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    1. Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
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    Average Customer Review: 4.63 out of 5 stars
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    Could this be the funniest movie ever made? By any rational measure of comedy, this medieval romp from the Monty Python troupe certainly belongs on the short list of candidates. According to Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide, it's "recommended for fans only," but we say hogwash to that--you could be a complete newcomer to the Python phenomenon and still find this send-up of the Arthurian legend to be wet-your-pants hilarious. It's basically a series of sketches woven together as King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail, with Graham Chapman as the King, Terry Gilliam as his simpleton sidekick Patsy, and the rest of the Python gang filling out a variety of outrageous roles. The comedy highlights are too numerous to mention, but once you've seen Arthur's outrageously bloody encounter with the ominous Black Knight (John Cleese), you'll know that nothing's sacred in the Python school of comedy. From holy hand grenades to killer bunnies to the absurdity of the three-headed knights who say "Ni--!," this is the kind of movie that will strike you as fantastically funny or just plain silly, but why stop there? It's all over the map, and the pace lags a bit here and there, but for every throwaway gag the Pythons have invented, there's a bit of subtle business or grand-scale insanity that's utterly inspired. The sum of this madness is a movie that's beloved by anyone with a pulse and an irreverent sense of humor. If this movie doesn't make you laugh, you're almost certainly dead.--Jeff Shannon ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best comedies ever and dvd extras to rave about!
    This is what dvds were invented for -- there are so many great features here! So in addition to seeing one of the funniest movies ever made, you can be entertained for hours with the extras, and the extras are terrific: subtitles in English, French or Spanish; audio track choices -- English (the original mono or a brand new full stereo version), French, a directors' (Gilliam and Jones) track or a commentary track with Cleese, Idle and Palin; a copy of the script overlaid on the film; a painstaking, hilarious Henry the IV-ish subtitle for those who don't like the film; a hard-of-hearing feature; killer rabbit easter eggs; animated menus using Gilliam's original animation; karaoke renditions of 'Knights of the Round Table', 'Sir Robin' and the 'Monks Chant'; a delightful 45 minute visit to the locations with Jones and Palin; an educational film about the 'other' uses of coconuts; Japanese versions of the French Castle and Knights Who Say Ni scenes, including references to the 'holy sake cup'; a 1974 BBC Film Night visit to a location site during filming; photos of tickets, press releases, reviews, posters, production stills and original artwork; trailers; cast credits (Palin played over a dozen parts!) with pictures of each character; a Lego knights version of the Camelot scene; pictures of sketches that were never used (a killer snail?!); a web link.

    A lot of effort went into this special edition dvd, and it shows. I particularly enjoyed seeing Jones and Palin visit locations. They were in a jolly mood, their comments are interspersed with film footage, and they meet affectionate and funny fans along the way.

    If you like this film you will love this dvd version; if you love the film, you wil adore this two-dvd set. An essential item for your collection.

    Highest recommendation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Never Thought Looking For A Shrubbery Would Be This Fun!!
    In the early 1970's the Monty Python troop (Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones) stars from the immensely popular television series Monty Python's Flying Circus began producing, with the help of a fundraising concert headlined by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd (You lie!! No, I didn't!), initial photography on what would later become (from all my extensive years of movie watching) the single most unforgivably sidesplitting, enormously irreverent, shrewdly perceptive, unremittingly uproariously aggressive, gruesomely hysterical, and endlessly quotable comedies EVER. Not even Mel Brooks's Best Efforts (The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein) comes very close to the revolutionary medieval merriment sustained in this royal purebred of cult classics. BAR NONE. No contest here.

    Endlessly stockpiled with hauntingly hysterical sketches that will probably never leave your mind (no matter how hard you try) including, The Knights Who Say Nei, The Self-Abusing Monks (Eah aay ess eay dom eay nay), The Black Knight, The Trojan Rabbit, the Ever-Appearing Verbally Abusing French (I don't want to talk to you no more!!!), The Enchanter Named Tim, The Killer Bunny, The Bridge of Death (What is the capital of Hysteria?), The Old Woman Named Dennis, and so many countless more great sketches to include here that I'd die trying. Monty and Python and the Holy Grail remains an ever-enriching mirthful cult-classic that just seems to improve with age. Since Columbia has a bountifully hefty new special edition of the Holy Grail out now there should be no excuse, if you've never seen it (I think I'll go for a walk!!), just drop everything your doing (including Bringing Out Your Dead) and go experience this life changing movie today. You won't be disappointed, just tell them the Knight Not Appearing In This Film sent you, and they'll know what to do.

    As for the options on the special edition here's a run-down:

    Disc One: -"21st Anniversary" cut of the film running an extra 24 seconds; -Anamorphic Widescreen; -Dolby 5.1 track; -Original Mono Track; -Audio commentary with Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin; -subtitles "for people who don't like the film" (you get the text from Shakespeare's Henry IV instead); -an "on-screen screenplay" feature which lets you read the screenplay as you watch the film; -"Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature;

    Disc Two: "Three Mindless Sing-Alongs"; -"The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations" featurette; -"How to Use Your Coconuts" educational film; -"Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Japanese" (with English subtitles); -the BBC Film Night special "On Location with the Pythons; -an interactive cast directory; -still galleries with Terry Gilliam's original sketches and behind-the-scenes photos; -"A Load Of Rubbish" with mystery items; -unused ideas and other material; -two trailers
    and web-links.

    Both discs represent the absolute final word resource for EVERYTHING and I do mean everything you'd need to know about the Python's greatest film. An Absolute Necessity for any Python Fan!!

    P.S. You can't base a system of government just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What are you going to do, bleed on me?
    excellent. Possibly the funniest movie ever made. Who could forget such a line as "I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of eldeberries." This is a great movie and a great dvd edition that gives it justice. This is completely worth the money. A comedy Classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This movie didn't make me Run Away! (or) Run away FASTER!!!
    Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail is, by far, my favorite movie -and I'm sure it always will be! Being a truly hilariously-random film, this DVD does an awesome job of showcasing this fact to the highest extent. The killer white "rrrrabit" will live on in my heart forever, and I will always be knowledgeable that African swallows are non-migratory. What other movie has a group of knights requesting shrubberies -from King Arthur, no less- to create a 'two-level effect with a path through the middle'? Only Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    The movie might sound strange as I mention these things out of context, but I assure you it is much stranger when Monty Python says it!
    So, to conclude this review, I definitely give "Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail" DVD a 5 star rating, as I know it will entertain millions for years to come. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Lego Camelot Number Alone is Worth the Price
    Who would have thought that, after nearly 30 years, the world's goofiest movie could be made even moreso? Not only is this DVD a comedy triumph (it would be simply if it were the DVD version of the classic film, in which a crew too broke to afford horses for King Arthur and his Knights changed history and college kids' banter forever by introducing coconuts as migrating props). Oh, no, this DVD is one that may become a standard for other DVDs. Just look at this list of extras above! To be sure, some of them are fluff. The "load of rubbish" selection is simply some receipts and a few odd notes. But most of it is stupendous.

    The first disc contains the movie itself, along with some choices of how to watch it.... subtitles, commentary by directors Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam or by John Cleese & Eric Idle & Michael Palin. Then "for people who don't like the film", there's subtitles from Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part II". Now, these do not faithfully follow Henry IV verse by verse, but they do come from the play, and it's hilarious how the phrases Shakespeare wrote do actually match up with the action on the screen.

    Disc Two contains several mementoes: a film of John Cleese, Terry Jones, and "Grail" production manager John Young (who also played the hapless "Historian" towards the end of the film, and the "I'm not dead!" guy) paying a return visit to Castle Doune , in 2000. At first it's fun to hear them reminisce at the filming site, but since it's a very small spot with nothing but a wall and a bit of ground, they appear uncomfortable and that quickly gets old. More interesting is the home movie made by the two Terries when they looked for prospective film locations in the seventies. Their excitement is palpable.

    A somewhat painful scene (except for the chance it gives us to watch Terry Jones in action as a director) is the BBC documentary made during filming. The interviewer seems more interested in trying to be funny himself than in the Pythons. But there are several great comic extras, including words to some songs, a coconut skit, two scenes dubbed in Japanese, and best of all, an animated feature of the "Camelot" scene and song done entirely in Lego...must be seen to be believed.

    Finally, someone has made good use of the storage space on a DVD. ... Read more


    2. Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life (Special Edition)
    Director: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
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    3. Monty Python: Live at the Hollywood Bowl
    Director: Ian MacNaughton, Terry Hughes
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    Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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    Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl (1982) serves up a great, steaming pile of the famed British comedy troupe's finest, funniest, and foulest work. Culled from their four-night stand at the Hollywood Bowl in 1980, this selection of sketches and songs includes some of the most storied material from the BBC series, Monty Python's Flying Circus. Numbers include the sexually confused lumberjack, the Ministry of Silly Walks, the Argument Clinic, and the exploding balladeer. Some of the group's funnier short-film pieces are featured as well, including the International Philosophy Match (Germany vs. Greece) and Terry Gilliam's animated pieces. This program is a fine introduction for viewers unaccustomed to Monty Python's peculiar brand of humor, and it will become clear where The Kids in the Hall got their shtick. Monty Python aficionados will enjoy seeing the lads do their thing for a live crowd, and there's a nice (though "nice" hardly seems the word) rapport with the audience. The sketches are looser and less hermetic than those in the Monty Python show or movies, such as 1974'sMonty Python and the Holy Grail or 1983'sMonty Python's the Meaning of Life. Aside from the unusual setting, there's nothing particularly revelatory about Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl. But for Python fans and fanatics--and they are legion--this won't matter a jot.-- Nick Poppy ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Careful to what is inside your chocolates
    More English humour. You will undoubtedly laugh at some jokes and antics. You will smile at most of them too. Monty Python is always the same group of weirdos who respect nothing and make fun of everything that is sacred in everyday life in England : the Queen of course, but gently ; the police, a little less gently ; the church definitely less gently ; and things like chocolates that contain dead frogs to make them crunchy or some other disgusting things like cockroaches or whatever including some vomit. They cannot resist comparing American beer with ditch water and there they are definitely right, and that explains probably why so many sportsmen in one sketch start a race by ending up in the toilet. Too much of that beer is not good at all for the bladder. We learn that Descartes wrote « I drink therefore I am » which is definitely French in inspiration and tone. But lumberjacks are also ridiculed, with a lumberjack who wears a bra, for instance. English judges are of course revealed as being effeminate, which is in complete phase with the fact that they wear wigs : you should see their nice and colourful underwear. Try Monty Python at least once or twice, but be careful with an overdose of that drug because you may become either bored or just mentally disoriented and corrugated.

