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"The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm" to be released on BluRay from Warner Archive

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Warner Archive press release Date: 25.01.2022

NEW 2022 1080p HD Masters from 4K scans of original Cinerama Camera Negatives!


Disc 1-Restored Cinerama image letterboxed
Disc 2-Restored Cinerama image in SMILEBOX format, to approximate the curved theater screen experience in the home

Disc 1-Aspect Ratio 16x9 2.85 Letterbox
Disc 2-Aspect Ratio 16x9 2.85 Smilebox

Audio Specs DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround
140 Minutes-Roadshow presentation with Overture, Intermission , Entr'acte, and Exit Music.

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The story behind the brothers who created beloved fairy tales come to life, with reenactments of three of their stories. The film tells the story of the brothers' long struggle for recognition and the sacrifices they and their families made to achieve their goals. Between dreamer Wilhelm (Laurence Harvey) and practical Jacob (Karl Boehm), some marvelous fairy tales develop. In "The Dancing Princess," a princess (Yvette Mimieux) falls in love with a charming woodsman (Russ Tamblyn). In "The Cobbler and the Elves," a Christmas miracle of dedicated labor helps the cobbler out when he most needs it. And in the last story, a fire-breathing dragon threatens the kingdom until a lowly servant (Buddy Hackett) saves the day. Shot on location in West Germany, the innovative production features Puppetoons, a technique developed by Oscar-winning special effects expert George Pal. Meticulously restored from its original Cinerama negatives, this fanciful delight is a treat for audiences of all ages.....and this Deluxe Two Disc Edition gives the viewer the opportunity to watch the film either in a traditional letterbox format, or in the Smilebox format which attempts to re-create the immersive Cinerama experience with a simulated curve to the screen. Both versions bring together the three original Cinerama panels with virtually no trace of the lines that joined them together when originally projected in theaters back in 1962.

Warner Archive extends its deepest thanks to Cinerama restorationists David Strohmaier and Tom March, and Decurion Corp. (parent company of Cinerama Inc.), who partnered with us to bring this project to fruition.
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"Grimm" BluRay Reviews #1
a version of the film that looks far better than it did upon release" Robert Harris


Warner Archive's recent press release described this new and exclusive 1080p Blu-ray presentation of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm as being "restored in 4K (3840 x 2160) master files from 6K files of original Cinerama camera negatives, with the most advanced technology available used by Cinerama restorationists David Strohmaier and Tom H. March, to eliminate the "join lines" that plagued traditional release prints and early video format releases. Warner Archive extends its deepest thanks to Strohmaier, March, and the Decurion Corporation (parent company of Cinerama Inc.), who partnered with Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. to bring this project to fruition." The included booklet also includes additional comments on this restoration, as does a mid-length featurette on Disc 2.

The result of this project is a jaw-dropping presentation that ranks far above most Blu-ray transfers and even rivals some of the best native 4K discs currently available on home video. Whether you prefer the traditional 2.59:1 letterbox version (Disc 1) or the "Smilebox" presentation (Disc 2), you'll walk away wishing all catalog Blu-rays looked this good. As seen on the included screenshots, image detail is razor sharp from edge to edge; only slight amounts of naturally occurring width distortion can be seen at the sides, an unavoidable side effect of the format. (The center-dominant and mostly symmetrical compositions also take some getting used to if you're not overly familiar with Cinerama, but it's a sacrifice worth making.) Easing the transition for new eyes are those practically invisible "join lines", as this 1080p transfer achieves a seamless transition between all three frames that likely surpasses theatrical showings. The film's color palette is also very well rendered; most everything appears suitably vivid with excellent saturation, while black levels run deep with no noticeable amounts of crush or posterization. As usual, the film plays at a high bit rate on both discs and no flagrant compression artifacts, banding, or other digital defects were seen along the way.

Both visuals and sound are at the forefront of Warner Archive's lavish new Blu-ray presentation of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm, as is the legendary spectacle of Cinerama itself. Featuring an absolutely top-tier 1080p transfer sourced from new 4K master files that seamlessly stich together all three panels, this two-disc Special Edition is also highlighted by a dynamic DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio track and several new and exclusive bonus features. Those familiar with past Cinerama releases by Warner Bros. and Flicker Alley will also be happy to see the "Smilebox" format, which valiantly replicates the curved Cinerama experience using techniques explained in detail during an included restoration featurette, is included as a separate presentation on Disc 2. All things considered, it's truly a special package that eclipses the main feature itself and is already on the short list as one of 2022's best Blu-ray discs.

