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Time Bandits [Blu-ray] (1981)

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3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NOGNR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,807 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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    Young Kevins daydreams burst into astonishing and hilarious life when a band of time-traveling little men come crashing through his bedroom wardrobe and carry him off on an unbelievable crime spree, weaving through the greatest and strangest moments of history. The pint-sized plunderers filch from a neurotic Napoleon (Ian Holm), a dim-witted Robin Hood (John Cleese) and a heroic King Agamemnon (Sean Connery), leading to a showdown with the dark forces of Evil (David Warner)...all while keeping just one precarious step ahead of the wrath of The Supreme Being himself!Producer/Director/Co-writer Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Brazil) teams with many of his comic-genius cohorts from Monty Python to bring this laugh-out-loud modern fairy tale-adventure to life.

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    16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Not a very good transfer... November 13, 2010
    This is a review of the Image Entertainment Blu-ray edition. I'll limit this review mostly to the transfer.

    The transfer varies from absolutely superb to unacceptably terrible. Many scenes have a multitude of small white dots, and even vertical scratches! The black backgrounds of night scenes are often filled with noise or horizontal striations. The quality can vary radically from scene to scene, with one a model of Blu-ray quality, followed by a low-contrast, badly scratched sequence. This suggests this edition was assembled from multiple sources.

    Almost all these problems are fixable -- it just takes time and money. But apparently no one wanted to spend them, even on a film that some consider a classic.

    The price is reasonable for a Blu-ray disk, but "Time Bandits" is not of the consistent "demo" quality it ought to be; you might actually find it annoying to watch. There is no excuse for a 30-year-old film to be in such poor condition, especially a film from such a fussy, perfectionist director.

    The film itself hasn't aged well. It's a good idea -- especially its not-very-subtle slap at the gross materialism of modern society, and the revelation of what comprises Ultimate Evil -- supported with magnificent production design, but Gilliam (and his co-writer Michael Palin) don't know how to write a terse or genuinely witty script, or give a rambling and picaresque tale the kind of focused direction it needs. (It's hard to believe Gilliam gave us "Brazil".)

    This is a tossup. As lousy as the transfer is, the film simply /looks better/ -- /much/ better -- than any previous transfer I've seen. As we'll probably never have a properly cleaned-up edition, this might be a good time to buy the Blu-ray.

    PS: I did some checking.
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    11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Blu-Ray done poorly by Image Entertainment January 30, 2012
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    Time Bandits is one of my all time favorite films. I was excited to find this on Blu-Ray. Then I saw that it was listed as 1080i on the packaging and was concerned. Why on Earth would a company release a feature film as 1080i on a blu-ray disc? Apparently this is the standard format for films put out on blu-ray by Image Entertainment as they've done this with several other major films they've released. With a business model like that, I doubt they'll last.

    The print's color is much better than the old DVD I had, and the image is nowhere near as dark. HOWEVER, the image seems to have simply been artificially lightened to make it less dark and the result is that the dark areas show blocking, compression noise, and artifacts.

    What was MOST disturbing is that no attempt has been made to give us a clean print! This blu-ray disc shows tons of dust flecks and scratches in many scenes throughout the film, and there's even a splice shown that for a single frame has half of one frame and half of another, with the splice line clearly seen on screen. This was obviously taken from a projection print that is worn and damaged and not given the care and attention that it properly deserved.

    The film has been released in other countries as 1080p with less compression and on dual layer blu-ray discs. This U.S. version by Image Entertainment is not that same quality. As usual, the U.S. market is treated poorly.

    Why can't someone get this disc right?
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    13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Worst Blu Ray Transfer Ever. Fun Movie! August 24, 2010
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    I have fun with all of Terry Gilliam's quirky movies from this to The Adventures of Baron Munchausen to the recent The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus! Sadly, horrible picture quality drags this wonderful film down.

    For Amazon reviews of older movies, I tend to assume that readers have a familiarity with the film already, so I'll instead focus on the question of how well the movie transfered to the Blu Ray format. The answer? Not well at all!