    Dr Jacques COULARDEAU

    4-0 out of 5 stars Grateful US Fans
    It is interesting to watch Monty Python live. This performance gives quite a different effect than the studio series - for good and for worse. A big plus is the enthusiasm of the USAmerican fans, who can take just everything and even cheer for more and more. A few of the sketches do not work out perfectly on stage though.

    Still, »Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl« makes you roll over laughing, as usual.

    5-0 out of 5 stars sux that its out of print
    yes it sucks that this film is out of print, but you can find it a local video rental store. This film is great, its got some great sketches, albatross, silly walks, the church police(In wich the Pythons begin to crack up beacause terry jones wig begins to slip off) and the silly olympics. I highly reccomnd this to a python fan, but not to a person who has never heard of python.

    3-0 out of 5 stars The Hollywood Bowl hasn't recovered since.
    Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Eric Idle, Michael Pallin, and Terry Gilliam bring their british humor to America, at the Hollywood Bowl, and this film will keep you laughing right through the end.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A "greatest hits" compilation for Monty Python
    This is Monty Python at their very best. Very little of the amusing but confusing sketch comedy that can be so hit or miss with American audiences. This is a collection of their material that appeals to the general public. This needs to be re-released so that people can get a chance to see how delightful this comedy troupe was. ... Read more


    4. Monty Python's Flying Circus - Box Set 3
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    Asin: 0767018427
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    Sales Rank: 7847
    Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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    What do you do for an encore after confounding the general public with something completely different? Simple: give them more of something completely different, from a semaphore version of Wuthering Heights to the last meeting of the Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things (you were expecting the Spanish Inquisition?). This three-volume set contains for the first time on video in chronological order the first six episodes from Monty Python's second season. No sophomore slump here. Episodes 14 to 19, which originally aired in 1970, contain the signature Python sketches The Ministry of Silly Walks and The Spanish Inquisition. Also in the Python pantheon are the documentary about the Piranha brothers and their reign of violence and sarcasm, the Architect Sketch, and the scandalous game show Blackmail. While the sketches, filmed bits, and Terry Gilliam animations are enduringly silly, Monty Python's Flying Circus remains a loony marvel in the way it shattered television convention. In Episode 15,a clueless Graham Chapman character is recruited to be the straight man in a sketch, but is not given the punch line. In the same show, the dreaded, but tardy, Spanish Inquisition races to make its entrance before the closingcredits run their course. All three volumes are indispensable for Python completists. --Donald Liebenson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour
    To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!

    Highlights on this tape: »The Ministry Of Silly Walks«, »The Spanish Inquisition«, »Flying Lessons«/»Hijacked Plane (To Luton)«, »'The Bishop'«, »Accidents Sketch« and »Registry Office«.

    Own it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars a classic
    Well, any Monty Python tape is a classic. This set is no exception. I have also purchased from Amazon the scripts for the Python episodes. The set contains some favourite sketches like the "architect's sketch' and the 'Ministry of silly walks'.This does not mean that out of the three tapes only two sketches are worth mentioning. On the contrary. The set guarantees 3 hours of 'silly laughs' -as the Pythons would put it- and-what's also important- at a good price.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Classic Python!
    There are two types of people in this world: those that find Monty Python as the most brilliant comedy that ever was short of the Marx Bros., and those that see Monty Python as just wierd.

    Well, if you're the first type, than you must see these videos. They contain many excellent skits like 'Ministry of Silly Walks' and 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers'. Basically just all around classic Monty Python

    5-0 out of 5 stars Splendid
    This is an excellent addition to your Monty Python library. It has great skits, which made me laugh most of the time. To enjoy theese movies, you must be a fan of John Cleese and the rest of the group. I advise buying this as soon as you have the time to fill out the order sheet. ... Read more


    5. Monty Python's Life of Brian
    Director: Terry Jones
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    Average Customer Review: 4.71 out of 5 stars
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Hilarity!
    Life of Brian is not as well known by the movie going public as Monty Python?s classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", but it is definitely is as, or maybe even funnier than Holy Grail. This is especially true for people who are familiar with the Biblical stories it pokes fun at. It is perfect satire, for nothing is sacred and everything is a joke.

    The story revolves around Brian, a very unlucky resident of Judea who just happened to be born the same day the Christ child was born. Missing his chance at glory, Brian lives his life selling animal parts at the Coliseum, dominated by a violent mother who is very "friendly" to the Roman occupiers. The rest of Brian's environment is inhabited by a very wild bunch. The neo- or archo-Marxist group, the People's Front of Judea, battles the Romans daily by holding meeting after violent meeting, plotting against the legions and their arch rivals, the Judean People's Front. The Romans, on the other hand, are led by the Pontius Pilate, who, contrary to Biblical reports, has quite a lisp and an endearing sense of stupidity. When Brian rebels against his mother and joins up with the wild band of revolutionaries, his life is changed forever. Quite by accident, Brian is then thought to be the messiah, although he is quite reluctant in his leadership.

    Satirically, this movie is absolutely ruthless. Everything is skewered, everything. The performances are all fantastic, especially that of John Cleese, who is just the man in this movie, playing about six separate characters. Joke after joke hits the viewer, which results in just non-stop humor. It's just a wonderful movie by the Python pioneers who really revolutionized comedy. The Criterion DVD edition is great, with tons of hilarious extras that are worth the price on their own. To the people that use this to either justify their atheism or believe it to be an attack on their religion, calm down. It's a comedy for God's sake, why do the opinions of some British comedians affect your outlook on life? Just laugh damn it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great extras on this Python DVD
    THE LIFE OF BRIAN has remained one of my favorite Python flicks after the glow of the Holy Grail began to wear thin from overuse. If you're considering purchasing this movie, you've probably seen the movie already and are a Monty Python fan. If not, get ready for one of Python's most sacrilegious and hilarious movies of their collection! If you are easily offended, you might think twice. However, the satire here is equally distributed and is not aimed so much at religion itself but moreso at the amusing ways in which people can behave "under the influence" of zealotry.

    I thoroughly enjoyed rewatching the movie, but it was a great surprise to find that this DVD comes packed with some great bonus materials. Several full-length, revealing interviews with the cast go into more Python history than just that surrounding this flick. And a rather large collection of scenes cut from the final release are also quite interesting.

    The video and audio quality seem to be on par with most of the other DVD movies I've seen so far, despite the film's age.

    All in all, a great addition to any Python collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Is nothing sacred? NO! And that's why this is a riot!
    Irreverent, brilliant, ingenius... I'm getting all these words out of the way now before I forget them! Even though I'll probably use them a dozen times!

    The funniest thing to come from England since The Stamp Act, Monty Python's Flying Circus could always be depended upon to provide the world with brilliantly twisted humor. The LIFE OF BRIAN is no less a comic masterpiece than anything else these boys have done. Ostensibly a parody of the life of Jesus, LIFE OF BRIAN is a hilarious attack on liberalism, conservatism, colonialism, individualism, communalism, organized religion, disorganized religion, fanaticism, feminism... take your pick of any of a hundred topics. It doesn't matter, it's still brilliant. And the script and direction holds it perfectly all together, even if there's a space ship chase sequence thrown in for the hell of it.

    Once again, the members of MPFC each play several roles and every viewer has his or her favorites, so what the hell, I'll mention mine. Michael Palin, while playing a wonderfully foppy Pontius Pilate, is equally hilarious as a twitchy, hyperactive leper that Jesus had cured. Instead of being grateful, he complains that his rehabilitation has ruined his livelihood as a beggar. (Speaking of rehabilitation, Palin plays the part like a junkie in need of a fix.) John Cleese has several great moments, but his role as a Centurion turned sadistic Latin teacher is nothing short of genius. Everyone who has studied Latin will be beside themselves during this scene. And Terry Jones as Brian's mom still stuns me 25 years later. "My Brian is not the messiah! He's a very naughty, naughty boy."

    Monty Python's LIFE OF BRIAN is irreverent, brilliant, and ingenius and this edition, complete with outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews make this package worth the price. Whether you are an individual or not, "Monty Python's Life of Brian - Criterion Collection" will save your comic soul.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a review of a movie
    A brilliant movie with a brilliant finale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars funny but wheres Bodge?
    This is a very funny movie. It takes place int he Stone Age. About a guy named Brian and this is his life. Most of the humor is because his name is brian and people confuse him for somebody else. "I'm not so anso I'm Brian." Also there is a very funny moment when a man says his wife is called Continual Buttocks (a butocks is a bottom) or soemthing. Some of the humor is called toilet humor that I'm not a fan of. My friends and I only thought that Bodge would have looked great in this film with his beard and BRITISH accent!!! Where was he? He would have been perfect! ... Read more


    6. Monty Python's The Meaning of Life
    Director: Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
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    Perhaps only the collective brilliant minds of the Monty Python film and television troupe are up to the task of tackling a subject as weighty as the Meaning of Life. Sure, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and their ilk have tried their hands at this puzzler, but only Python has attempted to do so within the commercial motion picture medium. Happily for us all, Monty Python's the Meaning of Life truly explains everything one conceivably needs to know about the perplexities of human existence, from the mysteries of Catholic doctrine to the miracle of reproduction to why one should avoid the salmon mousse to the critical importance of the machine that goes ping! Using fish as a linking device (and what marvelous links those aquatic creatures make), The Meaning of Life is presented as a series of sketches: a musical production number about why seed is sacred; a look at dining in the afterlife; the quest for a missing fish (there they are again); a visit from Mr. Death; the cautionary tale of Mr. Creosote and his rather gluttonous appetite; an unflinching examination of the harsh realities of organ donation, and so on. Sadly, this was the last original Python film, but it's a beaut. You'll laugh. You'll cry (probably because you're laughing so hard). You may even learn something about the Meaning of Life. Or at least about how fish fit into the grand scheme of things. --Jim Emerson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life
    From birth to death, this is a hilarious view at the time we spend inbetween. The established cast of actors, in and out of drag, poke fun at everything from religion to vital organ transplants.

    My favorite scene is where "the fattest man in the world" pigs out at a fancy restaurant and eventually explodes to the disgust of the other guests. Another good one is where 3 couples at a house party get a visit from the grim reaper and give him several clever arguments before finally following him to heaven.

    This is The Monty Python Gang at their very best. The little ditty at the end of the movie is priceless! You will also enjoy the "introduction" by a groups of gold fish and the "opener" saluting the great profession of accountancy. This film is an absolute must for fans (but then again, if you're a fan, you've already seen it anyway). Five stars for this one!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Pythons in top form!
    Here we have THE best Monty Python movie ever! I know I said that about Life Of Brian...but I mean it this time (no, really). Meaning of Life is a stroll through the world according to Monty Python. Many aspects of the human condition are twisted by our favorite Brit-comedians into a series of hilarous sketches. Although there are a few standouts-Birth the Third World, intercourse instruction, live organ transplants and *my favorite* the entire Death section-everything is funny. Additionally, all of Eric Idle's songs are so good you'll never forget them-and find yourself singing them in the shower. Show this to your uninitiated friends and see what happens! Beware: there are those who may find some of this offensive. I personally find MEANING an exhilarating ride! One thing does trouble me. Monty Python says it'll be Christmas in Heaven every single day! Don't you think this'll get annoying after the first 4 or 5 months?

