Jabberwocky [Criterion Collection]

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Synopsis

An innocent country farmer experiences a number of improbable misadventures that culminate in a battle against the titular beast in this broadly comic fantasy. The first solo outing of director Terry Gilliam, who served as animator and co-director on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, returns to the medieval setting that had previously served him so well, and brings along fellow Pythonite Michael Palin for the ride as reluctant hero Dennis Cooper. Cooper's journey to defeat the fearsome Jabberwock is filled with a similar combination of traditional fairy-tale narrative and irreverent humor, which at times aims to be even raunchier than classic Python fare. But while the film is too awkward and repetitive to succeed, it does boast impressively grungy medieval sets and costumes, and flashes of the visual brilliance that would characterize Gilliam's more mature works. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

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Release Date
11/21/17 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
PG -- Parental guidance suggested
Length
1 hour, 45 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Dolby Digital Mono
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New 4K digital restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam with soundtrack supervised by Gilliam
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin
  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, Palin, producer Sandy Lieberson, and actor Annette Badland
  • New interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the film's creature, the Jobberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Audio interview with cinematographer Terry Bedford from 1988
  • Selection of Gilliam's storyboards and sketches
  • Original UK opening sequence
  • Trailer
Number of Discs
1

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