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Flicker Alley presents "This is Cinerama" and "Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich" 2017 Authorized Restorations

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Flicker Alley Date: 13.02.2018

This is Cinerama - 2017 Authorized Restoration

Deluxe Blu-ray
S.R.P. $27,95

This is Cinerama - 2017 Authorized Restoration
Format Blu-ray (NTSC)
Region All: A, B, C
Director Merian C. Cooper, Robert L. Bendick
Featuring Lowell Thomas
Composers Sidney Cutner, Howard Jackson, Paul Sawtell, Leo Shuken, Max Steiner, Roy Webb
Year 1952
Language English
Length 127 minutes


Flicker Alley and Cinerama Inc. are pleased to announce the long-awaited re-release of This is Cinerama, now beautifully restored from the original three-panel, six-perforation camera elements. Presented in a deluxe Blu-ray edition, this is the most extensive and thorough restoration yet of the film that changed the shape and sound of the movies forever!

On the evening of September 30, 1952, This is Cinerama premiered at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. Robert C. Ruark of The New York World Telegram said of the event: “I have just looked at the movies’ answer to television, whether or not the movies know it yet.” Indeed, this unique, widescreen process was launched when television was deemed a major threat to US film exhibition. Fred Waller, Cinerama’s creator, dreamed of a motion picture experience that would recreate the full range of human vision. Using three cameras and three proctors on a curved screen 146° deep, Cinerama created an immersive cinematic event, wowing 20 million viewers in its original roadshow version.

Now, audiences can experience the forerunner to all modern widescreen formats once again, and in a brand-new, definitive restoration. From Venice to Madrid, from Edinburgh Castle to the La Scala opera house in Milan, and all across America in the nose of a B-25 bomber, travel around the world with Cinerama, presented in the one-and-only Smilebox® curved screen simulation.

• Go to A new restoration of “This is Cinerama”

Bonus Materials Include:

• Audio Commentary - With John Sittig (Cinerama Inc.), David Strohmaier (Cinerama Restorer), Randy Gitsch (Cinerama Historian), and Jim Morrison (original crew member)
• The Best in the Biz - Updated hour-long documentary about the composers of Cinerama
• Restoring This is Cinerama - A detailed, behind-the-scenes look at the brand-new restoration
• Alternate European Opening to Act Two - A European-oriented segue into the second half of the film, featuring the panoramic view of the United States from the nose of a B-25 bomber plane
• Cinerama Everywhere - A French-produced short on the Cinerama tent shows in Europe
• Tribute to the New Neon Movies - A short film celebrating an Ohio theater where a projectionist revived Cinerama through special screenings for people from all over the country
• Radio Interview with Cinerama Creator, Fred Waller - Recorded on the eve of opening night; accompanied by a slideshow of selected Cinerama images
• This is Cinerama Trailer - An updated recreation of the original theatrical trailer, edited with newly-restored clips
• Cinerama Returns to the Cinerama Dome (2002 Announcement Trailer) - Promotional short for the 50th anniversary of Cinerama and its return to the fabled Cinerama Dome in Hollywood
• “Breakdown Reel” - Footage originally projected interstitially during the interruptions of any Cinerama performance
• TV Spots - Original television ads for This Is Cinerama and Seven Wonders of the World
More in 70mm reading:

Major restoration of “WINDJAMMER: THE VOYAGE OF THE CHRISTIAN RADICH” at the Cinerama Dome, Saturday April 28, 2018

2018 European Cinerama Cinema Engagements

“WINDJAMMER” to set sail soon in a new digital version

Re-constructing “The Best of Cinerama”. And a new restoration of “This is Cinerama”

Flicker Alley presents "The Best Of Cinerama" And "Cinerama’s Russian Adventure"


Cinerama, Dave Strohmaier and the "We have all seen it as a kid" thing

Interview with producer Randy Gitsch

Cinerama Remaster

in70mm.com's Cinerama page

Internet link:

Flicker Alley, LLC | 6671 W Sunset Blvd | Suite 1523 | Los Angeles | CA | 90028


Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich - 2017 Authorized Restoration