    This is on my favorite all-time movies list; which explains why I own both the DVD and the VHS version. Don't expect a Life Of Brian DVD type Criterion treatment-you get the movie, scene selection and that's it. But that's all you need. The VHS isn't bad either if you don't want the widescreen or higher price of the DVD. I was worried about wearing out the VHS...not a problem now!

    4-0 out of 5 stars More hilarious twenty years later...
    ...a Python fan since about twelve, I vividly remember this film coming out when I was thirteen or so. I loved it. It's great that it has not only held up but, like fine wine, it has gotten better with age. Maybe Terry Gilliam's right when he says, in one of the commentaries, that, today, comedy's standard is so low that "our crap seems good no." But it reveals their genius in so many ways. It reveals a confidence they clearly didn't feel--as tho' they'd gotten their sea legs--in the first two efforts. Though "Brian" is their supreme achievement, I have to say that this film must be placed ahead of "Holy Grail"--which given its budget looks distincly like badly shot TV. Hysterically funny, but the budget limits are are even more glaring in a high res medium like DVD.

    In "Meaning of Life" the entire cast are masters of the medium (something Cleese proved independently in "A Fish Called Wanda") and they use their skills, rising even to lyrical heights (Eric Idle's paen to the universe in "Live Organ Transplants"). And the effects are more hysterical twenty years later.

    This movie is also remarkable for the rather bitter satire of American pop culture. Heretofore, the Python's had stayed within the classic tradition of British comedy--filled with whimsy and just plain silliness and the class structure. American humor is generally either observational or political--and these days it almost entirely the latter. Even the masters of observation, Goldberg and Carlin, have abandoned it for bitter political diatribes attacking former fans like myself in the basest terms because out political beliefs differ.

    And it follows, as it should, that the movie's best skits are the ones true to their tradition. George Harrison once called Python the continuation of the Beatles (to the point of chipping in $8M for distribution and advertising for "Brian"!). And, especially in the all too brief Gilliam animations, this is completely accurate. Without being at all derivative, they capture the whimisical sensibility the Beatles had updated and transformed and ran with it.

    One draw back is the rather low-rent 5.1 remix. I've other films--e.g. the Godfather films--which are older than have far better jobs. So don't expect much. In fact, you might even consider using the 2CH option as the remixing engineer makes little use of the rear speakers.

    That gentle bitch aside, the deleted scenes are mixed (why on Earth Jones thought anyone would want to see more of Mr. Creosote is beyond me?) and clearly wisely hit the cutting room floor (especially the horrendously unfunny Martin Luther skit), but some the commentary by Jones and Gilliam--clearly done at different times and mixed--is interesting most especially for the bitterness of Gilliam's attitude. It has been so on the two preceding films, but it's much more intense on this one.

    The brief interview segments shows the group rivalry is still a hot issue in the guys' psyches, nearly twenty years after Graham Chapman's tragic death ended the group; they are still bickering. Gilliam's comments about Cleese are particularly acid; Cleese does he usual job of insulting nearly everyone. He is returned the favor by the rest of the group, tho' Jones slyly does it with the most class and thus does it the best. Cleese, after all, easily slips into insufferable. Hence his brilliance as Basil Fawlty.

    A reluctant four star due only to the ****-poor 5.1 remix. The studio, surprise, surprise, didn't want to spend any extra money getting a good one.

    The movie itself: 5 stars.

    1-0 out of 5 stars This disc should have been recalled
    If you purchased this disc, and it does not have "V2" on disc one, contact Universal for a replacmeent, even if it plays fine on your current DVD player.

    Here is why - the problem is with progressive scan DVD players and progressive scan monitors. Very few people have both, so the problem will not rear its ugly head until you upgrade.

    The movie is completely unwatchable in this configuration.

    Do yourself a favor, and get disc one replaced now, before it is too late.

    1-0 out of 5 stars Not up to par
    I have seen both The Holy Grail, and The Life of Brian and this one did not meet my expectations after seeing those. I laughed thrice, maybe. I almost skipped the entire second section, as younger persons were present and we were utterly disgusted with it. If you have a taste for sexual humor, you'll most definitely enjoy this film more than I. The second disk is not even worth slipping into your player, and if, like me, you have a compatibilty issue with Disk 1 and you live in another country, it's going to be a hassle to get a replacement.
    The fish were comical, and the entire segment on fighting was brilliant, but that was all of the humor I seemed to find up until a few minutes near the end. If you've never watched Monty Python, I suggest you start with one of the other movies, as this one could turn you off of a truly great source of hilarity. ... Read more


    7. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Set 1, Eps. 1-6
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    In 1969, five overeducated British comics and an American illustrator invaded the homes of unsuspecting BBC viewers with a brand of comedy that was, at the very least, odd. "Absurd," "bizarre," and "incomprehensible" are other descriptions that jump to mind. Nonetheless, this wacky sextet inaugurated an absurd tradition that continued through three and a half seasons of half-hour TV episodes, a series of live performances, a handful of movies, and a legacy of dead parrots and upper-class twits. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Set 1 features the first episodes foisted on a still-reeling public, introducing running gags ("And now for something completely different") and recurring characters (an armor-clad Terry Gilliam wielding a rubber chicken, Graham Chapman's pompous Colonel intruding on sketches he deems simply too silly, and of course Michael Palin's "It's a Man" wandered through the entire season). Among the sketch highlights in the first three shows are Nudge Nudge, the Funniest Joke in the World, How to Defend Yourself from a Man Attacking You with Fresh Fruit, Confuse a Cat, and The Dull Life of a City Stockbroker, all interspersed with various and sundry cut-out animation sequences by Terry Gilliam. These early episodes may lack the consistency and stream-of-consciousness flow of their later, more assured work, but they're packed with some of the most memorable moments of the group's brief but brilliant history. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Monty Python on DVD.
    Well, they've gone and done it. They put Monty Python's Flying Circus on DVD! Well, what can I say? I am an afficianado of this silly group of English tricksters, and have been since I first saw them on PBS way back in the early 1970s.

    This product is a 2 DVD complete set of the entire first year of Monty Python's Flying Circus. For yourinvestment, you get such sketches as: "Sex and Violence", complete with "You Can't tell the difference between Whizzo butter and this dead Crab" sketch; "The Larch"; "The Dull Life of a City Stockbroker"; "Nudge Nudge" sketch; and many more very silly sketches. I am also fond of the "It's the Arts" program, wherein interviewers are alternately rude and kind to the guests, particularly Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson. Also included on the DVD are the weblinks to Pythonshop online, a "meet the chaps" biography section, a Pythonisms Glossary, and Art Gallery of Terry Gilliam, and a preview of upcoming episodes section. Episodes 1-6 are contained on this 2 set of DVDs. I like this format because its less bulky than the VHS set, and is a better value, with 3 episodes per DVD, as opposed to 2 for each VHS tape.

    While the first season of Python isn't my favorite, it still is worth the money for the serious Python fan.

    4-0 out of 5 stars A little pricey, but hey, it's Monty Python
    Picture and sound quality shouldn't be the reason you are buying this set. The number of episodes per disc (3) is a bit on the lean side as well. But, if you are a python fan, these sets finally offer a way for the fans to have all the tv episodes in a medium that will not deteriorate over time. I'm not going to trifle with reviewing the comedy of Monty Python, because if you consider buying this dvd you should already know what they are about. 4 stars because of the sound/video and small number of episodes per disc.

    5-0 out of 5 stars "I didn't really call you Eddie-baby, did I sweety?"
    Instead of giving the conventional review of how hilarious Monty Python's Flying Circus is - We all bloody know that by now! - I'm going to list all of the skits that you will receive when you finally decide to get off your bum and buy this bleeding, essential first volume in A&E's wonderful collection of the entire series of Monty Python!

    This site lists the 6 episode titles, but here are the 44 skit names. Why? Because I'm pretentious and a massive geek!

    Disc one: Its Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(Famous Deaths)/Italian Lesson/Whizzo Butter/Its the arts/Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson/Picasso-Cycling Race/Funniest Joke in the world/French lecture on sheep aircraft/A man with 3 buttocks/Musical mice/Marriage guidance counselor/Wacky Queen/Working class playwright/Wrestling epilogue/Mouse problem/Court scene with Richelieu/Bicycle repairman/Children's stories/Restaurant sketch/Seduced milkman/Stolen newsreader/Nudge Nudge

    Disc two: And did those feet/Art gallery/Art critic/Its a man's life in the modern army/Undressing in public/Self defence/Secret service dentists/Confuse-a-cat/Smuggler/Police raid/Newsreader arrested/Erotic film/Silly job interview/Careers advisory board/Burglar-Encyclopedia salesman/Johana Gombolputty/Non Illegal robbery/Crunchy frog/Dull life of a city stock broker/Red Indian theatre/A Scotsman on a horse/Twentieth century vole

    You also get extras like: Meet the chaps (a scene and bio of each member of MP), Pythonisms (a glossary), Gillian's Attic (fun with the art), Nudge Nudge & Crunchy Frog (Live from the Hollywood Bowl!), Silly Occupations, and Hysterical figures (scenes from other volumes)

    Congrats to A&E for the fab job they did on these and to Amazon for selling it to me inexpensively!

    5-0 out of 5 stars "Nudge nudge, no whatta mean, say no more..."
    Instead of giving the conventional review of how hilarious Monty Python's Flying Circus is - We all bloody know that by now! - I'm going to list all of the skits that you will receive when you finally decide to get off your bum and buy this bleeding, essential first volume in A&E's wonderful collection of the entire series of Monty Python!

    This site lists the 6 episode titles, but here are the 44 skit names. Why? Because I'm pretentious and a massive geek!

