by Hans ten Cate
Monday, 17 February 2003

Columbia/Tristar's DVD version of Jabberwocky debuts in the UK on 17 February 2002

See also Phil Stubbs's very excellent Jabberwocky website

17 February 2003 marks the UK DVD release of Terry Gilliam's first solo directorial effort, Jabberwocky, now available from Columbia/Tristar.

John Goldstone (producer of the Python films and Jabberwocky) sent us a reminder that the DVD is being released today, "with full Terry Gilliam promotional support. This has the re-mastered picture and stereo sound, commentaries from Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin and some good added extras."

Jabberwocky, for those of you who have not seen it, is Terry's 1977 film based on the famous Lewis Carroll poem. Filmed soon after Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the two films are often compared because they are both set in medieval times and both films feature cast members from Monty Python. But Jabberwocky is much more a traditional comedy than Grail, told in a darker and more tongue-in-cheek style.

Michael Palin stars as Dennis Cooper, a mild-mannered apprentice who loves the very fat and very cruel Griselda. Renounced by his father, he sets off to find his fortune, only to be mistaken for a knight and ends up fighting a terrible monster that has besieged the countryside.

As with many of Terry's films, Jabberwocky is a marvelous juxtaposition of comic fantasy and gritty realism. Arguably, this is one of the most accurate portrayals of the Dark Ages ever seen on film.

Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment released Jabberwocky on DVD in Region 1 (US/Canada) two years ago and the disc is finally seeing a UK release today.

Columbia TriStar has presented Jabberwocky on a double sided, single layered disc with an anamorphic widescreen (1.85:1) transfer on one side and a full-framed (1.33:1) transfer on the other.

The disc features a separate commentary track by both Terry Gilliam and Michael Palin. In addition, there are images of three international posters, and a 7–minute featurette that compares some of Terry Gilliam’s sketches with the final screen versions and a (1.33:1) theatrical trailer. The UK edition also supports multiple subtitled languages.

Special features include:

  • Audio Commentary By Director Terry Gilliam and Star Michael Palin
  • Original Theatrical Trailer
  • Sketch-To-Scene Comparisons
  • Poster Gallery
  • Widescreen 1.85:1 Anamorphic
  • Languages In Dolby Digital 5.1- English
  • Languages In Dolby Digital Mono- German
  • Subtitles- Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Turkish
  • Region 2/PAL/Colour
  • Running Time 100 Minute

Check local stores and websites to obtain your copy. It will of course be available on as well as at all video stores including HMV and Virgin. For more information about Jabberwocky, visit Phil Stubbs's very excellent Jabberwocky pages on Dreams.