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4.0 out of 5 stars A Magician Indeed, 5 Mar 2006
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Mr. Derek R. Osbourne (New Malden, Surrey United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Melies The Magician [1997] [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
A remarkable DVD featuring early films by Georges Melies. There are two documentaries and a large number of the original films including the superb "A Trip to the Moon".
For anyone interested in the history of movies this is a must-see. This is the real beginning of many of the special effects which we take for granted although many of the effects today are made by computer whereas Melies used both the tricks he had learnt as a stage magician and genuine film effects using editing, colorisation etc.
Melies, himself, lost everything and was rediscovered running a tobacconists on a railway station. The recognition he then received in the 1930's was well justified and we are lucky that so many prints survived of his historic work even though he himself burnt so many when he became bankrupt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Time to get into the detail, 14 Oct 2013
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This review is from: Melies The Magician [1997] [DVD] [NTSC] (DVD)
The DVD is very nicely done; enough detail and entertainment in equal measure. The documentary was informative as to technique and context, and to see good quality reproductions of the films themselves (and, where painted, in original colour) is a delight that will inspire for many more years to come.
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