    Disc one: Its Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart(Famous Deaths)/Italian Lesson/Whizzo Butter/Its the arts/Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson/Picasso-Cycling Race/Funniest Joke in the world/French lecture on sheep aircraft/A man with 3 buttocks/Musical mice/Marriage guidance counselor/Wacky Queen/Working class playwright/Wrestling epilogue/Mouse problem/Court scene with Richelieu/Bicycle repairman/Children's stories/Restaurant sketch/Seduced milkman/Stolen newsreader/Nudge Nudge

    Disc two: And did those feet/Art gallery/Art critic/Its a man's life in the modern army/Undressing in public/Self defence/Secret service dentists/Confuse-a-cat/Smuggler/Police raid/Newsreader arrested/Erotic film/Silly job interview/Careers advisory board/Burglar-Encyclopedia salesman/Johana Gombolputty/Non Illegal robbery/Crunchy frog/Dull life of a city stock broker/Red Indian theatre/A Scotsman on a horse/Twentieth century vole

    You also get extras like: Meet the chaps (a scene and bio of each member of MP), Pythonisms (a glossary), Gillian's Attic (fun with the art), Nudge Nudge & Crunchy Frog (Live from the Hollywood Bowl!), Silly Occupations, and Hysterical figures (scenes from other volumes)

    Congrats to A&E for the fab job they did on these and to Amazon for selling it to me cheap!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Prime Python...
    These first six shows are the true bedrock of Python. Although we get the biggies in the later half of series one (like Parrot, Lumberjack and Albatross) these six have some of Python's finest pieces. Highlights include the totally surreal French Lecture on sheep by Cleese and Palin, Chapman's dominating film producer Irving C. Saltzberg (one of Chapman's finest roles), the masterful spiraling comedy of the Undercover Dentists (again, superb performance skills from Chapman), classy work from Eric Idle as a Red Indian trotting out his theatre experience, and John Cleese clearly relishing the chance to humiliate a certain Sir Edward "Eddie-Baby" Ross. And of course, nothing can top the immortal Nudge Nudge sketch, the pinnacle of Idle's acting and writing skills. Don't stop to think! Get it! ... Read more


    8. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Set 2, Eps. 7-13
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    Michael Palin, haggard and exhausted under a scraggly beard and wild hair, crawls out of the ocean (or the forest or a side of a mountain) and croaks the now-infamous "It's...." Suddenly, the "Liberty Bell" march pounds over the cut-out animation of Terry Gilliam. It's another episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus. No comedy has inspired such a fanatical following before or since, and the 45 episodes turned out by the group in their all-too-brief three and a half seasons have become classics. This set presents the final seven episodes of their inaugural season, a time of trial and error for the group as they perfected the elusive free-association structure that would define the wacky comedy. Connecting such all-time classics as the Lumberjack Song, the Dead Parrot sketch, and the epic Science Fiction sketch (featuring the tennis mad Blancmanges from outer space) are the ubiquitous letters to the BBC, Terry Gilliam's whimsical and ridiculous animated inserts, and John Cleese announcing, "And now for something completely different" with all the authority of a BBC announcer who suddenly finds his news desk hijacked by mobsters. The Pythons hit their first-season stride in the middle episodes, in which brilliant sketches and strange and wonderful linking gags come together with an absurd logic, but if the final episodes of the series flag compared to their comic peak, their brand of comic madness infects every episode with moments of pure lunatic magic. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars "Oh, you're no fun anymore!"
    You might have noticed my first extensive and overly detailed review for DVD set 1 (episodes 1-6) where I listed all of the individual sketches you will get on that set. Well, if you haven't, then go bloody well check it out then, you twit! (nothing personal) Anyway, this is a review just like the previous one - overlong and tediously informative. Again, I won't waste time on reviews of the material - You know it's extremely silly!

    DVD SET 2(episodes 7-13)

    Disc 1(or 3) consists of: Camel spotting/You're no fun anymore/The Audit/Science Fiction Sketch/Man turns into Scotsman/Police Station/Blancmanges playing tennis/Army protection racket/Art critic-the place of the nude/Buying a bed/Hermits/DEAD PARROT/The Flasher/HELL'S GRANNIES/Llamas/A man with a tape recorder up his nose/Kilimanjaro expedition/A man with a tape recorder up his brother's nose/Homicidal barber/LUMBERJACK SONG/Gumby crooner/The refreshment room at Bletchley/Hunting film/The Visitors

    Disc 2 (or 4) is sillified with: Walk-on part in sketch/Bank robber in Lingerie shop/It's a tree/Vocational guidance counselor/Ron Obvious/Tunneling from Godalming to Java/Pet Conversions/ Gorilla librarian/Letters to "Daily Mirror"/Strangers in the night/Lavatorial humour/Interruptions/Agatha Christie/Undertakers film/Jimmy Buzzard interview/Interesting people/Eighteenth Century social legislation/Battle of Trafalgar/Battle of Pearl Harbour/Falling from building/"Spectrum" - talking about things/Visitors from coventry/Mr. Hitler/Silly voices at the police station/Upperclass twit of the year/Ken Shabby/How far can a minister fall?/Restaurant abuse/Advertisements/Albatross/Come back to my place?/Me Doctor/Historical Impersonations/Quiz programme on "Wishes"/"Probe Around" on crime/Mr. Atilla the Hun/Psychiatry/Operating Theatre

    These are the sketches accessible through the menus on the DVDs themselves, so if you notice a sketch not listed...well, then your a complete geek.

    This set also contains extras like: Meet the chaps, Pythonisms, Gillianimations, Lumberjack and Albatross Live!, Trivial Quest, and Talent show!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Python is great, this set isn't so much ...
    While Monty Python's Flying Circus is defiently one of the funniest comedy troupes to come out of the 20th Century, and this set is well worth buying, I would warn those of you who aren't die-hard fans that, of the four DVD sets out right now, this one is probably the least funny. The Pythoners were apparently rushed as they wrapped up their first season of shows (some of these episodes were recorded only a week before airing!), and the humor in these DVDs, particularly the last three episodes, on DVD 4--are far from prime Python.

    Still, there's "Upperclass Twit of the Year" and "Albatross" and enough others to make it worthwhile!

    4-0 out of 5 stars It's still funny after all these years.
    "I'm a lumberjack, and I'm okay." Who doesn't remember Michael Palin uttering this line in the famous butcher barber/lumberjack skit? How about Upper Class Twit of the Year? And, the Dead Parrot? All of these skits and more can be found on this 2 cd set. If you like the obscurity that is Python, then this is the set to purchase.

    The one segment I did not like was aliens turning into Scotsmen. That went on far too long.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This DVD gets Twit of the Year award
    Great DVD. And VHS. Starters...get this. Its really good. It's worth your while.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Monty Python gets 2 thumbs up!
    Monty Python are very funny. I highly reccommend this set. If you're not sure, just purchase the first set to try it out, and see if you like it. I promise that you'll be laughing so hard you'll rush out to get the other sets as well. I purchased the full set and I dont regret any of it.

    I wouldnt recommend this for young children. I'd say early teens and up would enjoy this the most. Some of the british slang can be too difficult for the really young ones to follow.

    Monty Python is a combination of sketch comedy and stereotypical british humor. One way or another, you're bound to laugh. THe episodes are short so you can watch just a piece at a time at your convenience, but there's enough on each tape to last a full evening.

    I give it two thumbs up. ... Read more


    9. Monty Python's Flying Circus - Set 6 (Epi. 33-39)
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    Six more opportunities to "Spot the Looney." This boxed set contains the final six episodes from the third and last full season of Monty Python's Flying Circus. More discriminating Monty Python fans are directed to episodes from seasons 1 and 2, also available on VHS and DVD. But completists can fast-forward or click through clunkers such as Prices on the Planet Algon or the rather obvious game-show sketch Prejudice to such beloved sketches from thePython pantheon as The Cheese Shop, a fermented curd variation on the famedParrot Sketch, in which John Cleese is unable to get any "cheesy comestibles"from woefully understocked proprietor Michael Palin; the extended epic Cycling Tour, perhaps Palin's finest half-hour; the increasingly surreal Tudor JobsAgency, in which an intrepid smut confiscator (Palin again) finds himselfseemingly transported back to Elizabethan times, where he turns "the tide ofSpanish porn"; Cleese's lupin-stealing highwayman Dennis Moore; the Oscar Wilde Sketch, in which Wilde (Graham Chapman), Whistler (Cleese), and Shaw (Palin) match wits in an escalatingly profane game of verbal oneupsmanship ("Your Highness is like a stream of bat's piss....") and the self-explanatory Dirty Vicar Sketch. --Donald Liebenson ... Read more

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    3-0 out of 5 stars Heartbreaking transfer to DVD
    Monty Python is a sacred institution that needs to be treated respectfully. What a shame that A&E didn't see things that way.

    There are many of us for whom these classic sketches are basically burned into our brains from having seen them countless times. This is because they stand up so well to repeated viewings. How, then, did A&E figure they could, so criminally, do the following, without some of us noticing:

    - completely chop out the "Dad's Pooves" sketch
    - completely chop out the "Choreographed Party Political Broadcast" sketch (right before the Book at Bedtime sketch at the start of the show)
    - put in a horrific blip in the middle of "Biggles Dictates a Letter" in which a few seconds of dialogue are completely ruined

    As has already been mentioned, the transfer is also poor in places. My efforts to point these matters out to A&E were shrugged off when I reported them, which leads me to believe there is no plan to fix these offensive errors. Buyers beware! At present it appears there is no way for the completionist to actually obtain the complete works of Monty Python in DVD format due to these omissions.

    3-0 out of 5 stars DVD should be treated better
    It is Monty Python, and as such it is good per se. However, whoever took care of DVD edition, did not pay much attention. Together with the usually arcane and mostly impractical title/chapter navigation found on all MPFS discs, the Set 6 DVD's show some serious image problems. While most of it is in line with the age of the masters, there are some obvious artefacts related to MPEG2 coding schemes - such as awfully shimmering endcredits in some episodes (in obvious contrast with the same credits when not in motion - and they are part of the show), and occasional swimming wall textures and auras surrounding some of the actors etc. It wouldn't be so annoying if it weren't possible to avoid this with better quality control.

    4-0 out of 5 stars I guess I'll have to keep my VHS tapes after all.
    I was so glad to see all the Monty Python's Flying Circus episodes come out on DVD. But, blemishes, deletions, and censorship taints this specific two DVD set. It might just be my copy of this DVD, but, the skit with Biggles and his secretary has a speech and tape blip in it. In the "Summerize Proust Competition", the line which mentioned "masterbating" was deleted out (why was it okay to leave in on the VHS tape?) And the first 4 seconds of the "Book at Bedtime" episode was omitted, but more disappointing was the very last skit involving "Dad's Poove's" was also omitted. Is it possible that this was just an initial first release oversight that got corrected later? I'd sure like to replace this Volume 6, if I could.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Funny!!!!
    Okay, we all know that Monty Pythons Flying Circus is the funniest show ever. And that all there movies are great. But this collection is by far the funniest stuff i've ever seen. Spend an afternoon with Dennis moore or Mr. Pither. If you are a fan of the Kids in the Hall or Saturday Night Live this is a must have. The only complaint is WHY DON"T THEY GO ON TOUR AGAIN!

