65mm/70mm Roadshow: Patton
In the glory days of the wide screen, big event films like Patton (1970) weren't just shown in 70mm--they were shot that way. (Actually, they were shot in 65mm; the extra 5mm in the release prints were for six-track magnetic stereo.) This approach gave the films a resolution and impact that today's movie formats can't match. And they were originally presented in special "roadshow" engagements, with reserved seats and intermissions.
Patton was one of the last, and one of the best, roadshow productions. A war movie and a character study of a brilliant but egotistical general, it has battles, vistas, and the fine detail of assorted uniforms. The Blu-ray Disc captures all of that in beautiful detail.
Republished with permission from PC World (view original version)