Just before Christmas my copy of `This is Cinerama' (region free) arrived. I had purchased it through Amazon UK from All Our Music (USA) also available from Movie Mars (USA) for about £30 plus, took eighteen days. The package comes with a Blu-ray disc plus a doubled sided DVD and an informative 28-page booklet. I have not seen, other than extracts of this film since I was A School Boy, so such was the excitement and anticipation, I switched on my Projector for an afternoon matinee film show. Most of you will recall the intro by Lowell Thomas and the curtains pull back to take you on the breathtaking roller coaster ride. We then are treated to a sequence of visual treats presented in the SmileBox format, a ballet at La Scala Milan, The Fourth Wonder of the World, Hadel's Messiah, Venetian Boatman, Kilts and Tartans, Spanish Toreadors, Spanish Rhythm, The Vienna Boys Choir, Finale from Act II Aida, Rare Beauty and Fast Action filmed in Cypress Gardens Florida and the grand finale `America The Beautiful' which is a spectacular aerial view of sites such as the Grand Canyon, Yosemite park etc and other than the opening roller coast ride is the best part of the film. This is Cinerama is of great interest, in that it was the first really big screen film with fabulous for the time stereophonic sound using five microphones /speakers. Some of the sequence to the modern eye seem rather drawn out and static and Lowell Thomas commentary is a bit deadpan, my wife complained that she found a lot of it boring! There were obvious problems with the three camera set up, so a lot of the takes are long shots with few close ups of people. The sequence of water skiing in Cyprus Gardens is spoilt by being about three times as long as it needed to be. I enjoyed reliving my schoolboy trip to see Cinerama at The Casino Cinema Tottenham Court Road. Apparently as explained in the extras about the restoration they did not have very good source material and a limited budget. In nearly every shot you are aware of the three panels. There are colour-grading issues across the three panels and you get a ripple effect across the joins in the panels, mostly in aerial shots, the actual visuals are mostly of only average quality when compared to some of the best recent restoration. Sitting close to my seven-foot screen the SmileBox simulation was very effective and the sound pretty good. Difficult one to give a strong recommendation, more an interesting experience! However the Blu-ray of the Cinerama presentation of `How The West Was Won' has a wonderful documentary produced in SmileBox format about Cinerama and the disc is worth buying for this alone and the feature is pretty good with impressive picture quality.