    Hight Lights: Salad Days, Cheese shop, Cycling store (Full Half Hour) Dirty vicar, penguins, Dennis Moore (Lupins) and Life Boat.

    P.S: Michael Palins the man!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Still making us laugh after all these years.....
    Another wonderful collection of MP episodes. The only disappointments here were the editing of the Bus Conductor Sketch and the ommission of Dad's Doctors/Dad's Pooves sketch. Otherwise, a great collection and I can't give enough praise for Monty Python's Flying Circus. Eric is my favorite by the way! :) ... Read more


    10. Monty Python's Flying Circus - Box Set 4
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    Containing more "humorous vignettes and spoofs" from the second groundbreaking season of Monty Python's Flying Circus, this boxed set contains episodes 20 through 26, available for the first time on video in chronological order. Included are signature sketches that were adapted for the Pythons' first film, And Now for Something Completely Different, such as How Not to Be Seen, Conrad Poohs and His Dancing Teeth, the camped-up military drill, and the alleged English-Hungarian phrasebook ("The Hungarian phrase meaning 'Can you direct me to the station?' is translated by the English phrase 'Please fondle my bum'"). Also on the menu are such tasty classics as Spam; the Lifeboat and Undertaker cannibalism sketches and spam; spam, spam, The Man Who Says Things in a Very Roundabout Way and spam; Spam, spam, The Hospital for Over-Acting and spam; spam, The Exploding Version of the Blue Danube, and spam; The Death of Mary Queen of Scots and spam. "And, of course, there's sport." Not content with foregoing traditional punch lines, Monty Python further subverted television convention with these episodes. In episode 23, for example, the credits don't appear until midway through. They further demonstrate why Entertainment Weekly ranked Monty Python No. 77 (only 77th?) among the top 100 entertainers of the last half of the 20th century. --Donald Liebenson ... Read more

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    1-0 out of 5 stars A Warning for Those Who Have Bought Such Sets in Stores
    I preface my remarks by stating that the one-star rating I have given this video is not a reflection of the quality of the video itself. Rather, it reflects the quality of the descriptive information provided by Amazon in regard to what the set contains.

    Those who have bought boxed sets of Monty Python in stores know that stores sell them with three VHS tapes to a box and that such sets are generally displayed on the shelves with the open side of the box facing out. So that the customer can easily tell which tapes are contained in the box, each tape is identified by a Volume number. When you look at the box on the shelf, all you see is the Volume numbers.

    The description provided here on Amazon's website indicates that this particular boxed set contains Episodes 20 through 26. Note carefully that nowhere in the description does it mention what Volume numbers the set contains.

    I knew that I had previously bought Volumes 1-15 in stores, but I made the critical mistake of assuming that Episode number was the same as Volume number. Therefore, I expected that this set would contain material that I didn't already have.

    Unfortunately, when I received the set, I was very disappointed to discover that it contains Volumes 10-12, which I do already have.

    Therefore, I give this warning to people who have bought boxed sets in stores in the past and are now trying Amazon for the first time. Make sure you know what you're getting, and be very careful not to assume that Episode numbers are the same as Volume numbers.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Palin's Gumby & Crackpot Religions Ltd.
    Palin's Gumby is the best (if not the only) character with a head injury. I love it anytime he shows up in a skit. These guys are fabulous! Crackpot Religions Ltd. is my favorite of Python's skits and is the reason I bought this set. If you grew up with a strict religious background, you'll appreciate it as well. Sarcasm at it's best! I love these guys!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour
    To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!

    This particular box set contains some of the best Python ever!

    Highlights in this set: all of Episode Twenty (one of the best episodes ever), »Beethoven's Mynah Bird«, »Exploding Penguin On TV Set«, »Fish Licence« (one of my all-time favourites!), »'How Not To Be Seen'«, »Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook« and »Spam« (the two last ones are from another brilliant episode, Episode Twenty-Five).

    Own it!!!

    5-0 out of 5 stars Monty Python- That's all I need to say.
    Okay, this is a great gift item. You get three 90-minute videos packed with some classic python sketches. Most of these episodes come from the epic third season, where the exploits of the python clan leaked into america and poisoned an entire generation's minds with skits regarding dead parrots, cheese, and a strange man by the name of 'Gumby'... ... Read more


    11. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Vol. 01
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    In 1969, five overeducated British comics and an American illustrator ambushed the BBC with the strangest show in British history. How they got on the air is anyone's guess (rumors of blackmail were quickly hushed, though the Python's penchant for sheep gags... but enough of speculation), but their irreverent writing and ludicrous gags transformed the sketch comedy show into a stream-of-consciousness loony bin of absurdity, connected by the outrageous animations of Terry Gilliam. In these first episodes, you can see the sextet working out their technique, mixing music-hall slapstick with their zany brand of ridiculousness. Episode 1, "Whither Canada," features the Funniest Joke in the World (a.k.a. the Killer Joke, which is really nothing other than German gibberish, but don't tell anyone), as well as Famous Deaths Through History hosted by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (John Cleese in a silly wig), interviews with Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson and celebrated film director Sir Edward "Don't call me Eddie Baby" Ross, and a strange fascination with pigs. Episode 2, the teasingly titled "Sex and Violence," features John Cleese and Michael Palin as a pair of French inventors trading mustaches while explaining the finer points of sheep aviation, a man with three buttocks, an investigative report into the mouse crisis, and a wrestling match (two of three falls) to determine the existence of God. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars And now for something completely history-making
    5 October 1969--History was made when the debut episode of a series that would forever change the face of comedy was aired on BBC1. The skits of Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, would bizarre sketches, twisted satire, outrageous jokes, funny dialogue, equally surreal animation, and the destruction of sundry sacred cows. The bearded bedraggled hermit (Palin) emerging from the sea, gasps that historical first word, "It's..."

    Episode 1-Whither Canada?

    One knows things are pretty weird when Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Cleese in a sardonic faux-German accent) hosts the famous deaths, which are rated using Olympic style scores, with Genghis Khan's death being televised. Some of the dialogue is side-splitting: "Yes, mothers. New improved Whizzo Butter containing 10% more less is absolutely indistinguishable from a dead crab. Remember, buy Whizzo Butter and go to heaven."

    Interviewers who insult or nitpick at trivialities are seen via Arthur "Two Sheds" Jackson (Jones), who wants to discuss his music, only to be repeatedly asked about his nickname and sheds, much to his frustration.

    The deadliest joke sketch is an example of an idea gone crazy, taking the concept of the ultimate weapon and Ultima machine and totally turning it on its head. I mean, if we were to die, wouldn't it better to die laughing at some lethal joke rather than a mushroom cloud? This idea transforms from a mere skit, to news report, war documentary, to war movie, and back to documentary. The running joke here are pigs being sat on, eliciting a squeal, followed by someone crossing out a drawing of a pig.

    A Python feature that debuts is the presence of a Viking, who completes the last word in a phrase.
    Episode 2

    Sheep trying to fly like birds and plummeting? (BAAA!! Flap-flap-flap THUD!) That's the opening sketch, with a conversation between a bowler-hatted stockbroker type talking to a local farmer. I wonder if the lead sheep being named Harold is a slap at Harold Wilson, then prime minister. The stockbroker's wincing at the sheep thudding is priceless!

    The marriage counselor sketch, of a couple undergoing marital strife, is made more hot by Carol Cleveland, who steams up the screen as the sultry wife, described in "All The Words Vol 1 as "beautiful [and] buxom..., in the full bloom of her womanhood." With her crossed legs beneath striped mini, fluttering eyes, a ravishing smile, it's no wonder the counselor (Idle) does his own advice on her while telling her nerdish accountant-type husband (Palin) to wait outside.
    This is the debut of the knight who wields a fried chicken body and whacks perpetrators of horrible overracting or totally pathetic performers.

    However, the news documentary-style Mouse Problem sketch, is interesting, given the recent Stonewall riots, and in Britain, where certain acts between consenting adults were decriminalised in 1967 as part of Roy Jenkins's enlightened reforms. John Cleese is simply great utilizing a shy, slow and pained voice as a "mouse" who has come out of the closet, or should that be skirting board? This is also the debut of a familiar Python motif--the vox pop, the montage of people giving their opinions on a given subject.

    A strong pair of episodes, with more laughs to come.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Two classic episodes
    This tape features the first two episodes of my favorite show "Monty Pythons flying circus" the first episode is a bit slow at times... but the second episode hits on target every time.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour
    To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!

    Highlights on this tape are »The Funniest Joke In The World« and »The Mouse Problem«.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Gets even better with time.
    I bought this for my father. When I was a kid he would watch Flying Circus and laugh to himself. I was too young to join the laughter--I just didn't get it. Now, when we watch the skits together we both laugh and laugh and laugh. This is a great collection of shorts and it is sure to please a Python fan of any age.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Pure Python
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    12. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Season 1
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    In 1969, five overeducated British comics and an American illustrator invaded the homes of unsuspecting BBC viewers with a brand of comedy that was, at the very least, odd. "Absurd," "bizarre," and "incomprehensible" are other descriptions that jump to mind. Nonetheless, this wacky sextet inaugurated an absurd tradition that continued through three-and-a-half seasons of half-hour TV episodes, a series of live performances, a handful of movies, and a legacy of dead parrots and upper-class twits. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Season 1 features the first series of episodes foisted on a still-reeling public, introducing running gags ("And now for something completely different") and recurring characters (an armor-clad Terry Gilliam wielding a rubber chicken, Graham Chapman's pompous Colonel intruding on sketches he deems simply too silly, and of course Michael Palin's "It's a Man" wandered through the entire season). Among the sketch highlights are Nudge Nudge, the Funniest Joke in the World, How to Defend Yourself from a Man Attacking You with Fresh Fruit, Confuse a Cat, and The Dull Life of a City Stockbroker, all interspersed with various and sundry cut-out-animation sequences by Terry Gilliam. Also here are the Lumberjack Song, the Dead Parrot sketch, and the epic Science Fiction sketch (featuring the tennis-mad Blancmanges from outer space), and John Cleese announcing, "And now for something completely different" with all the authority of a BBC announcer who suddenly finds his news desk hijacked by mobsters. Some of these early episodes may lack the consistency and stream-of-consciousness flow of their later, more assured work, but they're packed with some of the most memorable moments of the group's brief but brilliant history. The Pythons hit their first-season stride in the middle episodes, in which clever sketches and strange and wonderful linking gags come together in a wierd logic, but if the final episodes of the series flag compared to their comic peak, their brand of comic madness infects every episode with moments of pure lunatic magic. --Sean Axmaker ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars You don't know why, but it's just so funny!
    This collection of the Monty Python TV show truly as some of their best stuff ever made, with such things as the Lumberjack Song, Nudge Nudge, Dead Parrot, and (my favorite) Crunchy Frog. I have watched this over and over and over again, and its truly a bargain to see the best comic minds of all time in the place that launched them to stardom.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour
    To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!

