Kino Lorber has announced the upcoming German fantasy masterpiece, Munchhausen (1943) on Blu-ray. Directed by Josef von Baky.
In early 1943, just as Nazi Germany began its collapse with the surrender at Stalingrad, the Ufa Studios released an elaborate super-spectacle to celebrate the company’s 25th anniversary.
Produced at the enormous cost of 6.5 million Reichsmarks, Münchhausen was the German response to such extravaganzas as Britain’s The Thief of Bagdad and Hollywood’s The Wizard of Oz, both of which were jealously admired by Propaganda Minister Goebbels.
Starring hypnotic, blond superstar Hans Albers, this lavish, impudent, adult fairy tale takes the viewer from 18th-century Braunschweig to St. Petersburg, Constantinople, Venice, and then to the moon using ingenious special effects, stunning location shooting, and a rich color palette.
Release date: February 18, 2020
Genre: Comedy / Fantasy
Disc and film details
- Director: Josef von Báky
- Cast: Hans Albers, Wilhelm Bendow, Michael Bohnen
- Country: Germanu
- Production Year: 1943
- Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
- Region: A
- Run Time: 116 minutes
- Formats: Color / 1.33:1
- Audio: German
- Subtitle: English
- AKA: The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
- Studio: Kino Lorber
- Audio commentary by critic Samm Deighan
- Documentary on the production and restoration
- 1944 animated short by Hans Held
- Samples of Agfacolor restoration
- Theatrical trailer