Jabberwocky 1977 Criterion Collection
After a prologue in which a cheerful poacher (Terry Jones) goes through the woods emptying his traps, only to find himself stalked and killed by an unseen monster, we meet Dennis Cooper (Michael Palin), the cheerfully vacuous son of a village craftsman. Dennis has no interest in the craft of barrel-making; he wants to make money by doing things as cheaply as possible, an attitude which enrages his father, who on his deathbed disowns his son. Forced out into the world, Dennis bids farewell to his beloved Griselda (Annette Badland), the monstrous daughter of a tradesman who cares nothing for him, and heads to the city to seek a trade and a fortune.
In the big city, Dennis finds strife and misery. On his last legs, he's mistaken for a prince and a champion and sent off to fight the Jabberwocky, the monster that has been pillaging the village and killing many an innocent folk.

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:46:02 | 44.3 Gb + 7.37 Gb
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Adventure, Comedy, Fantasy

Director: Terry Gilliam
Cast: Michael Palin, Harry H. Corbett, John Le Mesurier
Country: UK


Commentary - this archival audio commentary by cowriter and director Terry Gilliam and actor Michael Palin was recorded in 2001.

"Jabberwocky": Good Nonsense - this new documentary takes a closer look at the production history of Jabberwocky. Included in it are interviews with director Terry Gilliam, producer Sandy Lieberson, and actors Michael Palin and Annette Badland. The documentary was produced by Criterion in 2017. In English, not subtitled. (41 min. 1080p).

Valerie Charlton: The Making of a Monster - in this brand new featurette, special effects artist Valerie Charlton (Time Bandits, Brazil) discusses the conception of the scary monster from Jabberwocky. The featurette was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2017. In English, not subtitled. (15 min).

Terry Bedford - presented here are audio excerpts from an archival audio interview in which, cinematographer Terry Bedford discusses his work on Jabberwocky and Monty Python and the Holy Grail with writer David Morgan. The interview was conducted in 1988. In English, not subtitled. (23 min, 1080p).

Original Opening - director Terry Gilliam trimmed Jabberwocky slightly for its initial release in the United States in 1977. The U.S. version featured a new titles treatment and the addition of some painted images with voice-over narration. Terry Gilliam's preferred version of the film, restored for this release, combines the longer original UK with the American title sequence. Presented here for comparison is the UK opening sequences featuring the director's original title treatment. In English, not subtitled. (4 min, 1080p).

Sketch-to-Screen Comparison - presented here is an archival program that highlights some of Terry Gilliam's sketches with the corresponding scenes from Jabberwocky. The program was produced in 2001.In English, not subtitled. (7 min, 1080i).

Lewis Carroll's "Jabberwocky" - Michael Palin and Annette Badland recite some of the more colorful lines from Jabberwocky. In English, not subtitled. (2 min, 1080p).

Trailer - original trailer for Jabberwocky. In English, not subtitled. (2 min. 1080p).