Jabberwocky Jabberwocky


Terry Gilliam

Jabberwocky (Criterion Blu-Ray)

21 Nov 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • United Kingdom
  • 1977
  • 105 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #903

Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the only possible savior but Dennis Cooper (Michael Palin), an endearingly witless bumpkin who stumbles onto the scene and is flung into the role of brave knight? Terry Gilliam’s first outing as a solo director—inspired by Lewis Carroll’s poem “Jabberwocky” and made following Gilliam’s success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python—showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors. A giddy romp through blood and excrement, Jabberwocky remains one of the filmmaker’s most uproarious visions of society gone berserk.


Dennis CooperMichael Palin
PoacherTerry Jones
Mr. FishfingerWarren Mitchell
Griselda FishfingerAnnette Badland
Mrs. FishfingerBrenda Cowling
Mr. Cooper Sr.Paul Curran
ChamberlainJohn Le Mesurier
King Bruno the QuestionableMax Wall
SquireHarry H. Corbett
The other squireRodney Bewes
First heraldJohn Bird
LandlordBernard Bresslaw
PrincessDeborah Fallender
Second herald and drummerNeil Innes
Fanatics’ leaderGraham Crowden
Wat DabneyJerold Wells


DirectorTerry Gilliam
ProducerSandy Lieberson
Executive producerJohn Goldstone
ScreenplayCharles Alverson and Terry Gilliam
Associate producerJulian Doyle
CinematographerTerry Bedford
EditorMichael Bradsell
Production designerRoy Smith
Art directorMillie Burns
CostumesHazel Pethig and Charles Knode
Hair and makeupMaggie Weston, Elaine Carew and Scota Rakison
Special effects John F. Brown & Effects Associates
Monster creationValerie Charlton, Clinton Cavers and Jen Effects

Disc Features


  • New 4K digital restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround soundtrack mix 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 Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Audio interview with cinematographer Terry Bedford from 1998
  • Selection of Gilliam’s storyboards and sketches • Original UK opening sequence
  • Trailer
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Scott Tobias

Other Editions

Jabberwocky (Criterion DVD)

21 Nov 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96



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