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19 Nov 2018

Invention for Destruction (Vynález zkázy) on Blu-ray & DVD

Presented from a new 4K restoration of the film, Second Run follow their hugely popular release of the visionary Czech animator and filmmaker Karel Zeman's The Fabulous Baron Munchausen, with his most famous work - Invention for Destruction.

Described as the ‘Czech Méliès’, Karel Zeman has been a profound influence on generations of film artists from Jan Švankmajer to Tim Burton, the Quay Brothers to Terry Gilliam and Wes Anderson. His innovations in the use of live-action and animation mark him as one of the great masters of 20th Century fantasy cinema, alongside his more celebrated Western counterparts Willis O’Brien, George Pal and Ray Harryhausen.

Still the most commercially lucrative Czech film ever produced (it was released internationally to huge success in 1960 as The Fabulous World of Jules Verne) Invention for Destruction is also Zeman's most beloved work. Wildly inventive, and breaking new ground in its combination of live action, animation and design, creating a 'steampunk' aesthetic decades ahead of its time. Zeman's film is both a heartfelt homage and love letter to Jules Verne's wonderful tales of science and adventure, and a valiant cry against man's propensity for self-destruction.

"His finest and most accessible film, now in the pantheon of the greatest hybrid animation/live action films ever made… An imaginative delight, and a stunning personal achievement. Once seen, never forgotten."
Senses of Cinema

Blu-ray and DVD Special features:
• Presented from a brand new 4K restoration of the film from original materials.
• Alternative English-dubbed feature presentation as The Fabulous World of Jules Verne, with alternate credits and opening introduction sequence.
• A new appreciation by filmmaker and animator John Stevenson, director of Kung-Fu Panda and Sherlock Gnomes
• Zeman’s animated films: Inspiration (1949) and King Lavra (1950) (Blu-ray only)
• Featurettes: Why Zeman Made the Film; Zeman's Special Effects Techniques; Restoring the World of Fantasy; About the Restoration
• Trailer
• Booklet featuring new writing on the film by film critic and historian James Oliver
• Region free Blu-ray and DVD

BLU-RAY RRP: £19.99 / DVD RRP: £12.99 BBFC cert: U
Feature: 82 minutes; Extras (BD): 74 minutes / (DVD): 33 mins
Language: Czech / English; Subtitles: English

Released on 19 November 2018 by Second Run

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