Comparing WarnerSuperScope with CinemaScope WarnerSuperScope CinemaScope Anamorphic Compression 2:1 2:1 Aspect Ratio 2.66:1 2.66:1 Sound System Interlock 3-Channel Magnetic Interlock 3-Channel Magnetic Lens Supplier Zeiss - Germany Bausch & Lomb - USA Equipment Policy Theatre Rents Lenses for $50.00 per film Theatre Buys Lenses from Bausch & Lomb
These were the specifications for both systems as of July, 1953. The Robe was due to premiere in late August but it was delayed until late September while Fox finalized the new specification for the sound system, which placed all soundtracks (increased from 3 to 4) on the picture film, requiring a new film perforation and projector sprockets and reduced the aspect ratio of the picture from 2.66:1 to 2.55:1. Oddly, the method of placing the four magnetic stripes on the picture film was developed by Hazard Reeves, the man who created Cinerama's seven channel sound system and the current president of Cinerama, Inc.
Following a war of words between Darryl Zanuck at Fox and Jack Warner, the WarnerSuperScope system was abandoned. Warners passed their Zeiss contract to Fox and the only film made with the Zeiss lenses, The Command, (the title had been changed from "Rear Guard"), starring Guy Madison, was Warner Bros. premiere engagement under the CinemaScope banner. The Warner All-Media Camera, about which Warners had been making a lot of noise for several months, was a physical impossibility and no further mention of it was made beyond this point. The only Warner Bros. 3D films were made with the Natural Vision system.
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