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The Fabulous Baron Munchausen Blu Ray

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Often described as the Czech Méliès , visionary filmmaker Karel Zeman has been a profound influence on whole generations of film artists from Jan vankmajer to Tim Burton, the Quay Brothers to Terry Gilliam, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Wes Anderson. His ground-breaking innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema, ranking alongside his more celebrated Western counterparts Willis O Brien and Ray Harryhausen. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Baron Prá il) is perhaps Zeman s most beloved achievement. Still regarded as the finest film adaptation of Gottfried August Bürger s outlandish tales of Baron Munchausen (made famous in his 1786 book), Zeman s wildly inventive and outrageously fun take on the incredible adventures of the bragging Baron come to life in a film celebrating the courage and imagination of dreamers and poets. With its mind-bending melding of live-action, animation and extraordinary matte work, Zeman has crafted a timeless work that continues to astonish. SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (1961) Presented from a new 4K restoration from original materials by the Karel Zeman Museum and the Czech National Film Archive New and exclusive filmed appreciation by writer, editor and film historian Michael Brooke. Karel Zeman and the World featurette The Birth of a Film Legend featurette Why Zeman Made the Film featurette The Cast Zeman's Special Effects Techniques Karel Zeman: The Legend Continues featurette Booklet featuring a new essay on the film by journalist and critic Graham Williamson New and improved English subtitle translation. Original Czech soundtrack in Dual Mono 24-bit LPCM audio

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  • 24 July 2017
  • Karel Zeman
  • Blu Ray
  • Second Run
  • U
  • 84 minutes

Karel Zeman co-writes and directs this fantasy adventure starring Milos Kopecky as eccentric adventurer Baron Munchausen. After coming across young astronaut Tonik (Rudolf Jelínek) on the moon, the Baron decides to take him back to Earth to meet a Sultan (Rudolf Hrusínsky) in 18th century Turkey. However, when Tonik then falls in love with one of the Sultan's prisoners, he and the Baron are forced to embark on a series of thrilling adventures. The cast also includes Jana Brejchová, Karel Höger and Eduard Kohout.

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