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Time Bandits

Terry Gilliam

 
Time Bandits (Criterion Blu-Ray)

9 Dec 2014

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1981
  • 116 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #37

In this fantastic voyage through time and space from Terry Gilliam, a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery)—but Evil (David Warner) is watching their every move. Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and Monty Python’s Michael Palin (who also appears in the film), Time Bandits is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire on technology gone awry.

Cast

Robin HoodJohn Cleese
King AgamemnonSean Connery
PansyShelley Duvall
Mrs. OgreKatherine Helmond
NapoleonIan Holm
VincentMichael Palin
KevinCraig Warnock
Supreme BeingRalph Richardson
Evil GeniusDavid Warner
OgrePeter Vaughan

Credits

DirectorTerry Gilliam
ProducerTerry Gilliam
ScreenplayMichael Palin and Terry Gilliam
CinematographyPeter Biziou
EditingJulian Doyle
Production designMilly Burns
Art directorNorman Garwood
Costume designJim Acheson
In association withHazel Coté
MusicMike Moran
Songs and additional materialGeorge Harrison
Hairdressing and makeup byMaggie Weston and Elaine Carew

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED EDITION:

  • New 2K digital restoration, supervised by director Terry Gilliam, with uncompressed stereo soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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 and featuring production designer Milly Burns and costume designer James Acheson on the creation of the film’s various historical periods and fantasy worlds
  • Conversation between Gilliam and film scholar Peter von Bagh at Finland’s Midnight Sun Film Festival in 1998
  • Excerpt from a 1981 appearance by actor Shelley Duvall on Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow show
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic David Sterritt

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

Time Bandits

By Bruce EderMarch 29, 1999

Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits was the most critically well-received children’s film in nearly . . . Read more »

Film Essays

Time Bandits

By Bruce EderMarch 29, 1999

Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits was the most critically well-received children’s film in nearly . . . Read more »