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U.K. comedy 1981 color 116 min.
Director: Terry Gilliam
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1 disc, catalog # CC1505L

Writer-director Terry Gilliam operates on a grand scale. His baroque visual feasts, with uncanny design and special effects, capture the organic style of science-fiction visionaries like Jules Verne. But Gilliam's mad joyrides also dig deeply into matters of social responsibility, artifice, and tragedy. By incarnating cinema at its most fantastical, this storyteller proves once and for all the triumph of imagination over reality, and each of his Criterion discs, especially the long-awaited Brazil, has become a part of laserdisc legend.

"[What you get in] Time Bandits is true invention, a fecund imagination at play."
-- David Ansen, Newsweek

In Terry Gilliam's fantastic voyage through time and space, a young boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock) escapes from his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time-traveling dwarves. With a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they delight in plundering treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery)--but the Evil Genius (David Warner) is watching their every move! With a darkly playful script by Gilliam and co-star Michael Palin, Time Bandits is all at once a giddy fairy tale, a revisionist history lesson, and a satire on technology gone awry.

Criterion's special edition of Time Bandits features:

  • Screen-specific audio commentary by director Terry Gilliam, co-writer/actor Michael Palin, and actors John Cleese, David Warner, and Craig Warnock
  • Gilliam scrapbook.

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