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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 4:30 am 

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The first review of our FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN is in! Courtesy of SFX magazine:
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"Fans of Terry Gilliam will adore this... Dreamlike and jubilant, it's a film of pure, unfettered imagination"


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 05, 2017 5:12 am 
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It really is an extraordinary film. How many others can be reliably identified from a single random freeze-frame even if you've only ever seen a handful of stills?

It was fascinating working on Karel Zeman and Ray Harryhausen projects back to back, as they emphasised the differences between the two men as much as the similarities: for all his fantastical creatures, the treatment in Harryhausen's films is always broadly "realistic", but Zeman is colonising his own special planet where absolutely everything is made to bend to his will. It's no surprise that Terry Gilliam and Tim Burton are such rabid fans - Zeman must have achieved pretty much their ideal situation of working in close to total creative freedom (one of the reasons he preferred to stay in remote Zlín rather than move to Prague's Barrandov studios) while still managing to get the necessary backing.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 12, 2017 11:02 am 
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My copy has just arrived, and I'm delighted to be able to confirm that the vast majority of the extras are in HD, including the 102-minute Zeman doc.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 4:09 am 

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Full details of our FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN release now up at our website


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 14, 2017 7:01 pm 
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DVD Beaver. It would be fair to say that he quite likes it.

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This is an incredible release - Second Run's best to date and because it is region FREE - any Blu-ray aficionado can own. This has our highest recommendation - a masterpiece film, in 4K restoration - looking outstanding and a bevy of great extras. What's not to love. Buy with joy!


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 16, 2017 3:48 am 
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Front Row Reviews.


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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 11:00 am 

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"This is a film that needs to be seen to believed... it's the sort of film Wes Anderson, Terry Gilliam and Ray Harryhausen would make if they spent a few months together taking a lot of hallucinogenic drugs. Wildly inventive, hugely entertaining and eye-poppingly stylised, it's an incredible film that could easily become a personal favourite."
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 19, 2017 3:13 pm 

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"The Fabulous Baron Munchausen is an absolute wonder to behold: decidedly out of step in its time or any other cinematic era, except maybe alongside the phantasmagorias of Georges Méliès... It’s a one-of-a-kind cinematic experience"
Ian Schultz's 5-star rave at Psychotronic Cinema


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 21, 2017 5:02 am 

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"This is one of the greatest, most enchanting fantasy films ever made, and it’s never looked or sounded better."
Graham Rickson reviews at The Arts Desk


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 23, 2017 6:17 am 

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"The restored 4K-sourced transfer is absolutely stunning with very fine detail, gorgeous colors, and a convincingly rich, cinematic appearance that will have you freeze framing frequently just to admire the visual intricacy on display "
Mondo Digital


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DVD Compare


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 28, 2017 10:44 am 

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"A glorious 4K restoration of what is arguably the filmmaker's greatest film... This is one of the most important HD releases of 2017 and warmly recommended."
Tim Lucas at Video Watchdog


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PostPosted: Sun Jul 30, 2017 8:49 am 

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"A classic of fantasy cinema that completely deserves its awesome reputation. Every frame of this film looks terrific (in this new 4K restoration the colours pop off the screen) and there’s no wonder that Zeman has inspired some of our most visionary filmmakers... This is a must-own for every serious film fan and, after you’ve watched the main feature, make sure you check out the cavalcade of special features. Very highly recommended."
10/10 review at STARBURST Magazine by Ian White


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 1:28 pm 

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"This Second Run Blu-ray immediately stands as one of the label's finest"
Clydefro Jones at The Digital Fix


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 3:22 am 
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CineOutsider quite likes it.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 04, 2017 4:05 pm 
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How is this selling? I haven't gotten round to watching my copy yet but absolutely wanting to get more titles like this and would buy the Verne adaptation too.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 4:12 am 
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How is this selling? I haven't gotten round to watching my copy yet but absolutely wanting to get more titles like this and would buy the Verne adaptation too.


The Karel Zeman Museum has released it on Blu-ray: http://www.muzeumkarlazemana.cz/e-shop/ ... il?lang=en

It looks fine, I've got it as part of e three film collection which is now out of print. They'v restored three of his films and then they seem to have stopped. There are so many more films of his which I'd love to see in Blu-ray. A Jesters Tale, The Stolen Airship, On the Planet and Krabat all are wonderful as well.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 6:02 am 
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I imagine they're as keen to restore the others as anyone posting here, but these projects are unavoidably extremely expensive - and yes, buying the end product is absolutely the best way that you can help accelerate that process, unless you fancy making a large donation directly to the museum.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 7:29 am 
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MichaelB wrote:
I imagine they're as keen to restore the others as anyone posting here, but these projects are unavoidably extremely expensive - and yes, buying the end product is absolutely the best way that you can help accelerate that process, unless you fancy making a large donation directly to the museum.


I'm hoping to visit the Karel Zeman Museum soon as I've recently moved to Berlin and Prague is not far. The Baron Münchhausen included in the three-movie Blu-ray collection I've got appears to be an older restoration and this new 4K restauration looks considerably improved.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 06, 2017 8:53 am 
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Yes, the initial triple-pack was just an HD scan. The 4K restorations are a night-and-day improvement: Zeman's work really benefits from ultra-fine detail.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 07, 2017 4:54 am 

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"It's an injection of pure movie heroin"
Michael Atkinson in the latest Sight & Sound


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 15, 2017 12:51 pm 

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"A film brimming with visual flare... Fabulous."
Ben Nicholson at CineVue


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 16, 2017 5:54 am 

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"Offers moment after moment of highly concentrated joy... This is a strong contender for the best-looking disc Second Run has ever released"
Dusty Summers reviews the BARON at World Cinema Paradise


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 30, 2017 6:14 am 

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Second Run and ICA present a very special screening of
Karel Zeman’s THE FABULOUS BARON MUNCHAUSEN -INTRODUCED BY FILMMAKER TERRY GILLIAM
Wednesday 13th September at 8:15pm, ICA Cinema, London SW1Y 5AH

Early booking is recommended. For full details and to book please visit the ICA Cinema website www.ica.org.uk or call the venue Box Office on 020 7930 3647


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 08, 2017 5:43 am 

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A five-star rave in the latest Home Cinema Choice magazine for this "fabulous Blu-ray release, the centrepiece of which is a stunning 1080p presentation"


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