The film that established Terry Gilliam as more than just Monty Python’s resident animator, this delightfully inventive children’s fantasy is about young Kevin (Craig Warnock) who finds himself travelling through holes in the space-time continuum in the company of half a dozen fractious dwarfs.
Along the way, he encounters Agamemnon (Sean Connery), Robin Hood (John Cleese), Napoleon (Ian Holm) and winds up as a passenger on the Titanic, although not necessarily in that order. But is this just random entertainment laid on for history fan Kevin’s benefit, or part of a wider struggle between the forces of good (Ralph Richardson) and evil (David Warner)?
At the time, this was a rare example of a small-budget British film successfully taking on American blockbusters. Now, it's a much-loved fantasy classic bursting with inspired images and ideas: Gilliam and co-writer Michael Palin (who also appears) are clearly enjoying themselves as much as their audience.
Limited Edition SteelBookTM packaging
Brand new 2k-resolution restoration of the film from the original camera negative, approved by director and co-writer Terry Gilliam
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original Stereo 2.0 and 5.1 Dolby Surround options (uncompressed PCM and DTS-HD Master Audio on the Blu-ray)
Optional English SDH subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Chasing Time Bandits: A new interview with Terry Gilliam
Writing the Film that Dares Not Speak its Name: A new interview in which Michael Palin discusses co-writing and acting in Time Bandits
The Effects of Time Bandits: A new interview in which Kent Houston, founder of the Peerless Camera Company, discusses Time Bandits’ optical effects
Playing Evil: A new featurette in which actor David Warner remembers producer George Harrison and playing Evil in Time Bandits
The Costumes of Time Bandits: A new interview with costume designer James Acheson
The Look of Time Bandits: A new interview with production designer Milly Burns
From Script to Screen – A new animated featurette in which Milly Burns takes us through her production notebooks, locations photographs and storyboards revealing how twentieth century Morocco was transformed into Ancient Greece
Collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic James Oliver
“An extraordinarily inventive fantasy” - Time Out