While this box set does indeed contain many of Python's best material (and the really best stuff still is absolutely hysterical, if you're into this sort of thing) it also contains a lot of filler material that just goes on and on long after the punchline has been delivered.
Still, perhaps that's a reflection of the era it came from.
Persoanlly, I think they'd have been better off condensing the actual good stuff down onto 2 DVD's. I sat through the whole thing, dross included, because I'd paid for it - but next time I watch this I will have no hesitations in hitting the skip button to bypass the rubbish material.
The strange thing is that some sketches, which I consider to be their greatest ever, are completely missing from this collection.
Python is I think one of those TV shows that is viewed through rose-tinted spectacles. The REALLY good stuff beats 99.9% of comedy even up to the present date - the only problem is that Python was never consistently hilarious.
This was evidenced during recent repeats of the TV show on cable where some entire episodes were appaling.
If you're a Python fan then buy this by all means as a lot of it is good, but if I had the ability to edit the package I would remove 50% of the material.