Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman

Edition no. 1015/1016/1017

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Journey to the Beginning of TimeInvention for DestructionThe Fabulous Baron Munchausen
Karel Zeman Museum
Directed by: Karel Zeman
A one-of-a-kind silver-screen illusionist, Czechoslovak filmmaker Karel Zeman devoted his career to transporting viewers to realms beyond their wildest imagining. The deft, breathtaking combinations of live-action and animation techniques that he pioneered in the postwar years earned him comparisons to legends such as Georges Méliès, and an array of followers that includes Jan Švankmajer, Terry Gilliam, and Wes Anderson. Presented here are three of Zeman’s most enchanting fantasies—a boys’ adventure into the mists of prehistory, a Jules Verne–derived flight of fancy, and an exotic eighteenth-century tall tale—all of them treasure chests of wondrous sights, tactile textures, and headlong yarn-spinning that helped put Czechoslovak cinema on the international map.

Technical Specifications

Format: Blu-ray
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Audio: English 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono , Czech 1.0 PCM Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: A
Discs: 3 Discs |  BD-50

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  • Directed by Karel Zeman, an introduction by animation filmmaker John Stevenson
  • U.S.-release version of Journey to the Beginning of Time from 1960
  • Why Zeman Made Journey to the Beginning of Time
  • The Birth of a Film Legend featurette
  • Where the Film Was Shot featurette (Journey to the Beginning of Time)
  • Special-Effects Techniques for Journey to the Beginning of Time
  • Restoration Demonstration for Journey to the Beginning of Time
  • Trailer for Journey to the Beginning of Time
  • Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack for Invention for Destruction, and the opening sequence of the 1961 U.S.-release version
  • Discussion around Zeman's effects work with visual effects supervisor Phil Tippett and visual effects artist Jim Aupperle
  • Four early short films by Zeman: A Christmas Dream (1945), A Horseshoe for Luck (1946), Inspiration (1949), and King Lavra (1950)
  • Why Zeman Made Invention for Destruction
  • Special-Effects Techniques for Invention for Destruction
  • Restoration demonstrations and an interview with restoration supervisor James Mockoski
  • Restoration Demonstration for Invention for Destruction
  • Trailer for Invention for Destruction
  • Film Adventurer: Karel Zeman, a 2015 documentary about the director, featuring filmmakers Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam, illustrator Ludmila Zeman, and others
  • Why Zeman Made The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • Special-Effects Techniques for The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • Featurette about Zeman's work with his cast
  • Karel Zeman, the Legend Continues featurette
  • Karel Zeman and the World featurette
  • Restoration Demonstration for The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • Promotion for the Karel Zeman Museum
  • Trailer for The Fabulous Baron Munchausen
  • An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson
  • Limited-edition deluxe Blu-ray packaging featuring pop-up art

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