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Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut [DVD] [2009]


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  • Format: Box set, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian
  • Dubbed: German, French, Spanish, Danish
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Eagle Media
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Oct 2009
  • Run Time: 465 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002GV4OP8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,454 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The official 40th anniversary of Monty Python DVD release. Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut features the full length six hour TV series on the first two discs with a third disc of bonus material including classic sketches, extended interviews and previously unseen material and a Terry Gilliam image gallery. Almost The Truth: The Lawyer's Cut contains brand new interviews with the five surviving Pythons: John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin with archive contributions from the late Graham Chapman. A host of others also contribute to putting the Python legacy in context including: Phil Jupitus, Bruce Dicinson, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Russell Brand, Steve Coogan, Stephen Merchant, Dan Aykroyd, Nick Mason, Tim Roth, Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard and many more. The interviews are illustrated by a generous helping of clips and classic moments from the original Flying Circus TV series, the films Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Monty Python's Life Of Brian & Monty Python's Meaning Of Life and their classic live performance at the Hollywood bowl.

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4.1 out of 5 stars

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. J. Iredale on 12 Nov 2009
Format: DVD
I can't work out why no one has reviewed this; I often look to Amazon's review for guidance, as the reviews are generated by ordinary people rather than some bloated ove paid journo. Anyway, as of now, there have been no reviews. Anyway, I put my money out and picked this up. Waht is it? A quite brilliant massive documentary, a kind of Python Beatles Anthology, with 7 hours of interviews, clips, thoughts etc. I can recommend it wholeheartedly, despite having Russell Brand's leering grin in it. In depth interviews with Palin, Jones, Cleese, CHapman and Idle, and clips of Chapman, really covering the story from their conception, through the programme's conception through it's halcyon days, the height of Brian and where they are now. Wonderful and original stuff. Thinking of buying it? Go for it, it is (should this be your thing) quite quite wonderful. Thanks to the world of Python; it has made my life a richer and more slightly off at an angle experience.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Mr Clag on 9 Jan 2010
Format: DVD
I would've preferred more in the way of background info/insight from the Pythons themselves and less in the way of "Oh my gosh they were AMAZING" type reminiscence from the likes of Phil Jupitus et al. They could've really taken it as read that anyone watching it already thought the Pythons were great, and gone beyond that. Still worth watching though
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Ashwell on 25 Dec 2011
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Didn't even know this existed until it popped up as a recommendation from Amazon! If you're a Python fan then a lot of this material will be familiar, but there is such a large amount to watch that there is bound to be something that you haven't seen even if it's just the archive footage of Graham Chapman. There's SIX HOURS of the damn thing, remember? Extras include a selection of classic sketches and extended interview footage. The main feature is divided into six episodes; the same credit sequence plays on each - you will get sick of the sight of it but persevere because the lyrics change on each episode and some are quite funny. I don't know how this all plays on DVD (I have the Blu-ray)but it's well worth a purchase.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By James Hayes on 26 April 2010
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Over the last 40 years, Messrs Cleese, Gilliam, Idle, Jones, and Palin have spent much more time talking about Python than actually doing of it, and have willingly borne testimony to authors and interviewers bent on amplifying the legend; indeed, there have been more detailed exegeses of Monty Python than any other comedy phenomenon. There have been several books about it, along with biographies of individual members; the TV programs marking the 10th, 20th, and 30th anniversaries, brimmed with introspection, rumination, and revelation by the central protagonists. The group reunion at the Aspen Comedy Festival in 1998 was captured for commercial video release. So what is there left to add to the story of the world's greatest comedy troupe?

Well, so far as this series goes, very little, if anything. All five surviving Pythons talk at length about the ensemble's achievements during its relevatively brief operational period, 1969-1983. Several previously-told anecdotes are retold, and well-known Python themes revisited (origin of certain sketches, group writing/performing dynamics, censorship). There are clips a-plenty, but they are mostly the usual suspects (Parrot, Lumberjack, Cheese shop, Spam, et al). The late Graham Chapman has his say via archive interview clips.

Despite this, several long-standing aspects of 'Pythonomena' are, alas, neglected. The Python books, for instance, were crucial and innovative examples of what today we'd call brand extension (indeed, it's arguable that these and the brilliant Python LPs did more to enlarge its audience than the actual TV broadcasts). No mention is made of the excellent and underrated specials made for German TV.
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I bought this DVD set in 'THE WORKS' shop for £4-00 (20/12/2013).

Having been a child when 'Python' was invented I grew up with the sketches and the insanity, totally loved it in the 70s !

The interviews are very revealing, and the intellect of these men is truly awesome. Lots of insight and clips showing how the series and 3 films were made.

6 hours plus of good quality entertainment, I was pleased with my purchase and really enjoyed these dvds and a bargain price too !
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By Mr. John Cadman on 11 Dec 2013
Format: DVD
A must for the fan! A well put together film to help John cleese and go be able too retire wealthy! Ha ha they are still funny!'
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A very interesting DVD set for Monty Python fans interested in the development of the series, the comfy chair and the films.
All members of the Python team talk about parrots, their experiences and others add further details and comments.
There are clips from the programmes, "The Bishop" and the films as well as glimpses of backstage events and discussions.
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Wonderful blu-ray of the best english comedy group. Six hours and a half of interviews, extras and lots of stuff realy amazing!! I love the interview to Bruce Dickinson and his performance of the song in the last chapter. Really recomended to Phyton fans.
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