Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman (DigiPack)(The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)

Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman (DigiPack)(The Criterion Collection)(Blu-ray)(Region A)
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Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman Blu-ray
Criterion | 1955-1961 | 3 Movies | 248 min | Not rated | Feb 25, 2020

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

Czech: LPCM Mono


Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (3 BD)
UPC 715515241311


Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman (1955-1961)

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.

Director: Karel Zeman
Writers: Karel Zeman, J.A. Novotný, Frantisek Hrubín, Jirí Brdecka, Jules Verne, Gottfried August Bürger
Starring: Miroslav Holub, Frantisek Slégr, Otto Simánek, Václav Trégl, Vladimír Bejval, Lubor Tokos

Special Features and Technical Specs:
- NEW 4K RESTORATIONS OF ALL THREE FILMS, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
- New programs with animation filmmaker John Stevenson and special-effects artists Phil Tippett and Jim Aupperle discussing director Karel Zeman and his complex visual trickery
- Four early short films by Zeman: A Christmas Dream (1946), A Horseshoe for Luck (1946), Inspiration (1949), and King Lavra (1950)
- Film Adventurer: Karel Zeman, a 2015 documentary about the director, featuring filmmakers Tim Burton and Terry Gilliam, illustrator Ludmila Zeman, and others
- Short documentaries by the Karel Zeman Museum profiling the director and detailing the production and effects of all three films
- U.S.-release version of Journey to the Beginning of Time from 1960
- Alternate English-dubbed soundtrack for Invention for Destruction, and the opening sequence of the 1961 U.S.-release version
- Restoration demonstrations and an interview with restoration supervisor James Mockoski
- Trailers
- New English subtitle translations
- PLUS: An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson