Widescreen Weekend 2009
The 70mm Newsletter
by: Audience Guests
Was great to meet you and the many others who are now friends, at the
Weekend. You have some great photos on your site including one with me and
Lyndon and his good Lady.
Brian Allsopp, Walberton,
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the ["Where Eagles Dare"] film screening Friday 20th
Neil Thomson, Newcastle Upon
Thoroughly enjoyed the weekend and the variety of films and technical
updates. I have not seen any of the latest digital 3D films as I have been
sceptical, but the demonstration was incredible. How things have moved on
since I went to our local Odeon to see "Broken Arrow" (I think that's what it
was called) as a child.
If you speak to Duncan and the projection staff at Bradford please pass on
thanks to them for all their efforts, another good quality show from the
is one of the Cinerama films I enjoyed the most when first released and it
was good to see it once again on the curved screen.
All the best
Peter Phillips, Croydon, South
in 70mm reading:
“Broadsword Calling Danny Boy” Widescreen Weekend Report 2009
WSW 2009 program
Widescreen Weekend Home
Mr. Derren Nesbitt ("Major von Hapen" in "Where Eagles Dare")
Lost Orphaned Films Abandoned in Basement
The History of 70mm Short Subjects
Ramon's WSW review
Images: Friday, Saturday and Sunday
"Audience on Stage" and Academy of the Wide Screen Weekend
"How the West Was Won"
"The King and I"
"This is New Zealand"
"Faubourg 36" 70mm in Paris
"This is New Zealand" 3-strip EXPO Film
From New Zealand
The M.C.S.-70 Process
Wow, what a fantastic time!
Thank you so much for your terrific organization. This was an event I will
remember forever. Lee and I were blown away by it. Great people, great
programme, great time. It was both a pleasure and honour to sponsor the
"Where Eagles Dare" presentation.
My very best
Dave Worral, Cinema Retro
Arrived back in Wales after another hugely enjoyable three days in Bradford.
We always arrive back thinking that you will be unable to improve on the
WSW, but this has been a vintage Weekend!
So many highlights, "Faubourg 36", beautiful film and print, and
stunning prints for both "West Side Story" and "Carousel", neither of which we
had seen before in the cinema, only on DVD. We had seen "How The West Was Won"
a few times in three strip, but we were amazed at the quality of both the
image and the audio of the digital print, the sign of things to come!
Despite the excellent source, "The Bible" proved to be as turgid as ever, we
lasted until the Intermission.
Many thanks again for all your efforts in ensuring another memorable
weekend. Looking forward to March 2010!!
David and Kyle, Mold,
Another fantastic WW comes to a close and many thanks again for all your
hard work in making it happen.
It's easy to think it all just magically happens, when in fact there is
obviously much (Viking?) blood, sweat and tears behind it all.
Every year there is something new and extraordinary to see and the WW never
fails to uplift and inspire!
Next stop Copenhagen!
Brian Guckian, Dublin,
Great weekend and very little to gripe about. One observation, and I know it
is difficult, please try not to let the programmes overun. We had very
little time for meals / breaks. This needs to be looked at. Also try to
persuade the Pictureville Bar staff to have it open earlier ...not at
5pm.... there are many people around looking for a cold beer or drink in
those congenial surroundings!!! Next year subject, to source material, how
about: “Krakatoa”, “Custer of the West”, “Ice Station Zebra”, “Grand
Prix”, “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang”, “2001”, restored “My Fair Lady”,
“Sound of Music”, “Fiddler on the Roof”?
Thanks very much for another most enjoyable
Widescreen Weekend. I even found time to eat and my only regret was that I
had to miss Carousel. I think that the highlight for me was "Where Eagles
Dare" even if it was shown on the flat screen - it definitely lost some of
its impact. This has to be the best use of music to keep the tension and it
shows why a blow-up was such an improvement in mono optical pre-Dolby days.
The interview with Derren Nesbitt was most entertaining and a real bonus.
I was also very impressed by the digital presentation of
"How the West Was
Won". The picture and sound were superb and if this is the only way to see
the travelogues and Brothers Grimm then it must be encouraged. Please keep
showing film where copies exist. I had not known what to expect with
"Faubourg 36" but thouroughly enjoyed it and the sub-titling was excellent.
Other high points were "Khartoum" and "This is New Zealand". For next year is
there any chance of re-showing the best of the Fox new prints (such as "The
Sound of Music" and "Hello, Dolly!") before the copies disappear?
