THE FLYING CLIPPER (aka MEDITERRANEAN HOLIDAY) (CINERAMA, CINEMASCOPE, 70mm, WONDERAMA!… YOU NAME IT!)


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Today marks the 64th Anniversary of the premier of This Is Cinerama in New York City on September 30th, 1952.

vwmd6vg4So, today we are taking a look a something a little different. The Flying Clipper (1963) is a 70mm travelogue, described by some as “budget version” of the 1958 Norwegian Cinemircle production, Windjammer: The Voyage Of the Christian Raddich.

Clocking in at 158 minutes, this is not short. Most Cinerama travelogues had been around the two hour mark, but following Cinerama Inc.’s change of heart when it came to producing its pioneering and revolutionary three-panel system, there was great demand for films to fill the many converted curved screens.

Cinerama would continue on for another decade with single strip 70mm prints taking the place of the cumbersome three projector format but as theatres demanded more Cinerama films, this is what they got.

The Flying Clipper would be re-named Mediterranean Holiday and be presented as a Cinerama Travelogue in the same vain as those which had come before. But whatever you think of the Cinerama Travelogues, this was not one of them. As with Holiday In Spain the previous year, this was converted to the fit the curved screen. In the case of Holiday In Spain, this was originally shot and released in 1960 as a Smell-o-vision movie, though it was shot on 70mm in the Todd-AO system.

This would be re-released in 1962 minus the odours as a straight up Cinerama film, one which failed to strike a cord with the audience.

But it needs to be said that this is NOT a review of Mediterranean Holiday as I have not seen it yet. This is merely an introduction to an all but lost movie, one which is due to be released in FLAT widescreen on 4k/UHD in Germany at some point but there is a version available on YouTube (Below) which you can take a look at. Personally, I am not going to judge this film on a small low quality YouTube video, I want to see this either on a Curved Screen or in my Home Cinema, fully restored, but at least we have a reference as to what this film is.

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