Universal Studios. For me that name conjurors up some incredibly powerful images from their legendary run as a motion picture film studio, as dream merchants presenting their wares in the time of the Silver Screen up to the multiplexes of today. All Quiet on the Western Front. Dracula. Frankenstein. The Killers. Harvey. Man of a Thousand Faces. Spartacus. The Sting. Jaws. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestial. Back to the Future. Jurassic Park. Just a few of the films that have found a way into the hearts of movie lovers over the past 100 years.
Now to celebrate those 100 years, Universal Studios Orlando have unveiled the Cinematic Spectacular! Universal Entertainment and its Creative Director, Michael Aiello, have scoured the studio archives so they could craft an 18 minute show that will be held in the park’s lagoon. Not only will visitors be awed by the show with it’s ingenious use of water, film footage, pyrotechnics, and sweeping music by using a symphonic score blended with the well loved themes from the movies, but as narrator to the short film they brought in Morgan Freeman.
The press release from Universal Studios Orlando:
“Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories
The new show is a tribute to Universal’s 100 years of film-making history, highlighting some of the most fun, dramatic, awe-inspiring moments from Universal Pictures’ most iconic films. These moments are shown in crystal-clear clarity on huge waterfall screens within the Universal Studios Lagoon, surrounded by colorful fountains and pyrotechnics, all against an incredible musical score and a powerful narration by Academy Award-winning actor Morgan Freeman. The show will take guests on a journey of epic cinematic moments filled with heroes, horror, laughter, good versus evil and triumph – all against a backdrop of light, sound and special effects.
Everyone can remember powerful film moments such as Elliott and E.T. riding across the moon in E.T: The Extra Terrestrial, the heroic struggle of the crew from Apollo 13 or the terror of watching the famed shower scene in Psycho. Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular captures these moments – and so many more. Other iconic films featured in the show include American Pie, The Bourne Ultimatum, Jurassic Park, Scent of a Woman, The Mummy, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Fast and the Furious.
Universal’s Cinematic Spectacular – 100 Years of Movie Memories and Universal’s Superstar Parade will run year-round except during annual and special events. For more information about both experiences, visit www.universalorlando.com.”