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Time Bandits (Criterion Collection) (Widescreen)

Sean Connery , Shelley Duvall , Terry Gilliam    PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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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
Format:DVD
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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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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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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Format:DVD
"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. I distinctly remember watching this movie on HBO repeatedly and enjoying as thoroughly as if it were an Oscar winning masterpiece, that is of course, when I was fourteen or so. I hadn't watched the film in several years and was overjoyed when hearing it would be released on DVD once again. Having now watched it again after so many years, I would have to say that it is seen quite differently through the eyes of a mid thirty year old as opposed to an early teenager. Don't get me wrong though, this movie is quite funny and entertaining and worth the meager cost for the DVD, especially considering the DiViMax format.
Contributing greatly to this movies success of so many years ago is its impressive list of stars. Of even greater interest is the fact that many of the biggest names starring in this English comedy is that they weren't even in the lead roles. With a list including the likes of Sean Connery, John Cleese, Shelley Duvall and David Warner, it may be easy to forget that the primary stars of this film were the midgets, all of which did a great job with their respective roles and, not to mention, a young Craig Warnock in the lead role of Kevin.
Of even greater interest with this film is one of the Executive Producers which was none other than George Harrison, as in George Harrison from the Beatles. He was also responsible for the songs for the film as well.
"Time Bandits" was directed by Terry Gilliam whom many may recognize as the director for many "Monty Python" films, does a very good job with the film.
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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 2 months ago by Jason Echs
5.0 out of 5 stars All time funny!
If you want to know about British humor, get this film! It is full of surprises, and low key humor, in the best British tradition! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Len the Sound Guy
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 5 months ago by Bysshe
3.0 out of 5 stars Not captioned!!
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? Read more
Published 10 months ago by mimi s
5.0 out of 5 stars fantasy enjoyer
Another confused and initially resisting victim which will change given the exciting and unpredictable kept. A very watchable tour de fantasy for fantasy lovers. Read more
Published 13 months ago by John Tatley
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it
Saw this movie when I was a kid and I loved it, I remember the travellers jumping through gates and doors to other worlds in time. Can't wait to watch it again and again.
Published 16 months ago by Pete67
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Bandits
A real blast from the past. I loved this movie when it was released and it's just as much fun today.
Published 19 months ago by Linda St James
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 20 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
5.0 out of 5 stars still cool
This movie is cool after all this time. Sean Connery,Gilliam,and John Cleese.make a cool movie. the George Harison end soundtrack just sums this movie up
Published on June 24 2010 by A. Larson
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