A Trip To The Moon & The Extraordinary Voyage Deluxe Combo Edition
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No original hand-colored copies of A Trip to the Moon (Le Voyage dans la Lune - 1902), by Georges Méliès, had been known to survive until one was miraculously found in Spain in the mid-1990s, but in a fragmentary condition thought too fragile to handle for either viewing or restoration. In 2010, three experts in worldwide film restoration - Lobster Films, and two non-profit entities, Groupama Gan Foundation for Cinema and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage - launched one of the most complex and ambitious film restoration projects ever to bring an original, colored version of Méliès masterpiece back 110 years after its first release. Using the most advanced digital technologies now available, the team reassembled and restored the fragments of the 13,375 frames. The two foundations, which carried out specifically the music part of this project, decided to approach AIR s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, to compose an original modern soundtrack to accompany this cinematic milestone. Flicker Alley is pleased present this brand new restoration which also features The Extraordinary Voyage, a fascinating new documentary, directed by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange. The Extraordinary Voyage chronicles the journey of A Trip to the Moon from the fantastical Méliès production in 1902, to the astonishing rediscovery of a nitrate print in color in 1993, to the premiere of the new restoration on the opening night of the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. The documentary includes interviews with contemporary filmmakers, including Costa Gavras, Michel Gondry, Michel Hazanavicius, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Méliès enduring significance to cinema. BONUS FEATURES: This publication also contains A Trip to the Moon in a beautifully restored black and white edition from original 35 mm elements with two separate audio tracks of music: An orchestral score by Robert Israel with the original English narration written by Méliès; and a second track produced by Russell Merritt consisting of a troupe of actors voicing the various characters as performed in the U.S. in 1903, with piano music by Frederick Hodges. There is also an interview with the group AIR discusing their new soundtrack, and two lunar-related shorts by Méliès - The Eclipse (1904) and The Astronomer's Dream (1898).
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As a dedicated science fiction fan it was easy for me to relate to his enthusiasm for a trip to the moon; as a young boy I too read Jules Verne's' 1865 novel, "From the Earth to the Moon" which served in part as Melies' inspiration for making the movie. I am not a film buff and I don't specialize in old films or have a strong enthusiasm for their restoration; I am, however, grateful that there are some people who care and are taking extraordinary steps to preserve the older films.
There is an interesting and rather lengthy documentary about the original circumstances surrounding the production of the original movie and the much later steps required to restore it. This was definitely a labor of love and movie fans owe a debt of gratitude to the dedication and determination of all those involved in this effort. At the time the restoration was begun the technology did not yet exist to complete the process as required; the digital files had to wait several years before technology finally provided the needed tools.
Included in this version is a very informative 23 page booklet, all in English, that provides additional pictures and information regarding the man and his movie.
I am really thankful that I saw Hugo first; it prepared me for this excellent rendition of "A Trip to the Moon" and in a way helped me understand and appreciate Melies' vision. I recommend this movie to all who have an interest in science fiction and those who have an interest in the efforts of the early pioneers in movie making.
If you cannot afford the 30 to 40 dollars price, you can get a dvd version as a bonus disc to the AIR soundtrack cd for around 15 dollars. Then you can use the dreadful cd for your drinks coaster.
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