For film buffs with an interest in technological developments or for lovers of nostalgia, with fond memories of seeing this Cinerama movie on its original release, only! At 144mts this decidedly ropey "restored" print of a very tedious film is STRICTLY for enthusiasts. The definition is poor, the colour saturation weak and the stereo decidedly flawed. I found it unwatchable on big screen projection. The recent release of "This Is Cinerama " at least had a certain historical interest, although it also suffered from a very brave, but ultimately far from perfect, restoration from the damaged source material only available. But as for "Windjammer" .... Well.... If you are into films of young lads - who can't act - wandering aimlessly around various tropical locations and singing the occasional jolly song - then you'll find much to enjoy. But as for the rest of us - you have been warned!!! Cinerama or Cinemiracle as this format was called, only works if the definition and print quality has a real "wow factor". The blu ray of " How the West Was Won" managed this and also had a fairly decent plot. "Windjammer" doesn't. What we have with this new blu ray Is a very dated documentary lovingly presented by enthusiasts, who include a reproduction of the film's original booklet, the Overture, intermission music etc etc, and in fact they do everything they can to make this release a memorable one - but the quality of the source material they had to work with just isn't good enough for contemporary general audiences.
Add to this the cost of the disc, and an import surcharge I was forced to pay by customs, plus a Post Office additional "Handling Charge" of £8 and the disc ended costing me around £50! So, sad to say for me, despite my love of "big screen" movies and the use of the clever "Smilebox" ratio format, this blu ray will only please those who truly believe " Never mind the quality - feel the width"!