Terry Gilliam

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The boundless imagination of Terry Gilliam yields a dazzling fantasy of epic proportions. Inspired by the extravagant exploits of the fabled Baron Munchausen, this spectacle—born of a famously turbulent production—follows the whimsical eighteenth-century nobleman (John Neville) as he embarks on an outlandish quest that takes him from faraway lands to the moon to the belly of a sea monster and beyond, meanwhile waging battle against a vengeful sultan and the tyranny of logic. Packed frame to frame with special effects, mischievous wit, and colorful performances—including a young Sarah Polley as the Baron’s no-nonsense sidekick—the Oscar-nominated The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is a lavish celebration of the triumph of make-believe over reality.

Film Info

  • United Kingdom
  • 1988
  • 126 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1166

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by writer-director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary featuring Gilliam and his coscreenwriter, Charles McKeown
  • Documentary on the making of the film
  • New video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns about the history of the Baron Munchausen character
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s special effects, narrated by Gilliam
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Gilliam
  • Storyboards for unfilmed scenes, narrated by Gilliam and McKeown
  • Original marketing materials including a trailer and electronic-press-kit featurettes, as well as preview cards and advertising proposals read by Gilliam
  • Miracle of Flight (1974), an animated short film by Gilliam
  • Episode of The South Bank Show from 1991 on Gilliam
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and author Michael Koresky

    New cover by Abigail Giuseppe

Purchase Options

Coming soon, available Jan 3, 2023

DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES

  • New 4K digital restoration, approved by writer-director Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
  • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and two Blu-rays with the film and special features
  • Audio commentary featuring Gilliam and his coscreenwriter, Charles McKeown
  • Documentary on the making of the film
  • New video essay by critic and filmmaker David Cairns about the history of the Baron Munchausen character
  • Behind-the-scenes footage of the film’s special effects, narrated by Gilliam
  • Deleted scenes with commentary by Gilliam
  • Storyboards for unfilmed scenes, narrated by Gilliam and McKeown
  • Original marketing materials including a trailer and electronic-press-kit featurettes, as well as preview cards and advertising proposals read by Gilliam
  • Miracle of Flight (1974), an animated short film by Gilliam
  • Episode of The South Bank Show from 1991 on Gilliam
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by critic and author Michael Koresky

    New cover by Abigail Giuseppe
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen
Cast
John Neville
Baron Munchausen
Eric Idle
Desmond/Berthold
Sarah Polley
Sally Salt
Oliver Reed
Vulcan
Charles McKeown
Rupert/Adolphus
Winston Dennis
Bill/Albrecht
Jack Purvis
Jeremy/Gustavus
Valentina Cortese
Violet/Queen Ariadne
Jonathan Pryce
The Right Ordinary Horatio Jackson
Bill Paterson
Henry Salt
Peter Jeffrey
Sultan
Uma Thurman
Rose/Venus
Alison Steadman
Daisy
Ray Cooper
Functionary
Ray D. Tutto
King of the Moon
Sting
Heroic officer
Credits
Director
Terry Gilliam
Produced by
Thomas Schühly
Line producer
David Tomblin
Supervising producer
Stratton Leopold
Executive producer
Jake Eberts
Coproducer
Ray Cooper
Screenplay by
Charles McKeown
Screenplay by
Terry Gilliam
Music by
Michael Kamen
Director of photography
Guiseppe Rotunno
Production designer
Dante Ferretti
Editor
Peter Hollywood
Costumes by
Gabriella Pescucci
Makeup and hair designed by
Maggie Weston
Makeup
Fabrizio Sforza
Special effects
Richard Conway