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Time Bandits [Blu-ray]

Sean Connery , Shelley Duvall , Terry Gilliam    Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars an interesting film for older mature children. April 12 2004
By Ted
This review is for the Criterion Collection DVD edition of the film.
This film was marketed as being for children. I thought that this film is too morbid for small children and recommend that children be at least 8 years old to watch it.
In this film, a young boy joins a troupe of dwarves who travel through 'holes' in time with the aid of a time map stolen from a deity. They rob famous historical figures such as Napoleon and Agamemnon. Later they are captured by an evil sorceror who takes the map from them.
This film has several creatures in it that I think would frighten younger children I urge parents to watch the film by themselves before showing it to their children.
The Criterion Collection has special features including a theatrical trailer, a slide show of production photos and a video, and full-length audio commentary by selected cast & crew.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More Little People Hitting Each Other! June 13 2000
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A modern classic for the whole family. July 26 2009
By Hale & Hardy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
No childhood is complete without a copy of this in your DVD library.

A time-hopping adventure from a highly intelligent young boy's point of view, but this is no childish tale. Very much in tune with the original Brothers Grim stories, Time Bandits enjoys its share of "little people," giants, ogres, heroes, and villains. There is no "gratuitous" violence, all the violence has a purpose - to illustrate how absurd life is and how fleeting it can be.

For Sean Connery fans, you get to see him in all his glory as King Agamemnon. Monte Python's John Cleese reprises the role of Robin Hood as never seen before (Prince Philip, eat your heart out.) Michael Palin and Shelly Duvall play recurring roles as lovers Vincent & Pansy in different eras, with hilarious results. Other major players include: Ian Holm as Napoleon, Ralph Richardson as "the Supreme Being" (aka God), and David Warner as "Evil."

Terry Gilliam's directing, story construction, and sets are so rich that you have to watch Time Bandits several times to really "see" everything therein. If you've seen it before, you need to see it again, and if you haven't seen it yet - what are you waiting for?
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5.0 out of 5 stars I'd have bought this much sooner had I realized this was a Python...
It's not officially a Monty Python movie, but was directed by a Python (Terry Gilliam), and starring two more Pythons (John Cleese and Michael Palin) and thus has inescapable ties... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jason Echs
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic and Funny
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... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bysshe
2.0 out of 5 stars old sifi
old movie but great HD and sound doen.t have much to say except it was what I expected an old movie
Published 22 months ago by Larry Griffin
3.0 out of 5 stars It's finally out!!!
The movie is great, the only reason I gave this 3 stars is , that's it's 1080I.
Published on July 31 2010 by The Great Gazzoo
1.0 out of 5 stars Pretentious junk
Save your dough.
A british kid goes on adventures with a bunch of hammy-acting little people. At the end, his parents die for no apparant reason. Read more
Published on June 17 2004 by H. Coffill
4.0 out of 5 stars A Concept Film that Doesn't Know When to Quit
Like a big candy bar. Eye-popping but unfulfilling. Momentarily pleasing but undernourishing. Couldn't help but think this could have been so much better. Read more
Published on June 2 2004 by J
5.0 out of 5 stars Rip Roaring Fun
George Harrison of the Beatles produced this film via Handmade Films. He once said that he believed the magic of the Beatles had gone on to find Monty Python. Read more
Published on May 18 2004 by Michael Palin fan
"Time Bandits" is filled with the signature humor that characterizes Terry Gilliam and his Monty Python's buddies John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin (co-writers of the script... Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Alejandro Cortes
4.0 out of 5 stars PYTHONESQUE ADVENTURE
From a script written with fellow Python Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam's TIME BANDITS Divimax Special Edition (Anchor Bay) is a certified cult fave of wonder, wit and unbridled... Read more
Published on Feb. 13 2004 by Robin Simmons
4.0 out of 5 stars Time Bandits - A very good English comedy from the eighties!
"Time Bandits" is an interesting comedy from the very early eighties that if you're interested in dry English humor will no doubt be very entertaining for you. Read more
Published on Feb. 11 2004 by K. Wyatt
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