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Major restoration of “WINDJAMMER: THE VOYAGE OF THE CHRISTIAN RADICH” at the Cinerama Dome, Saturday April 28, 2018
“The Day You’ll Never Forget is the Day You See Windjammer”

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Dave Strohmaier Date: 24.04.2018
The Turner Classic Movies annual Film Festival will screen the new major restoration of “WINDJAMMER: THE VOYAGE OF THE CHRISTIAN RADICH”.

“WINDJAMMER: THE VOYAGE OF THE CHRISTIAN RADICH” is a one-of-a-kind true-life adventure following the trans-Atlantic journey of a crew of young sailors-in-training. Their 17,500 mile-long journey became the basis for the only film ever shot in the Cinemiracle widescreen process, itself a refinement of the tremendously popular Cinerama system, which was the 1950’s pre-cursor to IMAX.

From a DCP source created by Cinerama Aficionado and long-time Cinerama Restoration Team contributor Tom March, Strohmaier and restoration producer Randy Gitsch will screen the new digital version of the picture at Cinerama Dome Saturday April 28th at 10AM with Leonard Maltin as host. So as the original print advertising for the picture touted, first time viewers and returning fans can now look forward to knowing, “The Day You’ll Never Forget is the Day You See Windjammer”. The film will be released as a new BluRay disc on May 8th along with the new major restoration of "This Is Cinerama". This may be the only time to see "Windjammer" on the giant Cinerama Dome screen.

Now harkening back to the picture’s original 1958 Harrision’s Reports Exhibitors trade journal reaction, the results of this new version are “nothing short of magnificent”. Colors are now more saturated and vibrant. The three panels are now more closely matched in color, and often, very often, the expansive picture is seamless. But most importantly, the picture is now clearer, so clear in fact that rigging lines on the ship and expressions on faces are now more realistic and pleasing. But even visual minutiae like buttons on shirts and laces on shoes are now omnipresent and relevant. From what had at times in the 2011 version seemed like animated painting, a true documentary motion picture has now emerged with all the clarity of the Cinemiracle three lens capture. This is the way the picture looked in 1958.

Tickets are $20. with a chance to win some Cinerama releases courtesy of Flicker Alley.

Here’s a link to how the individual tickets work at the festival.
More in 70mm reading:

Windjammer 60 år på Colosseum kino, Oslo

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

Louis de Rochemont's "Windjammer" produced in Cinemiracle

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

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