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Windjammer [Blu-ray] [1958] [US Import]

Lasse Kolstad , Bill Colleran    Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Lasse Kolstad
  • Directors: Bill Colleran
  • Format: Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Flicker Alley
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Sep 2012
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N3E034
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 37,370 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Beware 29 Nov 2012
By Adrian Drew TOP 500 REVIEWER
For film buffs with an interest in technological developments or for lovers of nostalgia, with fond memories of seeing this Cinerama movie on its original release, only! At 144mts this decidedly ropey "restored" print of a very tedious film is STRICTLY for enthusiasts. The definition is poor, the colour saturation weak and the stereo decidedly flawed. I found it unwatchable on big screen projection. The recent release of "This Is Cinerama " at least had a certain historical interest, although it also suffered from a very brave, but ultimately far from perfect, restoration from the damaged source material only available. But as for "Windjammer" .... Well.... If you are into films of young lads - who can't act - wandering aimlessly around various tropical locations and singing the occasional jolly song - then you'll find much to enjoy. But as for the rest of us - you have been warned!!! Cinerama or Cinemiracle as this format was called, only works if the definition and print quality has a real "wow factor". The blu ray of " How the West Was Won" managed this and also had a fairly decent plot. "Windjammer" doesn't. What we have with this new blu ray Is a very dated documentary lovingly presented by enthusiasts, who include a reproduction of the film's original booklet, the Overture, intermission music etc etc, and in fact they do everything they can to make this release a memorable one - but the quality of the source material they had to work with just isn't good enough for contemporary general audiences.
Add to this the cost of the disc, and an import surcharge I was forced to pay by customs, plus a Post Office additional "Handling Charge" of £8 and the disc ended costing me around £50! So, sad to say for me, despite my love of "big screen" movies and the use of the clever "Smilebox" ratio format, this blu ray will only please those who truly believe " Never mind the quality - feel the width"!
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WINDJAMMER: The Voyage of The Christian Radich [1958] [Deluxe Combo Blu-ray + DVD] [US Import] LOUIS DE ROCHEMONT’S CINEMIRACLE ADVENTURE!

Come on board the magnificent Norwegian square-rigger as it sails its spectacular 17,000 mile journey, manned by a crew of young sailors-in-training, all photographed in the widescreen splendour of “Cinemiracle” and Cinerama’s only true competitor to thrill 1950 s audiences by sheer size and clarity.

Now digitally re-mastered in the unique “SMILEBOX” curved screen simulation, the colour, the music, and the true artistry of this classic is reborn. Embarking from Oslo, Norway, the ship 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 the 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 colour 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 breath-taking story. Morton Gould s top-notch score, along with a fine variety of music throughout the picture, sounds perfect in Cinemiracle’s 7-channel sound recording.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Blew me Away 27 Dec 2012
By Tomlan
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This is a film very much of its time. A rival to the Cinerama process, Cinemiracle was a one-off in every sense of the word. The opening to "This is Cinerama" was a knockout, but "Windjammer's" was even more spectacular. I would advise watching it on the biggest TV screen possible, as it brings out the "Smilebox" feature to best advantage. Best described as a travelogue, the voyage of the Christian Radich never bores, and its scenes concerning the lost German Training Ship, Pamir, are quite moving.

This film should appeal to any student of cinema history, or technology, it might also be of interest to seamen, and anyone who loves "messing about in boats".

I've had the Morton Gould soundtrack LP for years, I will be eternally grateful to those who brought out this DVD, for allowing me to see the the film at last. Despite its limited appeal, I consider this to be the best DVD release of the year. Region free, and Double Play, it's well worth seeking out.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Set Sail for high seas 3 April 2013
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What a wonderful remastering of this classic Cinerama Film, I have had the pleasure in seeing this on the giant curved screen at Pictureville in Bradford England on many a showing, it made me book a voyage on a tall ship and what an experience that was to follow in the same high Adventure that these Cadets must have experienced during the months on board the Christian Raddich. Well done to all the people who have restored this movie onto dvd for future generations and long may the Christien Raddich sail the high seas.....
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