Flicker Alley & Cinerama Inc. to release 1964 comedy mystery ‘The Golden Head’

Flicker Alley and Cinerama Inc. will release Richard Thorpe and James Hill‘s 1964 comedy mystery, The Golden Head, in a newly restored, world premiere Dual-Format Edition (Blu-ray + DVD) on 26 March 2019.

Largely unseen since its original theatrical release in 1965, this nearly “lost” widescreen wonder was originally shot in Technirama for release in 70mm Cinerama.

Flicker Alley‘s new edition presents the full, rarely seen roadshow version in a beautifully restored new Blu-ray presentation.

A British-Hungarian-American production, the film takes place in and around Budapest, and follows the adventures of the Stevenson children: Milly, Michael, and Harold. In Hungary with their father, a British inspector attending an international convention of criminal investigators, the kids stumble upon a plot hatched by two thieves (Buddy Hackett and George Sanders), to steal the golden bust of Saint László from the Cathedral of Gyór and smuggle it out of the country. The Stevenson trio trails the thieves through Budapest and beyond in what amounts to a widescreen tour of the culture and landmarks of Hungary, highlighted by crazy chase scenes of earthy humor and elements of slapstick comedy.

Special Features:

  • Fortress of Peace – A short film directed by John Fernhout, portraying the Swiss Army fighting against an unnamed, unseen enemy which originally screened theatrically in front of The Golden Head.
  • A Tale of Old Whiff – A Tale of Old Whiff – Originally in Smell-O-Vision, a 70mm cartoon where a dog, named “Old Whiff”, searches for a dinosaur bone.
  • Restoration of Golden Head – A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the new restoration of this Cinerama title.
  • Restoration of the animation, A Tale of Old Whiff – A featurette narrated by David Strohmaier about the restoration of this animated classic.
  • Image Gallery – Featuring original production, exhibition and promotional materials.
  • Trailer Gallery – Featuring restored Cinerama titles.
  • A booklet facsimile reproduction of the original premiere program.

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