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BANDITS: DVD

SYNOPSIS:
Joe (Bruce Willis) and Terry (Billy Bob Thornton) are America's most famous and successful bank robbers. Known as 'The Sleepover Bandits', their specialty is holding bank managers hostage overnight and forcing them to open vaults in the morning. On their cross-country spree, Joe and Terry meet neglected housewife Kate (Cate Blanchett) who joins the team and becomes romantically involved with both.


Review by Richard Kuipers:
Part of the fun of Bandits is watching Bruce Willis and Billy Bob Thornton dressed in some of the worst disguises you'll ever see. Forget the armed robbery charges these guys are facing - Joe and Terry deserve life with hard labour for fashion violations including brown checked golf slacks, leisure suits and full length white coats on a hot Los Angeles day. To top it off (literally) there's Thornton's Neil Young-inspired big hair and sideburns look that has to be seen to be disbelieved.

Levinson and his cast, including the wonderful Cate Blanchett who makes a sensational entrance miming to Bonnie Tyler's awful 80s rock anthem 'I'm Holding Out For A Hero', clearly enjoyed themselves and you should have little trouble doing the same with this DVD that contains plenty of extras to enjoy once you've watched The Sleepover Bandits in action. Screenwriter Harley Peyton, who was also one of the main creative forces behind Twin Peaks, is part of an excellent audio commentary track that features just about everyone except Levinson.

Usually the director is the only commentator I want to hear from but this well-edited selection is an unusually good substitute - even if most of it appears to have been culled from other sources and not recorded specifically for this disc. There's also an interesting analysis of how a scene between Willis and Cate Blanchett made the transition from script to screen and a handful of deleted scenes that prove how tough editing decisions can be. Bandits is an enjoyable heist/comedy/road/romatic adventure that happily does not fit into any easy slot and has the ability to surprise, just like Terry and Joe when they come knocking on bank manager's doors. The 'Scope transfer is crisp and the audio is acceptable, although a little more separation on the rear effects channels would have been welcome.

Published September 12, 2002

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BANDITS: DVD (M)
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CAST: Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity.

DIRECTOR: Barry Levinson

RUNNING TIME: 117 minutes

SPECIAL FEATURES: Audio Commentary with Bruce Willis, Billy Bob Thornton, Cate Blanchett, Troy Garity, writer Harley Peyton and producer Paula Weinstein. Behind the Scenes Featurette, Script to Screen Workshop, Deleted Scenes, Trailer. Language: English. Subtitles: English (H.O.H)

DVD DISTRIBUTOR: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: September 11, 2002







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