Andrew King, Southport, UK
Firstly please give my thanks to you and the rest of the projection and
front of house teams on a FAB weekend at Bradford including the weather.
Driving home on the M1 on Monday was a different matter with 12 miles of
roadworks and the rain.
"How the West Was Won"
When last year David Strohmaier asked the audience to vote
on whether removal of the joins in "How the West Was
Won" would be good or bad I put my hand up in favour
of removal (one of the few) and I feel
watching it I was right, I thought it was absolutely stunning almost having
a 3D feel to it with details we have probably never seen.
I know some of the purists weren't happy but if this digital
restoration enables future generations to see this wonderful film then so
much for the better.
When I used to visit my
aunt in Ruislip, Middx she had a large record collection, one of the records
with that lovely still on the front of Billy and
Julie in front of the carousel, I used to look at that photo because it
looked like the movie. I went to see the stage
version recently with Leslie Garret (although she was off ill that night)
and thought they did a good job. But at Bradford I
have had the first chance to watch this movie and because of the restoration
how it originally looked on the big screen and I wasn't disappointed,
although talking to Tom March at the end he thought it was a bit
sugary, anyway I was happy and that goes for the King and I.
With everyone's effort over the subtitling which enabled us to watch this I
thought this was a really nice film, beautifully shot and acted and very
Bye for now
This year’s Wide Screen Weekend was a great, unforgettable experience for
me. I really enjoyed meeting up with you again and watching the results of
all your hard work and planning.
Would you thank the others at WSW for me. The hospitality shown towards me
this week will be remembered always.
All the best
Once again, it was a great widescreen weekend.
Hope you made it back home well, too.
Right now I'm digging into the story of "This Is New Zealand", reading the
info on your site and the NZ Film Festival 2008. In Bradford we were
slightly irritated, that the presentation of the restored 3-strip feature
was announced as being 58 mins, but two 4:3 films were shown for 38 mins.
Finally the restored main feature was presented and turned out to be 20 mins
Now I found the explanation:
The NZ Film Festival decided to show the 20min. feature together with two
other NZ-productions of this time for better understanding and illustration.
The runtime of the complete program is 58 mins, but this appears as a
run length error for "This Is New Zealand" already on their site and so went
In the written description they say: "The star attraction at that event was
a revolutionary 20-minute film..."
"These two films will screen before "This Is New Zealand":
"C'mon to New Zealand"
NZ 1969, Director/Screenplay: Arthur Everard Producers: Geoffrey Scott, Ron
Bowie. 16 mins
"This Is Expo"
NZ 1970, Director/Screenplay: Hugh McDonald Producers: Ron Bowie, Geoffrey
Scott. 22 mins
I was reading the article about making the film in the reprint of FLICKS &
PIX, June 2007 pages 12 to 17. But at least one page is missing and so the
end of the story. I can't find any info on this magazine or Warren Smyth on
the web. Do you have further info or perhaps the complete article available?
Would be great to read the story to the end.
Thanks a lot,
|"This is New Zealand" introduction
"This is New Zealand" 3-strip EXPO Film From New Zealand
I really enjoyed the Widescreen Weekend again this year - an excellent programme !!
I brought an old close friend for the whole weekend with me who only wanted to see " How The West Was Won " initially as he is more a western fan than a movie fan but thoroughly enjoyed the whole weekend.
Kind Regards both to you and Bill
Mark Trompeteler, Croydon, Surrey, UK
Hi there Thomas
I really enjoyed the weekend and you really had another diverse programme
which showed excellent planning. It was lovely to see "'Carousel" as
it was made to be seen. A brilliant screening, thoroughly enjoyed by my
friends and myself. Can you please tell me if you have any plans to show the
restored versions of "South Pacific" and "Mad, Mad World"?
Also "Earthquake" as my friends and I would love to see it again in
Sensurround. Also some of the big musicals like, "Flower Drum Song"
and "White Christmas" would be nice, too.
It is so good to see the films you select in their original formats. I look
forward to the next weekend. Please pass on my thanks and congratulations,
to yourself and all concerned for all the hard work and preparation you do.
Believe me, it is very much appreciated.
Very best wishes,
Gareth Rickards, Salford UK
Thanks for a great weekend. I really enjoyed
meeting fellow enthusiasts and seeing some of the great movies of the "Last
Kind Regards Bob Jessopp, New
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