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Fantasy adventure comedy directed by Terry Gilliam. Eleven-year-old schoolboy Kevin (Craig Warnock) is rescued from his dull, suburban life when an armoured knight and a gang of dwarves emerge from his wardrobe and carry him off on a journey through space and time. Along the way they meet some of history's most famous characters including Napoleon Bonaparte (Ian Holm), Robin Hood (John Cleese) and King Agamemnon (Sean Connery) but they are also being closely watched by the malevolent sorcerer Evil (David Warner) who has laid a cunning trap to obtain their map.
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 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product description
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six dwarfs led by 'Randall' (David Rappaport) enter his bedroom through the wardrobe, they are running from the
'Evil One' (David Warner) they'd stolen an enchanted map.
'Kevin' gets swept away through a Time-Window along with his new found friends, this triggers a new and wonderous
adventure as with the Dwarfs he begin a journey to steal whatever they can.
The Dwarfs by using the map can travel through portals to accumulate and escape...........their fist encounter is with
'Napoleon' (Ian Holm) who has a complex about his 5' 1" stature, stealing from the legendary conqueror far too easy,
the portal lands them into 'Sherwood Forest' where 'Robin Hood' (John Cleese)is more than happy to relieve the would
be thieves of their ill-gotton gains.
They are unaware that the 'Evil - One' is tracking their every move, he wants the stolen map back to further his evil plans
to rule the World with his brand of justice.
'Kevin' escapes through the portal alone on this occasion finding himself in Ancient-Greece where his entry into that time
saves the King of Mycenae Agamemnon (Sean Connery) who decides to make 'Kevin' his 'heir' in gratitude.
However the loveable thieving 'Dwarfs' are not far behind 'Kevin' as his adventure continues.....
Will 'Kevin' find his way back home and return to reality.........(What of the Photo's he takes with his Polaroid Camera ??)
A superb family friendly fantasy adventure that can be enjoyed by all.........the 1981 movie's upgrade to the Blu-ray format
actually most acceptable.
* Chasing Time Bandits a new interview with Terry Gillian - Writing the film that daes not to say his name - A new interview
in which Michael Palin discusses co-writing and acting in Time Bandits - The effects of Time Bandits a new interview with
Kent Houstan, founder of the peerless camera company, discusses Time Bandits special-effects - Playing Evil a new interview
in which David Warner remembers producer George Harrison and playing Evil in Time Bandits - The costumes of Time Bandits
a 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 animation featurette in which Milly Burns takes us through her production note-books,
location photographs and storyboards revealing how Twentieth Century Morocco was transformed into Ancient Greece -
Original trailer - Reconstruction demonstrations - Collectors booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver.
head that not adult as in unsuitable for children, just sarcasm in displaying Robin Hood as a bit of a burke!"etc...!
The following text appears inside the booklet provided with this Blu-ray release:
"The original 35mm Time Bandits negative was scanned at 2K resolution on a pin-registered ARRISCAN, and the film was fully graded using the Nucoda Film Master Colour grading system.
Restoration work was carried out using a combination of software tools and techniques. Thousands of instances of dirt, scratches, and debris were carefully removed frame by frame. Damaged frames were repaired, and density and stability issues were significantly improved. The soundtrack was transferred from the original magnetic tracks and underwent audio restoration to repair bumps, clicks and other instances of audible damage.
Director and co-writer Terry Gilliam has approved the restoration.
Film Restoration Supervisor: James White.
Film Restoration by Deluxe Production: Mark Bonnici, Graham Jones, Paul Collard.
Datacine Colourist: Stephen Berman."
The disc is encoded using the MPEG4 codec in full 1080p resolution in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85.1 the audio comes in English DTS Master audio 5.1 24 bit and English LPCM stereo 24 bit with English subtitles for the hard of hearing, the cover artwork is reversible so you can use either the hourglass deign or the familiar boat design this package from Arrow is so much better in my option compared to the Anchor Bay issue....
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