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The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen (20th Anniversary Edition) [Blu-ray] [2008] [Region Free]


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  • Actors: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed, Charles McKeown
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Producers: Thomas Schuhly
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
  • Dubbed: Hungarian, Spanish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2008
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0012OTRYI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,304 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Director Terry Gilliam (Brazil) and an all-star cast including John Neville, Eric Idle, Oliver Reed and Uma Thurman deliver this tale of the enchanting adventures of Baron von Munchausen on his journey to save a town from defeat. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures.

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Monty Python's Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil) directs this wild and wonderful version of the stories of Baron Munchausen, pushing the limits of 1989 special effects technology to bring us such sights as a horse divided in half and running around in two parts, and a giant Robin Williams with his head flying off his shoulders. Basically, this is a treat for Gilliam fans, as the sustaining idea of the film runs out of steam, and manic energy alone keeps the momentum going. Casual viewers might find it tedious after a while. There are nice parts for fellow Python Eric Idle, as well as Sting, Alison Steadman and Uma Thurman as a dazzlingly beautiful Venus on a half-shell. Gilliam had greater artistic and commercial success with Brazil, The Fisher King, and 12 Monkeys. --Tom Keogh

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60 of 64 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Sometimes you despair. A new format is trust upon us - and an opportunity is presented to the movie industry to finally to do the business by their classics - and what do they do - they give us the same old dull stock and rip us off by getting us to pay more for it.

Twenty years on, Terry Gilliam's 1989 fantasy epic is still extraordinary - inventive, funny, touching, and on a scale few movies today would even dare to go near. Unfortunately, the transfer of it to the new format is more Blur-Ray than Blu-Ray. And while it's not awful all the way through - it's not far off it. For large parts of the film there's grain and blocking - the colours in some instances are better for sure - but it's also obvious that little or no restoration has been done to the print - when like "Time Bandits" - here is a fantasy film that is crying out for a clean up - and would surely have been much more commercially viable if it had been cleaned up - and a big deal made of it (even a re-launch in the cinemas?).

The extras mimic the special edition DVD issue - reviewed elsewhere - nothing great.

When you see "Cool Hand Luke" or "Zulu" or "2001: A Space Odyssey" on BLU RAY, the clean up work is immediately apparent and evident throughout the entire film - making them an enjoyable 'spot-the-difference' experience for the whole duration. But you know you're in trouble with "Munchausen" the second the washed out "Columbia" logo comes up at the beginning - I've seen crinkled videotape look better than this. What a huge disappointment and what a disservice to a really great fantasy film. I can only think of the gobsmacking beauty of Uma Thurman as she appears in a seashell to cheer myself up...

Unfortunately this release is why Amazon reviews are necessary. Avoid this overly expensive poor reissue unless you absolutely have to own it...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jim Forest on 25 Sept. 2010
Format: Blu-ray
Others have expressed disappointment with the BluRay edition of Baron Munchausen, which made me hesitate to buy it. I'm glad I overcame my hesitations. I have now watched the BluRay edition twice (once for the film itself, once for Gilliam's narration) and am looking forward to future viewings. Fine rendering of color, the image very crisp, improved sound track. The Venus scene, the climb to the tip of the waning moon, the wrecks of ships inside the sea monster -- a treat in each case to see these in BluRay. The film itself, it has been a favorite for years, but it always made me aware of the limitations of DVD. In light of wars in progress, Munchausen is more timely than ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. E. MCFARLANE on 4 Jan. 2010
Format: DVD
This film introduces us to Baron Muenchausen, a forgotten heroic figure in the new "Age of Reason" in the late 18th Century.

The Baron comes to a besieged town to find his story has become a theatre act, put on to cheer up the citizenry in the war weary city. The city is run (on a clear parody of the French Revolution) by cruel and ruthless public servants, exemplified by the Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson, who orders the execution of a soldier (Sting) for an act of extraordinary courage in defending the city against the Turkish besiegers, on the grounds that his bravery was demoralising the other troops. The Baron intervenes in the theatre and gradually takes over the stage to tell his tale, which introduces us to various fantastic adventures, and the Baron joins up with his friends who have wondrous powers. The man character of the film is Sally, the young daughter of the impresario who is putting on the play, who asks questions adults could not.

There is a running tension between the Public Servants and the Baron, who says that he is the only person who can end the war, and he ultimately succeeds. Some parts of the film are a little overdone. I don't think that Robin Williams' character gels with the others, but it is a splendid tale of a lament by the Baron for his lost world in the new age of Science and Reason. Well worth watching again and again, for the story, the scenery, and the tales, a timeless classic.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 21 Oct. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
21 years after the off-screen battles are over and unrealistic expectations have all been exorcised, Terry Gilliam's The Adventures of Baron Munchausen looks really rather wonderful. If anything it's probably too wonder-full to ever appeal to a mainstream audience as Gilliam plays out the eternal conflict between mundane and unexceptional reality and dreams and imagination in the palaces of sultans, the kingdom of the moon, the inside of Mount Etna, the belly of a whale and points inbetween as the teller of tall-tales hitches a ride on a cannonball, flies to the stars in an airship made from women's underwear and dances with Uma Thurman's goddess Venus in the air as waterfalls and cherubim surround them and Oliver Reed's rather wonderful god and munitions manufacturer Vulcan (played like a cross between a Northern mill owner and Gumby from Monty Python's Flying Circus) hops angrily up and down below them as his temperature rises to danger levels. As John Neville's Baron himself says, "This is precisely the sort of thing that people never believe."

Terry Gilliam's `Fellini film' - indeed, many of his collaborators (Giuseppe Rottuno, Dante Ferretti) are Fellini veterans - was much criticised as being all hot air and fantasy with no real foundation, but in fact the script is a lot better than it was ever given credit for. Beautifully structured as a ramshackle but ingenious play gradually becomes the Baron's `reality,' the figure of Death constantly hovering on the sidelines of the Baron's adventures that periodically rejuvenate him, it's end is somewhat disappointing as it paints itself into a fantastic corner, but getting there is a lot of fun.
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