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PeterApruzzese commented about Capitol Theatre on Jul 16, 2021 at 8:57 am

The Capitol’s grand re-opening after extensive renovations is tomorrow night:

https://www.romecapitol.com/the-rome-capitol-theatre-will-re-open-on-july-17-2021/

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PeterApruzzese commented about Bellevue Cinema 4 on Jun 26, 2021 at 10:23 pm

Thank you for the mention, CCMPI. Those 10 years I spent up there were hard work but very rewarding.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Bellevue Cinema 4 on Jun 24, 2021 at 9:52 am

CCPI - you are correct, I forget they ran the one CineMiracle movie.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Bellevue Cinema 4 on Jun 23, 2021 at 11:39 am

The Bellevue wasn’t equipped for Cinerama, so you most likely saw your shows at the Clairidge in Montclair.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Rivoli Theatre on May 25, 2021 at 9:57 am

vindapar - the Blu-ray and new 4K of The Ten Commandments are absolutely spectacular, each is among the 10 best releases in its respective home video format.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 21, 2020 at 3:16 pm

I would assume as much, but that would really change the character of the place.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Lafayette Theatre on Oct 21, 2020 at 1:21 pm

“…removing a majority of the seats to provide for both general admission and seated shows.”

Why would you remove seats? I’m hoping something was left out of that statement, otherwise you’ve got a raked floor with no seats.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Feb 3, 2020 at 9:30 pm

Big Joe – it could be, but it’s not the kind of thing Warner does. They would want to perform a full restoration based on surviving negative, etc., elements.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Loew's Capitol Theatre on Jan 28, 2020 at 8:10 pm

You can use a release print, but it’s certainly not ideal; especially a Technicolor print as the contrast will build up too quickly. A studio like Warner would most likely not take that route. I don’t know how much the restoration of How the West Was Won cost – I think it was in the mid to high 6 figures – but Grimm would probably cost more.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinemark Willowbrook Mall and XD on Jan 4, 2020 at 2:12 pm

Saw Rise of Skywalker in the XD house the other night. Nice comfortable heated recliners with armrest table for snacks. Picture was bright (a curse on theatre designers who don’t use movable masking, though) and sound was loud and clear (nice bass shakers in the seats), but was harmed by the too bright red aisle lights in the lower section. The lights are so bright you could cast a dark shadow on the screen even with house lights up and no film playing. Hurt the impact of the dark space scenes. If the film was 1.85 it would be even worse because the lower 3 feet would be completely blown out red by the lights. Going to send a nice note to the Cinemark people and hope they correct this mistake.

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Garden State 16 on Nov 3, 2019 at 2:00 pm

There’s no “bulb” to turn down in a Laser projector.

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Aug 22, 2019 at 3:16 pm

bigjoe – www.hometheaterforum.com

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PeterApruzzese commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 26, 2019 at 6:46 pm

bigjoe – the faded print the article references is the roadshow version.

vindanpar – The SP Blu-ray is reasonably clear in describing it contains two versions and it does not claim to have “restored the roadshow version”:

The 157 minute “theatrical version” (should probably have said “general release version”, but “theatrical” is also accurate since the GR version is the one most people saw theatrically).

The 172 minute “roadshow version” (in the text Special Features listing they say “extended road show version” but they obviously meant “extended from the 157 minute version”). The grid below correctly states “172 minutes (Roadshow version)”

Nowhere on the package (at least the one I have from 2008) does it state anything that should make you say this: “Fox makes you think you are getting”.

If you want to more about Blu-ray’s, you might want to join us at the HomeTheaterForum.com

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PeterApruzzese commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 25, 2019 at 10:19 pm

There is no such thing as a “245 minute version” of South Pacific.

The main feature on the South Pacific Blu-ray is the Fox FotoKem restoration of the general release version, running 2:37, from the original 65mm ToddAO elements as discussed in your link. It looks incredible on the disc, one of the half-dozen best that I have. The ‘roadshow version’ runs 2:52 and is presented as a bonus feature; to reconstruct it, they took the master of the restored general release version and cut in the missing scenes from that faded print mentioned in the article. Some of the reconstructed scenes look good, others less so.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Criterion Theatre on Jul 23, 2019 at 2:22 pm

Ice Station Zebra was shot in SuperPanavision 65mm for presentation in Cinerama. The current HD release reflects the full 2.20:1 aspect ratio – the Cinerama theatrical version would most likely have been cropped on the top and bottom.

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Jul 12, 2019 at 10:15 am

People are slobs and it takes longer to clean out an auditorium of the trash. Plus, multiplexes need to arrange start and stop times so that they don’t have 4 shows breaking at the same time.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinepolis Parsippany on Mar 8, 2019 at 10:39 am

I hope so, the place has been an utter disaster the past few years, to the point where we could not find three seats together last time we went because so many were broken. Not to mention the terrible auditorium lighting (blue & orange aisle lights shining up on the screen), lack of staff (could have walked in without paying), and general unclean facility.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Rivoli Theatre on Mar 5, 2019 at 1:26 pm

The Twilight Time Blu-ray of Judgment at Nuremberg is uncut and contains the roadshow elements. The Kino re-release is the same uncut version, but missing the Roadshow elements.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Embassy 1,2,3 Theatre on Dec 26, 2018 at 8:34 am

Shot twice – IIRC, they would do the setup for the Todd-AO first, then do the CinemaScope take after.

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PeterApruzzese commented about AMC Lincoln Square 13 on Dec 10, 2018 at 5:28 pm

Yes, the IMAX version of mission Impossible Fallout had the changing aspect ratios; IIRC, it’s during only two sequences: the HALO jump and the helicopter chase/cliff fight.

I believe the Nolan Dark Knight films, Dunkirk, and few others have changing aspect ratios on their Blu-ray & 4K releases, mimicking the IMAX versions.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cineplex Odeon Route 17 Triplex on Nov 16, 2018 at 9:53 am

That Stanley Warner Triplex in that ad is the Route 4 theatre, not the Century Route 17 twin.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 20, 2018 at 3:25 pm

DEFG: thank you for the kind words – the 10 ½ years I spent doing those shows at the Lafayette were very rewarding.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 19, 2018 at 10:29 pm

Bigjoe – For the VHS and LaserDisc releases of Grimm the source they used was the 35mm ‘scope reduction of the Cinerama version that was created for the general release after the Roadshow. It’s cropped on the sides and the panel mis-matching and join lines are pretty visible. That version airs on TCM from time to time.

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 18, 2018 at 3:10 pm

Yes, they did but based on what I know of HTWWW, it did not require the amount of restoration work that Grimm would. Grimm’s original negatives suffer from water damage and a host of other problems. HTWWW has also been a perennial best seller on video, even prior to the restoration. Grimm…wasn’t.

Moviebuff – if “what” is projected properly?

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PeterApruzzese commented about Cinerama Dome and ArcLight Hollywood on Sep 18, 2018 at 11:19 am

“I hope someone with indepth technical know how can answer a question. if the Dome was able to find a print of Grimm good enough to show a few years back why isn’t it good enough to use for mastering for a Blu-ray disc?”

BigJoe – Using a theatrical print would probably not yield a very pretty image. The contrast from the dye-transfer print would obscure shadow detail and it wouldn’t be as sharp as going back to the original elements. Other video labels might do it if there were no other option – though the expense of making three transfers and then attempting to color correct and clean up the join lines might make it prohibitively expensive for something that can’t sell more than a couple of thousand copies. Warner’s studio policy regarding restorations means they wouldn’t do it that way.