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A Trip to the Moon (Restored Limited Edition) (1902)

Director: Georges Méliès, Georges Melies
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Studio: Flicker Alley
Genre: Classics, Silent, Classic Sci Fi/Fantasy, Silent Action/Adventure, HD (High Def)
Running Time: 130 min.

Synopsis

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.

This publication also features The Extraordinary Voyage, a fascinating new documentary, directed by Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange, which 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.


GreenCine Member Reviews

Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous Fabulous! by jmwagner66 June 24, 2013 - 2:27 PM PDT
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So cool to see this early film that so many of us know from just the one frame...the man on the moon with a rocket in his eye. It's quite an interesting piece of work with special effects, typical silent screen acting, and all the rest.

Restored versions of both the original color (hand tinted) and B/W are included along with a traditional score, voice over written by Melies, actors voicing the scenes as would have sometimes been done back in the day, AND a new score by AIR that is positively brilliant.

Two additional Melies films are included on the disk along with a documentary on the location and restoration of the film.





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