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Melies - A Trip to the Moon (Restored) [DVD] [1902]

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  • Directors: George Melies
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Park Circus
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009NDYUKQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 46,157 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Originally released in 1902, this legendary 16-minute film is widely considered to be one of the most important works in film history. Created just six years after the invention of cinema this is where narrative cinema truly began.  George Méliès  masterpiece features six members of the Astronomers' Club, fired into space by a giant cannon, on a strange and wonderful journey to the moon to meet its inhabitants. The colour version of A Trip to the Moon, hand-painted frame by frame, was considered lost for many years, until a print, in a desperate condition, was found in Spain in 1993. It is this version which has been meticulously restored - one of the most sophisticated and expensive restorations in the history of cinema. The luminous resulting film is accompanied by a new original soundtrack by French duo AIR. Accompanying the film is a 60 minute documentary, The Extraordinary Voyage, detailing the restoration process and featuring words from esteemed directors such as Michel Gondry, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Michel Hazanavicius. A must for any fan of cinematic history!

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bob Marlowe on 7 Aug. 2013
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This is a film most people have some awareness of. You've probably at least seen the cover image of the Moon as a face with the space capsule stuck in its eye.

This is considered the 1st science fiction film ever made which is isn't. A glance at works such as The Aurum Film Encyclopedia of Sceince Fiction will show you how may were made before it. But early ones used ideas such as dogs going through a machine and being turned into sausages so this really is the 1st one of note. It's based in/inspired by the novels of Jules Verne "From Earth to the Moon" and "Round The Moon" plus H G Wells' The First Men in the Moon". It has a proper story albeit a simple one where a group of people fire a capsule at the moon to see what's there, meet the inhabitants and return to earth.

Around 15 minutes long it's full of spectacle and broad comedy, slapstick but with charm. It's very theatrical and likely to amuse and entertain all ages.

The rudimentary special effcets again they are theatrical, show how much could be acheived with a lot of imagination over a century ago. This certainly deserves to be counted as the 1st SF film, whether it is or not.

The film has been restored as close to the original tints as possible. They are beautiful with an indian ink picture look rather than photo realistic colour. Naturally even the best restoration technology has its limits and the picture is a little scratchy in places.

The brevity of the film's running time means a substantial extra feature was needed and "The Extraordinary Voyage" lives up to it's name. The 1st section is a potted history of George Melies with lots of clips from his films and soundbites from a surviving interview-subtitled. Yes you get to hear his voice!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By ProfJoeCain on 29 Nov. 2013
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I have more production technology in my mobile phone than Melies had, but if I were on a desert island for a decade, I couldn't think as creatively or as adeptly as Melies did with this. Extras are a genuine bonus, too, and not simply junk added to lengthen the list of contents.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By David Gallagher on 16 Dec. 2012
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I'm lightly surprised that this release has no reviews yet, or that (one ad in Sight And Sound aside) I've seen no mention of this release anywhere.

Melies is often called the first special effects director and this is perhaps his most famed piece. It's churlish perhaps to tell those of you who know this film where the greatness lies. For others....perhaps you are only vaguely aware of the work through the iconic moon face, or perhaps you want to see some Melies after seeing Scorsese's stunning Hugo film (or reading the book). If so, please start here - it's Melies 101.

In less than 20 minutes you will see a fantastical tale unfolded, never having looked better and in full colour no less. The restoration of the long-lost colour version is a historical moment in cinema. French band Air have conducted a new score for the film which I think is etheral and perfectly suited. There is a documentary (three times as long as the film itself!) which covers the re-discovery and restoratin of the film. Though there's not a lot to pack the DVD what there is is quality and this release is one that any cinephile should treasure.

If I have any complaints they would be that perhaps this should have been in shops last Christmas when Hugo was in cinemas, it would have been the best time to create awareness. There is a lot more Melies on Region 1 DVD and getting as many sales for this as possible would have been a gateway to future releases. If even a few children who saw Hugo would have wanted this right after seeing it, it would have been worth releasing sooner. Another issue is that in this country we get a standard DVD and nothing else wheras America has a steelbook bluray which looks stunning.

Those quibbles aside, this is film at it's most charming and enchanting. Please support this and hopeuly we will get more Melies and more silent releases in this country.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By aidan on 6 April 2014
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A masterfull piece of early cinema a woderfull piece of imagination and a must see for any film fan i loved it
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