What films were produced in Todd-AO?

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  1. Dennis Nicholls

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    I found you can't do a search on IMDB on the term "Todd-AO". Therefore I'm not sure how many films were produced in this fashion. Here are the ones I know about:
    Carousel
    Around the World in 80 Days
    The Agony and the Ecstasy
    Anybody care to add to the list?
     
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    One of the versions of Oklahoma! was shot in Todd-AO. That is the one that appears on the DVD.
     
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    Oh well, at least it hurts less to be corrected by Hendrik... [​IMG]
     
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    Oklahoma!

    Around The World In Eighty Days

    South Pacific

    Porgy and Bess

    Can-Can

    Scent Of Mystery

    The Alamo

    Cleopatra

    The Agony and the Ecstacy

    Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines

    The Bible

    Doctor Dolittle

    Star!

    Hello Dolly

    Patton

    Airport

    The Last Valley

    Only the first 2 were filmed twice (once in 24fps, then in 30fps)
     
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    In all fairness to the American Optical Company (the "AO"), Michael Todd did not invent Todd-AO. He gave the company a whole bunch of money to produce a lens that would, as he said "give us Cinerama through one hole" or something to that effect. That "entitled" him to get his name on the process. Mr. Todd was a great showman and self-promoter, but never an inventor. There was also a Todd-AO 35mm process for a while as well.
     
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    The Sound of Music
     
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    There's two you missed...

    Dune

    Baraka
     
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    Dune was filmed in Todd-AO 35, an anamorphic process identical to Panavision/CinemaScope).
     
  10. Dennis Nicholls

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    OK so I guess I do own several DVD's of films produced in Todd-AO 30 fps:
    South Pacific
    Sound of Music
    Cleopatra
    Patton
    So how are these put onto video? Looks like they don't need to do the old 2:3 telecine pull-down to go into NTSC. Should progressive scan DVD players decode these as "video", or what? Just idle curiosity on my part.
     
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    Only "Oklahoma!" and "Around The World In 80 Days" were shot at 30fps.
     
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    For Oklahoma, no 3/2 pulldown was performed, so each frame used the normal interlaced two fields per frame that NTSC video uses. A proper progressive scan DVD player should play back normally, since the 3/2 pulldown flags won't be there to have it reconsruct the original frames.
     
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