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Encyclopedia > Light Years (film)
VCR tape box cover.
VCR tape box cover.

Gandahar (English title "Light Years") is a 1988 French animated science fiction and fantasy film. The original version was directed by René Laloux, and was based on a story from Jean-Pierre Andrevon. The English version was directed by Harvey Weinstein, and noted science-fiction author Isaac Asimov made the revision of the translation. Image File history File links Description: This is a flatbed scan of the VCR tape box cover of the 1988 film Light Years. ... Image File history File links Description: This is a flatbed scan of the VCR tape box cover of the 1988 film Light Years. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... See also: 1987 in film, other events of 1988, 1989 in film, list of years in film. Events Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Top grossing films Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit Coming to America Big, starring Tom Hanks Crocodile Dundee II... Poster for The Day the Earth Stood Still, an archetypal science fiction film Science fiction has been a film genre since the earliest days of cinema. ... In theory fantasy films are films with fantastic themes, usually involving magic or exotic fantasy worlds, as distinct from science fiction films or horror films. ... René Laloux (July 13, 1929 - March 13, 2004 in Paris) was a French animator. ... Jean-Pierre Andrevon is a French science fiction author born September 19, 1937. ... Harvey Weinstein (born March 19, 1952) is an American film producer. ... Isaac Asimov (courtesy of Jay Kay Klein) Isaac Asimov (c. ...

The animation was in color and ran for 83 minutes. Among the actors providing the voices for the English-language version were Glenn Close, Jennifer Grey, Penn and Teller, John Shea and Christopher Plummer. The film is notable for its strange scenery and exotic flora, fauna, and bizarre inhabitants. Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947 in Greenwich, Connecticut) is an American film and stage actress. ... Jennifer Grey (born March 26, 1960) is a Jewish-American actress. ... Penn (left) & Teller Penn and Teller are a two-man magic and comedy team, comprised of Penn Jillette and Teller. ... John Shea (born April 14, 1949 in North Conway, New Hampshire, USA) is an American actor who has starred on television and in film. ... Christopher Plummer photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1959 Christopher Plummer (born Arthur Christopher Orme Plummer on December 13, 1927) is a Canadian theatrical, film and television actor. ...

The paradise world of Gandahar is threatened by a mysterious power, so Queen Ambisextra (Glenn Close) and the Council of Women send the warrior Sylvain (John Shea) to scout for this danger. He discovers metallic humanoids with a paralyzing ray who sent the bodies of those they captured through a portal. Later these individuals returned, also encased in metal.

Airelle (Jennifer Grey) serves as the love interest for Sylvain. He meets "The Deformed", a group of mutants who Sylvain at first mistakes for the enemy.

The cause of this terror is traced to the giant brain Metamorphis (Christopher Plummer), although Metamorphis is puzzled about how he could be the cause. The metal humanoids are coming back in time from the future, so Metamorphis offers to place Sylvain in stasis until that time. Sylvain awakens in 1,000 years as planned, and destroys the old, weakened Metamorphis.

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Light Years Away / Les Annees lumiere / 1981 / film review (398 words)
The hero of the film is a rebellious young man who realises that his individual freedom is more important than a cosy world of anodyne conformity.
He is named Jonas, he is aged 25, and the film is set in the year 2000, suggesting that this is a sequel to Tanner’s earlier film Jonas qui aura 25 ans en l'an 2000.
Although the film is a strangely compelling work, its impact is greatly diminished by clumsy (and unnecessary) dubbing from English into French, and also by its bizarre fantasy ending, which at least partly undermines the film’s harsh realism.
Luminous Landscape Forum > This Test was completely flawed (9524 words)
Film has a Resolution of 6.9 Billion Molecules of Dye per Square Millimetre, but this is only retained if the Picture Print is made using real Light -- not a Computer Scan.
May 30 2006, 08:28 PM Another limiting factor in the process of transferring high resolution detail from film to print is due to the fact that the detail always has to pass through another lens with its own MTF response (except in the case of a contact print).
Sure, *no one* can claim that digital isn't progress from the film times, of course it is! But the important point is that while it removes some of the restrictions of film, it at the same time is a restricted format itself too.
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