Time Bandits

Time Bandits

Director: Terry Gilliam Cast: John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall
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Time Bandits

Imaginative director Terry Gilliam's wild time-traveling adventure for the whole family arrives on DVD in fine form thanks to the folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment. The film is presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, and the colors are vivid with even skin tones. The transfer was obviously taken from a clean source, as there are few signs of age due to debris or wear; little evidence of edge enhancement rounds out the overall solid visual presentation. The soundtrack, presented in English Dolby Digital Surround EX, offers a dynamic and exciting interpretation of the original stereo track. Since the film itself is rendered in High-Definition Divimax, all special features on this two-disc set are relegated to a second disc. It's likely that rabid Gilliam fans have already seen the included installment of The Directors, since it's inexpensive and readily available on DVD; if not, the hour-long retrospective does offer a solid representation of his body of work while spending a decent amount of time on Time Bandits. An interview with Gilliam and co-screenwriter Michael Palin is a bit more intimate, with the pair discussing both the various time settings and some of the more memorable aspects of the production. In addition to a humorous and creative international trailer, viewers are treated to the standard American version as well. Those interested in the screenplay can check it out on DVD-ROM, and after reading a brief history of the production in the liner notes, the insert folds out into a handy map of the universe for all of your time-traveling needs!

Product Details

Release Date: 01/27/2004
UPC: 0013131234091
Original Release: 1981
Rating: PG
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time: 1:56:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; The Directors: The Films of Terry Gilliam - A career retrospective featuring interviews with director Terry Gilliam and actors Shelley Duvall, Brad Pitt, Amanda Plummer, Mercedes Ruehl, Madeleine Stowe, and David Warner; Interview with Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin; Theatrical trailer; Fold-out map of the universe and liner notes; Terry Gilliam bio; DVD-ROM:Ooriginal screenplay

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
John Cleese Robin Hood
Sean Connery Agamemnon
Shelley Duvall Pansy
Katherine Helmond Mrs. Ogre
Ian Holm Napolean
Michael Palin Vincent
Ralph Richardson Supreme Being
Peter Vaughan Ogre
David Warner Evil Genius
David Rappaport Randall
Kenny Baker Fidgit
Jack Purvis Wally
Malcolm Dixon Strutter
Tiny Ross Vermin
Craig Warnock Kevin
David Daker Kevin's Father
Michael Edmonds Og
Irene Lamb Actor
Frances de la Tour Salvation Army Major
Martin Carroll Baxi Brazilla III
Sheila Fearn Kevin's Mother
Jim Broadbent Compere
John Young Reginald
Myrtle Devenish Beryl
Leon Lissek Refugee
Terence Bayler Lucien
Preston Lockwood Neguy
Charles McKeown Theater Manager
David Leland Puppeteer
Derrick O'Connor Robber Leader
Neil McCarthy 2nd Robber
Declan Mulholland 3rd Robber
Peter Jonfield Arm Wrestler
Derek Deadman Robert
Jerold Wells Benson
Marcus Powell Horse Flesh
Winston Dennis Bull-headed Warrior
Del Baker Greek Fighting Warrior
Mark Holmes Troll Father
Andrew Maclachlan Fireman
Tony Jay Supreme Being
Edwin Finn Supreme Being's Face

Technical Credits
Terry Gilliam Director,Producer,Screenwriter
James Acheson Costumes/Costume Designer
Peter Biziou Cinematographer
Millie Burns Production Designer
Patrick Cassavetti Set Decoration/Design
John Cleese Screenwriter
Julian Doyle Editor
Graham Ford Production Manager
Norman Garwood Art Director
George Harrison Score Composer,Songwriter,Executive Producer
Eric Idle Screenwriter
Irene Lamb Casting
Mike Moran Score Composer
Denis O'Brien Executive Producer
Michael Palin Screenwriter
Neville C. Thompson Associate Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Feature Presentation
1. Main Titles/Late Knight [4:34]
2. Time Bandits [6:38]
3. The Great Time Robbery [4:03]
4. The Little Corsican [4:04]
5. Me and My Shadow [7:48]
6. Part of the Gang Now [4:29]
7. Give It to the Poor [7:25]
8. Evil Incarnate [3:57]
9. "Not That Door!" [5:29]
10. "Kings Aren't Supposed to Do Things Like That!" [4:25]
11. Feast of Masks [4:39]
12. One Big Score [4:40]
13. Plenty of Ice [3:55]
14. Happy Couple [4:33]
15. The Big Sleep [5:26]
16. Middle of Nowhere [3:35]
17. Absolutely Fabulous [9:18]
18. Conscience Demands [5:12]
19. The Cavalry Arrives [4:38]
20. Armageddon out of Here [3:27]
21. Almighty Then [6:53]
22. All Done With Smoke and Evil [2:50]
23. End Credits [3:42]

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Time Bandits 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
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This is a classic and is even better in Blu-ray.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
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