Cinerama's Russian Adventure
Director: Leonid Kristy, Roman Karmen, Boris Dolin, Oleg Lebedev, Solomon Kogan, Vassily Katanian
Featuring: Bing Crosby
Length: 127 minutes
Available: Nov 22, 2016
Cinerama's Russian Adventure (1966)
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.
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.