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Cinerama's Search for Paradise

Cinerama's Search for Paradise

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Flicker Alley and Cinerama, Inc. are proud to present Search for Paradise in the Smilebox® Curved Screen Simulation. Unseen theatrically since the early 1970s and never before issued on home video, Search for Paradise has been digitally remastered from original camera negatives.

“Join Lowell Thomas and follow in the footsteps of Marco Polo” in this new, digital restoration of Search for Paradise, the fourth of the original, 3-panel Cinerama travelogues. Released in 1957, the motion picture takes you to the “Roof of the World,” the Himalayas and Karakoram mountains of Central Asia, the highest region in the world. You’ll become part of the adventure as explorer Lowell Thomas searches for paradise in the ancient cities, wild waters, and lush gardens of the mountaintops.

Your first stop is the Forbidden Kingdom of Hunza, a hidden valley bordered by China, Russia, India, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, home to a legendary warrior tribe. Next, you’ll challenge the rapids of the Mighty Indus River, fed from a fantastic galaxy of great glaciers draining from some of the greatest heights known to man. From there, find respite in the romantic Shalimar Gardens in the Vale of Kashmir, then fly to Katmandu for the coronation ceremony of King Mahendra of Nepal. The adventure concludes with a trip to a U.S. Air Force base, where Thunderbird jet planes cut across the sapphire blue sky overhead at supersonic speed.


  • In the Picture (2012) - A short film and the first to be shot in 3-panel Cinerama in 50 years.
  • The Last Days of Cinerama - A behind-the-scenes look into the making of In the Picture.
  • Search for Paradise Breakdown Reel - The same one used in its 1957 theatrical run.
  • Behind the Scenes Footage - On location with the Cinerama crew setting up the Air Force base shoot, along with 16mm Nepal footage.
  • Director Interview - 1998 interview with Otto Lang.
  • Restoration Demonstration - David Strohmaier on how the damaged negative was restored.
  • David Coles' Search for Paradise - A PowerPoint presentation taking a detailed look at the making of the Cinerama classic.
  • Search for Paradise Trailers - A brand new movie trailer and a 1950s black & white announcement trailer.
  • Publicity and Behind-the-Scenes Slideshow
  • 28 Page Booklet - A facsimile representation of the original program booklet. 
Release Date: November 18, 2014
Format: Blu-ray / DVD
Director: Otto Lang
Year: 1957
Language: English
Length: 120 mins.
UPC: 6-17311-67899-8
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