‘Time Bandits’ Arriving on 4K Disc June 13 From Criterion

The Criterion Collection will release the 1981 sci-fi fantasy Time Bandits as a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray combo pack June 13.

Directed by Terry Gilliam, the film follows a boy named Kevin (Craig Warnock), who escapes his gadget-obsessed parents to join a band of time travelers. Armed with a map stolen from the Supreme Being (Ralph Richardson), they plunder treasure from Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery) — but the Evil Genius (David Warner) is watching their every move. The script was co-written by Gilliam and his Monty Python cohort Michael Palin (who also appears in the film).

The combo pack includes a 4K disc of the film in Ultra HD with a new 4K restoration supervised by Gilliam, with Dolby Vision HDR and an uncompressed stereo soundtrack. The film is also included on a regular Blu-ray of the film with bonus materials.

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The extras, originally released with the 2014 Criterion Blu-ray edition of the film, include:

  • An audio commentary featuring Gilliam, Palin, and actors Warner, Warnock and John Cleese.
  • A program on the creation of the film’s various historical periods and fantasy worlds, narrated by film writer David Morgan and featuring production designer Milly Burns and costume designer James Acheson.
  • A conversation between Gilliam and film scholar Peter von Bagh, recorded at the 1998 Midnight Sun Film Festival.
  • An appearance by actor Shelley Duvall on Tom Snyder’s “Tomorrow” show from 1981.
  • A gallery of rare photographs from the set.
  • The film’s trailer.
  • An essay by critic David Sterritt.


Screen Media Acquires ‘The Man Who Killed Don Quixote’

Screen Media has acquired North American rights to director Terry Gilliam’s The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, starring Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgard, Olga Kurylenko and Jordi Molla.
The company, in partnership with Fathom Events, is planning a national theatrical release for March 2019.
The long-delayed film involves a frustrated filmmaker (Driver) who is pulled into a time-jumping fantasy when a Spanish cobbler (Pryce) who believes he is Don Quixote mistakes the man for his trusted squire Sancho Panza. Pulled further into the cobbler’s world, Toby gradually becomes unable to tell his dreams from reality.

“Terry Gilliam is a true auteur and his latest film does not disappoint. It is the perfect pairing of a film with a filmmaker, the story of Don Quixote, a man who believes in things that seemingly no one else believes in, until finally, they share his vision,” said David Fannon, president of Screen Media. “Screen Media is thrilled that US audiences will finally get to see Terry Gilliam’s quest.”

‘Schlock,’ ‘Twelve Monkeys,’ Italian ‘Torso’ Due on Blu-ray From Arrow and MVD in October

A collection of horror, a sci-fi classic and a British classic are coming out on Blu-ray from Arrow Video and MVD Entertainment Group in October.

Schlock from director John Landis hits Blu-ray Oct. 16. The comedy pays tribute to monster movies of the past as it follows a prehistoric ape named Shlock on a rampage throughout southern California. The genre mashup launched the career of Landis and makeup effects wizard Rick Baker. The Blu-ray comes with a new 4K restoration. Special features include an audio commentary with both Landis and Baker; a new video interview with author and critic Kim Newman; “Birth of a Schlock,” a 2017 video interview with Landis; an archival video interview with cinematographer Bob Collins; 1972, 1979 and 1982 U.S. theatrical trailers; and U.S. radio spots.

Due Oct. 23 is Jim Van Bebber’s blood-soaked cult classic Deadbeat at Dawn. It’s the story of Goose, a gang leader trying to go straight until his girlfriend is brutally murdered by his rivals. Now pulled back into the world he was desperately trying to escape, Goose is hell-bent on getting retribution. The 1980s feature comes with a new 2K restoration and bonus content including a new audio commentary with Van Bebber, actor Paul Harper and guest Cody Lee Hardin, moderated by filmmaker Victor Bonacore; Jim VanBebber, Deadbeat Forever!, a new retrospective documentary on VanBebber and the Deadbeat legacy by filmmaker Victor Bonacore, featuring first-time interviews, rare footage, VanBebber’s college films and more; an archival 1986 behind-the-scenes documentary,  Nate Pennington’s VHS documentary on a failed Deadbeat shoot; outtakes, newly transferred in HD; four newly-restored VanBebber short films; “Jim VanBebber Music Video Collection,” featuring never-before-seen director’s cuts; Chunkblower, a promotional trailer for an unfinished Gary Blair Smith-produced gore-soaked feature film; an image gallery; and a reversible sleeve featuring newly commissioned artwork by Peter Strain.

Oct. 30 comes Sergio Martio’s Italian film Torso on Blu-ray. The giallo about a sex-craved maniac prowling the streets of Perugia looking for his latest victim is a favorite of Quentin Tarantino’s. The Blu-ray features a new 2K restoration of both the 94-minute Italian cut and the 90-minute English cut. Bonus features include new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger, author of All the Colours of Sergio Martino; a new video interview with co-writer/director Martino; a new video interview with actor Luc Merenda; a new video interview with co-writer Ernesto Gastaldi; a new video interview with filmmaker Federica Martino, daughter of Martino; a new video interview with Mikel J. Koven, author of La Dolce Morte: Vernacular Cinema and the Italian Giallo Film; a 2017 Abertoir International Horror Festival Q&A with Martino; Italian and English theatrical trailers; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais.

