Time Bandits [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1981]

  • SKU: 2974037
  • Release Date: 12/09/2014
  • Rating: PG
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (17 out of 17)

Special Features


  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Terry Gilliam, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack
  • Audio commentary featuring Gilliam, cowriter-actor Michael Palin, and actors John Cleese, David Warner, and Craig Warnock
  • New piece, narrated by film writer David Morgan, featuring production designer Milly Burns and costume designer James Acheson discussing the creation of the film's historical periods and fantasy worlds
  • Conversation between Gilliam and film scholar Peter von Bagh, recorded at the 1998 Midnight Sun Film Festival
  • Appearance by actor Shelley Duvall on Tom Snyder's Tomorrow show from 1981
  • Gallery of rare photographs from the set
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: an essay by David Sterritt

Synopsis


Time Bandits
A young boy joins a group of renegade dwarves on an unpredictable journey through time in this humorous fantasy. Monty Python animator Terry Gilliam mostly achieves a tricky balancing act in his second feature as sole director, creating a dark, irreverent comedy disguised as a family adventure. Particularly amusing are the boy's encounters with various historical figures, including an entertainment-starved Napoleon (Ian Holm), a powerful Agamemnon (Sean Connery), and a surprisingly stuffy Robin Hood, embodied by Gilliam's Python cohort John Cleese. Episodic by nature, the film is less successful when dealing with the larger narrative, which concerns the pursuit of the dwarves and their time-traveling map by the Supreme Being. However, the combination of Gilliam's visual exuberance and the witty script (by Gilliam and Michael Palin) ensures an entertaining, if erratic, journey. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • John Cleese
    John Cleese - Robin Hood
  • Sean Connery
    Sean Connery - Agamemnon
  • Shelley Duvall
    Shelley Duvall - Pansy
  • Katherine Helmond
    Katherine Helmond - Mrs. Ogre
  • Ian Holm
    Ian Holm - Napolean



Overall customer rating

4.7
100%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Criterion continues to impress

    Posted
    LinusAurealius
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    Criterion has 're-released' Time Bandits on Blu-ray format. The movie was previously released as a standard Blu-ray but now has been give the full 'special edition' treatment. The picture and audio FARLY surpass the previous release. You can not go wrong with this movie; it's a cult classic for sure; however, you may have never seen it as clear and crisp as it is in this presentation!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Interesting movie backed by George Harrison

    Posted
    crawfordcolt
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    We bought this because we had purchased and watched George Harrisons Living in a Material World Dvd set, and learned George had mortgaged his house to finance this movie for friends Terry Gillam and Michael Palin of Monty Python. We also had sailed on the refurbished Time Bandit at Big Bear Lake. Interesting History...Nostalgic!!!!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A very fun movie for both adults and kids.

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    SnowReport
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    It is a very enjoyable and creative movie by Terry Gilliam, that I enjoyed when it came out and even more today. After watching a more recent Gilliam film on Bluray--"The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" which is thoroughly amazing and the last of Heath Ledger's short career-I just had to re-visit "Time Bandits".

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    First Criterion Collection blu-ray just wows!

    Posted
    Fallenjedi
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    I'm blown away with how eye-meltingly gorgeous the video transfer is on this 30+ old movie. The movie was pricey compared to what I normally pay for a blu-ray, but the quality and attention to detail on the movie is definitely there. No regrets on this purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome movie, must see

    Posted
    OGgoldfish
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    I took a chance on this film because of the striking cover, and you know what? You really can judge a movie by its cover! I've never heard about this one before but I'm glad I chanced it. Not going to spoil anything, just watch it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Quality underrated film, quality transfer

    Posted
    Uclaguy
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    The image quality of this Criterion blu-ray is a significant upgrade from the older Image blu-ray release. Also the movie is an 80's classic that holds up decently to today's special effects standards.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very good blu-ray all around

    Posted
    psams1990
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    A pretty good blu-ray with nice packaging, and the shipment was on time as scheduled by Best Buy. No damage to the case or package whatsoever.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Criterion doesn't miss

    Posted
    SeannyDrama
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    Solid movie, but the real reason to buy any Criterion is the special features, and this film is no different. Movie has never looked or sounded better.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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