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Around the World under the Sea

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The Underwater City

Review This serious-minded but flawed effort at bringing James Jones's later World War II novel to the screen might have languished in film vaults had reclusive director Terence Malick not resurfaced with a newer version, the likely spur to this video release. This first attempt, lensed in 1964, offers glimpses of what may have attracted Malick to the project.

Jones's story focuses on two American soldiers during the Guadalcanal campaign, the newlywed draftee Private Doll (Keir Dullea) and Sergeant Welch (Jack Warden), the hardened veteran. Doll is determined to survive whatever the cost, disobeying orders if it will improve his chances; Welch is dutiful yet calculating, resorting to deliberate acts of madness to toughen up his troops by showing them war's own absurdity by example. The clash between the private and the sergeant thus becomes the core to the film, focusing on the "thin red line" between sanity and insanity and depicting how that line blurs for both protagonists.

As directed by veteran Andrew Marton (55 Days in Peking), the film is at its best during sweeping battle sequences capturing the gritty horror of hand-to-hand combat, as the Americans try to take an impregnable wall of caves held by the Japanese enemy. Less successful are portentous scenes and dialogue that underscore this evident parable with a heavy hand; there's a self-conscious art film spin that misfires.The original black-and-white Cinemascope negative shows wear and tear, and early copies betray serious problems in their optical transfers. --Sam Sutherland


Destination Space

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Of the seven sites the ancient Greeks named the wonders of the world, only one remains. Seven Wonders of the World is a round-the-world adventure that picks up where the Greeks of antiquity left off. Released in 1956, this Cinerama spectacle follows 20th century adventurer Lowell Thomas as he seeks out the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Join him as he flies across the globe in the Smasher, a converted B-25, capturing some of the most breathtaking photography ever shot.

The quest opens at the great pyramids, the last of the original Seven Wonders to still exist. From there, the Smasher circles the globe with Cinerama photographing a live East Africa volcano, under the bridges in New York, over and around Rio de Janeiro, the Parthenon in Athens, Angel Falls in South America, and many stops along the way to experience the beautiful culture of diverse locales. The film encourages the audience to choose from the dozens of sites explored. What are your seven wonders?

Flicker Alley and Cinerama, Inc. are proud to present Seven Wonders of the World in the Smilebox® Curved Screen Simulation. Unseen theatrically since the early 1970s and never before broadcast or issued on home video, Seven Wonders of the World has been digitally remastered from its original camera negatives. The global adventure captures the beauty and culture of these extraordinary places in a Cinerama time capsule.

Bonus Materials Include:

This deluxe Blu-ray/DVD combo set comes complete with the original Seven Wonders of the World breakdown reel - the same one used in its 1956 theatrical run. Also included are an image gallery, newsreel from the opening night in New York, a restoration demonstration on how the damaged negative was fixed, the Best in the Biz Cinerama composers documentary, the French Cinerama Everywhere short on Cinerama tent shows in Europe, a brand new Seven Wonders of the World movie trailer, a black & white TV trailer, and a 1960 abandoned trailer.


At The Earth's Core

Review For a screen adventure bubbling with excitement, take the dive with Shirley (Goldfinger) Eaton, schemer David McCallum, misanthrope Keenan Wynn and the dazzling denizens of the deep in this Ivan Tors (Flipper) production. Lloyd Bridges stars as the leader of a perilous deep sea mission. Apocalyptic tidal waves caused by earthquakes threaten to destroy the world's coastal cities, and the fate of the earth is in the hands of six scientists. In its state-of-the-art nuclear powered submarine, the intrepid team confronts all the wonders and terrors of the deep: rock formations that are both beautiful and treacherous; a giant moray eel; and a spouting volcano sucking them into its fiery crater. Filmed in the Great Barrier Reef, Florida and the Bahamas, Around the World Under the Sea features spectacular underwater photography and special effects.

When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.