Also coming Oct. 30 on Blu-ray is Terry Gilliam’s 1990s sci-fi classic, Twelve Monkeys. Based on a short film by Chris Marker, Twelve Monkeys opens up in 1996 with a group known as the Army of Twelve Monkeys releasing a deadly virus upon the world. Flash forward to the year 2035 where Bruce Willis is ordered to travel back in time to find a cure. The film was nominated for two Oscars. The Blu-ray features a new 4K restoration approved by Gilliam. Bonus features include audio commentary by Gilliam and producer Charles Roven; The Hamster Factor and Other Tales of Twelve Monkeys, a feature-length making-of documentary by Keith Fulton and Louis Pepe (Lost in La Mancha); an image galley; a theatrical trailer; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gary Pullin.

In a change of pace Oct. 23, Arrow Academy will release Distant Voices, Still Lives on Blu-ray. The debut from director Terence Davies allows viewers to peer into the life of a working-class family in 1940s and 1950s Liverpool, England. The new 4K restoration was carried out by the British Film Institute. Bonus features include commentary by Davies; an interview with Davies; an Interview with art director Miki van Zwanenberg; a theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Jennifer Dionisio; and for the first pressing only, an Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by critic Christina Newland plus archive essays.

Gilliam’s ‘Tideland,’ Argento’s ‘Cat O’ Nine Tales’ Among Titles Coming to Blu-ray From Arrow and MVD in August

Arrow Video will release several new titles on Blu-ray this August from MVD Entertainment Group.

Aug. 7 from director Kinji Fukasaku comes Street Mobster, in which a streetwise punk gets caught in a bloody street war in hopes of securing turf for the remnants of his former gang. The release includes audio commentary by Japanese cinema expert Tom Mes; the theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Chris Malbon; and for the first pressing only an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jasper Sharp.

Italian horror films The Cat O’ Nine Tails and What Have They Done to Your Daughters? come to Blu-ray Aug. 14.

The Cat O’ Nine Tails is the middle entry in the “Animal Trilogy” from Dario Argento. It’s the tale of a newspaper reporter and retired, blind journalist that join forces to solve a series of killings connected to a pharmaceutical company’s top-secret projects. The release includes new audio commentary by critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman; new interviews with co-writer/director Argento, co-writer Dardano Sacchetti, actress Cinzia De Carolis and production manager Angelo Iacono; script pages for the lost original ending, translated into English for the first time; the original Italian and international theatrical trailers; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp.

What Have They Done to Your Daughters? is director Massimo Dallamano’s story of a police investigation into teen suicide that uncovers the dark details behind a teenage prostitution racket. The release includes new audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films; “Masters and Slaves: Power, Corruption & Decadence in the Cinema of Massimo Dallamano,” a new video essay by Kat Ellinger, author and editor-in-chief of Diabolique Magazine; “Eternal Melody,” an interview with composer Stelvio Cipriani; “Dallamano’s Touch,” an interview with editor Antonio Siciliano; unused hardcore footage shot for the film by Massimo Dallamano; the Italian theatrical trailer; an image gallery; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Adam Rabalais; and for the first pressing only an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Michael Mackenzie.

Also due Aug. 14 is The Gore Gore Girls. The darkly comedic spatterfest from legendary filmmaker Herschell Gordon Lewis follows a young reporter as she attempts to solve the murder of a Chicago stripper. The last film Lewis would make before returning 30 years later, it marked the first time he submitted one of his films to the MPAA where it would receive an ‘X’ rating. The release includes the bonus feature, 1971’s This Stuff’ll Kill Ya!; introductions to the films by Lewis; audio commentary on The Gore Gore Girls with Lewis; audio commentary on This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! with camera operator and Lewis biographer Daniel Krogh; author Stephen Thrower on The Gore Gore Girls; “Regional Bloodshed,” in which filmmakers Joe Swanberg and Spencer Parsons discuss Lewis’ legacy as a pioneer of regional indie filmmaking; “Herschell Spills His Guts,” in which Lewis discusses his career post-The Gore Gore Girls; the This Stuff’ll Kill Ya! Trailer; and a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly-commissioned artwork by The Twins of Evil.

Tideland, a controversial film from director Terry Gilliam, follows a young girl who is left alone in a decrepit country estate where she is forced to live within her own imagination. It streets Aug. 21 and includes commentary by writer-director Gilliam and co-writer Tony Grisoni; an introduction by Gilliam; “Getting Gilliam,” a 45-minute documentary on the making of Tideland by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice); “The Making of Tideland” featurette; the “Filming Green Screen” featurette with commentary by Gilliam; interviews with Gilliam, producer Jeremy Thomas and actors Jeff Bridges, Jodelle Ferland and Jennifer Tilly; deleted scenes with commentary by Gilliam; B-roll footage; a photo gallery; the theatrical trailer; a reversible sleeve featuring two choices of original artwork; and for the first pressing only an illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Neil Mitchell.

Coming Aug. 28 from Mohsen Makhamalbaf, an Iranian filmmaker known for his ability to explore the relationship between the individual and a larger social and political environment, come Gabbeh, The Silence, and The Gardener, which Makhamalbaf has dubbed “The Poetic Trilogy.” The release includes audio commentary on Gabbeh by critic Godfrey Cheshire; “Poetry in Motion: An Interview with Mohsen Makhmalbaf,” an in-depth conversation between the Iranian auteur and film critic Jonathan Romney, newly produced for this edition; “Mohsen with Closed Eyes,” an archival interview with Makhmalbaf on The Silence; original trailers; a stills and collections gallery; a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Scott Saslow; and for the first pressing only an illustrated booklet featuring new writing by film academic Negar Mottahedeh and Makhmalbaf.

Also coming Aug. 3 is the book Philip K. Dick on Film by Gregg Rickman. The now legendary writings of Dick (1928-1982) have inspired fourteen feature films and four TV series, including Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, “The Man in the High Castle,” Blade Runner 2049 and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. The book reviews all of the above films and television shows from, as much as possible, the perspective of Dick himself.