We are about to complete the new and very challenging digital restoration of Windjammer (1958) which has been a 9 month long project. As many of you know the Flicker Alley version from several years ago was a telecine from a faded Cinemascope dupe print, so this new scanned version is like seeing an entirely new film. This time it was done with all original 3-panel elements: shrunken vinegary faded original negs, recently discovered IPs and some sections from the Library of Congress deposit print. All film scanning was accomplished at Fotokem in Burbank. The blending and alignment of the 3 panels, delicate color work, and image clean up was done mostly on my mac in my office at home. At some point in the next several weeks I will post a video explaining how all this was done including many before and after examples.
No current plans for a home video release for either the new restored version of This Is Cinerama or Windjammer other than a good possibility of summer or fall of 2018. We do plan to have a few theatrical showings at some point after July of this year.
This work finally completes the Cinerama travelogue library of films. Bout time -it has been about 7 years.
Here is a link to some restored sample scenes:
Updated existing trailer with new images, original trailer soundtrack:
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