Win How The West Was Won on DVD!
The wondrous western historical saga How the West Was Won gallops onto home theatre screens 5 August 2009 in a restored and remastered edition.
One of only two narrative feature films produced in the original
Cinerama® three-panel widescreen process, How the West Was Won
is a stunning epic, following four generations of a courageous New
England farm family as they travel to the fertile Ohio Valley
during Americas early westward expansion.
MGM and Cinerama® spared no expense to give this sprawling Western saga the huge vistas made possible with the original Cinerama® process.
After its initial theatrical engagements in theatres equipped
with three synchronised projectors for Cinerama® presentation,
the film was subsequently presented on traditional theatre screens
with the three separate Cinerama® panels being optically joined
to form a standard 35mm 2.35:1 widescreen image, leaving most
subsequent viewers puzzled by the annoying join lines.
Following several years of careful development, the technicians at Warner Bros. Motion Picture Imaging perfected a technology that could finally eliminate the join lines, and unify the images into a superb viewing experience that captures the essence of the productions initial road show exhibitions, with an aspect ratio of 2.89:1.
This ultimate western film gets the ultimate treatment with How the West Was Won 3-Disc Special Edition DVD ($19.95RRP).
Some of Hollywoods biggest stars, including John Wayne, Henry Fonda, James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Gregory Peck, Lee J. Cobb, Debbie Reynolds and Carroll Baker star in How the West Was Won.
Set between 1839 and 1889 against the backgrounds of the
Louisiana Purchase, the Civil War, buffalo hunters, the Pony
Express and the first transcontinental railroad. The film consists
of five Segments, with direction by Henry Hathaway, John Ford and
George Marshall, and written by James R. Webb and John Gay,
suggested by a Life Magazine series of the same name. The film was
the winner of 3 Academy Awards® (Best Screenplay,Best Sound and
Best Editing) as well as being nominated for an additional five
Oscars®, including Best Picture. In 1997, How the West Was Won
was selected by the Library of Congress for preservation in the US
National Film Registry.
" Film Historian Commentary
" Dave Strohmaiers critically-acclaimed, feature-length documentary Cinerama® Adventure
" Original Theatrical trailer