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Time Bandits BD [Blu-ray]

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Sean Connery , Michael Palin , Terry Gilliam    Parental Guidance   Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
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From a script cowritten with his fellow Monty Python veteran Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam pulled out all the stops on his prodigious imagination for this comedy-fantasy from 1981. Film critic Pauline Kael was right when she wrote, "This may be one of those rare pictures that suffers from a surfeit of good ideas," because there's not enough plot to keep pace with the sheer inventiveness of Gilliam's filmmaking. That hasn't stopped Time Bandits from becoming a classic, of sorts, attracting a cult following as a semi-reunion of the Python gang (with Palin and John Cleese making splendid appearances) and a rousing adventure of near-epic proportions. It's about a kid named Kevin (Craig Warnock) who joins a band of mischievous dwarves on a jaunt through various eras and epochs. They've stolen a map to holes in the space-time continuum that belongs to the Supreme Being (suitably played by Sir Ralph Richardson), and as Kevin survives a variety of heroic adventures, including an encounter with King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) and an Evil Genius (David Warner) who pursues the coveted map using his nefarious magical powers. As a warm-up for Gilliam's later, even more ambitious fantasies, Brazil and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen, this is a dazzling dose of cinematic whimsy, and Gilliam doesn't compromise the darkness of his tale with an artificially upbeat ending. There's as much menace in Time Bandits as there is an awesome sense of wonder, and that gives the movie an extra kick of timeless appeal. --Jeff Shannon

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THEY DIDN T MAKE HISTORY, THEY STOLE IT!

The film that established Terry Gilliam as more than just Monty Python s resident animator, this delightfully inventive children s fantasy is about young Kevin (Craig Warnock) who finds himself travelling through holes in the space-time continuum in the company of half a dozen fractious dwarfs.

Along the way, he encounters Agamemnon (Sean Connery), Robin Hood (John Cleese), Napoleon (Ian Holm) and winds up as a passenger on the Titanic, although not necessarily in that order. But is this just random entertainment laid on for history fan Kevin s benefit, or part of a wider struggle between the forces of good (Ralph Richardson) and evil (David Warner)?

At the time, this was a rare example of a small-budget British film successfully taking on American blockbusters. Now, it's a much-loved fantasy classic bursting with inspired images and ideas: Gilliam and co-writer Michael Palin (who also appears) are clearly enjoying themselves as much as their audience.

Special Features:

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  • Brand new 2k-resolution restoration of the film from the original camera negative, approved by director and co-writer Terry Gilliam
  • Original uncompressed PCM Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio options
  • Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Chasing Time Bandits: A new interview with Terry Gilliam
  • Writing the Film that Dares Not Speak its Name: A new interview in which Michael Palin discusses co-writing and acting in Time Bandits
  • The Effects of Time Bandits: A new interview in which Kent Houston, founder of the Peerless Camera Company, discusses Time Bandits optical effects
  • Playing Evil: A new featurette in which actor David Warner remembers producer George Harrison and playing Evil in Time Bandits
  • The Costumes of Time Bandits: A new interview with costume designer James Acheson
  • The Look of Time Bandits: A new interview with production designer Milly Burns
  • From Script to Screen A new animated featurette in which Milly Burns takes us through her production notebooks, locations photographs and storyboards revealing how twentieth century Morocco was transformed into Ancient Greece
  • Original Trailer
  • Restoration Demonstration
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver
  • Review

    5 Stars: Pleasingly dark with Gilliam delivering as much classical fairy tale as knockabout comedy. --Empire

    Gilliam is one of the great conjurers of cinema, and this film is proof of his ample and unpredictable talent. --Radio Times

    Gilliam is one of the great conjurers of cinema, and this film is proof of his ample and unpredictable talent. --Radio Times

    Gilliam is one of the great conjurers of cinema, and this film is proof of his ample and unpredictable talent. --Radio Times

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    United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Digital 5.1 ), English ( Dolby DTS-HD Master Audio ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Subtitles ), WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Featurette, Interactive Menu, Photo Gallery, Remastered, Scene Access, Special Edition, Storyboards, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Born from the brilliant minds of Monty Python's Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, Time Bandits is a British masterstroke in fantasy adventure. When a young boy's wardrobe shapeshifts into the gateway of another world, he finds himself embroiled in a series of eccentric encounters with famous historical figures; Napoleon, Robin Hood and ancient Greek leader, Agamemnon. There, backed by an arsenal of guerrilla dwarves, he must overcome evil forces, quantum leaps in time and 1980's suburban conditioning in order to save history, the present and the future. Loaded with astutely observed, rapid-fire humour, this critically acclaimed smash-hit remains one of Britain's most-enduring ensemble comedies. Boasting music by George Harrison, who co-produced the film alongside writer/director Gilliam, it stars Academy Award - winners Sean Connery and Jim Broadbent, plus fellow Python's John Cleese and co-writer Michael Palin, in a classic - and timeless - comedy. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Fantasporto Awards, ...Time Bandits (Blu-Ray)
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