Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!

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Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!

PostSat Jan 13, 2018 4:05 pm

https://www.flickeralley.com/classic-movies/#!/A-Trip-to-the-Moon-In-Its-Original-1902-Colors-The-Extraordinary-Voyage/p/98594032/category=20414531

A Trip to the Moon: In Its Original 1902 Colors/The Extraordinary Voyage

A Trip to the Moon: In Its Original 1902 Colors/The Extraordinary Voyage
Format Blu-ray/DVD Combo (NTSC)
Region Region A/Region 1
Director Georges Méliès, Serge Bromberg
Composers Jeff Mills, Dorian Pimpernel, Serge Bromberg, Robert Israel, Frederick Hodges
Year 1902, 2011
Language Silent with English Intertitles, French & English
Length 15 minutes, 65 minutes
UPC6-17311-68499-9

A TRIP TO THE MOON: IN ITS ORIGINAL 1902 COLORS IS BACK ... AND NOW WITH BRAND NEW OPTIONAL SCORES!

PRE-ORDER YOUR BLU-RAY/DVD DUAL-EDITION COPY TODAY! RELEASE DATE: MARCH 6, 2018

Flicker Alley, Lobster Films, and Blackhawk Films® are proud to announce the re-release of the restored 1902 hand-colored edition of Georges Méliès’ A Trip to the Moon, featuring new scores from composer/DJ Jeff Mills, musical group Dorian Pimpernel, and an improvised piano track by Serge Bromberg with optional narration written by Georges Méliès.

Once believed lost, a copy of the original, hand-colored version of Georges Méliès’ masterwork A Trip to the Moon was miraculously found in Barcelona, Spain in 1993. Initially thought too fragile to restore, the film underwent one of the most complex and ambitious film restoration projects ever. Three experts in film restoration – Lobster Films, Groupama Gan Foundation, and Technicolor Foundation for Cinema Heritage – used the most advanced digital technologies available to assemble and painstakingly restore the film’s 13,375 fragmented frames.

Follow six scholars—members of the Astronomers’ Club—as they set off on an expedition to the moon! Traveling in a bullet-shaped rocket fired into space by a giant cannon, these voyagers arrive to meet the moon’s inhabitants: the Selenites. Escaping the Selenties’ king, the scholars fall back to Earth in their rocket and are fished out of the ocean by a sailor. Applause and a triumphant parade for the six heroes concludes the first outer-space adventure in the history of cinema.

Flicker Alley, Lobster Films, and Blackhawk Films® are thrilled to present this re-released publication of the 1902 hand-colored edition of A Trip to the Moon. This deluxe dual-format edition features two brand new scores by Jeff Mills and Dorian Pimpernel, as well as an improvised piano track by Serge Bromberg with optional narration written by Georges Méliès.

BONUS MATERIALS INCLUDE:

THE EXTRAORDINARY VOYAGE : Directors Serge Bromberg and Eric Lange (Lobster Films) chronicle the journey of A Trip to the Moon from production in 1902, to the astonishing rediscovery in 1993, to the eventual restoration and opening at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011. The 65-minute documentary includes interviews with filmmakers Costa Gavras, Michel Gondry, Michel Hazanavicius, and Jean-Pierre Jeunet on Méliès enduring significance to cinema.
A TRIP TO THE MOON (B/W): A beautifully restored black-and-white edition from original 35mm elements with two separate audio tracks of music: An orchestral score by composer Robert Israel with the original English narration written by Georges Méliès; and a second track produced by Russell Merritt consisting of a troupe of actors voicing the various characters as performed in the U.S. in 1903, with piano accompaniment by Frederick Hodges.
THE ECLIPSE (1904) & THE ASTRONOMER’S DREAM (1898): New high-definition versions of two lunar-related shorts by Méliès.
Souvenir Booklet: 23-page booklet featuring an essay by Gilles Duval and Séverine Wemaere, as well as rare production photographs, original drawings by Méliès, and much more!

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Re: Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!

PostSat Jan 13, 2018 4:26 pm

So is this significantly different from the last TRIP TO THE MOON Blu/Ray -- is there anything more than the new, and undoubtedly superior, score choices?
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PostSat Jan 13, 2018 9:42 pm

I passed on the first release of this because it only had the one garbage score - I sense that two out of the three here are too but the piano score with narration should be a winner, and so I'll probably pop for this one.

