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DVD-- The Fabulous World of Jules Verne (Read 2571 times)
Dave Garrett
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DVD-- The Fabulous World of Jules Verne
17. Oct 2004 at 05:41
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Here is an interesting review from Locus online, about a Czech movie made in 1950's. Reviewed by Howard Waldrop and  Lawrence Person. Interesting! I would love to see this dvd movie, but it is not available on Amazon.com (yet). Of especial interest to us fans of James Blaylock and his friend Tim Powers (and K. W. Jeter too) is this  quote: The passage of 46 years hardly shows. (The pace is slower than we're used to now.) Where it does show, it's because other filmmakers have built on it since. Someone else yelled out "Terry Gilliam must have shash when he saw this!" (That would have been the proper response for anyone in Zeman's line of work at the time.) Back when he was working on Monty Python, this is what it looked like inside Gilliam's mind. And even if it never inspired him, it should have. It has the elaborate engraved drawings and wacky Victorian inventions that provide such glorious elements for Gilliam's Python work. However, instead of one guy doing crudely colored paper cutouts, imagine the entire weight of Communist Czechoslovakia's state film industry (circa 1958) crafting, and then elaborately animating, an entire feature-length film. (It's fun to imagine Tim Powers, James P. Blaylock and K.W. Jeter all viewing this movie in their youth, as it's the ultimate steampunk movie.)   Here is the link to the article:
http://www.locusmag.com/2004/Reviews/10_WaldropPerson_Verne.html



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Re: DVD-- The Fabulous World of Jules Verne
Reply #1 - 19. Oct 2004 at 06:02
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There is a "new" copy of the 1957 version on vhs at amazon.com.  Not the same as owning the dvd version, I'm sure.  Although, if it is a good solid copy of the movie, would you really care that much? Smiley

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Reply #2 - 26. Oct 2004 at 14:17
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Steam-punk fans might also like The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne: http://epguides.com/SecretAdventuresofJulesVerne/
The episode that features an army of rocket-propelled vampires really has to be seen to be believed.

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