Welcome to my website about the 1963 MGM-Cinerama movie, How The West Was Won. It is one of my favorite movies because of its blend of action, romance, pathos, scenic vistas, and an incredible cast. The movie's soundtrack is also one of my favorite soundtracks, and in many cases the music shines where the movie is only adequate. After over forty years, this Academy Award-winning movie can seem a little dated in some respects, but it still stands tall compared with its contemporaries.
This website is about the making of the movie, with articles from a variety of sources. Except for this page, the vast majority of the text was not written by me, but by the authors which I have tried to note. If you have any pictures or text that would be a good addition to this site, please let me know.
By the way, the movie should be seen in its original Cinerama format to really appreciate it. Unfortunately, while there are two or three theatres (such as The Seattle Cinerama and The Arclight Hollywood Cinerama Dome) that are still capable of showing HTWWW in its true three-panel format, no one is currently showing the movie (see the update below). While you are waiting for the theatrical re-release, get one of the new DVD boxsets and watch it in all of its restored glory.
That's enough from me. Go put on your HTWWW soundtrack music and explore the history of this great movie.
Thank you for visiting!
October 2013 news: Arclight Theaters is going to show HTWWW again! During the Cinerama Dome's 50th Anniversary event there will be a single showing of HTWWW, on October 27th at 12:40pm at the Dome (Hollywood). See HERE for more info (check out the rest of the movies offered, too).
Arclight Theaters will be having a Cinerama extravaganza from September 28 - October 4, 2012. For the FIRST & ONLY time for one SPECTACULAR WEEK they will be playing twelve classic Cinerama productions. Select titles will be presented in the original 3 strip Cinerama process and additional titles will be digitally projected, re-mastered from the original negatives. Starting off the series is the world premiere of "In The Picture", the first film photographed in 3 strip Cinerama in 50 years!
it's been a long time since you've seen HTWWW in real Cinerama 3-strip,
now's your chance! There will be one showing on Friday September 28, and one
showing on Thursday October 4. Get your tickets while you can, the seats are
selling out fast!
THIS WEBSITE IS MOVING TO A NEW ADDRESS (URL)!!!
HOW THE WEST WAS WON to be shown in Seattle, WA from Sept 30-Oct 2, 2011!
The next screening of HTWWW will be during a three day run at the Seattle Cinerama Theater. Check their Coming Soon webpage at http://seattlecinerama.com/coming-soon/ for more information. As a bonus, they will also be showing the rare "This Is Cinerama", of which only 3 prints remain (and which was never released on DVD).
HOW THE WEST WAS WON was shown in England on March 26th, 2011
The National Media Museumís Pictureville Cinema, Bradford, England showed HTWWW in 3-strip Cinerama on their curved screen (with 7 track magnetic stereophonic sound) on Saturday March 26, 2011. This screening was of their vintage dye transfer (IB) Technicolor print. If you were able to attend, send me an email and let me know how it went....
EARLIER NEWS FROM 2008-2010:
I just found out about another deleted scene from the movie, plus much more information on the deleted scenes of Hope Lange. Go here to see the latest updates: deleted scenes from the movie.
Were you there? Did you see HTWWW at the Cinerama Dome on September 7th (2008)? I was there, and it was great to see it in three-panel format again (last seen in 2005 at the Dome), but the sound system suffered from a Dolby glitch that somewhat marred the presentation. It was worth the trip to Hollywood again in any case. We'll keep our fingers crossed for another showing there in the coming years....
In related news, click HERE to see an article on the restoration of HTWWW, a project meant to restore and preserve the film for future generations; the results of which will be seen on the new DVD boxset.
OLDER NEWS (December 2007): It appears that the upcoming DVD box set will be taking advantage of new software technology to remove the 3-panel join lines from the movie. See http://www.hpl.hp.com/news/2006/apr-jun/movie.html for an article on this. The concept and process seems like a great idea, though I'm a little concerned that the color levels seem to have really dropped in the "fixed" version. The "fix" does seem to eliminate some of the distortion problems caused by the translation of the original curved format to a flat screen, however.
OLDER NEWS (March 2008): I added a link to Debbie Reynold's Hollywood Motion Picture Museum on my Weblinks page. It's great to see Ms. Reynolds preserving the history of Hollywood!
OLDER NEWS (May 2008):
The new DVD box set will be released in three versions:
OLDER NEWS (June 2008): there's a new (June 2008) web article on the digital restoration of How The West Was Won here: http://www.in70mm.com/news/2008/west_digital/index.htm
OLDER NEWS (July 2008): The Warner Home Video release date for the remastered DVDs of How The West Was Won has been moved to September 9. The fully restored master will be aired on TV as a special event on the Encore Westerns channel on Labor Day Weekend, just prior to the DVD release. It will also be aired on the Encore and Encore On Demand HD channels. Stay tuned for more specific information as it becomes available.
- FROM LAST YEAR (2007) -
There is now a page on my October 2005 trip to
see HTWWW at the Cinerama Dome. (See also the paragraph
I created a handout (brochure) for the
Dome to give their patrons during their HTWWW presentations, but it wasn't ready in time
for the printers. But you can download it, print it, and have it ready for the next time
you watch the movie.
By the way, in case you didn't know, the Cinerama Dome has been restored with a curved screen and three original Cinerama projectors, making it the only theater in California (and one of only three in the U.S.) capable of showing Cinerama-format movies.
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