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Thursday, August 26, 2010

Time Bandits Blu-Ray Review

Time Bandits Blu-Ray Review

Synopsis: Young Kevin's 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.

Review: This movie is crazy.  Do you know how I know this?  Terry Gilliam directed it, so even before you go into it you know there is some wild stuff going on.  You may recognize Gilliam's name from the legendary Monty Python boys, but don't let that cred fool you into thinking he's a goofball, he's a seriously twisted individual!  Anyone that has seen his feature 'Tideland' knows this first-hand.

Time Bandits is a classic fantasy tale from the 1980s.  Its a great movie for adults and kids, especially if you're a Python fan.  The film features cameos from John Cleese and Michael Palin.  The cast also includes Iam Holm (Lord of the Rings).  The big question here isn't whether Tim Bandits is a good movie...its already established it's place.  The question is how does this new transfer into high-definition blu-ray look?  In a word...shocking.

Honestly, when I see a film from the early to mid-80s is going to blu-ray I sigh loudly.  After all, we all got burned by that terrible release of the original Ghostbusters.   Time Bandits shocks and awes with a FANTASTIC transfer!  You can tell that the film was taken from a master source, and though it has a little static, that really just adds to the feel of the film.  There is no grain to speak of and the picture really pops.  This is a great release and a must-own!

Interest Range: Fantasy, Terry Gilliam, Monty Python