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Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich [Blu-ray] (1958)

Captain Yvngvar Kjelstrup , Lasse Kolstad , Louis de Rochemont III , Bill Colleran  |  G |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Captain Yvngvar Kjelstrup, Lasse Kolstad, A.B.
  • Directors: Louis de Rochemont III, Bill Colleran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Flicker Alley LLC
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 142 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008N3E034
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #119,493 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

The WINDJAMMER Voyage: A Cinemiracle Adventure (2012) A new documentary by historian Dave Strohmaier on the film’s original production - 56 min. WINDJAMMER Gets A "Facelift": featuring before and after demos on the film’s remastering - 13 min. The WINDJAMMER Breakdown Reel - 14 min. The Christian Radich Today at the Aalbourg Denmark Tall Ships Festival 2010 - 7 min. WINDJAMMER Trailer: New re-creation from the original 1958 release trailer - 3 min. WINDJAMMER Behind The Scenes Slideshow: Featuring images of the production, the original exhibition, and original publicity of the film - 9 min. Cinemiracle Booklet Image Gallery:Facsimile of an original WINDJAMMER Cinemiracle booklet.

Editorial Reviews

Come onboard 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 splendor of Cinemiracle, Cinerama s only true competitor to thrill 1950 s audiences by sheer size and clarity. Now digitally remastered in the unique SmileBox curved screen simulation, the color, the music, and the true artistry of this classic are 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 color and sound created by famed photographer Arthur Weegee 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 breathtaking 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. Seen digitally, the film hasn t looked and sounded as good since its original theatrical engagements, over 50 years ago. BONUS FEATURES The WINDJAMMER Voyage: A Cinemiracle Adventure (2012) A new documentary by historian David Strohmaier on the film s original production - 56 min. WINDJAMMER Gets A Facelift featuring before and after demos on the film s remastering - 13 min. The WINDJAMMER Breakdown Reel - 14 min. The Christian Radich Today at the Aalbourg Denmark Tall Ships Festival 2010 - 7 min. WINDJAMMER Trailer: New re-creation from the original 1958 release trailer - 3 min. WINDJAMMER Behind The Scenes Slideshow: Featuring images of the production, the original exhibition, and original publicity of the film - 9 minutes Cinemiracle Booklet Image Gallery: Facsimile of an original WINDJAMMER Cinemiracle booklet.

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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AT LONG LAST ON BLURAY AND DVD August 2, 2012
By Peter M
I first saw this film when it was originally released.It was unforgettable on the giant Cinerama screen.I saw it many times and was lucky to get a video from the Christian Radich society when they sold copies for a brief time many years ago. The film is also a part of cinema history as it was the last time that the tragic Pamir training ship was photographed shortly before it capsised at sea in a storm.There were only a handful of survivors. The music of Windjammer is truly unforgettable. See the film on the biggest TV screen that you can and be enveloped into another world and experience how things were back in the fifties.It was truly the best of all the documentary films that were filmed in the 3 panel process. As there is almost no likelyhood of ever seeing the film restored to its former glory we can now at least,see it on bluray. It is probably the most wanted film in decades for home viewers and now we finally have that chance to once again relive the memories of a bygone era.If you don't already know, the dvd and bluray are region free.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars windjammer delights again after 50 years August 25, 2012
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I experienced the spectacular screening of "Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich" as a teenager at the Cinerama Theatre in Denver, Colorado in 1959. I still have the original program booklet and the stereo music recording. The start of the film is especially surprising, starting with a small 35 mm screen, black and white image then suddenly the curtains expand to the huge 137-degree curved CineMiracle screen with the panoramic image of the Christian Radich high masted tall ship under full sail. Renowned composer Morton Gould's Windjammer musical theme that accompanies this amazing opening adds immensity to the spine-tingling imagery, transforming you onto the deck of the Christian Radich.

The Windjammer oddysey takes a crew of teenage sailing cadets from Norway on a nine-month voyage across the Atlantic aboard a tall sailing ship with the ever present risks of severe storms, followed by colorful stops in Madeira, then on to the Carribean and Puerto Rico for a concert with renowned cellist, Pablo Casals, followed by a great beach party. Then Cadets experience sailing with a U.S. Navy guided missile frigate. The next stop lands them in New York City where the Christian Radich sails past the Statue of Liberty into the New York harbor, saluted by fireboat water streams. Special effects cinematographer Weegee added unprecedented multi-image kaleidoscope optical effects to the exciting NYC activities of the Cadets.

