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Flicker Alley presents "The Golden Head" and "Flying Clipper" 2019 Authorized Restorations

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Flicker Alley Date: 16.02.2019

The Golden Head - 2019 Authorized Restoration

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

Brand: Flicker Alley
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Dual-Format Edition
Region: ABC/0
Director: Richard Thorpe
Featuring: Buddy Hackett, George Sanders
Composers: Szabolcs Fényes
Year: Budapest 10.12.1964
Language: English
Length: 115 mins.

Largely unseen since its original theatrical release in 1965, and almost never shown in the U.S., The Golden Head is somewhat of a Cinerama mystery, not only in its "Emil and the Detectives" - style plot, but in its history as a unique, multi-national and nearly "lost" widescreen wonder.
A British-Hungarian-American production, the film takes place in and around Budapest, and follows the adventures of the Stevenson children: Milly, Michael, and Harold. In Hungary with their father, a British inspector attending an international convention of criminal investigators, the kids stumble upon a plot hatched by two thieves (Buddy Hackett, in his first role since the success of It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, and George Sanders), to steal the golden bust of Saint László from the Cathedral of Gyór and smuggle it out of the country. The Stevenson trio trails the thieves through Budapest and beyond in what amounts to a widescreen tour of the culture and landmarks of Hungary, highlighted by crazy chase scenes of earthy humor and elements of slapstick comedy.
Notoriously replaced by Flying Clipper (aka Mediterranean Holiday) after an 8-week theatrical run in London, The Golden Head was rarely seen ever again. Now, thanks to a brilliant, new restoration by Cinerama Inc., the 70mm Technirama can be enjoyed by all alongside the other critically acclaimed Blu-ray and DVD publications in Flicker Alley's Cinerama collection.

• Go to About the 70mm Cinerama movie "The Golden Head"

Bonus Materials Include:
"Fortress of Peace" - A short film directed by John Fernhout, portraying the Swiss Army fighting against an unnamed, unseen enemy which originally screened theatrically in front of The Golden Head.
"A Tale of Old Whiff" - Originally in Smell-O-Vision, a 70mm scope cartoon where a dog, named "Old Whiff", searches for a dinosaur bone.
• Restoration of "The Golden Head" - A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the new restoration of this Cinerama title.
• Restoration of the Animation, A Tale of Old Whiff - A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the restoration of this animated classic.
• Image Gallery - Featuring original production, exhibition and promotional materials.
• Trailer Gallery - Featuring restored Cinerama titles.
• A Program Booklet - A facsimile representation of the original program booklet.
More in 70mm reading:

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

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


Flying Clipper - 2017 Authorized Restoration

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

Brand: Flicker Alley
Format: Blu-ray/4K UHD Combo
Region: ABC/0
Director: Hermann Leitner and Rudolf Nussgruber
Composers: Riz Ortolani
Year: 19.12.1962
Language: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Slovakian & Japanese
Length: 158 mins.

Flying Clipper, directed by Hermann Leitner and featuring narration from Burl Ives, follows the untold adventures of a Swedish sailing ship and its young crew as they navigate the Mediterranean Sea in the early 1960s. This documentary is a stunning travelogue that takes you to the dreamiest destinations of the old world. Under the stewardship of Captain Skoglund, a group of 20 Merchant Marine cadets venture through historical landmarks, such as Tutankhamen's tomb, and other known wonders of the Mediterranean coastline. First Portugal, then Egypt, this odyssey travels to various points in Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Monaco, ending in Spain.

Photographed in 1962 with specially designed 70mm cameras, Flying Clipper was the first German film produced in this high-resolution large format. Whether it's the spectacular imagery of the Formula 1 race in Monaco or the seascape views aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La, this documentary is a technical masterpiece that preserves the breathtaking visuals of its maiden voyage. Cinematography by Tony Braun (The Wild Geese), Siegfried Hold (Old Shatterhand), Heinz Hölscher (Rampage at Apache Wells), Klaus König (Go For It, Baby) and Bernhard Stebich.

Scanned in 4K from an original 70mm print and digitally restored, Flying Clipper now unfolds in your home theater with the same brilliance as a cinema screen. With a completely new Dolby Atmos design created to enhance the subtle nuances of the original sound (German and English), you experience the thunderous racing atmosphere of Monaco in the middle of your living room. Now available for the first time in the US on Blu-ray and UHD 4K Blu-ray.

• Go to Flying Clipper - Traumreise Unter Weissen Segeln

Bonus Materials Include:

• Multiple Audio Options - Watch Flying Clipper with its original soundtrack or with the new restoration featuring Dolby Atmos Surround Sound.
• Theatrical Trailer - A restoration of the original theatrical trailer.
• Lobby Card Slideshow - A virtual slideshow of the original lobby cards.
• An Interview with Jürgen Brückner - The camera operator, distributor and film chronicler sheds light on the production of Flying Clipper and shooting in 70mm.
• An Interview with Herbert Born - 70mm expert Herbert Born explains the process that went into restoring Flying Clipper for UHD Blu-ray.
• An Interview with Marcus Vetter - A film projectionist guides us through the process of screening 70mm.
• An Interview with Christoph Engelke - Detailing the audio restoration for Flying Clipper and how the new Dolby Atmos version was crafted.
• A Restoration Comparison - Side-by-side comparison showcasing the restoration work on the film.
• Trailer Gallery - Additional 4K Busch Media Group trailers.
• A Program Booklet - A facsimile representation of the original program booklet.
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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