A Trip to the Moon Restored (Limited Edition, Steelbook) [Blu-ray]
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FIRST LET ME SAY THIS INCLUDES BOTH A BLU-RAY DISC AND A DVD. You do not need a Blu-ray player to buy this. The packaging makes it hard to get the DVD out without scratching it, it is tucked behind the Blu-ray disc.
What more could be said about this great classic fantasy film? The praises are many. Now we can finally see it in color, just as it was hand-colored by the artists at the Melies Studio.
However the disc presentation falls a little short. I hated paying so much for a 15 minute film, yes you do get an hour long documentary about Georges Melies as well as a B&W version of the film and two other Melies shorts bringing the program over the 90 minute mark. I just wish this had been combined with Flicker Alley's Melies Encore DVD release.
Another issue is that the multiple audio options including a reading of narration written by Georges Melies (currently missing on the Blu-ray disc) is available ONLY on the B&W version. The color version gives you no audio options, you HAVE to listen to a new composition that sounds something like what the 1970's experimental rock group Pink Floyd would do. Now if I want to see this as Georges Melies intended, in color, I would also like to hear the words he wrote! I don't dislike the new composition, i just want to hear Georges' words.
The restoration still shows the age of the film and is far from perfect, but it is over 100 years old and we are lucky to have it. However, a little work with image stabilization programs and flicker reduction would have improved the film without taking anything away from the original artwork.
Flicker Alley is offering replacement Blu-ray discs if you visit their website.Read more ›
That being said, other than the packaging, there is no difference between the two. It still comes with the Blu-ray, DVD, and a 24 page booklet, all packaged within (what many know as) a Criterion Blu-ray case.
Now, about the film itself: absolutely magnificent. After watching both the colour version, and the black-and-white version, I watched the hour long documentary included on the disc. The wealth of information within this feature is overwhelming. You learn about silent films, The history of George Melies, the fall of silent cinema, and the finding and restoration of A Trip to The Moon (my favourite part!), all of it being very informative. Also included are two other shorts by Melies with moon-related stories, an interview with French music duo Air, and three audio options for the black-and-white version of the film.
A Trip to The Moon is one of the best Blu-ray packages you can spend your money on, it's worthy of a spot in any film-lovers collection.
This film had not been seen in a color version in over 100 years. For anyone not familiar with it, it is one of the seminal motion pictures and it was, at the time it was produced, one of the longest films yet made (about 15 minutes) and it was certainly one of the most elaborate.
Most people have seen the iconic image of the moon being struck in the 'eye' by the rocket and many people have seen the entire film - but never like this!
In addition to the color, much more of the left side of the image is now visible and there are two additional scenes which appear in no other edition and have not been seen since the first release of the film.
How did they get color in 1902? Each color release print was hand-painted frame by frame!
I had the opportunity, after the Academy showing to speak personally with Serge Bromberg of Lobster Films (who restored this film) as well as Tom Burton of Technicolor Restoration Services who handled the 'nitty-gritty' work in preparing the film for exhibition. Their enthusiasm was VERY apparent and VERY contagious. I can tell you that the entire audience was thrilled and amazed.Read more ›
Blu-ray is EXACTLY what these ancient films need! Particularly due to Melies' continuous use of extreme long-shots, where detail is easily lost, it is awe-inspiring to FINALLY see how good Mèliés' filmstock really was, offering crisp, clear, sharp images. For example, in the Loading The Gun scene on the rooftops, you can actually see the cheeks and cute smile of the little French girl farthest in the back at the top left. And when Micromegas (the one who falls in the tub of nitric acid) flashes one of his frequent smiles, you can see his TEETH! Curiously, first-generation prints of Mèliés movies are not as clear as prints made later from existing negatives. Apparently in the first ten or twenty years of cinema, they didn't yet know how to make good prints. However, part of this restoration is a colorizing of a later black-and-white print, so while some of this movie, being from the original first-generation print, is way out of focus (like the astronomers preparing to sleep), other parts (that come from a restored B&W print?), like the rooftop scene, are as sharp and detailed as anything shot today in 35mm. A pleasure to see!
The restored color movie is self-recommending. If you have ANY interest in Melies, "A Trip to the Moon", movie restoration, or early cinema, then you MUST see this film. Just getting this film alone is worth the cost of the steelcase blu-ray/dvd set. AND you get the documentary about how this all came about. (By the way, it is an EXCELLENT and entertaining documentary on George Melies; it's the best I've seen, and for those interested in cinema history, this steelcase set is probably worth getting just for the documentary.Read more ›
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Saw this on Prime and needed it long term :) Well done and has tons of info re early 'film' and info that just isn't generally laying about.Published 9 months ago by james L. Johnson
One of the quintessential must see classics. The first international hit of cinema and an early science fiction film. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Anonymous Rogue
It's great to have what is quite possibly the first sci-fi film ever, in glorious HD no less. The film is only about 15 minutes long, but the restoration done to this over 100 year... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Zacharias Zicchz
The movie is 16 minutes long. It was made in 1902. Its French and silent, with English cards. In the silent era, dialogue cards would be shown to the audience so you would know... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Bwhami
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|Amazon version featuring the missing audio option?||
Amazon states that they're waiting for new stock (as I write this 1-4 weeks). I wonder if the new discs will be corrected ones, coming directly from Flicker Alley.
Apr 23, 2012 by Eduardo E. | See all 3 posts
|Is this a Steelbook or not?||
Dear Mr. Yacobi,
We are the company that is publishing this edition, and must correct the record that this is indeed a limited SteelBook edition, and that the Amazon Customer Support representative provided incorrect information. If you have more questions, or require additional information,... Read More
Mar 27, 2012 by Flicker Alley | See all 5 posts
it's $6 cheaper directly from Flicker Alley
Feb 29, 2012 by Amazon Customer | See all 2 posts
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