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Flicker Alley presents "Seven Wonders of the World" and "Search for Paradise"

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Written by: Flicker AlleyDate: 02.10.2014
FLICKER ALLEY PRESENTS CINERAMA'S SEVEN WONDERS OF THE WORLD and SEARCH FOR PARADISE. Flicker Alley, in association with Cinerama, Inc., releases two historic gems - Seven Wonders of the World and Search for Paradise - presented in brand new, beautifully restored editions. Release Date: November 11, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA - September 8, 2014) - Flicker Alley and Cinerama, Inc. invite you to celebrate the rich spectacles of Cinerama's Seven Wonders of the World and Search for Paradise, both newly restored and never before seen on home video. Both Deluxe Blu-ray/DVD Combo Editions are available for pre-order on the Flicker Alley website.

Seven Wonders of the World (1956)

Seven Wonders of the World Deluxe Blu-ray/DVD Combo Edition S.R.P. $49.95

Seven Wonders of the World / 1956 / Directed by Tay Garnett, Paul Mantz, Andrew Marton, Ted Tetzlaff, and Walter Thompson / 106 minutes / US / Produced by Cinerama, Inc.

UPC: 6-17311-67889-9 ISBN: 1-893967-88-3

Of the seven sites the ancient Greeks named the "wonders of the world," only one remains. Seven Wonders of the World is a round-the-world adventure that picks up where the Greeks of antiquity left off. Released in 1956, this Cinerama spectacle follows 20th century adventurer Lowell Thomas as he seeks out the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Join him as he flies across the globe in the "Smasher," a converted B-25, capturing some of the most breathtaking photography ever shot. The quest opens at the great pyramids, the last of the original Seven Wonders to still exist. From there, the "Smasher" circles the globe with Cinerama photographing a live East Africa volcano, under the bridges in New York, over and around Rio de Janeiro, the Parthenon in Athens, Angel Falls in South America, and many stops along the way to experience the beautiful culture of diverse locales. The film encourages the audience to choose from the dozens of sites explored. "What are your seven wonders?"

Flicker Alley and Cinerama, Inc. are proud to present Seven Wonders of the World in the Smilebox« Curved Screen Simulation. Unseen theatrically since the early 1970s and never before broadcast or issued on home video, Seven Wonders of the World has been digitally remastered from its original camera negatives. The global adventure captures the beauty and culture of these extraordinary places in a Cinerama time capsule.

Bonus Materials Include:

The original Seven Wonders of the World breakdown reel - the same one used in its 1956 theatrical run.
Newsreel footage from the film's opening night in New York
A restoration demonstration on how the damaged negative was restored
The Best in the Biz documentary about the composers of Cinerama
The French Cinerama Everywhere short on Cinerama tent shows in Europe
A brand new re-release movie trailer, a black & white TV spot, and the 1960 "abandoned" trailer
An image gallery
Plus a facsimile representation of the original program booklet.
More in 70mm reading:


Travel Log of "Seven Wonders of the World"

Cinerama Remaster

Flicker Alley releases "Windjammer" and "This is Cinerama" on Blu-ray and DVD

in70mm.com's Cinerama page

Internet link:

Flicker Alley

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Dave Strohmaier's remastered "Holiday In Spain" Blu-ray is mentioned in NEW YORK TIMES!



Search for Paradise (1957)

Search for Paradise Deluxe Blu-ray/DVD Combo Edition S.R.P. $49.95

Search for Paradise / 1957 / 120 minutes / US / Directed by Otto Lang / Produced by The Stanley Warner Cinerama Corporation

UPC: 6-17311-67899-8 ISBN: 1-893967-89-1

"Join Lowell Thomas and follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo" in this new, digital restoration of Search for Paradise, the fourth of the original, 3-panel Cinerama travelogues. Released in 1957, the motion picturetakes you to the "Roof of the World," the Himalayas and Karakoram mountains of Central Asia, the highest region on Earth. You'll become part of the adventure as explorer Lowell Thomas searches for paradise in ancient cities, wild river rapids, and the lush gardens of mountaintops. Your first stop is the Forbidden Kingdom of Hunza, a hidden valley bordered by China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, home to a legendary warrior tribe. Next, you'll challenge the rapids of the Mighty Indus River, fed from a fantastic galaxy of monumental glaciers draining from some of the greatest heights known to man. From there, find respite in the romantic Shalimar Gardens in the Vale of Kashmir, then fly to Katmandu for the coronation ceremony of King Mahendra of Nepal. The adventure concludes with a trip to a U.S. Air Force base, where Thunderbird jet planes cut across the sapphire blue sky overhead at supersonic speed.

Flicker Alley and Cinerama, Inc. are proud to present Search for Paradise in the Smilebox« Curved Screen Simulation. Unseen theatrically since the early 1970s and never before issued on home video, Search for Paradise has been digitally remastered from original camera negatives. The film captures the imagination and asks what your dream paradise would be: beauty, adventure or peace.

Bonus Materials Include:

The original Search for Paradise breakdown reel - the same one used in its 1957 theatrical run.
Behind-the-scenes video of the Cinerama crew setting up for the Air Force base shoot and on location 16mm footage of the Nepal shoot.
The 3-panel 2012 Cinerama short In the Picture, as well as The Last Days of Cinerama, which goes behind-thescenes of the making of In The Picture.
A 1998 interview with director Otto Lang
David Coles' Search for Paradise presentation
Demonstration on how the original negatives were restored
A brand new rerelease movie trailer, a 1950s black & white announcement
trailer, and image gallery
Plus a facsimile representation of the original program booklet.
More in 70mm reading:

Cinerama Remaster

Flicker Alley releases "Windjammer" and "This is Cinerama" on Blu-ray and DVD

in70mm.com's Cinerama page

Internet link:

Flicker Alley

Films in Review

Dave Strohmaier's remastered "Holiday In Spain" Blu-ray is mentioned in NEW YORK TIMES!

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 and is regularly featured in annual "Best Of" lists. 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 35mm projectors onto a huge, deeply curved screen. Previously released Cinerama titles on DVD and Blu-ray include This is Cinerama (1952), Windjammer (1958), South Seas Adventure (1958), and Cinerama Holiday (1955).

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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