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

The 70mm Newsletter
Written by: Flicker Alley Date: 05.07.2016

Flicker Alley, in association with Cinerama Inc., adds two newly-restored, Blu-ray/DVD premieres to its popular Cinerama collection: The Best of Cinerama and Cinerama’s Russian Adventure. Release Date: November 15, 2016

(Los Angeles, CA - July 4, 2016) - Flicker Alley and Cinerama Inc. invite you once more to celebrate the thrilling spectacle of Cinerama with two exciting releases - The Best of Cinerama and Cinerama’s Russian Adventure – both featuring new restorations of some of the most fantastic footage in Cinerama history.


The Best of Cinerama (1962)

The Best of Cinerama
Deluxe Blu-ray/DVD Dual-Format Edition
S.R.P. $39.95

The Best of Cinerama / 1962 / Produced by Merian C. Cooper and Thomas Conroy / 143 minutes / US / A Cinerama Incorporated Production UPC: ISBN:

The Best of Cinerama is comprised of all the greatest thrills of Cinerama, from the breathtaking roller coaster ride to the visit to La Scala, Milan, for Aida; from the hurtling bobsled run, to the stirring dances of the African Watusis. Made up of over twenty such exciting highlights, the film is not only an historic compilation, but also a stand-alone, “thrill-a-minute” experience.

• Go to Reconstructing The Best of Cinerama
• Go to Trailer for Cinerama's "The Best of Cinerama"

The adventure begins with the Sabre jet precision flying team from Search For Paradise, and then whirls back to the iconic roller coaster sequence from This is Cinerama! – newly restored for this release. From there, the threepanel journey goes global, showcasing some of the rich and exotic locales of Cinerama Holiday and Seven Wonders of the World. There’s the Marian Year Celebration at St. Peter’s Square in Rome, featuring the first commercial motion-picture footage of Pope Pius XII. There’s the boat trip down the Ganges River at Benares. There are visits to Paris, Vienna, Athens, India, Brazil, Japan, Africa, Israel, and New Orleans, all in one, spectacular Cinerama presentation.

Flicker Alley and Cinerama Inc. are proud to present The Best of Cinerama in the Smilebox® Curved Screen Simulation. The film has been digitally remastered from original camera negatives, and includes an all-new restoration of scenes from This is Cinerama! This publication celebrates a decade of Cinerama filmmaking, and over 5 years of bringing those treasures back to life on Blu-ray and DVD for future Cinerama audiences to enjoy!

Bonus Materials Include:
• Feature Length Audio Commentary: With Cinerama historian David Coles
• Shellarama (1965): Shot in Super-Technirama and released on 70mm, this Shell-produced short follows the journey of Shell oil from raw source to refined fuel
• Bridge to Space (1968): A 70mm short documentary shot on Merritt Island and at Cape Canaveral
• “The Rangerettes”: Deleted scene from Seven Wonders of the World featuring Kilgore College Rangerettes
• “Battleship Iowa Arrives in San Pedro”: A Cinerama short film shot in 2012
• “Reconstructing The Best of Cinerama”: A restoration demonstration with Dave Strohmaier
• “Cinerama Troika”: Interview with the principles behind Cinerama travelogue restorations (Blu-ray only)
• “Remembering The Best of Cinerama”: Interview with Norman Karlin, Cinerama editor (Blu-ray only)
• Slideshows: “Who’s Who in Cinerama History;” “Show Places of the 1950s;” and more! (Blu-ray only)
• The Best of Cinerama Trailer: Original theatrical trailer
• Program Booklet: A facsimile representation of the original program booklet
More in 70mm reading:

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


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

Interview with producer Randy Gitsch

Cinerama Remaster

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

in70mm.com's Cinerama page

Internet link:

Flicker Alley

Flicker Alley

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Russian Adventure (1966)

Deluxe Blu-ray/DVD Combo Edition
S.R.P. $39.95

Russian Adventure / 1966 / 127 minutes / US / Produced by Hal Dennis Productions / Directed by Leonid Kristy, Roman Karmen, Boris Dolin, Oleg Lebedev, Solomon Kogan, Vassily Katanian UPC: ISBN:

Photographed over an eight-year period by Russia’s top filmmakers, Cinerama’s Russian Adventure brings together some of the most exquisite, jaw-dropping, and beautiful sequences from over six Soviet Kinopanorama productions (the Russian equivalent of 3-panel Cinerama). The film’s locations stretch from one end of Russia to the other, from the snow-covered countryside to the majestic subways of Moscow, from the deck of a whaling ship to the front seats of the Bolshoi Theater. Bing Crosby narrates the journey, offering both a grand and intimate view of a country and culture so often cited and yet so seldom seen.

• Go to Reconstructing Cinerama's Russian Adventure

• Go to Trailer for "Cinerama's Russian Adventure"

In classic Cinerama style, your first glimpse of Russia is from behind the reigns of a troika, a traditional threehorse sled, speeding through the snow. Next, you’ll land in Moscow for spectacular shots of the Kremlin, the Volga River, the bustling street life, and a spring carnival complete with singing, dancing, and clowns on stilts. From there, you’ll marvel at the dazzling Moscow Circus, take a raft ride down the Tisza River, join in a wild antelope roundup on the Barsa-Kelmes, and witness a show-stopping performance of the famous Moiseyev Dancers. The most visceral sequences, though, take place not on land, but on water: the spare-no-details whale hunt aboard a factory ship in the Antarctic, and the alien voyage of an Octopus as it glides beneath the sea. Flicker Alley and Cinerama Inc. are proud to present Cinerama’s Russian Adventure in the Smilebox® Curved Screen Simulation. The film has been digitally remastered, and beautifully so, allowing audiences to experience - in the words of Bing Crosby – “…what I believe will be our most exciting journey…”

Bonus Materials Include:
• Fortress of Peace (1964): A Swiss Army propaganda film shot in Cinerama and nominated for the 1965
Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film
• Concorde (1966): A 70mm Cinerama short about the then soon-to-be-unveiled supersonic airplane
• "Working With Our Father on Russian Adventure": An interview with film editors Craig and Hal Dennis Jr., sons of producer Hal Dennis
• “Reconstructing Russian Adventure”: A restoration demonstration with Dave Strohmaier
• Russian Adventure Trailer: Original theatrical trailer
• Trailer Gallery: Collection of trailers from other Cinerama shows (Blu-ray only)
• Slideshows: Ads & publicity materials; sample scripts pages, and “Russian Adventure Study Guide”
• Program Booklet: 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

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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