“Almost like a real web site”

Search | Contact
News | e-News
Rumour Mill | Stories
Foreign Language
in70mm.com auf Deutsch


Todd-AO Festival
KRRR! 7OMM Seminar
GIFF 70, Gentofte
Oslo 7OMM Festival
Widescreen Weekend

Premiere | Films
People | Equipment
Library | Cinemas
Todd-AO Projector
Distortion Correcting

1926 Natural Vision
1929 Grandeur
1930 Magnifilm
1930 Realife
1930 Vitascope
1952 Cinerama
1953 CinemaScope
1954 VistaVision
1955 Todd-AO
1955 Circle Vision 360
1956 CinemaScope 55
1957 Ultra Panavision 70
1958 Cinemiracle
1958 Kinopanorama
1959 Super Panavision 70
1959 Super Technirama 70
1960 Smell-O-Vision
1961 Sovscope 70
Cinerama 360
1962 MCS-70
1963 70mm Blow Up
1963 Circarama
1963 Circlorama
1966 Dimension 150
1967 DEFA 70
1967 Pik-A-Movie
1970 IMAX / Omnimax
1974 Cinema 180
1976 Dolby Stereo
1984 Showscan
1984 Swissorama
1986 iWERKS
1989 ARRI 765
1990 CDS
1994 DTS / Datasat
2001 Super Dimension 70
2018 Magellan 65

Various Large format | 70mm to 3-strip | 3-strip to 70mm | Specialty Large Format | Special Effects in 65mm | ARC-120 | Early Large Format
7OMM Premiere in Chronological Order


Australia | Brazil
Canada | Denmark
England | France
Germany | India | Iran
Mexico | Norway
Sweden | Turkey

7OMM Projectors
People | Eulogy
65mm/70mm Workshop
The 7OMM Newsletter
Back issue | PDF
Academy of the WSW

• 2026 | 2025 | 2024
2023 | 2022 | 2021
2020 | 2019 | 2018
2017 | 2016 | 2015
2014 | 2013 | 2012
2011 | 2010 | 2009
2008 | 2007 | 2006
2005 | 2004 | 2003
2002 | 2001 | 2000
1999 | 1998 | 1997
1996 | 1995 | 1994

in70mm.com Mission:
• To record the history of the large format movies and the 70mm cinemas as remembered by the people who worked with the films. Both during making and during running the films in projection rooms and as the audience, looking at the curved screen.
in70mm.com, a unique internet based magazine, with articles about 70mm cinemas, 70mm people, 70mm films, 70mm sound, 70mm film credits, 70mm history and 70mm technology. Readers and fans of 70mm are always welcome to contribute.

Disclaimer | Updates
Support us | Staff
Table of Content

Extracts and longer parts of in70mm.com may be reprinted with the written permission from the editor.
Copyright © 1800 - 2070. All rights reserved.

Visit biografmuseet.dk about Danish cinemas


"The Searchers" - 70mm Screening at the Aero, Santa Monica, CA, USA

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Bill Kallay, Los Angeles, USADate: 10.05.2024
The 70mm print of "The Searchers" was flawless and stunning. Very natural appearance and the colors were spot-on. Film grain was natural and not not appear to be digitally cleaned up.

I have not seen this film projected in a theater, only on VHS way back in the 1980s. Thus my impression of seeing the film the correct way is a mixture of nearly a 40 year-old memory of seeing it in a subpar format, compared to this brilliant restoration.

• Go to "The Searchers" Restored by Warner Brothers and Released in 70mm
• Go to "The Searchers" VistaVision Scan Examples

At first, the restoration of "The Searchers" looked somewhat underexposed to my eyes. I guess I was expecting more brightness to the film projected on screen. I bring this up because I tend to remember the 1996 restoration of "Vertigo" appearing brighter and sharper, as that was also shot in VistaVision.

They are different films.

This is a very minor observation on my part and not critical of the original film's look or the restoration. The 70mm print and restoration/transfer show whatever lens softness and original film negative "drawbacks" the film had. These, in my opinion, are not drawbacks at all. I like film "flaws," just as I like hearing tape hiss or feedback on an old analog recording. The 70mm print really showcases the brilliance of Winton C. Hoch's cinematography, John Ford's direction and staging, and the excellent acting by all. Going to 70mm was a superb choice.
More in 70mm reading:

in70mm.com's page about VistaVision

"The Searchers" Restored by Warner Brothers and Released in 70mm

“The Searchers”: The 70mm Presentations

"North By Northwest" in 70mm at the Tribeca Festival

70mm Blow Up List 2024 - by in70mm.com

Theo Gluck - A Master Class in Film Restoration

Die Cinerama-Archäologen

The Cinerama Archaeologists

in70mm.com's Library

Presented on the big screen in 7OMM

Peripheral Vision, Scopes, Dimensions and Panoramas
The sound was presented in "big fat" mono, but sounded very good for a film of this age. Some of the gunfire was surprisingly crisp and had a "pop" to it. I'm not sure how much clean up was done on the sound, but it was very good for a non-stereophonic soundtrack.

Warner Bros and Fotokem deserve an Oscar for their work on "The Searchers." Their work on this restoration is flawless.

Though the film may be considered slowly paced to today's audiences, they're missing out. It's a really great film.

Bring on the restored 70mm version of "North By Northwest"!

• Go to
"The Searchers" - 70mm Screening at the Aero, Santa Monica, CA, USA
Go: back - top - back issues - news index
Updated 10-05-24