Sven-Erik Libaek, one of the 16-year-old cadets who starred in the film and was featured playing the renowned Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg's A-Minor Piano Concerto with Arthur Fiedler, Conductor of the Boston Pops Orchestra.
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Satisfying restoration August 7, 2012
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I was a teenager when I saw "Windjammer" in Cinemiracle at the Warner Cinerama Theater in Washington, D.C., in the late 1959. I had a seat in the balcony (which cost about $1.50 in those days) and remember the film vividly, especially the transition from 35mm and mono sound to widescreen. The stereophonic sound of wind started up on the surround speaker system (one speaker was right behind me!) as the the three-projection system started and curtains fully opened revealing the full screen. It put goosebumps on the spine and was a movie thrill I remember 50 years later.

There were no surviving Cinemiracle prints of "Windjammer" in good shape for this restoration, as there were for "How the West Was Won." One reason - the Eastmancolor stock on which it was filmed has not held up at well as Technicolor. Considering the only print found capable of restoration on a modest budget was 35mm, squeezing all three panel on one film strip, the results are surprising good. Smilebox is nice but I wish, as with "How the West Was Won," a non Smilebox version had been included as well, especially since ALL of the 2nd disc in the set is just a DVD of the Blu-Ray edition. Finally, it would be gratifying to know a part of the profits (if any) from this set will go to a full-scale restoration of the original three-strip elements. The supplementary materials really don't make clear if such a restoration is a possibility. All that's said is that such a restoration would have exceed the budget for this project.

Some have mentioned the film's hokiness. More than 50 years later the film DOES seem hokier than I remembered it - but no more so than most films of the period. The film IS a little choppier than I remembered - and seems more amatuerishly directed.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film for all lovers of ships and the sea. January 14, 2013
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WINDJAMMER. THE VOYAGE OF THE CHRISTIAN RADICH – Gary Steinhaus

In April of 1958, I traveled via subway from Brooklyn, New York to Manhattan to view a motion picture that was playing at the Roxy theater. No other theaters in New York had the special projection equipment required. This film required three projectors for viewing and three cameras to film it. The process was named Cinemiracle. This was at a time when the motion picture industry was trying to do everything possible to regain the huge audience lost to television. Cinemiracle was a wide-screen technology that came and left within but a few years to be replaced by better and simpler wide-screen methods such as Cinemascope.

The motion picture that I viewed that day would become one of my all time favorites, one that I hardly ever expected to see again due to its complex technology, but one that I did see again, at home, on my own video equipment. And that film was and is “Windjammer, the Voyage of the Christian Radich,” produced by Louis de Rochemont. Though basically a travelogue, the stars of this presentation are: the Christian Radich, the full-rigged three-mast Norwegian sail training ship home-ported in Oslo, the Norwegian crew and trainees, and Norway itself. Amazingly restored by David Strohmaier, a resident of the Los Angeles area, it has taken 58 years for this to happen. David did not do all the work on this but he was the principal technician. The instrumental music is by Morton Gould and the vocals are by several popular songwriters of those days before rock and roll.

Packaging consists of a well-built plastic container containing two DVD’s and a copy of a booklet from the Odeon Theatre in London, one of the rare locations where the movie was shown in the more recent past.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good to see it again.
Published 8 days ago by Doug Verlander
5.0 out of 5 stars Alte Gefühle kommen auf ...
Ich habe den Film 1958 im Kino gesehen. Es freut mich, dass er jetzt als DVD erhältlich ist. Ich finde den Film wunderbar.
Published 25 days ago by Horst Voigt
5.0 out of 5 stars Cinema History
This is the only Cinerama style movie I did not see in a Cinerama theatre.Well worth owning for anyone into cinema history.
Published 1 month ago by daniel glowny
4.0 out of 5 stars ... the late 50's or early 60's and fell in love with the music and...
I saw this in a theater in Boston three times back in the late 50's or early 60's and fell in love with the music and songs as well as the adventure. Read more
Published 1 month ago by David K. Crabtree
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Published 1 month ago by Andrew C. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film that I remembered from my childhood
Great film that I remembered from my childhood. Was not disappointed in seeing it after over 50 years. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ed Riley
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
Not as good as I hoped. Picture and sound was a disappointment after reading such good reviews.
Published 1 month ago by charles r.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic, it was the same experience as in 1958.
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Published 2 months ago by Tom Vikkelsoe
4.0 out of 5 stars Recreated the 1950's impact of Cinerama in HD
Story a bit Kitch but images recreate the sensation of the original huge theatre experience in HD.
Thanks to the Restorers initiative and love of technology....
Published 4 months ago by Bob In Sydney Australia
5.0 out of 5 stars An epic
I saw this movie in the magic of Cinerama. I was overwhelmed by the sheer scope of the movie. When the curtains parted I held my breath waiting for the full screen to... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Rudolph J. Piszek
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