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Time Bandits [Blu-ray]

Sean Connery , Shelley Duvall , Terry Gilliam    Blu-ray
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
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Though there are 1.33:1 versions available, this director approved Criterion DVD beautifully presents Time Bandits in the film's intended 1:85:1 theatrical ratio. Time Bandits was originally shot full screen (aspect ratio 1.33:1) with the intention of it being cropped to fit a widescreen format. Though non-anamorphic, Time Bandits looks very crisp with well-balanced colors and nice contrasts. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround audio sounds very acceptable with no obvious flaws. With regards to extras, there is a "hands-off" Time Bandits scrapbook that is fairly interesting. But what really sets this DVD apart is the stellar audio commentary by director Terry Gilliam, cowriter/actor Michael Palin, and actors John Cleese, David Warner, and Craig Warnock ("Kevin"). Gilliam and Warnock provide most of the commentary providing interesting anecdotes and amusing tales of behind-the-scenes shenanigans. These detailed tidbits of information are a "must have" for fans. --Rob Bracco


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Classic, With One Drawback Dec 12 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Classic film, great presentation-- however, features are few, and the resolution is 1080i. Not sure why the distributor would cheap out in such a fashion.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Monty Python", it ain't May 22 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I purchased this on the strength of my love of Monty Python. But, in spite of a great cast, terrific acting, and good production values (for its day!), for me, the movie fell flat. There were a few chuckles, but more often heard was, "This must have cost them a fortune!"
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bringing back Memories May 20 2012
By Lucifer
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I bought this as a gift for my brother who thought at the time it was the greatest movie of all time. Have to admit it brought back a lot of memories and things we have forgotten. Sure it is old and campy but great if you wish to review movies of that genre.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
In case some of the other reviewers are confused, this film has been presented in the aspect ratio that the director intended it to be in. Yes, the VHS edition shows "more of the frame", but the film was shot with the intention of "matting out" the top and bottom of the screen for theatrical distribution. Therefore in the VHS "full-screen" version, you are only seeing "more" of what the director DOESN'T WANT YOU TO SEE.
Although I understand the frustration of those who are used to seeing the "TV" version, this transfer preserves the integrity of the film as a work of art. That may sound pretensious, but as someone who has much respect for Auteurs like Terry Gilliam, I'm sure I come off as pretensious most of the time.
Oh yeah, this film is also EXCELLENT, but it's still no BRAZIL.
PS: MOST films, with the exception of those shot in Anamorphic or Super 35, are shot in full-frame and then matted for projection. The stuff that the letterboxing "blocks out" is, for the most part, junk. Of course, there are exceptions. Such as when a filmmaker wants the frame to look good in a theatre as well as on television. See Kubrik's "Eyes Wide Shut" (co-written by Frederic Raphael) for a good example of this.
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4.0 out of 5 stars More Little People Hitting Each Other! June 13 2000
Format:DVD
As one would expect of a Criterion release, the DVD of "Time Bandits" is an absolute pleasure, from the clean film transfer to the many delightful added features.
The production scrapbook is a treasure, along with the commentary by Gilliam and Palin. These features truly enrich one's appreciation for the film; not only do they lavish praise on the actors playing the "dwarves" (who, in retrospect, did nothing less than a heroic job), but also reveal many of the clever tricks that allowed them to create such a sumptuously beautiful film for the cost of Speilberg's monthly catering bill. Compare this film to expensive clunkers like "Tron" (which came out a year later!) to appreciate the extent of Gilliam's craft. Cleese's description of his day's work is howlingly funny, and David Warner is generous and wryly amusing. The now-grown Craig Warnock is not particularly eloquent, however, and it's hard to tell if he's joking about the film scarring him psychologically!
The trailer is simply awful, after a promising start, but it's indicative of AVCO's cluelessness about how to market such a fresh and original film. They tried to pass it off as Python style comedy, safe for kiddies and fun for grow-ups. In fact, it's nothing of the kind - it's a dangerous and rigorous film that one may wish to keep out of the hands of small children.
Despite it's vague resemblance to "The Wizard of Oz" told upside down (or inside out?), "Time Bandits" is not a typical (modern) children's film. It has an old-fashioned Grimm-ness, with creatures dying nasty, sweaty deaths and even "good" characters behaving quite badly at times.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and Funny April 12 2014
By Bysshe
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Sean Connery and Michael Palin starring together? who would ever have imagined that? although Sean Connery's role is a very small one he excells as usual, And Shelly Duvall...appearing in one of her very earliest movies. Very funny.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not captioned!! Oct. 25 2013
By mimi s
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I have a vhs of this film and it is captioned for the deaf. I need captioning so, for some reason this one did not have captioning. How can that be? The vhs - bought new at the time had captions. I am very disappointed. This is one of my favorite films.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fantasy enjoyer Aug. 4 2013
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Another confused and initially resisting victim which will change given the exciting and unpredictable kept. A very watchable tour de fantasy for fantasy lovers. Visiting art rich periods of history for a little "personal" looting/shopping is a great idea--wish it were true!
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