In addition to the DVD version of How The West Was Won that we
announced yesterday, Warner Home Video has also revealed this morning that a Blu-Ray version of the movie will also arrive on the same date.
With courage, sinew and conflict: that’s how the West was won. With three directors, five interlocked stories, some of the most legendary action scenes in movie history and a constellation of acting talent: that’s how “How The West Was Won” was filmed.
Henry Fonda, Gregory Peck, Debbie Reynolds, James Stewart and John Wayne are among the big names in this big-event saga following a dauntless family’s move West through generations – underscored by the spectacles of a heart-pounding raging river ride, a thunderous buffalo stampede and a bracing runaway train shootout.
Warner’s new release will be a heaven-sent for all fans of the film as it will for the first time on home video present the film in its original form. Using the Cinerama technology which consisted of three independent 35mm film frames projected next to each other to create a truly larger-than-life image, the technology has never been properly transferred to home video before, resulting in a series of unsatisfying releases of this film over the years. With this new release and digital wizardry, Warner has finally been able to create a transfer of the film that combines these three films strips seamlessly without blurry lines, without cropping or other defects, allowing you to see every bit of detail in the picture.
Like the DVD version, the Blu-Ray Disc will include the 2002 Feature-length Documentary “The Making of How The West Was Won” as well as a Commentary Track featuring a selection of film historians.
Warner has also announced that the Blu-Ray version will include an exclusive “SmileBox” version of the film which presents the image with a unique curvature that virtually recreates the true Cinerama® experience in a home theater. This Blu-Ray Edition comes with a special Digi-book packaging featuring 32-pages of rare press materials and behind-the-scenes photos.
Prepare to see “How The West Was Won” like you’ve never seen it before on August 26 when this Blu-Ray Disc set arrives in stores for $34.98.