Blu-ray, DVD Release: Munchausen

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Feb. 18, 2020
Price: DVD $13.69, Blu-ray $19.99
Studio: Kino Lorber

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.

A French poster for Ufa Studio’s 1943 Münchhausen.

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 adventure-fantasy 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.

Kino Lorber’s new Blu-ray and DVD editions contain the following features:

-Audio commentary by film historian Samm Deighan
-Theatrical trailer
-Documentary on the production and restoration
-1944 Animated short by Hans Held
-Samples of Agfacolor restoration


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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.