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Time Bandits

Terry Gilliam

 
Time Bandits (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

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  • United Kingdom
  • 1981
  • 116 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  •  
  • 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 dwarfs. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery)—but the Evil Genius (David Warner) is watching their every move. Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and his Monty Python cohort Michael Palin (who also appears in the film), Time Bandits is at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire of technology gone awry.

Credits

DirectorTerry Gilliam
Produced byTerry Gilliam
Written byMichael Palin and Terry Gilliam
Executive producersGeorge Harrison and Denis O'Brien
Associate producerNeville C. Thompson
Director of photographyPeter Biziou
EditorJulian Doyle
Production designerMilly Burns
Art directorNorman Garwood
Costume designJim Acheson
In association withHazel Coté
Hairdressing and makeup byMaggie Weston and Elaine Carew
Music score composed and orchestrated byMike Moran
Songs and additional materialGeorge Harrison
Music produced byRay Cooper

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, featuring production designer Milly Burns and costume designer James Acheson discussing the creation of the film’s various 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 critic David Sterritt

    Cover based on a theatrical poster

Film Essays

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Time Bandits: Guerrilla Fantasy

By David Sterritt December 11, 2014

Exuberant and irreverent, Terry Gilliam’s time-warped early comedy points ahead to the director’s singular career as a philosophical fantasist. Read more »


Film Essays

Time Bandits

By Bruce Eder March 29, 1999

Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits was the most critically well-received children’s film in nearly two decades—and also the most challenging and rewarding fantasy-adventure movie since Alexander Korda . . . Read more »

Interviews


Film Essays

65_223_t_thumbnail

Time Bandits: Guerrilla Fantasy

By David Sterritt December 11, 2014

Exuberant and irreverent, Terry Gilliam’s time-warped early comedy points ahead to the director’s singular career as a philosophical fantasist. Read more »


Video


Film Essays

Time Bandits

By Bruce Eder March 29, 1999

Terry Gilliam’s Time Bandits was the most critically well-received children’s film in nearly two decades—and also the most challenging and rewarding fantasy-adventure movie since Alexander Korda . . . Read more »

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