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With: Jehanne d'Alcy, Jeanne Calvière, Henri Delannoy, Marguerite Thévenard, Bleuette Bernon, Fernande Albany, Georges Méliès
Written by: Georges Méliès, H. Rider Haggard, Daniel Defoe, Jules Verne, Washington Irving, etc.
Directed by: Georges Méliès
MPAA Rating: NR
Running Time: 145
Date: 12/18/2018

Méliès: Fairy Tales in Color (2018)

4 Stars (out of 4)

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By Jeffrey M. Anderson

Flicker Alley has released several Georges Méliès sets before, but this one is perhaps their handsomest collection. While Méliès began — in the 1890s — with simple little "magic trick" films, he quickly grew more ambitious and told longer stories with bigger effects. This set collects thirteen of these from between 1899 and 1909, including the famous A Trip to the Moon (1902), with its shot of the rocketship crashing into the moon's eye, surely one of cinema's greatest indelible images. (Most people will recognize the picture, even if they don't know the film.) Other shorts include versions of Joan of Arc, Robinson Crusoe, Rip Van Winkle, H. Rider Haggard's She and Jules Verne's The Impossible Voyage, with hand-coloring and three optional audio tracks: English narration, French narration, or music only. The set includes a DVD and a Blu-ray and a 28-page souvenir booklet.

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