DVD & Blu-ray review: Time Bandits (PG)

Terry Gillian Blu-ray (116mins)

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Terry Gillian's absurdly inventive, visually arresting fantasy from 1981 centres on six venal dwarves travelling through time, accompanied by an earnest little boy (Craig Warnock), pilfering from the likes of Napoleon (Ian Holm) and Agamemnon (Sean Connery).

It's messy, slightly headache-inducing with very broad humour, like all of Gilliam's work, but it's also fiercely energetic and John Cleese is a highlight as a disingenuous Robin Hood.