Robert Harris @ hometheaterforum.com:

David Strohmaier and Tom March have gone so far beyond that concept, creating a version of the film that looks far better than it did upon release, that restoration is the wrong word. They've taken it upon themselves to correct a multitude of technical problems, mostly applied to the animation work, that viewing this new Blu-ray from Warner Archive is a surprising pleasant expectation, beyond what many people many have been perceiving going in. The multiple 2k scans, going out to 6, have been downrezzed to 4k and then to Blu-ray resolution without a hiccup in sight. Blend lines are virtually non-existent, color is crisp and clean, images are stable to one another, and all is well in Grimmland.


Cinerama restorationists David Strohmaier and Tom March have been nothing short of stunning and with the many problems of the longest film they ever had to tackle, their crowning achievement in saving these stunning productions. This included fixing errors that have always been in the film but were not supposed to be there, including lighting issues in the Puppetoon stop-motion work, going on and off with nothing that could be done about it, matte work issues and lighting inaccuracies, including on the dragon! They corrected these, which is great, especially considering this remains some of the only modeling work and stop-motion work in cinema history shot in a large-frame format and certainly some of the earliest.


The Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm is an even bigger surprise than we thought it would be. Restorers Strohmaier and March have gotten the whole show up on the screen intact, and made it look and sound fantastic. Many hours were spent repairing damage of all kinds, including the instances of water spoilage that earlier inspection reports said placed the movie beyond salvage. Newer digital tools allow for better joining of the three panels, to the point that the majority of the joins are now invisible. The multi-channel audio has been remixed to a 5.1 track.

Dominating the extras is the engrossing 40-minute restoration documentary Rescuing a Fantasy Classic. It concentrates on the daunting technical gymnastics required by this near-insane project. Just to start with, every reel has three panels to scan, that may not have faded to the same degree. All must somehow end up with matching color. We see the record-keeping done to maintain flow charts that follow every shot through the various processes to end up with a 4K master. The opening Napoleonic battle scene was not found with the rest of the reels for the movie, and had to be reconstructed from B&W separations … which required a minimum of nine separate strips of film to be combined and color-timed.



“Brothers Grimm” Blu-ray Reviews Highlight Excerpts #2
"...the most amazing, most epic, most stunning release Warner Archive has put out, bar none". Jason Lockard, Classic Cinema Plus

The Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm is an even bigger surprise than we thought it would be. Restorers Strohmaier and March have gotten the whole show up on the screen intact, and made it look and sound fantastic.

Glenn Erickson, CineSavant

This Blu-ray presentation made me marvel at how far film preservation/restoration has advanced since the early days of Blu-ray. WAC, employing its own MPI mastering facilities, and always at the forefront of achieving optimal quality on home video, and the collaborators herein, gets very high marks for this hi-def release. Very, very, high marks. And very highly recommended!

Under the Radar Review

The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm is a technical delight. This Blu-ray debut of the film from Warner Archive Collection is an absolute joy to take in and a candy for the eyeballs.

Brandon Peters, Why So Blu

Warner Archive’s Blu-ray release for The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm can be best summed up by three simple words: buy this set. It belongs in every collection, and after years of fans having begged for it, Warner Archive deserves the support for delivering in such a singular fashion.

Stephen Bjork, The Digital Bits

For my money, The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm ranks as one of the strongest presentations I have ever seen for a film on Blu-ray. This presentation is an award-worthy effort from the team at Warner Archive. This transfer will go down as one of the top releases of the year.

Dillon Gonzales, Geekvibesnation

All these years later, a truly gargantuan restoration of The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm has come to Blu-ray and it’s a really remarkable thing.

The Hannibal 8

The splendid film gets an equally splendid Blu-ray release from Warner Archive! Their Blu-ray for the Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm is quite possibly their best work yet.

David Steigman, EuroCultAV.com

How does it look? Given that the print was restored in 4K master files from 6K files of the original Cinerama Camera Negatives, you can expect glorious things. In fact, this is one of the best restorations you will ever see (and I don’t say that lightly).

DVD Corner’s Blog

Now I have personally been reviewing Warner Archive releases for about 4 years now. And I think I can safely say this is the most amazing, most epic, most stunning release Warner Archive has put out, bar none.

Jason Lockard, Classic Cinema Plus
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