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The Adventures of Baron Munchausen


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  • Actors: John Neville, Eric Idle, Sarah Polley, Oliver Reed, Charles McKeown
  • Directors: Terry Gilliam
  • Writers: Charles McKeown, Terry Gilliam, Gottfried August Bürger, Rudolph Erich Raspe
  • Producers: David Tomblin, Jake Eberts, Ray Cooper
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Georgian, Chinese, Thai
  • Dubbed: Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Parental Guidance (PG)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: March 1 2005
  • Run Time: 126 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0767809335
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,713 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard S. Warner TOP 50 REVIEWER on Sept. 21 2009
Format: DVD
"The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" is the quintessential Terry Gilliam film and this release of it ( 20th anniversary edition ) exemplifies that perfectly. The first DVD is the film itself, digitally remastered to crisp, colour-saturated, audio-clear perfection. The second chronicles the entire production from initial ideas to release, with all of the sordid and wonderous details usually associated with the filming and production of one of Gilliam's films.

The story itself, adapted from the original book, is a fantasy but one that poses the question as to what is truly more valuable in life; imagination or reason. Nothing could be more appropos for, or truly representative of, Terry Gilliam than this very question. And of course, in the end, it is the imagination and it's far reacing synchronicties and limitlessness that wins the day.

A coherent story that soon opens itself up to work on many many layers develops and for a while seems like a series of shorter ones segue-ing into each other, blurs the boundaries between fantasy and "so called reality". The most moving aspect of which is the Baron's faith that all will be well in the end, despite the constant presence of Death itself, Armies of The Turk, hateful and blinkered magistrates and the dark side of reason ... DOUBT.

There are truly magical appearances throughout. Robin Williams puts in one of my favourite performances of all his work as Ray D. Tutto, a play on Rei de Tutto, or "The King of Everything". He is actually The King of the Moon but his head keeps spinning off in an attempt to split itself away from the body, which disgusts him with all it's physcial crudity and base desires.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Charlie1701 on May 16 2004
Format: DVD
Anyone who can sit there and say thay never spun a tale or two in their lives has no imagination. The Baron is a man who has cheated life and death by being both hero and con man but still retaining a sense of "je ne sais quois" Robin Williams steals his cameo and plays it in his usual frantic way. Sarah Polly is wonderful as the child of innocence who looks up to the Baron and the rest of the cast is wonderful as well. Not a movie that should be missed especially by those who enjoy the mania that is Monty Python
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SPM on Oct. 18 2003
Format: DVD
Gilliam's follow-up to Brazil is a mess. It takes a long time for anything really interesting to happen. Once things get moving, they never really come together. One moment, the heroes are on the Moon. Then they're in a whale. Then they're in an industrial Hell --- and then the Baron dances in the air with Venus. Why is it all happening? I'm not sure.
Gilliam's idea is great. He's made a movie full of tall tales with an old man at the center. The Baron is sincere; he's not a liar. But no one believes him. The trouble is, you spend most of the movie watching the scenery and forgetting the plot. No particular bit of dialogue stands out. None of the characters are memorable (except Robin Williams' King of the Moon). It's a shame this movie is such a disappointment. Gilliam had good ideas, but they were poorly executed. It would have helped if the script put a different spin on the Baron Munchausen idea.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Miguel Moura on Jan. 12 2002
Format: DVD
"The Adventures of Baron Munchausen" begin with the title "The Age of Reason" and it's immediately followed by scenes of war. This dicotomy never works and establishes the mood for what's to come, a narrative that never finds its place among the breathtaking visual effects that populate the entire movie. There are some good segments, though, as when the Baron's sadness touches the viewers when he says that the world has no longer place for men who live their dreams. It seems that Terry Gilliam's unability to restrain himself proves that inventiveness and imagination can't always work when the directors want to go further without any narrative basis. I can only recommend it for its triumph in art direction, make-up, costume design and special effects.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on Aug. 10 2000
Format: DVD
I seem to be definitely in the minority in these reviews, but I found THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN the worst of Terry Gilliam's trilogy (the other two films being TIME BANDITS and BRAZIL which I love). It wasn't a bad movie; just not a great one. It seemed to drag in parts. The first half hour of the film especially takes far too long to get into the story. Still, even Gilliam at his worst is often a lot more fun than most of the fantasy-based films out there.
The visuals are spectacular and you can definitely see where the money went (I read that this was one of the most expensive films made at that time). Terry Gilliam has an incredible imagination and is able to translate his vision to the screen. I was convinced the Baron could fly holding a cannonball!
The actors seemed to have a good time making it. John Neville uses the proper restraint in his roll to make his character believable while in unbelievable situations. Uma Thurman is incredibly beautiful as Venus. Robin Williams and Eric Idle have a lot of fun in their roles.
Aside from the slow pace in parts, I also am disappointed in the lack of features on this DVD. Where's the onscreen commentary or the behind-the-scenes features? Terry Gilliam did such a great job on the TIME BANDITS and especially the Criterion Collection BRAZIL, I'm surprised that a film that he spent so much time and money into lacks these extras. Perhaps even Terry Gilliam doesn't like this film as much as his others?
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