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Time Bandits [DVD]
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TOP 50 REVIEWERon 16 January 2015
Young 'Kevin' (Craig Warnock) reads of times gone by, one night, his bedroom seems to have become a portal, as
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.
Features -
* 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.
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on 27 September 2015
Time Bandits is a fantastic Film for all the family its essentially a kids film made by the monty python team with Adult humour for the parents that'll go over the Kid's
head that not adult as in unsuitable for children, just sarcasm in displaying Robin Hood as a bit of a burke!"etc...!
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on 22 August 2017
Great classic film, from the monty python crew
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on 3 October 2015
Such nonsense that makes you smile has to be a good film.
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on 1 September 2017
excellent
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on 12 September 2017
This is my wife's all time favourite film. I had never seen it before but loved it and it was so quick and simple to get on line.
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on 31 August 2014
This 50GB region B locked disc is a re-issue of Terry Gilliam's "Time Bandits" which is a vast improvement on the 2009 version on Blu-ray and is like a different film comparing it to the 2002 release on DVD which like the 2009 version on Blu-ray had various flaws ranging from print damage and scratches to a lack-luster sounding soundtrack, this 2013 incarnation is both an improvement in both departments with a picture that is both better in depth of colour and field of blacks I found the most impressive version of the audio track to be the English LPCM 48kHZ 24 bit stereo which I thought had a better sounding dialogue track comparing it to the previous Blu-ray and DVD copies which sounded muffled and at times difficult to follow.

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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on 31 December 2010
Time Bandits follows the adventures of Kevin, a put-upon, largely ignored but particularly imaginitive young lad who is abducted by a gang of dwarves (led by David Rappaport) who have stolen a time map from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson as an absent-minded, slightly stern, favourite uncle-like God) and are using it to develop their new careers as international criminals. Cue encounters with Napoleon (the ever fantastic Ian Holm), the Titanic, Robin Hood (John Cleese) and an unspeakably Evil David Warner.

As one of Terry Gilliam's earliest post-Python films and apparrantly aimed at a youngish audience, you might be tempted to give this a miss, but all of Gilliam's trademark imagery, wit and style is here, full-on and in bucketloads. The balance of review markings so far suggest that even those who like his work are less than enthused about Time Bandits, but really you can't go wrong here: visually sumptuous, excellently acted, exquisitely casted, superlatively plotted and wittier than Stephen Fry and Rowan Atkinson's secret lovechild: if you've enjoyed anything by Giliam, you'll love this. Many of the themes seen in later works are evident here: children, dwarves, theatre, travel and the eternal struggle between good and evil (allegorized as a conflict between the power of a childish imagination and the leaden hand of bureaucracy). Indeed Time Bandits could easily be the first of a trilogy with The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen and The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (I've not seen The Brothers Grimm, but I suspect that it could make this a quadrilogy).

"We're in the middle ages! Five hundred years before the man we robbed is even born. Ha ha! Try that one in a court of law!"
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on 28 February 2005
Time Bandits is a deeply satirical morality tale superficially packaged as a kid's adventure film. On the surface it seems simple enough; a young boy, Kevin, is spirited away by a gang of time travelling comedy dwarves for a series of adventures in different historical settings. But there's a lot more to it than that. Kevin's parents are a grotesque caricature of self-absorbed suburban materialism; incessantly arguing about kitchen appliances while watching brainless TV gameshows at full volume. It is Gilliam's attention to detail which really makes this film for me. Kevin's parents don't eat anything which hasn't come out of a microwave or blender and are too precious even to remove the plastic wrapping from their hideous three-piece suite. Kevin, meanwhile, is a romantic who, until the fateful night the Time Bandits arrive in his bedroom, can only live out his fantasies in history books.
But history turns out not to be all it's cracked up to be. Napoleon is crippled by an inferiority complex stemming from his small stature; Robin Hood is a patronising liar and his 'merry men' are a bunch of violent filthy animals. Only in mythical Greece does Kevin come close to realising his dreams.
The film retains a dark edge throughout. As Gilliam explains in his DVD commentary, by casting small people as the bandits, led by the delightfully arrogant David Rappaport, he hoodwinks the audience into swallowing their extreme cupidity. The innocent Kevin (played by a child actor deliberately selected for his shyness) finds himself swept into company even more mindlessly greedy than that of his parents'. At this stage we are introduced to David Warner's deliciously over-acted 'evil genius'; a Satan obsessed with modern technology (but, ironically, surrounded by decay and incompetence), who plots to entrap the time travellers. The film gathers momentum towards the inevitable showdown between good and evil but Gilliam leaves this disturbingly inconclusive. God, played by Ralph Richardson as an intimidating schoolmaster, assures us that he is in control but that misery and suffering are all that we can expect ("something to do with free will") and Kevin's troubles have only begun. Ultimately this is a very British film which speaks to lonely idealists everywhere.
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on 2 December 2015
A bit disappointed bought foreign version subtitles
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