    Highlights on this tape: »The Funniest Joke In The World«, »The Mouse Problem«, »Children's Stories«, »Restaurant Sketch«, »Undressing In Public«, the generally superb Episode Five, »The Dull Life Of A City Stockbroker«, »Man Turns Into Scotsman«, »Dead Parrot«, »Buying A Bed«, »Homicidal Barber«(/»Lumberjack Song«) and »Walk-On Part In Sketch«.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Funny
    This collection is a must for Monty Python fans. I didn't realize how many of their classic sketches were in the first season. I loved this collection so much that I bought the next one also. I only wish that I had more time to watch them.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What's All This Then?
    This set is the beginning of the greatest show in all of comic history. If you have never seen Monty Python in Britcom action, then this is the first thing that should be on your list. Python fans young and old will marvel in awe at the great comic minds that form Monty Python's Flying Circus. This set contains all 13 episodes of the first glorious season of MPFC. Some of the brilliant classics it includes are:

    The funniest Joke in the World, How to recognize different types of trees from quite a long way away (one of my personal favorites, The Larch), Nudge Nudge, Crunchy Frog, The Dead Parrot Sketch, A Homicidal Barber Feat. The Lumberjack Song, The Upper Class Twit of the year, Albatross, and of course, Episode 6: It's The Arts, in which Terry Jones Is interviewed by John Cleese as Karl Gambolputty de von Ausfern schplenden schlitter crasscrenbon fried digger dingle dangle dongle dungle burstein von knacker thrasher apple banger horowitz ticolensic grander knotty spelltinkle grandlich grumblemeyer spelterwasser kurtslich himbleeisen bahnwagen gutenabend bitte ein nurnburger bratwustle gerspurten mitz weimache luber handsfut gumberaber shonendanker kalbsfleisch mittler aucher von Hautkopft of Ulm.

    Overall, This is the set to get if you're starting your Monty Python collection.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Classics, but only 2 episodes per tape?
    There's not much I can add about Monty Python - their comic legends. This box set should be owned, as each episode is hilarious. My only complaint is regarding the packaging. Although the tape quality is excellent, why package only two 30 minute episodes per tape when it is possible to pack 3 or 4? This kinda bugged me, as I was paying 15 bucks for each 1 hour tape. Keep this in mind when buying these. ... Read more


    13. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Vol. 09
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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour
    To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!

    Highlights on this tape: »Accidents Sketch« and »Registry Office«.

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    14. Monty Python's Flying Circus - Season 3
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    This set contains the 12 "persistently silly" episodes from MontyPython's third and final full season (the ones introduced by Terry Jones's naked keyboardist). The quality of the sketches is not as consistent as in the first two seasons, but no Monty Python collection is complete without such series benchmarks as Njorl's Saga, an exciting Icelandic tale appropriated by the North Malden Icelandic Society; the Argument Clinic sketch; Gumby brain surgery; and the Fish-Slapping Dance, which Michael Palin is on record as saying is his personal favorite bit of Python nonsense.

    A warning to more sensitive viewers: There is "material that some may find offensive, but which is really smashing," as well as blatant violations of something called the Strange Sketch Act. Some may also wish to fast-forward through clunkers such as Prices on the Planet Algon or the rather obvious game-show sketch Prejudice to reach beloved sketches such as The Cheese Shop, a fermented curd variation on the famedParrot Sketch, in which John Cleese is unable to get any "cheesy comestibles"from woefully understocked proprietor Michael Palin; the extended epic Cycling Tour, perhaps Palin's finest half-hour; the increasingly surreal Tudor JobsAgency, in which an intrepid smut confiscator (Palin again) finds himselfseemingly transported back to Elizabethan times, where he turns "the tide ofSpanish porn"; Cleese's lupin-stealing highwayman Dennis Moore; the Oscar Wilde Sketch, in which Wilde (Graham Chapman), Whistler (Cleese), and Shaw (Palin) match wits in an escalatingly profane game of verbal oneupsmanship ("Your Highness is like a stream of bat's piss....") and the self-explanatory Dirty Vicar Sketch. --Donald Liebenson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What's all Then Then?
    John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Graham Chapman, and Terry Gilliam return for a third wonderful season! By this time John Cleese wanted to leave the silliness of MPFC, and start a show called Faulty Towers. Eric Idle convinced him to stay for one more season, and thankfully he did, for the third season would be nowhere without him. While many people (me included) felt the second season was by far the best MPFC season of them all, the third season has many things that set it apart from the other three. The end of many running jokes, the use of the Gumbys in their opening sequence, and of course, Terry Jones' Nude Organist. The memorable sketches include:

    Ms. A. Elk explaining her theory on brontosauruses, The fish-slapping Dance(Michael Palin's proclaimed favorite bit of nonsense), Argument Clinic, The man who speaks in anagrams, Mr. Smoke-Too-Much, Gumby Brain Specialist, Cheese Shop, The Olympic Hide-and-seek Finals, ten seconds of sex, silly noises, Spot the Loony, and Dennis Moore (My favorite show-length skit)

    This is a set for everyone who can't get enough Python.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour
    To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!

    Highlights on this tape: »Mrs Niggerbaiter Explodes«, »Argument Clinic«, »The News With Richard Baker (Vision Only)«, »Fire Brigade«, »Molluscs - 'Live' TV Documentary«, »Cheese Shop« and »Mr Pither«.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars More really good monty python sketchs
    Its another good series of tapes for Monty Python. Some of the most recognizable are: Fish Slapping dance, Dead bishop, Travel agent with Mr. Smoke-too-much, the Cheese shop that sells no cheese, Dennis Moore (the lupin robber), Penquin on the Telly. Also who could forget the Gumbys, Burying the Cat (Mrs. Conclusion and Premise), Man Who Speaks in Anagrams. Futhermore, you will find the Argument Clinic on these series of tapes and that sketch is just as good as the Dead Parrot Sketch and Nudge, Nudge. ... Read more


    15. Monty Python's Flying Circus - Season 2
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    A fathomless source of profound non-sequiturs, MONTY PYTHON'SFLYING CIRCUS has supplanted Shakespeare as the British variety act most quoted bypeople who haven't actually seen the original show in the original order as it is presentedhere. In fact, MONTY PYTHON is nearly indistinguishable from Shakespeare, exceptthat the lines don't rhyme and there are very few bodkins or codpieces. There are,however, British accents and men in drag--two well-known staples of Shakespeareandrama. And most of the members of the Flying Circus are still alive, so Shakespeare cantake a hike. This six-video boxed set includes all 13 episodes from the transcendentsecond season of the FLYING CIRCUS: Face The Press--The Ministry of Silly Walks & The Piranha Brothers.The Spanish Inquisition--The Semaphore Version of "Wuthering Heights" & Man- Powered Flights.Deja Vu--A Bishop Rehearsing & Hijacked Plane (to Luton).The Buzz Aldrin Show--Architect Sketch & Words Not to be Used Again.Live From the Grill-o-Mat--Society for Putting Things on Top of Other Things & CurrentAffairs.It's a Living--The Films of Mr. Dibley and Foreign Secretary.The Attila the Hun Show--Secretary of State Striptease & The Idiot in Society.Archaeology Today--Silly Vicars & Mosquito Hunters.How to Recognize Different Parts of the Body--Bruces & The Death of Mary Queen ofScots.Scott of the Antarctic--Fish License & French Subtitled Film.How Not to be Seen--Crossing the Atlantic on a Tricycle & Monty Python's FlyingCircus Again in Thirty Seconds.Spam--Dirty Hungarian Phrasebook & Hospital for Over-Actors.Royal Episode 13--How to Feed a Goldfish & Undertaker's Sketch ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars What's All That Then?
    While the first season of MPFC was the start of something extremley wonderful, the audience didn't always understand the humor. They weren't used to the insane antics of Monty Python. Listening to the audience's reaction was one of the funniest parts, because you could tell they were so confused, but by the time the second season rolled around, they were sick of the other "normal" shows, and wanted something completely different. And that's just what they got... The second season is by far the best season of the 3 1/2 season run, and if you liked the first season, then you'll LOVE this one. The Hilarious skits of the second season include:

    The Ministry of Silly Walks(MY FAVORITE SKETCH EVER), Spam, The Spamish Inquisition(something no one ever expects), The Royal S(pam)ociety for Putting Things On Top Of Other Things, Spam, Killer (Spam) Sheep, Wife S(pam)wapping, An exploding Penguin on the Telly(covered in spam), Job Hunter, and Cannibalism (spam).

    If You Have the First season, or not, this is a very funny set.

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour
    To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!

    Highlights on this tape: »The Ministry Of Silly Walks«, »The Spanish Inquisition«, »Flying Lessons«/»Hijacked Plane (To Luton)«, »'The Bishop'«, »Accidents Sketch« and »Registry Office«.

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The troupe at their best...
    Season 2 of Monty Python is truly the best of all their seasons. It was here that the boys really hit their stride. The first season, while quite good, had many moments of awkward silence from an audience that didn't quite know what to make of the anarchy before them. The show also looked cheapand many bits seemed to fall flat. In the second season, the group grew better together and came out with some of the funniest and most famous bits they ever did. The Spanish Inquisition bit is one of the most popular and is still hilarious today. The sight of them rushing on a bus to get to the studio to deliver their punchline before the credits end is classic. John Cleese as the Minister for Silly Walks is brilliant in it's lunacy. To try to introduce the group to America they re-staged some of their best sketches from Season 2 together under the title "And Now For Something Completely Different." One of my favorites from this collection (besides How Not to be Seen) is Cleese's class on How to Defend Yourself from Someone Who is Attacking You Armed with a Piece of Fresh Fruit. This set is a MUST HAVE for all Monty Python fans. ... Read more


    16. Monty Python's Flying Circus - Set 7 (Epi. 40-45)
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    Don't expect the Spanish Inquisition in these six episodes from the fourth--and final--half-season of Monty Python's Flying Circus. By this time (1974), John Cleese had departed. His absence is keenly felt, but Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, and Terry Gilliam--with invaluable assist from Carol Cleveland, Douglas Adams (author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy), and songwriter Neil Innes--pick up the slack with some of the most surreal material Python ever produced. Like the third season's Cycling Tour, several of these episodes, including The Golden Age of Ballooning, Michael Ellis (set mostly in a very silly department store), and Mr. Neutron, are extended, near-program-length sketches. But there are memorable bits throughout: some indecipherable RAF Banter ("Bally Jerry hanged his kite right in the how's-your-father"); a Hamlet tired of people wanting him to recite "To Be or Not to Be"; a parade of bogus psychiatrists; a doctor whose nurse keeps stabbing, shooting, or garroting his patients; and The Most Awful Family in Britain competition, which achieves "the really gross awfulness that we're looking for." These episodes do not loom large in the Python legend, except perhaps as the basis for a lawsuit the troupe filed in 1975 against ABC, which aired them during late night in severely tampered-with versions. While, literally speaking, no Monty Python collection is complete without this boxed set, initiates are bound to watch these episodes with a disappointed, "Well, what's all this then?" --Donald Liebenson ... Read more

