Produced by MGM and released Nov. 18, 1959, in Ultra Panavision 70mm 2.76:1 widescreen color, stereo sound, 212 mins.; Laserdisc released 1991 with 2.60:1 ratio and Dolby Digital sound

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This film cost $15 million to produce, one of the highest budgets of the era, and grossed $70 million over its 2-1/2 year American and European exhibition. The film won 11 Oscars, not equaled until Titanic in 1997. A special Academy Award was won by MGM for developing its Ultra Panavision process known as MGM Camera 65. The very wide 2.76:1 screen ratio from the 70mm print with 6-stripe magnetic soundtrack was shown for a year in special roadshow theaters. The 35mm anamorphic print released to first-class theaters had a ratio of 2.35:1 and a 4-stripe magnetic soundtrack with a monaural optical soundtrack.


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