GEORGES MÉLIÈS: A TRIP TO THE MOON & THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE

No original hand-colored copies of Georges Méliès A TRIP TO THE MOON (1902), 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. Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, otherwise known as AIR, were then specifically commissioned by the two foundations to compose an original modern soundtrack to accompany this cinematic milestone.

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“This play is surely not one of my best, but people are still talking about it thirty years later! It left an indelible trace because it was the first of its kind. In short, it is considered my masterpiece — I can only bow and agree.”

– Georges Méliès

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 story of A TRIP TO THE MOON's restoration to its original 1902 colors unfolds as Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange acquire a severely damaged nitrate color print from the Filmoteca de Catalunya in 1999; they then begin the tedious task of peeling off and unrolling the individual, hand-tinted frames to be able to digitize them. It took two years to recover the images on the individual fragments, which were then stored on a hard drive for 8 years, as the technology available at the time did not allow Lobster Films to continue the landmark restoration. The documentary also includes interviews with contemporary filmmakers, including Costa-Gavras, Michel Gondry, Michel Hazanavicius, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Méliès' enduring significance to cinema.

 Fragments of the original viewed in THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE (2011)

Fragments of the original viewed in THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE (2011)

This 2-Disc Blu-ray/DVD Combo publication also contains A TRIP TO THE MOON in a beautifully restored black and white edition from original 35 mm elements with three separate audio tracks of music: An orchestral score by Robert Israel, with the original English narration written by Méliès; a second track produced by Russell Merritt consists of a troupe of actors voicing the various characters as performed in the U.S. in 1903, with piano music by Frederick Hodges; and finally, Hodges piano accompaniment as a solo. There is also an interview with the group AIR on the restoration’s soundtrack, and two lunar-related shorts by Méliès - THE ASTRONOMER'S DREAM (1898) and THE ECLIPSE (1904).  Also included a 24-page lavishly illustrated full-color booklet reprinting, in excerpt, A Trip to the Moon Back in Color by Gilles Duval and Séverine Wemaere, providing extensive background information on Méliès and his masterpiece, along with notes on the restoration.

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Winner: 2011 National Society of Film Critics
"Best Film Restoration" Award

2012 FOCAL International "Best Archive Restoration Nominee.

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Contents

Format: DVD-PAL / Region 0
(No Regional Code)

DVD1

MARQUIS DE WAVRIN-DU MANOIR À LA JUNGLE (FROM THE MANOR TO THE JUNGLE)
(Belgium, 2017)

Director: Grace Winter & Luc Plantier

Script: Grace Winter
Editor: Luc Plantier
Music: Hughes Maréchal
Production Company: ImageCréation.com

  • 85 minutes
  • B&W, Color
  • Language: French, with English, Dutch and Spanish Subtitles

AU CENTRE DE L'AMÉRIQUE DU SUD INCONNUE / AT THE HEART OF UNKNOWN SOUTH AMERICA
(Belgium, 1924)

Director, Camera, Editor: Marquis de Wavrin
Music: Hughes Maréchal (2017)

  • 39 minutes
  • B&W
  • Silent
  • Language: French, with English, Dutch and Spanish Subtitles

DVD2

AU PAYS DU SCALP / IN THE SCALP COUNTRY
(Belgium, 1931)

Director: Marquis de Wavrin
Editor: Alberto Calvacanti
Sound: Alberto Calvacanti
Music: Maurice Jaubert

  • 72 minutes
  • B&W
  • Sound
  • Language: English dialogue, with French, Dutch, and Spanish subtitles

CHEZ LES INDIENS SORCIERS / AMONG THE INDIAN SORCERERS
(Belgium, 1934)

Director: Marquis de Wavrin


  • 31 minutes
  • B&W
  • Sound
  • Language: French, with English, Dutch and Spanish Subtitles

VENEZUELA, PETITE VENISE / VENEZUELA, LITTLE VENICE
(Belgium, 1937)

Director: Marquis de Wavrin
Music: Léon Jongen

  • 53 minutes
  • B&W
  • Sound
  • Language: French, with English, Dutch and Spanish Subtitles


BONUS MATERIAL

Censored scenes from
CHEZ LES INDIENS SORCIERS
(1934, 11 min.)

plus

INTERVIEW OF A COLLERCTOR
(2017, 6 min.)


Total Running Time: 04:57:00 (2 Discs)

Language: French, with English, Dutch and Spanish intertitles/subtitles

Booklet Text: Daniella Vidanovski, Grace Winter, Sergio Purini (132 pages, in French, Dutch, English and Spanish)

Published By: Cinematek

Institutional Price: $300 (plus shipping)

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