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    4-0 out of 5 stars Their least but still worthy
    These are the last six episodes of the series (episode 45 *will* be included in this set though it doesn't say so here. The first two episodes of this season ("The Golden Age of Ballooning" and "Michael Ellis") are easily the weakest two episodes of the entire series, but the later episodes, including Mr.Neutron (one of my favorite Graham Chapman characters), are pretty good, and the final episode, featuring The Most Awful Family in Britain, ranks with the some of the best episodes from the first three seasons. Overall, this is for the completist, and casual fans should stick with the first three seasons. Also worth noting: these are the six episodes John Cleese does not appear in.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Monty Python Are Still At The Top!
    While John is not in these last 6 episodes, the others take a different turn, making some of the most twiztid (and my personal favorite) humour ever seen by BBC audiences. This is not a set for people not familiar with Monty Python. Those people should buy one of the first two seasons. However, if you LOVE Monty, then you'll probably love these last episodes. The memorable episodes are:

    The golden Age of Ballooning, Michael Ellis(my favorite of the last six shows), The Light Entertainment War, Hamlet, Mr. Neutron (very funny, I love Teddy Salad, and Conjuring Today), and the final episode Party Political Brodcast.

    If you like Monty, you'll still love 'em without Cleese.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Series four
    In 1973, the Pythons decided to do another series. But John Cleese (who had been anxious to leave for a while) decided to leave the series to the rest.
    Although this isn't the best material Python could have put out, there performances are quite good in these episodes. Only a few sketches here rank with the best. I love the end of Golden Age of Balloning "I've enjoyed being in it." (Note: During the credits right after that, Jaques Mongolfier, is still trying to put his tongue in Carol's mouth.)Well here's the play-by-play for each of these episodes.

    40- The worst one of the season. It just gets weak and boring during that whole stupid "It's not a ballon", and all of the bodies in the German's drawing room. Ironically, the season opener.

    41-One of the few actual stories in the series. One of the strangest Python episodes (that's saying alot). I use Micheal Ellis as my fake name.

    42-Probably the best of the season. Lots of strong sketches, but still a few turkies. (Note: Look for Neil Innes in the closing credits).

    HALFWAY BREAK- It says in different books, that there's no more it's man in this season, and "Flying Circus" isn't in the title anymore. Well that's not exactly true. The It's man is in ep.42, and in the first half, you can see flying circus on the screen, with the two strange men with breasts.

    43-Another weak and boring one. The father in law is funny, but that's almost it. Almost nothing happens in this, that Hamlet thing is dumb with the recurring line.

    44-MR. Neutron episode. Most of this is funny. But it's annoying to hear the Pythons trying to do American accents.

    45- Last one. Not good or bad. The awful family is pretty funny, but the cartoon in this one goes on too long. Gilliams cartoons are usually good though.

    Well these aren't really as good as the others, and new
    Python fans shouldn't start here. Cleese was a key element, and losing him (just for the series for that matter)took off a lot of force.

    Skip this, and get the whole set. What I decided to do, when I had no idea what I was getting myself into...

    4-0 out of 5 stars Good, but no Cleese
    I give this 4 stars just because it IS Monty Python (note, no "Flying Circus" in the title for the last year), but the absence of John Cleese's physical humor does detract from this set as well as the relative brevity in terms of number of episodes. If you're a Python newcomer, get the earlier series first.

    4-0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmm..... Was it worth it?
    The forth series of Python is essentially the only moment when the performances outweigh the script. Terribly under-written episodes like THE GOLDEN AGE OF BALLOONING do feature some excellent performances, like the embarrassed pauses between Palin 's psuedo-French King and Idle. There are still some classic bits of writing, but they seem stranded between vast slabs of underwriten tripe. Highlights include the Most Awful Family in Britain (particulary Gilliam's bean-eater), the Courtmartial sequence in the third episode, and the wonderfully exaggerated Banter sketch. Sketches like these make the videos worth buying alone (just fast-forward throught the other sketches...) ... Read more


    17. Monty Python's Flying Circus, Vol. 07
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    5-0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC PYTHON
    Where can you start? New Cooker, Face the Press, the Piranha Bros.....Ministry of Silly Walks!!! The second half contains yet another gem: The Spanish Inquisition!! The semaphore version of Wuthering Heights is kind of dull, but the court charades is funny.

    "I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition!"
    "NOBODY expects the Spanish Inquisition!!"

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour
    To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!

    Highlights on this tape are the two absolute classics »The Ministry Of Silly Walks« and »The Spanish Inquisition«. Fortunately, they left out the generally below-level Episode 13 on this tape.

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    18. Monty Python's Life of Brian (Widescreen Edition)
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    5-0 out of 5 stars Holy Hilarity!
    Life of Brian is not as well known by the movie going public as Monty Python?s classic "Monty Python and the Holy Grail", but it is definitely is as, or maybe even funnier than Holy Grail. This is especially true for people who are familiar with the Biblical stories it pokes fun at. It is perfect satire, for nothing is sacred and everything is a joke.

    The story revolves around Brian, a very unlucky resident of Judea who just happened to be born the same day the Christ child was born. Missing his chance at glory, Brian lives his life selling animal parts at the Coliseum, dominated by a violent mother who is very "friendly" to the Roman occupiers. The rest of Brian's environment is inhabited by a very wild bunch. The neo- or archo-Marxist group, the People's Front of Judea, battles the Romans daily by holding meeting after violent meeting, plotting against the legions and their arch rivals, the Judean People's Front. The Romans, on the other hand, are led by the Pontius Pilate, who, contrary to Biblical reports, has quite a lisp and an endearing sense of stupidity. When Brian rebels against his mother and joins up with the wild band of revolutionaries, his life is changed forever. Quite by accident, Brian is then thought to be the messiah, although he is quite reluctant in his leadership.

    Satirically, this movie is absolutely ruthless. Everything is skewered, everything. The performances are all fantastic, especially that of John Cleese, who is just the man in this movie, playing about six separate characters. Joke after joke hits the viewer, which results in just non-stop humor. It's just a wonderful movie by the Python pioneers who really revolutionized comedy. The Criterion DVD edition is great, with tons of hilarious extras that are worth the price on their own. To the people that use this to either justify their atheism or believe it to be an attack on their religion, calm down. It's a comedy for God's sake, why do the opinions of some British comedians affect your outlook on life? Just laugh damn it!

    4-0 out of 5 stars Great extras on this Python DVD
    THE LIFE OF BRIAN has remained one of my favorite Python flicks after the glow of the Holy Grail began to wear thin from overuse. If you're considering purchasing this movie, you've probably seen the movie already and are a Monty Python fan. If not, get ready for one of Python's most sacrilegious and hilarious movies of their collection! If you are easily offended, you might think twice. However, the satire here is equally distributed and is not aimed so much at religion itself but moreso at the amusing ways in which people can behave "under the influence" of zealotry.

    I thoroughly enjoyed rewatching the movie, but it was a great surprise to find that this DVD comes packed with some great bonus materials. Several full-length, revealing interviews with the cast go into more Python history than just that surrounding this flick. And a rather large collection of scenes cut from the final release are also quite interesting.

    The video and audio quality seem to be on par with most of the other DVD movies I've seen so far, despite the film's age.

    All in all, a great addition to any Python collection.

    5-0 out of 5 stars Is nothing sacred? NO! And that's why this is a riot!
    Irreverent, brilliant, ingenius... I'm getting all these words out of the way now before I forget them! Even though I'll probably use them a dozen times!

    The funniest thing to come from England since The Stamp Act, Monty Python's Flying Circus could always be depended upon to provide the world with brilliantly twisted humor. The LIFE OF BRIAN is no less a comic masterpiece than anything else these boys have done. Ostensibly a parody of the life of Jesus, LIFE OF BRIAN is a hilarious attack on liberalism, conservatism, colonialism, individualism, communalism, organized religion, disorganized religion, fanaticism, feminism... take your pick of any of a hundred topics. It doesn't matter, it's still brilliant. And the script and direction holds it perfectly all together, even if there's a space ship chase sequence thrown in for the hell of it.

    Once again, the members of MPFC each play several roles and every viewer has his or her favorites, so what the hell, I'll mention mine. Michael Palin, while playing a wonderfully foppy Pontius Pilate, is equally hilarious as a twitchy, hyperactive leper that Jesus had cured. Instead of being grateful, he complains that his rehabilitation has ruined his livelihood as a beggar. (Speaking of rehabilitation, Palin plays the part like a junkie in need of a fix.) John Cleese has several great moments, but his role as a Centurion turned sadistic Latin teacher is nothing short of genius. Everyone who has studied Latin will be beside themselves during this scene. And Terry Jones as Brian's mom still stuns me 25 years later. "My Brian is not the messiah! He's a very naughty, naughty boy."

    Monty Python's LIFE OF BRIAN is irreverent, brilliant, and ingenius and this edition, complete with outtakes, behind-the-scenes footage, and interviews make this package worth the price. Whether you are an individual or not, "Monty Python's Life of Brian - Criterion Collection" will save your comic soul.

    5-0 out of 5 stars a review of a movie
    A brilliant movie with a brilliant finale.

    5-0 out of 5 stars funny but wheres Bodge?
    This is a very funny movie. It takes place int he Stone Age. About a guy named Brian and this is his life. Most of the humor is because his name is brian and people confuse him for somebody else. "I'm not so anso I'm Brian." Also there is a very funny moment when a man says his wife is called Continual Buttocks (a butocks is a bottom) or soemthing. Some of the humor is called toilet humor that I'm not a fan of. My friends and I only thought that Bodge would have looked great in this film with his beard and BRITISH accent!!! Where was he? He would have been perfect! ... Read more


    19. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (Widescreen Edition)
    Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
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    5-0 out of 5 stars one of the best comedies ever and dvd extras to rave about!
    This is what dvds were invented for -- there are so many great features here! So in addition to seeing one of the funniest movies ever made, you can be entertained for hours with the extras, and the extras are terrific: subtitles in English, French or Spanish; audio track choices -- English (the original mono or a brand new full stereo version), French, a directors' (Gilliam and Jones) track or a commentary track with Cleese, Idle and Palin; a copy of the script overlaid on the film; a painstaking, hilarious Henry the IV-ish subtitle for those who don't like the film; a hard-of-hearing feature; killer rabbit easter eggs; animated menus using Gilliam's original animation; karaoke renditions of 'Knights of the Round Table', 'Sir Robin' and the 'Monks Chant'; a delightful 45 minute visit to the locations with Jones and Palin; an educational film about the 'other' uses of coconuts; Japanese versions of the French Castle and Knights Who Say Ni scenes, including references to the 'holy sake cup'; a 1974 BBC Film Night visit to a location site during filming; photos of tickets, press releases, reviews, posters, production stills and original artwork; trailers; cast credits (Palin played over a dozen parts!) with pictures of each character; a Lego knights version of the Camelot scene; pictures of sketches that were never used (a killer snail?!); a web link.

