Three Fantastic Journeys by Karel Zeman 02/08/20

The Criterion Collection

“Not so much a suspension of disbelief, as a suspension of dreary naturalism.” Criterion acknowledges a great filmmaker with this wonderful trio of Karel Zeman spectaculars, truly original fantasies that showcase a blend of animation and theatrical effects concocted, confected, perfected half a century before CGI. The Czech filmmakers take us on a prehistoric safari, a cruise to an island of Jules Verne sci-fi marvels, and into a brightly imagined, magical storybook fantasy. Even the presentation is whimsical — the three features are packaged in a functioning pop-up book. Behold: Journey to the Beginning of Time, Invention for Destruction and The Fabulous Baron Munchausen. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.