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Written by: Flicker AlleyDate: 30.10.2013
Flicker Alley and Cinerama Inc. invite you to experience the home video premieres of CINERAMA HOLIDAY and SOUTH SEAS ADVENTURE. Release Date: November 5, 2013. (Los Angeles, CA - October 8, 2013) - Flicker Alley and Cinerama Inc. are pleased to announce the home video digital premieres of "Cinerama Holiday" (1955) and "South Seas Adventure" (1958). Both films will be released in Deluxe Combo Blu-ray/DVD editions in conjunction with the 50th Anniversary of Pacific Theatres' historic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California. These two widescreen treasures will be presented in the "Smilebox" curved screen simulation and will have a S.R.P. of $39.95 each.

Cinerama Holiday (1955)

Cinerama Holiday/ 1955/ 129 mins + 15 intermission/ Directed by Robert L Bendick and Phillipe De Lacy / A Louis de Rochemont Production/ "Smilebox" format / 5.1 digital stereo

Never before issued on home video, Cinerama Holiday was the second of the original 3-panel Cinerama travelogues, and the #2 box office hit of 1955. This motion picture intercuts between the adventures of two real-life, married couples. First are Switzerland's Fred and Beatrice Troller, who begin their panoramic tour of America in Las Vegas, then wind their way around the US, stopping in San Francisco, New Orleans, New York City, and New England. Meanwhile, Betty and John Marsh of Kansas City board a flight to Switzerland, commencing an immersive European vacation full of bobsled rides and ski trips down the Swiss Alps, along with visits to the Paris Opera, the Louvre, and the Notre Dame Cathedral in France. Taking you on a journey of wonder and discovery, these two holidays come to life through the remarkable lens of Cinerama, now digitally remastered from the original camera negative and in its newly presented Smilebox® Curved Screen Simulation.

Bonus Features include:
• New 1080p Restoration: From the original camera negative
• Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 STS-HD Master: Audio restoration created from the original 7 channel mix
• Cinerama Holiday "Breakdown Reel": Footage originally projected interstitially during interruptions of any Cinerama performance - 14 min.
• Return to Cinerama Holiday (2013): A brand-new documentary by Harrison Engle and Signal Hill Entertainment featuring Betty Marsh and Beatrice Troller reminiscing about their Cinerama experience - 22 min.
• Betty's Scrapbook: Share a fascinating look with Betty Marsh as she rediscovers memories of the film with a newly uncovered 50-year-old scrapbook of the production - 11 min.
• "Cinerama Holiday at the Dome": With Leonard Maltin, Betty York, and Beatrice Troller - 6 min.
• 1997 Cast Interview: With Betty & Jim Marsh, Fred & Beatrice Troller and Waring Jones on the making of the film - 22 min.
• Bob Bendick's 8mm Home Movies: Shot on the French and Swiss locations during the filming of Cinerama Holiday - 15 min.
• Remastering A Widescreen Classic: Before and after demonstration on the film's remastering - 13 min.
• Brand New Behind-the-Scenes Slideshow
• Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes: From the documentary Cinerama Adventure about the making of Cinerama Holiday
• 28 Page Booklet: Reproduction of the original program, as seen by viewers of the film's first theatrical showing
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South Seas Adventure (1958)

South Seas Adventure/ 1958/ 126 mins + 15 intermission / Directed by Carl Dudley, Richard Goldstone, Francis D. Lyon, Walter Thompson, and Basil Wrangell/ "Smile Box" format/ A Stanley Warner Cinerama Corporation Production/ 5.1 digital stereo

Unseen theatrically in over 40 years and never before issued on home video, South Seas Adventure was the fifth and ultimately last of the original 3-panel Cinerama travelogues. Presented here in an all new Deluxe Combo DVD/Bluray, this spectacular film weaves together several island-hopping voyages, starting en route to Hawaii, then traversing the South Seas through Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, and as far as Australia, and eventually back home to enchanting Honolulu. This original roadshow version is now newly presented in the Smilebox® Curved Screen Simulation. Digitally remastered from the original camera negative, with breathtaking color and a remarkably clear seven-channel sound track, South Seas Adventure (with narration by Orson Welles) will take you on an adventurous, Cineramic journey into the exotic past!

Bonus Features include:
• New 1080p Restoration: From the original camera negative and Library of Congress materials
• Dolby Digital 2.0 and 5.1 STS-HD Master: Audio restoration created from the original 7 channel mix
• Feature Length Audio Commentary: with Cinerama historian David Coles and actress Ramine Seaman
• Renault Dauphine: An original and rare Cinerama promotional film for the car company Renault as presented in its unique, three-panel format - 6 min.
• The Wake of Captain Cook: a short film by Producer and Director Carl Dudley, which takes you behind the scenes of South Seas Adventure- 23 min.
• Family Interview: With Carol Dudley Katzka, daughter of the producer/director of South Seas Adventure, Carl Dudley - 11 min.
• Crew Interview: Excerpts from a fascinating interview with original production staff member Saul Cooper - 30 min.
• Brand New Behind-the-Scenes Slideshow
• 28 Page Booklet: Reproduction of the original program, as seen by viewers of the film's first theatrical showing
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About Cinerama Inc.

Cinerama Inc, which produced and released films in the three-strip Cinerama process, is a part of Decurion Corporation, which also owns ArcLight Cinemas and Pacific Theatres. Cinerama is the trademarked name for thewidescreenprocess which works by simultaneously projecting images from three synchronized 35 mm projectors onto a huge, deeply-curved screen. The home entertainment releases Cinerama Holiday (1955) and South Seas Adventure (1958) coincide with the 50th anniversary of Pacific Theatres' historic Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, California.

About Flicker Alley

Flicker Alley, LLC was founded in 2002 by Jeff Masino. Each Flicker Alley project is the culmination of hundreds of hours of research, digital restoration, and music production. Flicker Alley has partnered with Turner Classic Movies on several historic cable broadcasts including three previously unavailable silent films produced by Howard Hughes, three rarely seen Rudolph Valentino films and new digital editions of J'Accuse and La Roue, by Abel Gance. The Flicker Alley brand has grown to enjoy national and international critical acclaim and is regularly featured in annual "Best Of" lists. The National Society of Film Critics has honored the company as a "Heritage Award" recipient in 2009, 2011, and 2012.

About the SmileBox Curved Screen Format

These Cinerama publications are set up in a format which illustrates to a modern audience how different and special the Cinerama experience was when originally exhibited in theatres. The innovative curved screen "look" used in these Cinerama remasterings was developed and designed with input from film historians, award winning 3D graphics experts, digital engineers, and Oscar winning cinematographers. A long period of tests included projecting the original 3 panel Cinerama focus charts on the Seattle Cinerama 146 degree screen, checking for horizontal and vertical distortions. From this effort, SmileBox was developed to take full advantage of the HD 16 x 9 frame, and yet maintain a 146 degree effect that would approximate what people saw in Cinerama theaters. Owing to certain limitations, the producers believe that this SmileBox format will approximate a "Cinerama effect" on flat 16 x 9 monitors, or when projected on screen.
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