Windjammer: The Voyage of the Christian Radich (Blu-ray/DVD)
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, the only true competitor to Cinerama 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 Windjammer 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 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 “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 s 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. Remastered from the best available elements, audiences are once again able to rediscover and re-appreciate this timeless cinema classic.
Starring: Bjørn Amvik, Arne Andersen and Per Antonsen
Directed By: Louis De Rochemont, Bill Colleran
Written By: James L. Shute
Score By: Jack Shaindlin
Video: 1080P / 2.56:1 / Color
Audio: DTS-HD Master 5.1
Theatrical Release: 1958
Runtime: 142 Minutes
Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Region Code: Region Free (A/B/C)
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"