Time Bandits [Blu-ray]
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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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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?
A brilliant, magicial and hilarious fantasy comedy adventure from Terry Gilliam of Monty Python is the first great of Terry Gilliam's big 80's fantasy trilogy that began with this then continued with the even better "Brazil" in 1985 and ended with the underrated "Adventures of Baron Munchausen". The film does have an all-star supporting cast such as Shelly Duvall, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, John Cleese, Michael Palin and Ralph Richardson to shine on the film. The script by Terry Gilliam and fellow Monty Python member Michael Palin is witty and the music score is superb even some of the few songs by George Harrison of "Beatles" fame whom also produced the film. The special effect are still very good even in these days of CGI and there's even a fun sense of humor that makes this a winner for everyone.
This 2-Disc DVD set has brilliant picture and sound thanks to Divamax HD and some cool extras like interview with Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin, The Directors retrospective on the films of Gilliam featurette, Trailers, a fold out map of the universe with liner note, Terry Gilliam Bio and DVD-Rom feature on the original screenplay, this is a must have for the fantasy collection.
Also recommended: "Brazil", "The Adventures of Baron Munchausen", "The Wizard of Oz", "The Brother's Grimm", "The Dark Crystal", "Harry Potter Saga", "Lord of the Rings Trilogy", "Labyrinth", "The Neverending Story", "Pan's Labyrinth", "Krull", "Willy Wonka (Both 1971 and 2005)", "The Spiderwick Chronicles", "The Golden Compass", "City of Lost Children", "Spirited Away", "My Neighbor Totoro", "Howl's Moving Castle", "Monty Python Movie Series", "Clash of the Titans", "Heavy Metal", "Excalibur", "Big Trouble in Little China", "The Forbidden Kingdom", "Shrek Trilogy", "Willow", "The Princess Bride", "Legend", "Return to Oz", "Jabberwocky", "Castle in The Sky", "Kiki's Delivery Service", "Hellboy 1 & 2", "Superman", "The Last Unicorn", "The Secret of NIMH", "The Flight of Dragons", "Watchmen", "Back to the Future Trilogy", "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure", "Making Contact (a.k.a. Joey)", "Army of Darkness", "The Chronicles of Narnia 1 & 2", "Fire and Ice", "Mirrormask", "The Goonies" and "Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey".
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I have loved this movie since I was a kid, now my kids love it too.
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