Deluxe Blu-ray
S.R.P. $27,95

Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich - 2017 Authorized Restoration
Format Blu-ray (NTSC)
Region All: A, B, C
Director Louis De Rochemont, Bill Colleran
Featuring Bjřrn Amvik, Arne Andersen, Per Antonsen
Score by Morton Gould
Arrangements / conducter Jack Shaindlind
Year 1958
Language English
Length 142 minutes


At a star-studded premiere at Grauman’s World Famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich sailed into movie history on April 8th, 1958. The brainchild of National Theatres, who hoped to compete with rival widescreen sensation Cinerama, Windjammer was the first (and eventually, the only) film to use the Cinemiracle process. Utilizing proprietary widescreen technology accompanied by seven-channel audio, Cinermiracle was the perfect format to tell the sweeping adventure of the Christian Radich, a Norwegian square-rigger, and her crew.

Now newly restored from original camera elements, the color, the music, and the true artistry of this classic are reborn in a definitive Blu-ray edition. Embarking from Oslo, Norway, the Christian Radich sets out across the Atlantic with a storm-tossed stop in Madeira, where New Year’s festivities entice the young crewmen to enjoy Portuguese musical celebrations and heart racing rides in basket sleds down steep cobblestone streets. After that, it is on to Willemstad, Curacao, where young sailors take part in Dutch festivities. They catch a courtyard performance of Pablo Casals in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, they’re greeted by native steel bands and Calypso singers. By the time they arrive in New York, the Cinemiracle cameras offer a kaleidoscopic treat of color and sound created by famed photographer Arthur “Weege” Fellig. A later encounter with the U.S. Navy Task Force makes for a grand promenade of ships, and when underwater shots of frogmen and a submarine emerge from the depths to reveal the Windjammer on the open sea, Cinemiracle becomes the true star of this breathtaking story. Presented in Smilebox® curved screen format, audiences are once again able to rediscover and re-appreciate this timeless and newly-restored cinema gem!

• Go to “WINDJAMMER” to set sail soon in a new digital version

Bonus Materials Include:
• The Windjammer Voyage: A Cinemiracle Adventure - A documentary by historian Dave Strohmaier on the film’s production
• The Reconstruction of Windjammer - A behind the scenes look at the reconstruction and restoration of Windjammer from the original Cinemiracle camera elements
• The Windjammer Breakdown Reel
• The Christian Radich Today - A modern look at the famous ship at the Aalbourg, Denmark Tall Ships Festival in 2010
• Windjammer Trailer - New re-creation from the original 1958 release trailer
• Windjammer Behind The Scenes Slideshow - Images from the production of the film
• Cinemiracle Showplaces Slideshow - A look at the unique venues that screened Windjammer
More in 70mm reading:

Major restoration of “WINDJAMMER: THE VOYAGE OF THE CHRISTIAN RADICH” at the Cinerama Dome, Saturday April 28, 2018

“WINDJAMMER” to set sail soon in a new digital version

Cinerama Remaster

Louis de Rochemont's "Windjammer" produced in Cinemiracle

in70mm.com's Cinerama page

Cinerama, Dave Strohmaier and the "We have all seen it as a kid" thing

Interview with producer Randy Gitsch

Internet link:

Flicker Alley

About Flicker Alley, LLC

Flicker Alley, LLC was founded in 2002 by Jeff Masino. Each Flicker Alley publication is the culmination of hundreds of hours of research, digital restoration, graphic design, music composition and scoring. Collectively, they reflect the creativity, expertise, and shared passion of many talented collaborators. The Flicker Alley brand has grown to enjoy national and international critical acclaim. The company is a four-time recipient of the National Society of Film Critics Film Heritage Award for publishing "rare early U.S. and foreign silent film."

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 the widescreen process, which works by simultaneously projecting images from three synchronized, 6-perf 35mm projectors, allowing for a 50% higher and 150% wider image. Previously released Cinerama titles on DVD and Blu-ray include This is Cinerama (1952), Windjammer (1958), South Seas Adventure (1958), Cinerama Holiday (1955), Seven Wonders of the World (1956), and Search for Paradise (1957).

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. 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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