Is it worth it to watch This Is Cinerama? If so, how do I view its movie file?

Hey everyone, I have a question, followed by an optional question for those who answer yes to my second question.

First Question:
I’m looking for movies I can watch on my computer, and I heard about this movie called “This is Cinerama”. I heard it really fascinated audiences back in 1952, because it was on a really wide screen. But aside from the fact that it was a wide screen experience, is it worth watching?

Optional Second Question (for those who answered yes to my first question):
For those who said yes to my first question, I found a site where I can watch “This is Cinerama”: http://www.zero-games.ru/video/Format/documentary/This_Is_Cinerama.html

What do I do after I download all 8 parts of the .rar files? How do I watch the videos? What do I need? Do I need to install a media player? If so, which one? And do I need to install a file extraction program? If so, which one? And how do I extract the files?

Hey everyone, I have a question, followed by an optional question for those who answer yes to my second question.

First Question:
I’m looking for movies I can watch on my computer, and I heard about this movie called “This is Cinerama”. I heard it really fascinated audiences back in 1952, because it was on a really wide screen. But aside from the fact that it was a wide screen experience, is it worth watching?

Optional Second Question (for those who answered yes to my first question):
For those who said yes to my first question, I found a site where I can watch “This is Cinerama”: http://www.zero-games.ru/video/Format/documentary/This_Is_Cinerama.html

What do I do after I download all 8 parts of the .rar files? How do I watch the videos? What do I need? Do I need to install a media player? If so, which one? And do I need to install a file extraction program? If so, which one? And how do I extract the files?

Not especially. It’s basically just a demonstration of the technology. Without the special screen and projectors, it’s just a travelogue with no narrative story.

The Cinerama screen wasn’t just very wide, it curved forwards at the sides. The idea was that it would fill your peripheral vision a well as what was straight ahead, and that this would be more immersive and give a greater sense of realism. It worked to some extent. However, it obviously is not going to work even on a very wide computer monitor.

As Little Nemo says, “This is Cinerama” is really just a demo and travelogue. IIRC it has a famous scene filmed from a roller coaster, which was quite effectively realistic in the theatre (with the proper curved screen), but wouldn’t be much on your computer. However, later on there were several proper movies with proper stories made in Cinerama.

I liked the water skiing sequences. Even in mere widescreen on my TV I thought they were fun to watch. The flying travelog is interesting, but I’m sure it was way cooler in a Cinerama theater. Probably the best comparison is IMAX. I watched *Everest *on my TV and, while I found the film interesting, the effect of the swoopy camera work was lost.

Skip it. I saw it in Cinerama and it was hardly worth it.

It wasn’t just a wide screen, but one that partially curved around you. And I believe there were three projectors.

I saw it when I was 7, and all I remember is the roller coaster, and everyone in the audience turning one way or the other on the curves.

I think it was 1962, because I’m pretty sure I saw it when it came out. A theater in our town converted to Cinerama (we later saw 2001 on that screen, I’m not sure how that might have affected my appreciation for that movie).

To see it: I wouldn’t bother. It was pretty boring even in the theater even when it was new. I would have been about 13, and I remember not being very impressed.

On the tech side, to un-archive the file, you could use http://www.unrarx.com/ on the Mac side or http://www.7-zip.org/ if you’re running a PC.

To view the file, it’s hard to go wrong with VLC, which will easily handle the MKV format of the video.

I thought the first half was boring; I liked the second part better.

I believe Bill Bryson references this in one of his books, talking about how realistic the rollercoaster felt and also the nostalgia the whole film brought back for him.

I also remember 2001 on the Cinerama screen. We went a few times and sat in the front row. The scene Where Dave goes through the star gate the star gate scene was very different after dropping LSD…

Back in 2012 the ArcLight showed “This is Cinerama” in their Cinerama dome for it’s 60th anniversary. If you can wait until 2022, maybe they’ll show it again.