In Terry Gilliam's fantastic voyage through time and space, a young boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery)-but the Evil Genius (David Warner) is watching their every move! Featuring a darkly playful script by Gilliam and costar Michael Palin, Time Bandits is all at once giddy fairy tale, revisionist history lesson, and satire on technology gone awry.
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
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 morePublished 15 months ago by Tyler D
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 morePublished 17 months ago by Len the Sound Guy
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Bysshe
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 morePublished 23 months ago by mimi s
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 morePublished on Aug. 4 2013 by John Tatley