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Time Bandits
Anchor Bay / Special Edition
Genre: Fantasy Adventure

Reviewed In Issue 83 (Apr 2004) Of Widescreen Review®

John Cleese, Sean Connery, Shelley Duvall, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm, Michael Palin, Ralph Richardson, Peter Vaughan & David Warner

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4
DD Sound Rating: 4.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 4
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Special Features
Disc One of this two-disc set includes the movie with no supplements, but Disc Two is rich with "Time Bandits" features. There is a 27-minute interview with Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam; a very entertaining and informative 58-minute "The Directors" special on Terry Gilliam and his films; the international and U.S. trailers; a bio for Gilliam; and the screenplay in PDF format, accessible via your PC

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number): DV12340
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Rating Reason):

(Retail Price): $24.98
(DVD Type): Single Side, Dual Layer (DVD9)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): No
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 116
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 1981
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 01/27/04
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Terry Gilliam
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  WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Terry Gilliam

DVD Picture:
While both previous DVD releases of Time Bandits were not anamorphically enhanced, this new 1.85:1 DVD edition is presented with an anamorphic widescreen picture that not only offers higher resolution, but also better color fidelity. The previous DVD pictures were a bit ruddy, but this new DVD offers a more balanced color scheme, with whiter whites, more natural fleshtones, and deeper blacks. The picture is sharp and nicely detailed, with better depth and definition than the previous editions. Contrast and shadow delineation are also quite satisfying. A few problems come in the way of pixelization and occasional edge enhancement. There are a few scenes that have a softer, slightly hazy appearance. Overall, fans should be satisfied with this new DVD. (Suzanne Hodges)

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