Photographed over an eight-year period by Russia’s top filmmakers, CINERAMA’S RUSSIAN ADVENTURE brings together some of the most beautiful sequences from over six Soviet Kinopanorama productions, the Russian equivalent of three-panel Cinerama (See also THIS IS CINERAMA and WINDJAMMER). The film’s locations stretch from one end of Russia to the other. 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 at the time of the film’s release. This grand travelogue of Russian includes scenes of Moscow, the Black Sea, the Volga River, a reindeer-sled race, log rafting on the Tisza River, new Siberian settlements, and antelope roundups and whale hunts. Included are scenes from famed cultural attractions:  the Bolshoi Theater Ballet, Moscow State Circus, Moiseyev Ensemble, Platnirsky State Chorus and Dance Ensemble and Bolshoi Theater Orchestra.

This Blu-ray/DVD combo edition features ample bonus material, including an original theatrical trailer for the film, additional shorts shot in the Cinerama process, interviews and information about restoration of the film, slide shows, and a facsimile representation of the original program booklet.



Format: Blu-ray & DVD-NTSC Combo /
Region All & Region 0
(No Regional Code)


(US/USSR, 1966)

Director: Leonid Kristy, Roman Karmen, Boris Dolin, Oleg Lebedev, Solomon Kogan & Vassily Katanian
Featuring: Bing Crosby
Composers: Aleksandr Lokshin, Ilya Schweitzer & Yuri Effimov

• 127 minutes
• Color


Bonus Material

• 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


Total Running Time: 02:07:00 (Blu-ray/DVD)

Language: English

Published By: Flicker Alley

Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping)

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