Prints derived from VVLA OCNs were amazing. All Eastman Color. One possible exception - an Italian production. Don’t recall name offhand.So basically the banner should read Filmed in VistaVision. This is all new to me. I sssumed as I’m sure just about everyone who saw a ‘VistaVision film that’s what I was seeing. Two such films stand in my memory both seen at local theaters... One Eyed Jacks and The Ten Commandments . Both exhibited crystal clear images. Thus, I imagine that prints derived from the VistaVision negative were pristine looking.
There was certainly a horizontal V V print of River Plate in the UK. I have a frame somewhere.According to Alain Dorange there were some more movies projected in VistaVision:
To Catch a Thief
The Seven Little Foys
The Far Horizons
Battle of the River Plate
Oeil pour Oeil
The first three each ran in more than one cinema, while the other two only ran in one theater in the UK and France respectively.
I was quite sure it was you, thanks for bringing it up.There was certainly a horizontal V V print of River Plate in the UK. I have a frame somewhere.
Apparently it was a royal film performance and I am sure their majesties would have appreciated "Motion Picture High Fidelity".
In the U.S, Michael Coote over at Digital Bits has found 5 cities that showed To Catch a Thief horizontally.
There is also a somewhat worn frame.
I’ll believe Michael on this. More info would be interesting. Would have meant special theater installations, unless those same venues had also run the early VVLA films.I was quite sure it was you, thanks for bringing it up.
Forgot about that article by Michael Coate, it is here:
It includes the faded frame and some screening dates and durations.
The Master, VistaVision and the French Riviera: Remembering Hitchcock’s “To Catch a Thief” on its 60th Anniversary“VistaVision makes you feel like you’re actually on the beautiful Riviera!“ The Digital Bits is pleased to present this retrospective commemorating the 60th anniversary of the release of To Catch a Thief, Alfred Hitchcock’s classic romantic thriller set on the French Riviera and starring Cary...thedigitalbits.com
Definitely worth asking Michael about those other horizontal presentations, there weren't that many after all.I’ll believe Michael on this. More info would be interesting. Would have meant special theater installations, unless those same venues had also run the early VVLA films.
In my days running various projection equipment, running Vista was the most nerve-wracking. Making certain that all was properly set before hitting the power switch, as the projector began its rise to 180 feet per minute.
Ran Vista in my office using gear from Boston Light & Sound. Huge screen. Probably six feet.Definitely worth asking Michael about those other horizontal presentations, there weren't that many after all.
It is also quite interesting that with projectors already installed not more prints were struck of later VistaVsion movies. I thought it would have been because the installations were dismantled rather quickly but apprently this was not always the case. There is a very interesting thread at filmtech forum where even a possible UK IB Tech production of Simon and Laura is brought up:
Where did you manage to run VistaVision? At Paramount or at Universal?
It is sad that of all the more widespread large format processes VistaVision / Technirama cannot be shown anywhere these days and that not even a single print seems to be available for public exhibition, not even a faded one. Those prints of To Catch a Thief must have looked fantastic back in the day!