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Flying Clipper (aka Mediterranean Holiday)

Flying Clipper (aka Mediterranean Holiday)

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Flying Clipper, directed by Hermann Leitner and featuring narration from Burl Ives, follows the untold adventures of a Swedish sailing ship and its young crew as they navigate the Mediterranean Sea in the early 1960s. This documentary is a stunning travelogue that takes you to the dreamiest destinations of the old world. Under the stewardship of Captain Skoglund, a group of 20 Merchant Marine cadets venture through historical landmarks, such as Tutankhamen's tomb, and other known wonders of the Mediterranean coastline. First Portugal, then Egypt, this odyssey travels to various points in Turkey, Greece, Italy, and Monaco, ending in Spain.

Photographed in 1962 with specially designed 70mm cameras, Flying Clipper was the first German film produced in this high-resolution large format. Whether it's the spectacular imagery of the Formula 1 race in Monaco or the seascape views aboard the aircraft carrier USS Shangri-La, this documentary is a technical masterpiece that preserves the breathtaking visuals of its maiden voyage. Cinematography by Tony Braun (The Wild Geese), Siegfried Hold (Old Shatterhand), Heinz Hölscher (Rampage at Apache Wells), Klaus König (Go For It, Baby) and Bernhard Stebich.

Scanned in 4K from an original 70mm print and digitally restored, Flying Clipper now unfolds in your home theater with the same brilliance as a cinema screen. With a completely new Dolby Atmos design created to enhance the subtle nuances of the original sound (German and English), you experience the thunderous racing atmosphere of Monaco in the middle of your living room. Now available for the first time in the US on Blu-ray and UHD 4K Blu-ray.


  • Multiple Audio Options - Watch Flying Clipper with its original soundtrack or with the new restoration featuring Dolby Atmos Surround Sound.
  • Theatrical Trailer - A restoration of the original theatrical trailer.
  • Lobby Card Slideshow - A virtual slideshow of the original lobby cards.
  • An Interview with Jürgen Brückner - The camera operator, distributor and film chronicler sheds light on the production of Flying Clipper and shooting in 70mm.
  • An Interview with Herbert Born - 70mm expert Herbert Born explains the process that went into restoring Flying Clipper for UHD Blu-ray.
  • An Interview with Marcus Vetter - A film projectionist guides us through the process of screening 70mm.
  • An Interview with Christoph Engelke - Detailing the audio restoration for Flying Clipper and how the new Dolby Atmos version was crafted.
  • A Restoration Comparison - Side-by-side comparison showcasing the restoration work on the film.
  • Trailer Gallery - Additional 4K Busch Media Group trailers.
  • A Program Booklet - A facsimile representation of the original program booklet.
Release Date: April 5, 2019
Format: 4K UHD / Blu-ray
Director: Hermann Leitner, Rudolf Nussgruber
Year: 1963
Language: German, English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Dutch, Slovakian & Japanese
Length: 158 mins.
UPC: 6-17311-68619-1


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