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Time Bandits SteelBook [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Sean Connery, Michael Palin, John Cleese, Shelley Duval, Craig Warnock
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Aug. 2013
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00CKECFLG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 77,192 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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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.

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  • Limited Edition SteelBookTM packaging
  • Brand new 2k-resolution restoration of the film from the original camera negative, approved by director and co-writer Terry Gilliam
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
  • Original Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Surround options (uncompressed PCM and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray)
  • 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
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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 --This text refers to the DVD edition.

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