One of Terry Gilliam's earlier films is getting released in a new edition and new format.
The Adventures of Baron Munchausen will be re-released on DVD and Blu-Ray on April 8. These new releases are to honor the film's 20th anniversary. The standard disc will be priced at $19.94 and the Blu-Ray disc will cost $28.95. The film stars John Neville, Eric Idle and features early performances from Sarah Polley and Uma Thurman.
Director Terry Gilliam adroitly applies his Monty Python sensibilities upon the "career" of famed German prevaricator Baron von Munchausen. Played herein by John Neville, the baron is seen quelling a war that he himself started, flying into the stratosphere on the back of a cannonball, ballooning to the moon, exploring the innards of a volcano, being swallowed by a whale....In short, all of Munchausen's fabulous lies are here presented as "truth," played out in full view of nonplussed witnesses Eric Idle, Charles McKeown, Jack Purvis, and Sarah Polley. Fringe benefits include several loving medium shots of jaybird-naked Uma Thurman as Boticelli's Venus and an extended unbilled cameo by Robin Williams -- that is, by the head of Robin Williams -- as the King of the Moon. Filmed under considerable duress on a budget eventually exceeding 45 million dollars, The Adventures of Baron Munchausen never quite caught on with moviegoers, though it has enjoyed a lucrative afterlife on videocassette.
- Audio commentary with director Terry Gilliam and co-writer/actor Chris McKeown
- Three-part The Madness and Misadventures of Munchausen documentary
- Storyboard sequences (with all-new vocal performances by Terry Gilliam and Chris McKeown)
- Deleted scenes
- Marvelous World of Munchausen enhanced graphics and trivia track (Blu-Ray only)