Adventures of Baron Munchausen, The 20th Anniversary Edition


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Genre: Science-Fiction/Fantasy
Director: Theatrical Release: 1988
Rated: PG (MPAA)
Length: 126 mins
Studio: Sony Pictures Home
Format: DVD
Language: English

In TIME BANDITS, director Terry Gilliam told a fantastical story filled with heroes and villains seen through the eyes of a small boy. In BRAZIL, Gilliam focused on a fantasy world created by a young man trapped in a totalitarian state. And now, with THE ADVENTURES OF BARON MUNCHAUSEN, Gilliam tells the legend of an old man who has lived a fairy-tale life. In the late 18th century, the Age of Reason has no room for fantasy. In a town besieged by murderous enemies, a traveling company is putting on a stage show about the apocryphal Baron Munchausen, who, with his motley crew of servants, supposedly circled the globe and the universe, following each bizarre adventure with one even more strange and ludicrous. But then a man appears at the theater claiming to be the real Baron, and to prove it, he goes off on one final journey to save the town, chased all along the way by the winged specter of death.<BR><BR>Gilliam never met an epic spectacle he didn't like. MUNCHAUSEN is loaded with brilliant set pieces, including spinning heads on the moon and a giant Botticelli clamshell in the bottom of a hellish volcano. Gilliam has assembled a stellar cast, including John Neville as the Baron, Oliver Reed as Vulcan, Jonathan Pryce (BRAZIL), Jack Purvis (Wally in TIME BANDITS), Robin Williams (credited as Ray D. Tutto), Eric Idle (who contributes "The Torturer's Apprentice" with Michael Kamen to the soundtrack), Charles McKeown (LIFE OF BRIAN), a cameo by Sting, and early appearances by Sarah Polley (as young Sally Salt) and Uma Thurman. Gilliam's special effects bonanza is a modern retelling of THE WIZARD OF OZ, a fabulous adventure filled with daring feats, preposterous nonsense, danger galore, and the overall belief that a world without fantasy is a sad world indeed.;

Language Usage   Closed Captioned
Release Language   English
Color   Color
HiFi Sound   N
Surround Sound   N
Digital Sound   N
Stereo Sound   N
CXEncoding   N
AC3Sound   N
THXSound   N
DTSStereo   N
Unedited Version   N
Collector's Edition   N
Director's Cut   N
Closed Captioned   Y
Letterboxed   N
Extra Info   20th Anniversary Edition; 2-Disc Set
Valentina Cortese - Italian Actress
Eric Idle - British Actor, Monty Python Member
John Neville - British Actor
Sarah Polley - Actress
Jonathan Pryce - British Actor/Miss Saigon
Oliver Reed - British Actor, WOMEN IN LOVE, GLADIATOR
Alison Steadman - British Actress
Uma Thurman - American actress, PULP FICTION
Giuseppe Rotunno -
Jack Purvis - Actor
Charles McKeown - Star, Screenwriter, MONTY PYTHON films
Charles McKeown - Star, Screenwriter, MONTY PYTHON films
Winston Dennis -
New York Times
"...Full of moments that dazzle, just for the fun of seeing the impossible come to life on the screen..."
USA Today
"...Witty....Movie-magical....This is a movie that bludgeons you with dazzle..." -- 3 1/2 out of 4 stars
"...Fantastically imaginative conceptual and visual aspects..."
"Polley the child actress is spunky..."
Entertainment Weekly
"[T]he visuals remain stunning..." -- Grade: B
4 stars out of 5 -- "[A] weirdly wonderful fantasy..."
Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's enough silliness and spirit to waft the clouds from a rainy Sunday afternoon."

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