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Excellent blu-ray release of an odd but wonderful film
on 1 May 2017
Terry Gilliam films have a certain stylistic and visual flair that allows you to recognise them within a few minutes of starting. The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is no exception.
The third movie in his Trilogy of Imagination (the first being Time Bandits followed by Brazil), the meandering storyline, which flits between present and past within the film's timeline, can't quite make up its mind if it is fairy tale or fantasy (I am of the opinion these are two distinct genres). This is fine by me as I adore both.
I saw this once as a child and was promptly spellbound, I couldn't get enough of the fantastical elements, the costume and set design, and the genuine eeriness and sense of peril the movie elicits in certain set pieces. Quite frankly, some parts of this film are strange, if not weird (the Robin Williams scene is a prime example), and I love that.
Is this the best movie Terry Gilliam has made? Probably not. Is this the best movie in his Imagination Trilogy? Probably not. Do I enjoy this the most? Yes, I would say so, although some of this is down to nostalgia.
The blu-ray transfer itself is perfectly good, the sound is great and there are a few extras on there. I received a region free version, I can't recall if it is a US release or otherwise, however it is in a slimline blu-ray case and doesn't have the standard UK PG rating on the disc or cover. Either way, I was extremely happy with the quality of the disc I received. Well worth the money.
If you're a fan of fantasy, fairy tales, Terry Gilliam and general oddness/weirdness, then I suspect you will enjoy this movie and I would recommend this 20th Anniversary Edition blu-ray release. Now go buy it.