Adventures of Baron Munchausen-20th Ann Edi (Blu-ray)

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Director Terry Gilliam (Brazil) and an all-star cast, including John Neville, Eric Idle, Oliver Reedand, and Uma Thurman, deliver this tale of the enchanting adventures of Baron von Munchausen on his journey to save a town from defeat. Being swallowed by a giant sea-monster, a trip to the moon, a dance with Venus and an escape from the Grim Reaper are only some of the improbable adventures.

Specifications

Studio Sony
SKU 206807016
UPC 043396162198
UPC 14 00043396162198
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 7/6/2010
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Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Actors
Name Idle,Eric
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Cast & Crew
Charles McKeown - Screenplay
Dante Ferretti - Production Designer
Eric Idle - Actor
Eric Idle - Original Music By
Giuseppe Rotunno - Cinematographer
Gottfried August Burger - Based On Novel By
Jake Eberts - Executive Producer
John Neville - Actor
Jonathan Pryce - Actor
Maria-Teresa Barbasso, et. al. - Art Director
Michael Kamen - Original Music By
Oliver Reed - Actor
Peter Hollywood - Editor
Ray Cooper - Producer
Robin Williams - Actor
Rudolph Erich Raspe - Based On Novel By
Sarah Polley - Actor
Sting - Actor
Terry Gilliam - Director
Terry Gilliam - Screenplay
Uma Thurman - Actor
Awards
Winner (1990) British Academy Awards, Gabriella Pescucci, Best Costume Design,British Academy Awards, Maggie Weston, et. al., Best Make Up Artist,British Academy Awards, Dante Ferretti, Best Production Design
Nominee (1990) British Academy Awards, Kent Houston, Richard Conway, Best Special Effects,Oscar, Dante Ferretti, Francesca Lo Schiavo, Best Art Direction-Set Decoration,Oscar, Gabriella Pescucci, Best Costume Design,Oscar, Richard Conway, Kent Houston, Best Effects, Visual Effects,Oscar, Maggie Weston, Fabrizio Sforza, Best Makeup
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review A fitting final installment in Terry Gilliam's trilogy begun with Time Bandits and continued with Brazil, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen shares many of those films strengths and weaknesses, but doesn't possess the visionary qualities of the latter...The film offers a continual feast for the eyes, and not enough for the funnybone or the heart. Set in Europe in the 18th century, tale begins with a city under intense siege by the Turks. An elderly gent who purports to be the Baron begins relating the true story of how he caused the war...With this, Gilliam takes the viewer into the exquisite palace of the sultan, whose ferocity is aroused when he loses a bet to the visiting baron (John Neville). With the help of his variously and superhumanly gifted gang of four, which consists of the fastest runner in the world, a dwarf who can exhale with hurricane force, an expert sharpshooter and an immeasurably strong black man, the Baron makes off with the sultan's entire treasure, but his city is left to suffer the consequences...Promising to save the city from the renewed attack, the Baron escapes in a gigantic hot-air balloon fashioned out of ladies' underwear, and goes in search of his four comrades. This journey takes the unlikely pair to some unlikely places where they meet some unlikely people.
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ReviewRating 8
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Review At the time of its production, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen was one of the most expensive films ever made. This was due to the elaborate and imaginative sets, costumes, makeup and visual special effects, each of which were eventually nominated for Academy Awards...The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is both a fantasy and a low-key comedy, with the outlandish feel (and excesses) of past classics such as The Wizard of Oz (1939) and The Thief of Baghdad (1940)...Director Terry Gilliam has said that The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is the third leg of a loose trilogy, along with Time Bandits and Brazil. These films have in common the use of imagination throughout various ages, with the Baron representing old age. Several of the supporting actors had appeared in both of the previous films, but as different characters. Gilliam and supporting actor Eric Idle may still be best known for their legendary British television series Monty Python's Flying Circus...The Adventures of Baron Munchausen is not for everyone, as its episodic nature leads to frequent starts and stalls. As in an old Warner Bros. Road Runner cartoon, there is liberal license taken with the laws of physics. But if you are both patient and forgiving, you will be rewarded with a unique and highly imaginative film.
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Reviewer Brian Koller
ReviewRating 8
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Spanish
Product Attributes
Actor Idle,Eric
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Desson Howe, The Washington Post ...[Gilliam] has created another brilliantly inventive epic of fantasy and satire.
Hal Hinson, The Washington Post ...a wondrous feat of imagination.
Leonard Maltin's Movie and Video Guide A visual feast.
Pia Lindstron, WNBC-TV A fantasy to end all fantasies.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times The special effects are astonishing!

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