A restored version of Melies classic Science Fiction film “A Trip to the Moon” (Voyage Dans le Lune) was released on DVD on 26th November 2012. Originally released in 1902, this legendary 16-minute film is widely considered to be one of the most important works in film history. Created just six years after the invention of cinema this is where narrative cinema truly began. George Méliès masterpiece features six members of the Astronomers’ Club, fired into space by a giant cannon, on a strange and wonderful journey to the moon to meet its inhabitants.
The colour version of A Trip to the Moon, hand-painted frame by frame, was considered lost for many years, until a print, in a desperate condition, was found in Spain in 1993. It is this version which has been meticulously restored – one of the most sophisticated and expensive restorations in the history of cinema. The luminous resulting film is accompanied by a new original soundtrack composed by French duo AIR.
Accompanying the film is a fascinating 60 minute documentary, The Extraordinary Voyage, detailing the restoration process and featuring contributions from esteemed directors such as Michel Gondry, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Michel Hazanavicius.