The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

DVD - 2008
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The amazing journeys of Baron von Munchausen, who sets sail in a hot air balloon in search of his old comrades-at-arms with the object of saving a European city from the superior forces of a Turkish sultan.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, 2008
Edition: Twentieth anniversary edition
ISBN: 9781424858231
1424858232
Branch Call Number: 7.914 Ad
Description: 2 videodiscs (approximately 127 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
Audience: MPAA rating: PG

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Me_Tarzan
Jun 12, 2018

Back in 1989 "The Adventures Of Baron Munchausen" was a $46 million production that totally bombed at the box office, making back only $8 million of its initial costs.

Well - Watching this elaborately staged comedy/adventure/fantasy film today (30 years later) - I really can't understand why it was such a dismal failure back then.

Directed by Terry Gilliam (in the Monty Python's style) - I found that this story about an 18th century German nobleman and adventurer (who was the greatest liar in the world) to be quite a visual treat with its many surreal, weird, and bizarre images and characters.

Yes. At times its story was clearly teetering on the ridiculous - But - Considering that this is a pre-CGI presentation - I, personally, recommend it to anyone who likes to watch some over-the-top cinematic eccentricity once in a while.

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geisslerx8933
Sep 28, 2017

A prescient vision, released in that year, given the revolutions of 1989 in central and eastern Europe. "Just open the gates," bellows the Baron, in the climactic scene.

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Master_Yopa
Apr 28, 2017

The script is very similar to Man of La Mancha in 1965 with Peter O'Toole and Sophia Loren but more humorous. I didn't like the movie when I saw it 1989, but I like it now since Uma Thurman was a perfect goddess in the movie.

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Candona
Feb 13, 2017

Fantasy with a touch of Greek mythology, elements of Monty Python style humor, and a pinch of those "was it real or was it a dream" movies. The humor style and philosophical elements are more designed for an older audience. The presentation of the fantasy story with people with superhero abilities , and inclusion of a child actress, makes it feel like it is also trying to accommodate a younger audience though I feel that this isn't really something that a young person would find entertaining these days. I am surprised at the quality of many of the visual elements in this movie. Even where they had to cut corners because of budget overrun the simplicity of some sets seems intentional.

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Jemcav
Feb 04, 2017

I love this movie. It's so bad is fantastic.

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BoogerBot
May 06, 2015

I was blown away by the visuals in this movie. Really beautiful scenes presented by Terry Gilliam and philosophical like his other work.

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forever_ice17
Mar 21, 2015

I laughed so much throughout this movie. It is crazy. I had no idea what was going on though most of it, but it was so much fun that I enjoyed it anyway.

avisualfeel Nov 14, 2011

This film by Terry Gilliam is a bit like Raiders of the Lost ark. Monty Python sense of humor exists here & there. A zany tale for sure & lots of inventiveness. It's also amazing what a director of this caliber has to put up with to get a film of his made.

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AtomicFez
Aug 08, 2011

What zesty fun!

Terry Gilliam's multiple realities of adventure stories which are meta-fiction and fairy tales of documentary styles.

Well, okay, none of those really.

You can very much see the early approach of the director to the themes of "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" here, with reality and stage production intermingled and cross-threaded, plus adventure stories of daring-do made into something real. The most important thing that runs through both films — and the rest of his work, for that matter — is the importance of maintaining the joy and open acceptance of 'play' found in a child, but beaten out of one when reaching adulthood.

lasertravis Jul 08, 2011

I loved this movie when it came out. I got this movie because I remembered how much I loved it. That being said, I hated it. I couldn't find anything fun or redeeming about it. It wasn't funny. It wasn't exciting. It was too long. I guess the acting was ok. Robin Williams was annoying. Sometimes it's best to just leave something nostalgic. The special effects were pretty good, but apparently the budget was massive. I can't give this even the smallest of recommendations, even though there must have been something to me loving it 20 years ago.

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