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Time Bandits 2-disc SE in 2004


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#1 of 84 OFFLINE   Matt Pelham

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Posted September 02 2003 - 03:59 AM

From Anchor Bay's website:
Doesn't mention if it will contain the Criterion commentary or not.

#2 of 84 OFFLINE   PaulP

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Posted September 02 2003 - 04:13 AM

[quote] Doesn't mention if it will contain the Criterion commentary or not. [quote]

I hope it does. The specs given in that blurb seem rather skimpy for a 2-disc SE. And it's not like it's without precedent; Criterion licensed their Halloween track to AB.

#3 of 84 OFFLINE   Peter Mazur

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Posted September 02 2003 - 05:21 AM

All Right!!! I have been waiting to get this but wanted an anamorphic version. I can't wait.

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Posted September 02 2003 - 05:39 AM

ANYTHING is better than the piece of $##!&%# 4x3 lbx transfer on both the anchor bay and criterion DVD we have now!!!!

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#5 of 84 OFFLINE   Robert Anthony

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Posted September 02 2003 - 05:44 AM

What's up with Criterion licensing out their old commentaries? I thought for sure I'd read somewhere that Criterion simply DOES NOT license out those old commentaries for anything. But the Halloween release (that I didn't buy, I still have that 2 disc limited edition) has a criterion commentary, chances are this might have it--is Criterion hurting for money or something, to the point where they're now selling off their commentaries? On the one hand, I'm happy, because I'd love to get a Raging Bull SE with that Criterion commentary on it, or any number of commentaries that are buried on LD that might not see DVD light of day otherwise, but on the other hand I'm worried that Criterion might be licensing these commentaries out because they're hurting for cash.

#6 of 84 OFFLINE   Gary->dee

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Posted September 02 2003 - 05:52 AM

I've loved this movie ever since I saw it in the theater when it first came out but I'm still not sure I'd want to double dip. I have the Anchor Bay version and I'd have to really see what this 2 discer has(reviews and such) before I get it.

#7 of 84 OFFLINE   Paul_Stachniak

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Posted September 02 2003 - 05:57 AM

I'll buy it for the anamorphic transfer alone. I'm glad I've been holding out for this one.
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Posted September 02 2003 - 05:59 AM

They've been licensing them lately, in exchange for film release rights for several titles from those particular companies. Atleast that's what happened in the case of the Commentary for the 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' 2-disc set. Posted Image
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#9 of 84 OFFLINE   PaulP

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Posted September 02 2003 - 06:08 AM

I hope AB has indeed managed to get the track from Criterion. I've held out and haven't bought Criterion's non-anamorphic disc, and this 2-disc SE I'll HAVE to buy, because Gilliam is one of my favorite directors. Need that commentary though!

#10 of 84 OFFLINE   Donnie Eldridge

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Posted September 02 2003 - 06:13 AM

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#11 of 84 OFFLINE   Mark_vdH

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Posted September 02 2003 - 06:17 AM

Criterion already licensed their commentary of Time Bandits to Anchor Bay UK BTW.
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#12 of 84 OFFLINE   Mark Cappelletty

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Posted September 02 2003 - 07:40 AM

But it's not like the Criterion Time Bandits is OOP or anything. The Criterion LD for Halloween was the only place you could find the Carpenter commentary until the recent Anchor Bay "DiviMax" DVD, but you can find Time Bandits rather readily anywhere.

#13 of 84 OFFLINE   Mark Bendiksen

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Posted September 02 2003 - 08:02 AM


[quote] I'll buy it for the anamorphic transfer alone. I'm glad I've been holding out for this one. [quote] I've been holding out as well. I'll be first in line for this one!


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Posted September 02 2003 - 08:23 AM

While I've never seen the film, I am a pretty big fan of Gilliam. Criterion's Brazil is one of the greatest sets ever produced (right up there with LOTR EE). His commentaries are always just as entertaining as his movies. I just picked up the CC version of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas and was never a big fan of the film until I heard Gilliam's commentary on it. He has this infectious laugh that always cracks me up. I would pick it up only if it has a commentary.

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Posted September 02 2003 - 08:33 AM

Great news indeed. Now bring on an anamorphic version of Brazil as well! Posted Image
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#16 of 84 OFFLINE   Mark Bendiksen

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Posted September 02 2003 - 09:57 AM


[quote] He has this infectious laugh that always cracks me up. [quote] Yes, he does. Gilliam has fascinated me for quite some time. On one hand, he's somewhat of an obsessive control freak. (Watch "The Hamster Factor" for evidence.) However, he also has such a lighthearted humerous attitude towards his many misfortunes (see "Lost in La Mancha") that you can't help but admire the guy. He's brilliant.


#17 of 84 OFFLINE   Craig Robertson

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Posted September 02 2003 - 12:19 PM

[quote] piece of $##!&%# 4x3 lbx transfer [quote]

i don't think the transfer is to blame, i believe it's the source element. without a full restoration (or a better source), i don't think it would be any better. i'm not refering to any differences btwn lbx and anamorphic, just the crappy source that the current releases use.

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Posted September 02 2003 - 03:33 PM

One of the funniest commentaries EVER with Hunter S. Thompson. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!! I too have held out long enough because I couldn't justify getting a non-anamorphic version of Time Bandits for 70 Bucks CAD. CANT WAIT! Hopefully Anchor Bay won’t mess this one up!

#19 of 84 OFFLINE   Thomas Agermose

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Posted September 02 2003 - 08:12 PM

Anchor Bay UK released it with the criterion commentary, 16x9 transfer and some additional extras. Hopefully the new 2 disk set will have all that plus the new doc.

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Posted September 02 2003 - 09:05 PM

[quote] and a 60 minute Terry Gilliam career retrospective featuring interviews with the many actors from this director's eclectic years as a filmmaker. [quote]

Sounds like the Inclusion of The Directors : Terry Gilliam Documentary, to me.




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