Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color
Deluxe Blu-ray / DVD Combo Edition
Format: Blu-ray/DVD Combo
Director: Georges Méliès
Length: 145 minutes
Available: Dec 18, 2018
Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color
Over the past ten years, many Méliès elements have been newly rediscovered, and are presented here many on Blu-ray disc for the first time – culled from the best archival materials and using the most recent restoration technologies available.
Lobster Films (based in Paris, birthplace of Méliès) scanned the best sources for each of these films, and performed an extensive digital restoration, stabilizing the images and regrading faded colors. Eric Lange supervised the entire project. The nitrate hand-colored prints and original camera negatives came from major archives and collectors around the world. We thank the EYE Film Institute, Library of Congress, Cinémathèque française, and Národní Filmovy Archiv for their help and their trust. Focusing on a selection of hand-colored films, and designed to feature Méliès’ love of storytelling, this collection showcases Méliès’ talent for bringing imagination and fantasy to his films.
The recorded narration tracks mirror the way these turn-of-the-last-century films were originally presented. The accompanying booklet narration texts, when read aloud, transports the magic of these stories to children of all ages.
This set features music scores from seven talented musicians, and English narration tracks for select titles (noted below), along with a booklet that includes optional read-along narration to select shorts in the collection.
Helping to bring these films to life, is the work of the following talented musicians: Brian Benison, Eric Le Guen, Antonio Coppola, Robert Israel, Neal Kurz, Jeff Mills, Alexander Rannie and Serge Bromberg.
The Pillar of Fire (LA DANSE DU FEU, 1899, 1 min) Joan of Arc (JEANNE D'ARC, 1900, 11 min) + narration A Trip to the Moon (LE VOYAGE DANS LA LUNE, 1902, 15 min + narration Robinson Crusoe (LES AVENTURES DE ROBINSON CRUSOE, 1902, 12 min) + narration The Kingdom of Fairies (LE ROYAUME DES FÉES, 1903, 17 min) + narration The Infernal Cauldron (LE CHAUDRON INFERNAL, 1903, 2 min) The Impossible Voyage (VOYAGE À TRAVERS L'IMPOSSIBLE, 1904, 21 min) + narration Rip's Dream (LA LÉGENDE DE RIP VAN WINCKLE, 1905, 15 min) + narration The Inventor Crazybrains and His Wonderful Airship (LE DIRIGEABLE FANTASTIQUE, 1905, 3 min) The Merry Frolics of Satan (LES QUAT'CENTS FARCES DU DIABLE, 1906, 22 min) + narration The Witch (LA FÉE CARABOSSE ou LE POIGNARD FATAL, 1906, 13 min) A Diabolic Tenant (UN LOCATAIRE DIABOLIQUE, 1906, 8 min) Whimsical Illusions (LES ILLUSIONS FANTAISISTES, 1909, 5 min)
Bonus Materials Include:
Narration Tracks - Featuring film historian Serge Bromberg, and adapted from George Méliès’ suggestions, these narrations are culled from Star Films distribution catalogues intended for the sale of these films to English-speaking territories. Souvenir Booklet - Featuring a new forward to the collection by Serge Bromberg, along with rare images and the English-language narration text to several of the films.