    A lot of effort went into this special edition dvd, and it shows. I particularly enjoyed seeing Jones and Palin visit locations. They were in a jolly mood, their comments are interspersed with film footage, and they meet affectionate and funny fans along the way.

    If you like this film you will love this dvd version; if you love the film, you wil adore this two-dvd set. An essential item for your collection.

    Highest recommendation.

    5-0 out of 5 stars I Never Thought Looking For A Shrubbery Would Be This Fun!!
    In the early 1970's the Monty Python troop (Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Eric Idle, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, and Terry Jones) stars from the immensely popular television series Monty Python's Flying Circus began producing, with the help of a fundraising concert headlined by Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd (You lie!! No, I didn't!), initial photography on what would later become (from all my extensive years of movie watching) the single most unforgivably sidesplitting, enormously irreverent, shrewdly perceptive, unremittingly uproariously aggressive, gruesomely hysterical, and endlessly quotable comedies EVER. Not even Mel Brooks's Best Efforts (The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein) comes very close to the revolutionary medieval merriment sustained in this royal purebred of cult classics. BAR NONE. No contest here.

    Endlessly stockpiled with hauntingly hysterical sketches that will probably never leave your mind (no matter how hard you try) including, The Knights Who Say Nei, The Self-Abusing Monks (Eah aay ess eay dom eay nay), The Black Knight, The Trojan Rabbit, the Ever-Appearing Verbally Abusing French (I don't want to talk to you no more!!!), The Enchanter Named Tim, The Killer Bunny, The Bridge of Death (What is the capital of Hysteria?), The Old Woman Named Dennis, and so many countless more great sketches to include here that I'd die trying. Monty and Python and the Holy Grail remains an ever-enriching mirthful cult-classic that just seems to improve with age. Since Columbia has a bountifully hefty new special edition of the Holy Grail out now there should be no excuse, if you've never seen it (I think I'll go for a walk!!), just drop everything your doing (including Bringing Out Your Dead) and go experience this life changing movie today. You won't be disappointed, just tell them the Knight Not Appearing In This Film sent you, and they'll know what to do.

    As for the options on the special edition here's a run-down:

    Disc One: -"21st Anniversary" cut of the film running an extra 24 seconds; -Anamorphic Widescreen; -Dolby 5.1 track; -Original Mono Track; -Audio commentary with Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Eric Idle and Michael Palin; -subtitles "for people who don't like the film" (you get the text from Shakespeare's Henry IV instead); -an "on-screen screenplay" feature which lets you read the screenplay as you watch the film; -"Follow the Killer Rabbit" feature;

    Disc Two: "Three Mindless Sing-Alongs"; -"The Quest for the Holy Grail Locations" featurette; -"How to Use Your Coconuts" educational film; -"Monty Python and the Holy Grail in Japanese" (with English subtitles); -the BBC Film Night special "On Location with the Pythons; -an interactive cast directory; -still galleries with Terry Gilliam's original sketches and behind-the-scenes photos; -"A Load Of Rubbish" with mystery items; -unused ideas and other material; -two trailers
    and web-links.

    Both discs represent the absolute final word resource for EVERYTHING and I do mean everything you'd need to know about the Python's greatest film. An Absolute Necessity for any Python Fan!!

    P.S. You can't base a system of government just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.

    5-0 out of 5 stars What are you going to do, bleed on me?
    excellent. Possibly the funniest movie ever made. Who could forget such a line as "I fart in your general direction. Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of eldeberries." This is a great movie and a great dvd edition that gives it justice. This is completely worth the money. A comedy Classic.

    5-0 out of 5 stars This movie didn't make me Run Away! (or) Run away FASTER!!!
    Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail is, by far, my favorite movie -and I'm sure it always will be! Being a truly hilariously-random film, this DVD does an awesome job of showcasing this fact to the highest extent. The killer white "rrrrabit" will live on in my heart forever, and I will always be knowledgeable that African swallows are non-migratory. What other movie has a group of knights requesting shrubberies -from King Arthur, no less- to create a 'two-level effect with a path through the middle'? Only Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    The movie might sound strange as I mention these things out of context, but I assure you it is much stranger when Monty Python says it!
    So, to conclude this review, I definitely give "Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail" DVD a 5 star rating, as I know it will entertain millions for years to come. Enjoy!

    5-0 out of 5 stars The Lego Camelot Number Alone is Worth the Price
    Who would have thought that, after nearly 30 years, the world's goofiest movie could be made even moreso? Not only is this DVD a comedy triumph (it would be simply if it were the DVD version of the classic film, in which a crew too broke to afford horses for King Arthur and his Knights changed history and college kids' banter forever by introducing coconuts as migrating props). Oh, no, this DVD is one that may become a standard for other DVDs. Just look at this list of extras above! To be sure, some of them are fluff. The "load of rubbish" selection is simply some receipts and a few odd notes. But most of it is stupendous.

    The first disc contains the movie itself, along with some choices of how to watch it.... subtitles, commentary by directors Terry Jones & Terry Gilliam or by John Cleese & Eric Idle & Michael Palin. Then "for people who don't like the film", there's subtitles from Shakespeare's "Henry IV, Part II". Now, these do not faithfully follow Henry IV verse by verse, but they do come from the play, and it's hilarious how the phrases Shakespeare wrote do actually match up with the action on the screen.

    Disc Two contains several mementoes: a film of John Cleese, Terry Jones, and "Grail" production manager John Young (who also played the hapless "Historian" towards the end of the film, and the "I'm not dead!" guy) paying a return visit to Castle Doune , in 2000. At first it's fun to hear them reminisce at the filming site, but since it's a very small spot with nothing but a wall and a bit of ground, they appear uncomfortable and that quickly gets old. More interesting is the home movie made by the two Terries when they looked for prospective film locations in the seventies. Their excitement is palpable.

    A somewhat painful scene (except for the chance it gives us to watch Terry Jones in action as a director) is the BBC documentary made during filming. The interviewer seems more interested in trying to be funny himself than in the Pythons. But there are several great comic extras, including words to some songs, a coconut skit, two scenes dubbed in Japanese, and best of all, an animated feature of the "Camelot" scene and song done entirely in Lego...must be seen to be believed.

    Finally, someone has made good use of the storage space on a DVD. ... Read more


    20. Monty Python's Flying Circus - Set 5 (Epi. 27-32)
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    This set contains six "persistently silly" episodes from Monty Python's third and final full season (the ones introduced by Terry Jones's naked keyboardist). The quality of the sketches is not as consistent as it was in thefirst two seasons, but no Monty Python collection is complete without suchseries benchmarks as Njorl's Saga, an exciting Icelandic tale appropriated by the North Malden Icelandic Society; a courtroom burlesque featuring Eric Idle as a very apologetic mass murderer; the Argument Clinic sketch; Gumby brain surgery; and the Fish-Slapping Dance, which Michael Palin is on record as saying is his personal favorite bit of Python nonsense. A warning to more sensitive viewers: There is "material that some may find offensive, but which is really smashing," as well as blatant violations of something called the "Strange Sketch Act." Chief among these is the one in which Terry Jones appears as a pitiable man whose every utterance reduces listeners to hysterical fits of laughter; the ill-fated expedition to Lake Pahoe (located at 22A Runcorn Avenue); and an in-person documentary about the sex life of the mollusk, from the scallop ("second in depravity only to the common clam") to the whelk ("gay boy of the gastropods"). Episode 30 has the distinction of featuring two of the most hilariously annoying characters Monty Python ever perpetrated on the public: John Cleese as Miss Anne Elk, who has a theory on brontosauruses, and Idle as the extremely loquacious Mr. Smoke-Too-Much. --Donald Liebenson ... Read more

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    5-0 out of 5 stars The Avangardists Of Modern Humour
    To this day, Monty Python remains THE idol and source of inspiration to humourists all around. »Monty Python's Flying Circus« made the group famous, and it is the best ever to come out, not only from Monty Python, not only from Britain... but humour in general!

    Highlights on this tape: »Court Scene - Multiple Murderer«, »Mrs Niggerbaiter Explodes«, »Argument Clinic«, »The News With Richard Baker (Vision Only)«, »Fire Brigade« and »Molluscs - 'Live' TV Documentary«.

    Own it!

    5-0 out of 5 stars CENSORED!
    Don't get me wrong. Anyone who has the first two seasons of this series knows that these discs are of top-notch quality. However, if you saw the HBO salute to Monty Ptyhon, you heard Terry Jones tell the story about the BBC editing the "Summorize Proust Competition" so that the word "masturbating" is removed. During my initial viewing, I was upset to see that the rather horrendous, edited version of the scetch was what I had received. I know it's sort of petty to complain about this, but I was unpleasantly surprised to see that 30 years after the initial release, we are still unable to see a scetch that is rather tame by today's standards. So far, the only letdown from a great series of DVD releases by A&E.

    4-0 out of 5 stars They took the bones out and it's not crunchy anymore!
    The actual episodes rate 5 stars (and more if they could be given). Not only was MPFC unlike anything that had ever been on TV before, there has been nothing like it on TV since, more's the pity.

    The missing stars refers only to details of the packaging. There are some minor technical glitches. Sometimes episodes start to play without sound, although if you exit and restart this can be remedied. Why is there no digital time counter when you play an episode so you can know how long it is till the end?

    But my major quibble is that they chose to use the CENSORED version of these episodes. Specifically, in one episode the enchanted prince in one of Terry Gilliam's animations dies of "gangrene" instead of "cancer" and in another, Graham Chapman's character in the Summarize Proust Competition is not allowed to claim "masturbating" as one of his hobbies (although he is allowed "strangling animals!" This is LESS offensive?)

    Why in this day and age these minor points of controversy were not allowed to pass unaltered astounds me. It's not that the uncensored versions are not available, because I have personally watched them broadcast on US public TV stations.

    But, as I say, these minor flaws are specks in the eye of the Mona Lisa. If you are a Python fan, you have to have these DVDs! ... Read more


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