Time Bandits [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs]

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Synopsis

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

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Release Date
12/9/14 
Studio
Criterion
MPAA Rating
PG -- Parental guidance suggested
Length
1 hour, 56 minutes
Sound
  • Dolby Digital Stereo
Region
  • USA & territories, Canada
Subtitles
  • English
Video Features
  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Terry Gilliam
  • 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
Number of Discs
2

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