Confirmed - Jeff Mills and Dorian Pimpernel have no business 'scoring' a silent film - why they (Flicker Alley) want to sonically deface A Trip to the Moon is more than I can figure - I'm tempted to boycott this release too. WHY can't the Robert Israel score accompany the full color version?
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PostSun Jan 14, 2018 3:30 am

I can only hope that the improvised piano score with narration is good. The obvious choice would be to have the Robert Israel score with narration accompany the color version, unless for some reason the color version differs from the black and white version to such an extent that it wouldn't synch properly.
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PostSun Jan 14, 2018 10:07 am

I have a lot of FlickerAlley discs and I'm very happy with the quality and extras. I have their other Trip To The Moon and I really dislike the score on the color version, so I was initially happy to see this release announcement. But like others, when I investigated the other scores it was clear that the only one that held out any hope was the piano one. Still, even with just that one I briefly considered purchasing. But then I realized that as much as I'd like to support Flicker Alley, I can't bring myself to pay $30 for a fifteen minute piano piece that I've never heard before. There are CDs and feature films, books, etc.-- that I really like and that KNOW I'll get more than fifteen minutes of enjoyment out of-- for which $30 is often beyond what I'm willing to pay (or, what I can afford at that moment).

I do hope they sell well though, and certainly for someone who doesn't have it yet it's worth buying.
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Re: Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!

PostSun Jan 14, 2018 2:17 pm

As someone who bought the first steelbook of A Trip to the Moon, I wonder if we might have an option for a discount on the new edition? I hate the score on the original, but, I'm feeling balky at dropping more for this film just to get a score I can deal with.
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PostSun Jan 14, 2018 2:25 pm

I've seen Bromberg perform to this. He's good. I wouldn't turn down a screening where he's playing.
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PostSun Jan 14, 2018 3:42 pm

This seems like a good compromise between honouring Melies' desire for a score contemporary to whatever time in which the film was shown, and something closer to what might have been used for original screenings. At the very least, it will stop the grousing about the old score. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it as much as most folks seemed to. If anything encourages viewers who might otherwise have passed on a 110+ year old film to check it out, then I'm all for it.
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PostSun Jan 14, 2018 4:19 pm

As discussed at the time of its release, funding for the $500,000 restoration was dependent on that score being the only option. Regardless of your feelings on that score, a rerelease of a silent short film with multiple score options should only be seen as a good thing, because that indicates there's enough of a demand for silent film that would make a rerelease a mere six years later feasible.
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PostSun Jan 14, 2018 4:35 pm

The DVD sets are infinitely better than the blu-ray. Along with the supplemental set Encore, First Wizard of Cinema includes every surviving film by Melies. The blu-ray is primarily a documentary about the restoration of one film. That would be interesting as a supplement, but the films themselves are what count.

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Re: Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!

PostSun Jan 14, 2018 4:39 pm

WaverBoy wrote:I can only hope that the improvised piano score with narration is good. The obvious choice would be to have the Robert Israel score with narration accompany the color version, unless for some reason the color version differs from the black and white version to such an extent that it wouldn't synch properly.


Unfortunately, that's the case. I ripped the discs with the intent of putting the score from the DVD on the color film on the blu-ray and they didn't line up at all. I could have made it work, but it would have taken a few hours to do properly.
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Re: Tinted TRIP TO THE MOON (1902) with new music scores!

PostSun Jan 14, 2018 11:14 pm

It's not just ATTTMoon. You do get two more Melies shorts, plus an hour-long documentary on the restoration of the film. The Dorian Pimpernel track is likely to be experimental music, but I don't know how you guys can complain about the other two tracks without hearing them.
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PostMon Jan 15, 2018 10:08 am

silentfilm wrote:It's not just ATTTMoon. You do get two more Melies shorts, plus an hour-long documentary on the restoration of the film. The Dorian Pimpernel track is likely to be experimental music, but I don't know how you guys can complain about the other two tracks without hearing them.


Anyone who has a 'DJ' apellation is not a good choice to 'score' a silent film - in any case I checked out Jeff Mills' work on YouTube and it in no way fits with any sort of film made before the 1980's. There's clearly a target audience in mind here and I'm not it. Fine - Flicker Alley can just be on their way without my money.
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