Münchhausen on DVD this August

Eureka Video have announced the UK Region 2 DVD release of Joseph Von Baky's 1943 film Münchhausen for August 18th 2003 with a retail price of £19.99. This restored and digitally remastered DVD release will see the film presented in its original Full Screen aspect ratio with German DD2.0 Stereo sound and optional English subtitles. On the extra features front you can expect to find a Commentary and Photo Gallery.

Here is a look at the artwork for this release, a small Image Gallery of stills from the film and the promotional text from the press release...

Eureka Video, the label renowned for its highly collectable catalogue of titles, will be releasing the extraordinary 1943 film Münchhausen onto the UK market on 18 August 2003. This highly significant film was only the fourth in German film-making history to be made in colour, and includes a fantastic array of special effects. Restored by the world-renowned Friedrich Murnau Foundation, Münchhausen is an outstanding example of Third Reich cinema at its most extravagant.

Arguably director Josef von Baky's most controversial piece, Münchhausen was commissioned by Propaganda Minister Joeseph Goebbels to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the greatest German film studio, Ufa. Assigning a massive five-million-Reichsmark budget to the making of this epic tale of the legendary Baron Münchhausen, Goebbels wanted to ensure the film emulated and surpassed the best Hollywood had to offer, and in doing so the film became the biggest entertainment project of the Third Reich.

With a highly impressive cast headed by Hans Albers, the most popular German film actor of his generation, Münchhausen began pre-production in 1941 and was premiered on 5 March 1943 at Berlin's prestigious Ufa-Palast am Zoo. An instant and huge critical and popular success, this restored and digitally remastered DVD release is destined to continue in the same tradition.

Set in eighteenth century Venice, Münchhausen tells the story of The Baron von Münchhausen and his extravagant adventures. Accompanied by his servant Kuchenreutter, Münchhausen endures a journey entailing romance, war, capture, imprisonment, escape and ultimately death. However, during this time the audience enjoys numerous stories that Münchhausen is only too willing to tell. Known for his sensationalism, he manages to entertain the Sultan during his imprisonment, which leads to the freedom of the Princess and his own escape.

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