New Release: Time Bandits and other movies from HandMade Films on Blu-ray

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Time Bandits

On Aug. 24, 2010, Image Entertainment celebrated the three-decade plus legacy of England’s HandMade Films (which was formed by George Harrison in 1978) with the Blu-ray debut of four classics from the studio’s incomparable library: the crime dramas The Long Good Friday (1980) and Mona Lisa (1986), both starring Bob Hoskins (Made in Dagenham), the outstanding 1987 comedy Withnail and I starring Richard E. Grant (Penelope) and the great Terry Gilliam (Brazil) fantasy Time Bandits from 1981.

The Blu-rays are no-frills editions (with the exception of Time Bandits, which includes a video interview with director Gilliam), and they’re quite reasonably priced at $17.97 each.

Each title also were made available for digital download exclusively on iTunes starting July 20, 2010.

In Time Bandits, co-written by Monty Python’s Michael Palin, a boy accidentally joins a group of dwarves as they jump between different time periods looking for treasure to steal.

The Long Good Friday stars Hoskins as a British gangster whose efforts to close a lucrative deal are being thwarted by a mysterious syndicate trying to muscle in on his action. A U.S. remake of the movie is in development, with director Paul W. S. Anderson (Resident Evil) at the helm.

Hoskins plays an ex-criminal in Mona Lisa, who gets out of prison and can only find a job driving around an escort, but then they both get in trouble with a local kingpin.

And comedy Withnail & I is the story of two down-on-their-luck actors whose friendship is tested when they go to the country on holiday and end up in a place with no modern conveniences.


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.