Time BanditsDirector: Terry Gilliam
Former Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam broke free of the comedy troupe with this over-the-top fantasy film. Now fans and newcomers alike can enjoy it again in this DVD release from the Criterion Collection. Even for those who remember seeing this film as a kid, the beautiful widescreen transfer makes it feel brand new. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio showcases the… See more details below
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Former Monty Python alum Terry Gilliam broke free of the comedy troupe with this over-the-top fantasy film. Now fans and newcomers alike can enjoy it again in this DVD release from the Criterion Collection. Even for those who remember seeing this film as a kid, the beautiful widescreen transfer makes it feel brand new. The 1.85:1 aspect ratio showcases the otherworldly atmospheres and historical locales, while the Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack offers crystal-clear, multilayered sound. The DVD is fairly short on extras, featuring a "scrapbook" of behind-the-scenes photos and a theatrical trailer. But the commentary track is top-notch. Gilliam, co-writer Michael Palin, and stars John Cleese, David Warner, and Craig Warnock all share their thoughts and insights about making the film. Gilliam provides the best bits, blending technical info with witty asides. Although Anchor Bay produces its own DVD edition of Time Bandits, the Criterion edition is the one to buy.
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Cast & Crew
|James Acheson||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Millie Burns||Production Designer|
|Patrick Cassavetti||Set Decoration/Design|
|Graham Ford||Production Manager|
|Norman Garwood||Art Director|
|George Harrison||Score Composer,Songwriter,Executive Producer|
|Mike Moran||Score Composer|
|Denis O'Brien||Executive Producer|
|Neville C. Thompson||Associate Producer|
2. Magical wardrobe.
3. "You must wait for your food to go down."
4. Looking for the way out.
5. The Battle of Castiglione, 1796.
6. "Little things hitting each other!"
7. Napoleon's new army.
8. Pansy and Vincent, part one.
9. "I"m Hood!"
10. "I have an idea forming in my head."
11. "Kings aren't supposed to do things like that."
12. "It's magic time!"
13. Pansy and Vincent, part two.
14. A night to remember.
15. "Bring them into the Time of Legends."
16. Tasty little morsels.
17. Ship and chapeau.
18. Fortress of Ultimate Darkness.
19. The biggest hole in the universe.
20. Pigheaded punishment.
21. Waging the final battle against Evil.
22. The Supreme Being saves the day.
23. "It's Evil! Don't touch it!"/End Credits.
5. Theatrical Trailer.
6. Color Bars.
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Director Terry Gilliam(Twelve Monkeys, Brazil, etc) must have been touched by the hands of a half-mad/ half-brilliant god when he envisioned 'Time Bandits'. Unlike any film, before or since, Time Bandits blends social satire, off beat humor and a wildly imaginitive plot seamlessly together. When a young british boy, disillusioned by the materialistic and vapid world in which he resides, spirals further into his own imagination he gets more than he bargains for. Whisked away by a band of time-travelling midgets, he is quickly caught up in the eternal struggle between the forces of darkness and light which leads him, and his new found cohorts, from one period in history to another. Brilliantly cast with a revolving door of cameos(John Cleese, Sean Connery, etc) this film is a TKO for any true film buff or others who simply enjoy the offbeat. Tragically overlooked, Time Bandits deserves a spot among the best 100 films ever made.
This is a classic and is even better in Blu-ray.
Time Bandits is an original, imaginative creation of Terry Gilliam, supported by several of his Monty Python associates and a cast of little people. Criterion has done a great job in presenting the film in pristine condition with fine sound and worthy extra features and a commentary track. I only wish this film could be presented at a lower aspect ratio such as 1.66:1 - It was originally shot full-frame and some of the visual treats show up above and below the theatrical-release top and bottom of the picture when projected at 1.85:1, the format for this release. Don't miss this one!