Cinerama's Russian Adventure (Blu-ray/DVD Dual Format Edition)
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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 three-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.
In classic Cinerama style, your first glimpse of Russia is from behind the reigns of a troika, a traditional three-horse 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, Cinerama Inc., and the family of Hal Dennis / Hal Dennis Productions 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: Theatrical trailer
- Trailer Gallery: Collection of trailers from other Cinerama shows (Blu-ray only)
- Slideshows: Ads and publicity materials, sample scripts pages, and Russian Adventure Study Guide
- Program Booklet: A facsimile representation of the original program booklet
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Basically, it is about a man, who has to take stock of his life after having been set out to pasture (retired) by his company, where he was a Vice President, losing his wife and trying to come to terms with the man his daughter is in love with.
The Schmidt has been out of touch with his feelings for probably most of his life, loving his life with mid west values and responsibilities. Only after all these things hit at once does Schmidt begin to realize that this is not all life is about.
Feeling totally alone, he starts writing a 6 year old Tanzanian child (very inappropriately I might add)and telling them his thoughts, as he has no one he can talk to. I found that most fascinating.
We watch Schmidt and wonder if he will ever be prepared to take the first step of a new life. Very good movie.
The film begins as Scmidt is counting down the last seconds of his last day at the office before entering the world of retirement.
The scene changes to the ex actuary's retirement dinner. I like this film makers seeking after authenticity with the filming location at Johnny's..one of Omaha's finest steak houses. ( In my brief career as a life insurance agent who was sent to Omaha for a weeks training it brought back memories of cutting one of the finest steaks there and it looked liked Johnny's hadn't changed with it's 60' s family room paneling still intact).
Schmidt has, all these years, been in his cut and dried, left brain driven, number crunching vocation which consists of determining how long a person is expected to live. Very important to the life insurance industry.
He loved his work because with a spread sheet and calculators and mathmatic formulas and actuary tables he was in control.
However when he goes home to his wife of many years he is in only sort of in control.
She runs the house with an iron fist and has rules for his deportment in the bathroom. He wishes he could fit her into a calculator and handle her in a numerical way but he endures her even gritting his teeth when she insists on buying a motor home so they can travel in their sunset years. Schmidt doesn't share his wife's adventurous ways. He has few outside interests. He is a stay at home and watch TV kind of guy and may not even be a Cornhusker football fan.
One day his wife dies of a heart attack.
Now all he has left is the house, the motor home and his daughter who has always been the brightest spot in his life. His little girl who has always obeyed her father from kindergarten to womanhood.
That is up until now when she, in all of her plain Jane, clock-has-nearly- stopped tickingness , announces her engagement to a waterbed salesman, who on Scmidt's scale of 1 to 10 approval rating of prospective son-in-laws registers a resounding zero.
He then launches an all out effort to talk his daughter out of the marriage. Having failed in his phone conversations with his out of town daughter he accepts the invitation from the groom-to-be's divorced, free spirited mother (Cathy Bates) and her former spouse to be their guest as the wedding day soon approaches. Schmidt feels a last ditch face to face confrontation will do the trick with his daughter demanding she jettison her plans to marry.
Well I could go on about what transpires but I feel I have been somewhat of a spoiler so far and refrain for going on.
In summary About Schmidt is one of the most entertaining, engrossing, films I have seen.
There are hilarious moments. There are sad and tragic moments. And the final portion of the flim completely blew away the smug predictions I had for it.
As a person with Nebraska roots I particularly enjoyed this film and appreciated Nicholson who had to leave behind at retirement the answer to the "what do you do?" question and to the best of his abilities and to who he was take on the rest of what life threw at him.