critic said,it was like drowning in custard!
    It was probably held at the Casino for longer that it should as there was nothing or little to follow it.!

    I didn't get to see "Song of Norway" but I did see Andrew Stone's follow-up "The Great Waltz" which I remember as being rather dull and old-fashioned. That film seems to have completely disappeared. I've never seen a TV showing and it seems not to have ever been on DVD.

    The worst presentation I saw on the Casino Cinerama screen was the 70mm blow-up of "The Bridge on the River Kwai". The picture quality was appalling.

  51. Douglas R

    I didn't get to see "Song of Norway" but I did see Andrew Stone's follow-up "The Great Waltz" which I remember as being rather dull and old-fashioned. That film seems to have completely disappeared. I've never seen a TV showing and it seems not to have ever been on DVD.

  52. RolandL

    From Amazon:

    BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDE:
    Fortress of Peace – A short film directed by John Fernhout, portraying the Swiss Army fighting against an unnamed, unseen enemy which originally screened theatrically in front of The Golden Head.
    A Tale of Old Whiff – Originally in Smell-O-Vision, a 70mm cartoon where a dog, named "Old Whiff", searches for a dinosaur bone.
    Restoration of The Golden Head – A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the new restoration of this Cinerama title.
    Restoration of the animation, A Tale of Old Whiff – A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the restoration of this animated classic.
    Image Gallery – Featuring original production, exhibition and promotional materials.
    Trailer Gallery – Featuring restored Cinerama titles.

    Thanks for that Roland

  53. Douglas R

    I didn't get to see "Song of Norway" but I did see Andrew Stone's follow-up "The Great Waltz" which I remember as being rather dull and old-fashioned. That film seems to have completely disappeared. I've never seen a TV showing and it seems not to have ever been on DVD.

    The worst presentation I saw on the Casino Cinerama screen was the 70mm blow-up of "The Bridge on the River Kwai". The picture quality was appalling.

    The 70mm blow-up of GONE WITH THE WIND and shown on a full-sized Cinerama screen,would have to be a low point in 70mm.

  54. cinemiracle

    The 70mm blow-up of GONE WITH THE WIND and shown on a full-sized Cinerama screen,would have to be a low point in 70mm.

    The pan and scan version of Julius Cesar blown up to 70mm has to be up there, too – hideous.

  55. Did anybody see The Concert For Bangladesh at the Casino in 70mm blown up from 16mm.
    I have only seen a 35mm 4 track stereo version., but i bet the 6 track stereo on the 70mm was really good.

  56. RichMurphy

    … As for NORWAY, I recall that Kino has the rights to NORWAY now but they don't know what to do with it.

    I think they said some restoration would be required and they would not re-coop the cost of it.

  57. Flicker Alley was kind enough to email me this …
    LIMITED-TIME SPECIAL DISCOUNT: $29.95 through their website

    Spoiler

    Flicker Alley, in partnership with Cinerama Inc., invite audiences to pre-order and experience the 10th Cinerama feature production. Newly restored, The Golden Head was originally shot in Technirama for release in 70mm Cinerama and now beautifully restored in a premium never-before-seen Blu-ray/DVD dual-format edition.

    The Golden Head
    Deluxe Blu-ray/DVD Dual-Format Edition
    SPECIAL PRE-ORDER SALE PRICE: $29.95 (M.S.R.P. $39.95)

    1965 / Directed by Richard Thorpe / 115 minutes / COLOR / Hungary, London & United States / Restored by David Strohmaier

    UPC: 6-17311-68609-2

    Largely unseen since its original theatrical release in 1965, and almost never shown in the U.S., The Golden Head is somewhat of a Cinerama mystery, not only in its "Emil and the Detectives"-style plot, but in its history as a unique, multi-national, and nearly "lost" widescreen wonder.

    A British-Hungarian-American production, the film takes place in and around Budapest, and follows the adventures of the Stevenson children: Milly, Michael, and Harold. In Hungary with their father, a British inspector attending an international convention of criminal investigators, the kids stumble upon a plot hatched by two thieves (Buddy Hackett, in his first role since the success of It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and George Sanders), to steal the golden bust of Saint László from the Cathedral of Gyór and smuggle it out of the country. The Stevenson trio trails the thieves through Budapest and beyond in what amounts to a widescreen tour of the culture and landmarks of Hungary, highlighted by crazy chase scenes of earthy humor and elements of slapstick comedy.

    Notoriously replaced by Flying Clipper (aka Mediterranean Holiday) after an 8-week theatrical run in London, The Golden Head was rarely seen ever again. Now, thanks to a brilliant, new restoration by Cinerama Inc., the 70mm Technirama can be enjoyed by all alongside the other critically acclaimed Blu-ray and DVD publications in Flicker Alley's Cinerama collection.

    BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDE:

    • Fortress of Peace – A short film directed by John Fernhout, portraying the Swiss Army fighting against an unnamed, unseen enemy which originally screened theatrically in front of The Golden Head.
    • A Tale of Old Whiff – A Tale of Old Whiff – Originally in Smell-O-Vision, a 70mm cartoon where a dog, named "Old Whiff", searches for a dinosaur bone.
    • Restoration of Golden Head – A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the new restoration of this Cinerama title.
    • Restoration of the animation, A Tale of Old Whiff – A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the restoration of this animated classic.
    • Image Gallery – Featuring original production, exhibition and promotional materials.
    • Trailer Gallery – Featuring restored Cinerama titles.
    • A booklet facsimile reproduction of the original premiere program.
  58. GWTW was shown in 70mm at the Capri Theatre in Des Moines (a superb house BTW). I think it was there for 3-4 months.

    I saw it when I was back home on Christmas break, and it actually looked pretty good and sounded even better. At that time I had only seen GWTW in the 35mm Eastman Color 4-track prints from the 1960 release. As I recall, people loved it at the Capri.

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