Talk:How the West Was Won (film)
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Wide Screen Processes: Cinerama Vs. Todd-AO
Today the most commonly used wide-screen process is Cinemascope. Vistavision by Paramount is so similar is concept that it will only be mentioned to be complete. Both are typically 2.35:1 formats that cause movies to be letterboxed on older T.V's. The 16 X 9 format revision of future T.V.'s will solve most of these transfer problems.
Early Cinerama required 3 interlocked cameras (and 3 playback projectors) to properly film and project it. After "The Bros. Grimm" and "HTWWW", Cinerama converted to a one camera process. Many other films were shot in one camera Cinerama: "2001- A Space Oddessy" being the most notable. There were only 12 U.S. theatres with true Cinerama. Processed prints had to be made for wider national release; and yes, even these prints had those anoying "seams".
Todd-AO was another wide screen process. The most notable film produced in that format was "Around the World in 80 Days". It was an extreme wide screen process without the "seaming" problem. Other 70mm formats became more popular for wide-screen films. They were cheaper.
It is unfortunate that "How the West Was Won" is a 3 camera film, and there is notable color variation in the 1999 DVD version between the 3 sections. In this DVD is a very good featurette showing the making of (and) explaining the Cinerama process.
Remastering this film will probably never happen, so enjoy it...seams and all....
It is a western that seems to have a sense of humor about it; perhaps unintentionally. The buffalo stampede is still one of the best action scenes I have ever seen in a western film.How the West Was Won-film comment —Preceding unsigned comment added by 126.96.36.199 (talk) 00:13, 9 May 2008 (UTC)
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Deletion of cast names
Just a request for information: Most of the cast names that were listed in the infobox have been deleted, with the explanation that "only major stars" were being left on the list. John Wayne and Henry Fonda were not "major stars?" Monkeyzpop (talk) 21:25, 13 October 2008 (UTC)
- Not in this film. Wayne is only in one scene. Fonda has a larger role, but I didn't see any reason to repeat what's in the cast section. Clarityfiend (talk) 04:32, 14 October 2008 (UTC)
- Ah. I see. They're not major *characters*. Okay. I was thinking "these guys are among the biggest stars in the world at the time of this film, how could they not be considered major stars?" But you're right, despite their major stardom, they don't play major *characters*. Monkeyzpop (talk) 05:18, 14 October 2008 (UTC)