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(aka "Baron Prášil" or "The Outrageous Baron Munchausen" or "The Baron" or "The Original Fabulous Adventures of Baron Munchausen" )

 

directed by Karel Zeman
Czechoslovakia 1962

 

Often described as the Czech Méličs, visionary filmmaker Karel Zeman has been a profound influence on whole generations of film artists from Jan vankmajer to Tim Burton, the Quay Brothers to Terry Gilliam, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Wes Anderson. His ground-breaking innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema, ranking alongside his more celebrated Western counterparts Willis O Brien and Ray Harryhausen. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen (Baron Práil) is perhaps Zeman's most beloved achievement.

Still regarded as the finest film adaptation of Gottfried August Bürger's outlandish tales of Baron Munchausen (made famous in his 1786 book), Zeman's wildly inventive and outrageously fun take on the incredible adventures of the bragging Baron come to life in a film celebrating the courage and imagination of dreamers and poets. With its mind-bending melding of live-action, animation and extraordinary matte work, Zeman has crafted a timeless work that continues to astonish.

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Theatrical Release: July 1962 (Locarno Film Festival) ; 21 September 1962 (Czechoslovakia)

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Comparison:

Muzeum Karla Zemana (Filmový klub Karla Zemana) - Region 0 - PAL vs. Second Run - Region FREE - Blu-ray

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman and Gary Tooze for the Screen Caps!

(Muzeum Karla Zemana (Filmový klub Karla Zemana) - Region 0 - PAL - LEFT vs. Second Run - Region FREE - Blu-ray - RIGHT)

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Distribution

Muzeum Karla Zemana

Region 0 - PAL

Second Run
Region 0 -
Blu-ray
Runtime 1:19:51 (4% PAL speedup) 1:24:49.958
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.49 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,456,134,544 bytes

Feature: 21,536,839,680 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Muzeum Karla Zemana (Filmový klub Karla Zemana)

 

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Second Run Blu-ray

 

Audio Czech (Dolby Digital 2.0)

LPCM Audio Czech 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
 

Subtitles Czech, English, None English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Muzeum Karla Zemana

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
6 Featurettes -
• - The Birth of the Film Legend (4:56)
•  - Why Zeman Made the Film (3:36)
•  - The Cast (2:16)
•  - His Best Special Effects I (0:59)
•  - His Best Special Effects II (0:50)
•  - The Legend Continues (3:16)
•  His Life Story (Karel Zeman bio on 7 screens)
•  Filmography (2 screens)
•  Karel Zeman Museum (1:13)
•  The Land of Moonlight (Clarinet Factory) (Music Video) (4:44)
•  Journey to Karel Zeman (Clarinet Factory 5.1 Mix) (Music Video) (8:07)

DVD Release Date: 2012
Slim pack

Chapters 11

Release Information:
Studio: Second Run

 

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 48,456,134,544 bytes

Feature: 21,536,839,680 bytes

Video Bitrate: 30.00

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:
• Film Adventurer Karel Zeman (2015, 1:41:48): feature length documentary on the life, work and influence of Karel Zeman with contributions from Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Koji Yamamura and others
• New and exclusive filmed appreciation by writer, editor and film historian Michael Brooke (36;11)
• Karel Zeman and the World featurette (5:05)
• The Birth of a Film Legend featurette (5:10)
• Why Zeman Made the Film featurette (3:46)
• The Cast (2:23)
• Zeman's Special Effects Techniques (1:49)
• Karel Zeman: The Legend Continues featurette (3:30)

• Trailer (1:40)

• Museum Karel Zeman (1:17)
• Booklet featuring a new essay on the film by journalist and critic Graham Williamson
 

Blu-ray Release Date: July 24th, 2017
Transparent Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Second Run - Region FREE Blu-ray - July 2017: The Second Run is advertised as "presented from a new 4K restoration from original materials by the Karel Zeman Museum and the Czech National Film Archive". The restoration is amazing in 1080P. This is on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. Colors, and tints, become far more prominent and richer, damage and speckles disappear and there is more information in the frame. It is tighter and sharper and contrast is wonderfully layered. Grain is fine and adds a consistent texture to the visuals. In short - it looks magnificent in-motion.

Second Run use a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (24-bit) which beautifully supports the playful score of Zdenek Liska (The Shop on High Street, The White Dove, Fruit of Paradise, The Cremator). It sounds very clean (also restored) with some depth and there are optional English subtitles on the Region FREE Blu-ray.

Second Run add most of the extras of the Muzeum Karla Zemana 2012 DVD and make some significant additions. Film Adventurer Karel Zeman is a feature length documentary on the life, work and influence of Karel Zeman with contributions from Terry Gilliam, Tim Burton, Koji Yamamura and others made in 2015. It covers so much of the history and input from modern filmmakers notable kudos some from the likes of Tim Burton who has stated "Karel Zeman and Ray Harryhausen were the two big inspirations for me... what Zeman did was amazing" and Terry Gilliam who stated "He did what I'm still trying to do, which is to try and combine live action with animation. His Doré-esque backgrounds were wonderful. The Fabulous Baron Munchausen captured the real spirit of the character". It's a great supplement - almost essential as an extra for the film. There is also a rewarding exclusive appreciation by writer, editor and film historian Michael Brooke for over 36-minutes entitled Baron Munchausen: Facts and Fibs. He details much of the history of the character loosely based on a real baron, Hieronymus Karl Friedrich, Freiherr von Münchhausen (1720–1797) - by the fictional German nobleman created by the German writer Rudolf Erich Raspe. We recall the phrases associated including 'Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy' etc. It's a well-researched and excellent video piece. As stated, all the short featurettes are still here including Karel Zeman and the World, The Birth of a Film Legend, Why Zeman Made the Film, The Cast etc. There is also a trailer about the restoration and the package contains a booklet featuring a new essay on the film by journalist and critic Graham Williamson.

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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ON THE DVD: Progressive dual-layered DVD was released with love and care by Muzeum Karla Zemana in 2012. The restored image is anamorphic full screen with black bars on the sides (see first capture). The disc has menus in 2 languages, Czech and English and there is an option to select the language when the disc is inserted. All the extras are subtitled and videos are in anamorphic full-screen, just like the feature. In 2013 the film was released by Muzeum Karla Zemana in a 2-disc blu-ray set together with Journey to the Beginning of Time (1955) and The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (1958) as The Best of Karel Zeman. Followed by restored blu-ray editions from Bonton Film in Czech Republic and Second Run in UK.

 - Gregory and Gary


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