Master Of The World

Review This cover has Jack Warden on it with a grey and light red cover
The Atlantis Lost Continent

Review This serious-minded but flawed effort at bringing James Jones's later World War II novel to the screen might have languished in film vaults had reclusive director Terence Malick not resurfaced with a newer version, the likely spur to this video release. This first attempt, lensed in 1964, offers glimpses of what may have attracted Malick to the project.

Jones's story focuses on two American soldiers during the Guadalcanal campaign, the newlywed draftee Private Doll (Keir Dullea) and Sergeant Welch (Jack Warden), the hardened veteran. Doll is determined to survive whatever the cost, disobeying orders if it will improve his chances; Welch is dutiful yet calculating, resorting to deliberate acts of madness to toughen up his troops by showing them war's own absurdity by example. The clash between the private and the sergeant thus becomes the core to the film, focusing on the "thin red line" between sanity and insanity and depicting how that line blurs for both protagonists.

As directed by veteran Andrew Marton (55 Days in Peking), the film is at its best during sweeping battle sequences capturing the gritty horror of hand-to-hand combat, as the Americans try to take an impregnable wall of caves held by the Japanese enemy. Less successful are portentous scenes and dialogue that underscore this evident parable with a heavy hand; there's a self-conscious art film spin that misfires.The original black-and-white Cinemascope negative shows wear and tear, and early copies betray serious problems in their optical transfers. --Sam Sutherland


Island At The Top Of The World

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Of the seven sites the ancient Greeks named the wonders of the world, only one remains. Seven Wonders of the World is a round-the-world adventure that picks up where the Greeks of antiquity left off. Released in 1956, this Cinerama spectacle follows 20th century adventurer Lowell Thomas as he seeks out the Seven Wonders of the Modern World. Join him as he flies across the globe in the Smasher, a converted B-25, capturing some of the most breathtaking photography ever shot.

The quest opens at the great pyramids, the last of the original Seven Wonders to still exist. From there, the Smasher circles the globe with Cinerama photographing a live East Africa volcano, under the bridges in New York, over and around Rio de Janeiro, the Parthenon in Athens, Angel Falls in South America, and many stops along the way to experience the beautiful culture of diverse locales. The film encourages the audience to choose from the dozens of sites explored. What are your seven wonders?

Flicker Alley and Cinerama, Inc. are proud to present Seven Wonders of the World in the Smilebox® Curved Screen Simulation. Unseen theatrically since the early 1970s and never before broadcast or issued on home video, Seven Wonders of the World has been digitally remastered from its original camera negatives. The global adventure captures the beauty and culture of these extraordinary places in a Cinerama time capsule.

Bonus Materials Include:

This deluxe Blu-ray/DVD combo set comes complete with the original Seven Wonders of the World breakdown reel - the same one used in its 1956 theatrical run. Also included are an image gallery, newsreel from the opening night in New York, a restoration demonstration on how the damaged negative was fixed, the Best in the Biz Cinerama composers documentary, the French Cinerama Everywhere short on Cinerama tent shows in Europe, a brand new Seven Wonders of the World movie trailer, a black & white TV trailer, and a 1960 abandoned trailer.


The Day the Earth Caught Fire

Review For a screen adventure bubbling with excitement, take the dive with Shirley (Goldfinger) Eaton, schemer David McCallum, misanthrope Keenan Wynn and the dazzling denizens of the deep in this Ivan Tors (Flipper) production. Lloyd Bridges stars as the leader of a perilous deep sea mission. Apocalyptic tidal waves caused by earthquakes threaten to destroy the world's coastal cities, and the fate of the earth is in the hands of six scientists. In its state-of-the-art nuclear powered submarine, the intrepid team confronts all the wonders and terrors of the deep: rock formations that are both beautiful and treacherous; a giant moray eel; and a spouting volcano sucking them into its fiery crater. Filmed in the Great Barrier Reef, Florida and the Bahamas, Around the World Under the Sea features spectacular underwater photography and special effects.

When sold by Amazon.com, this product will be manufactured on demand using DVD-R recordable media. Amazon.com's standard return policy will apply.



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