Jabberwocky

1977 British comedy film.

Jabberwocky - The Criterion Collection

Jabberwocky - The Criterion Collection

Welcome to the kingdom of Terry Gilliam: his solo-directing debut, a gonzo medieval comedy...

Amid the filth and muck of England in the Dark Ages, a fearsome dragon stalks the land, casting a shadow of terror upon the kingdom of Bruno the Questionable. Who should emerge as the town's only possible saviour but Dennis Cooper (Michael Palin), an endearingly witless bumpkin who stumbles onto the scene and is flung into the role of brave knight?

The first outing as a solo director by Terry Gilliam - inspired by Lewis Carroll's poem Jabberwocky and made on the heels of Gilliam's success as a member of the iconic comedy troupe Monty Python - showcases his delight in comic nonsense, with a cast chock-full of beloved British character actors. A giddy romp through blood and excrement, this fantasy remains one of the filmmaker's most uproarious visions of society run amok.

This is a 4K digital transfer from a brand new restoration by the BFI National Archive and The Film Foundation, approved by Terry Gilliam, with 5.1 surround audio mix, supervised by Gilliam and presented in DTS-HD Master Audio.

First released: Monday 20th November 2017

Extras

  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring Gilliam and actor Michael Palin
  • New documentary on the making of the film, featuring Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, Palin and actor Annette Badland
  • New interview with Valerie Charlton, designer of the Jabberwock, featuring her collection of rare behind-the-scenes photographs
  • Selection of Gilliam's storyboards and sketches
  • An essay by critic Scott Tobias

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