Sunday, August 10, 2014

1958 - CINERAMA SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE, in Cinerama (what else?) and Blu Ray.

Lots and lots of scenery shots with the large 3 camera setup that was called Cinerama.  This film is set in the Pacific and when the camera isn't flying over admittedly very scenic islands it is locked in place as the "simple" natives of the South Pacific sing or dance or sing yet again.

Orson Welles is the narrator and there is a very slight attempt to stick a couple of stories into all of the pretty pictures. 

This Blu Ray version of this travelogue is presented in something called "Smilebox"  which attempts to approximate the image found in Cinerama theaters.  Even on my TV the smilebox format is actually very easy to view.  The film was remastered with it's original negatives and it looks great.

There is kind of a meandering quality to this film. It was filmed in the 1950's but I will have to admit I could have done with 1 or 2 less airborne scenic vista shots. An interesting film.

120 minutes.

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