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The Fabulous World of Jules Verne

Released 1961
Distributor Warner Bros.

The imaginative films of Czech animator/director Karel Zeman were poorly served in the West, usually presented if at all in heavily Americanized recuts. This brilliantly designed 1957 gem wasn’t released in the US until four years later and in the wrong screen ratio (the trailer obviously cuts off the top and bottom of the 1:33 frame). The original version, The Deadly Invention, can be seen online in its entirety with English subtitles here: The Deadly Invention

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About John Landis

John Landis is the director of Animal House, The Blues BrothersAn American Werewolf In LondonTrading Places, Schlock, Kentucky Fried MovieSpies Like UsThree Amigos!Into The Night, The Stupids, Innocent Blood, Coming To America, Burke & Hare, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Black Or White among many other films, commercials and extensive work in television. He was the Executive Producer and often director of HBO's celebrated series Dream On, and contributed two movies to the Masters of Horror series, Deer Woman and Family. His feature length documentaries Mr. Warmth: The Don Rickles Project premiered on HBO, and Slasher on IFC.