    In fact, I think this is the worst Blu Ray transfer I've ever seen. Artifacts abound, from lines across the screen, to random specks. It's pretty awful in parts! It feels like I'm watching an old film reel on an elementary school projector.

    You'll definitely notice that no effort appeared to be spent restoring the film for this release. I'm a bit saddened by it, too, because it distracts from the enjoyment of an otherwise interesting movie.

    Four star movie, one star quality, two stars total.
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    8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Poor master used November 25, 2010
    By Bic
    Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
    When you see film lint, dirt and other artifacts you wonder why not find a clean master print. If your generating a Blu-ray disk why not do it right?
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    6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars great 5 star movie, bad blu ray transfer. December 3, 2011
    Image did a crappy job on this blu ray. The transfer has lots of damage to it. It's not acceptable to have lines and dirt on a blu ray. (UNLESS you sell it for five bucks new.) this has to stop with blus, the bad treatment and higher price. IF you won't clean up the damage then please sell it for cheap. However image did a great job on 'basketcase' , a superlow budget movie and on this one they did NOTHING to fix the picture. And criterion did have a better print available around, this is a disgrace. But the movie itself is fantastic, it's five star and one of the best fantasy movies of the last 31 years. It stands up great today even on a pure fun level and wacky but thoughtful creation. OF course these guys are from Monty Python and that shows here as the little time bandits travel through time chased by God and his new creation EVIL. IT's heartbreaking to see movies treated like this on blu ray. Only a movie exec who doesn't love movies would have let a CLASSIC fantasy movie be put on blu ray with scratches and lines on it. Shame, shame , shame, even the shriek show doesn't allow scratches on their movies. But it's all we have on blu from this title. I still own the criterion dvd and I can't get rid of it , unless a great new remaster version of this comes out on blu. which may never happen.
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    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    Not what I expected - I couldn't watch it all the way through!
    Published 2 months ago by Christoph W. Strattan
    5.0 out of 5 stars I love the "Python brand of humor
    I saw this movie when it first came out. I love the "Python brand of humor." I understand Monty Python is an acquired taste but I recommend giving it a try. Read more
    Published 2 months ago by DONALD PARKE
    5.0 out of 5 stars Lost in Time !
    Great Movie and classic of all times hah ha and it's vary funny to watch too.
    Published 3 months ago by Drewmaster74
    5.0 out of 5 stars Looks good on a big screen
    This new Blu-ray edition looks great on today's larger screen TVs. Not the sharpest focus movie ever made but still very good.
    Published 6 months ago by D. Corbishley
    5.0 out of 5 stars I've always loved this movie
    This is one of my all time favorite movies from when I was growing up. The story is awesome, and I've always been into time travel and alternate reality kinds of stuff, come to... Read more
    Published 7 months ago by Jason Williams
    2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I wanted.
    It was not in Blue

    It was not in Blue Ray, that is why I did not like it.
    Thanks. Roger.
    Published 10 months ago by Doger
    3.0 out of 5 stars For the fun of it
    During 1980s, various elements of the 'Monty Python' brand (actors, writers, producers, etc) joined with parts of the mainstream filmmaking industry to produce satirical social... Read more
    Published 10 months ago by D MaCallum
    5.0 out of 5 stars Time Bandits
    Have been looking for this in Blu-ray for quite some time. Have been wanting this ever since
    I saw it on DVD years ago. Fun movie.
    Published 10 months ago by loonytn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Classic family friendly movie everyone can enjoy
    Sean Connery, cool story, lot's of action. This movie should be in every family's collection. Buy it today and enjoy it for a lifetime.
    Published 10 months ago by C. Holobetz
    5.0 out of 5 stars Time Bandits Limited Edition SteelBook [Blu-ray] [UK Release]
    Time Bandits Limited Edition SteelBook [Blu-ray] [UK Release] THEY DIDN T MAKE HISTORY, THEY STOLE IT! Read more
    Published 11 months ago by Andrew C. Miller
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    Is This Version Closed Captioned?
    No. It isn't. Not subtitled either.
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