How The West Was Won (Blu-Ray)

Discussion in 'High Definition' started by MidnightRambler, Jun 26, 2009.

  1. MidnightRambler

    MidnightRambler New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 18, 2009
    Messages:
    45
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    I don't a have Blu-Ray player but after stumbling upon this review on DVDBeaver I think I'll be getting one as soon as possible. Haven't seen this movie yet (though I'm a western fan), I heard it's not really regarded as a classic but it has a great cast and directors and it's shot wonderfully in 70mm almost 50 years ago, the colors and the details are amazing. Here are the screencaps, I especially like the one in the desert (be sure to click-to-enlarge them):

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film2/DVDReviews40/how_the_west_was_won_blu-ray.htm
     
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2009
  2. Odin

    Odin Guest

    yeah i agree...the picture quality of this movie is amazing
     
  3. dave13

    dave13 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2008
    Messages:
    5,487
    Likes Received:
    485
    Trophy Points:
    83
    Location:
    Toronto, Canada
    haven't seen it yet, but i picked it up a few months ago. the amazing tech specs and supplements were a big draw, but the chance to watch the movie in the "smilevision" format was too much to pass up!
     
  4. Shock Waves

    Shock Waves New Member

    Joined:
    Sep 24, 2007
    Messages:
    472
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Location:
    CenTex
    Wowsa! And Karl Malden has a bit in this too!
     
  5. Matt89

    Matt89 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Aug 13, 2004
    Messages:
    5,691
    Likes Received:
    961
    Trophy Points:
    113
    Location:
    Toronto
    Yeah I have this blu-ray (I'm a big western fan as well) and yeah, the image quality is amazing (check out The Searchers, IMO one of the best blu-rays out there, image quality-wise). It wasn't shot on 70mm though, it was actually shot on three strips of 35mm film that were fused together (through the projectors) to create an extremely wide frame. It was called 'Cinerama'. This I believe was the first 'narrative' film made in the format (it was introduced in 1952 but it was like a long ad called "This is Cinerama"). I think it was later blown up for 70mm so it could go on one strip of film, but the film had to have been cropped to like 2.35:1 (from its 2.89:1 native ratio).

    Anyway, this looks great on blu. But be forewarned...it isn't THAT great a movie and it's loooong. Over 3 hours I think.

    *EDIT: I just saw that Karl Malden passed away. Wow, today me and my friend were talking about him and I said "yo man he's like...crazy old. He's 97. Bet you anything he'll be the next to go."

    ....I now feel really bad about saying that.

    ~Matt
     
    Last edited: Jul 2, 2009

Share This Page