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The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus [DVD]

Graham Chapman , John Cleese , Ian McNaughton    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Jones, Michael Palin
  • Directors: Ian McNaughton
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 May 2003
  • Run Time: 280 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000087LOQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 95,703 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus will probably be purchased mostly for the standards--those sketches that have become the staple material of every office joker and pub bore in Christendom--the Spanish Inquisition, the Australian philosophers, the Ministry of Silly Walks. Good fun though these are, once you've expunged the memory of a million witless impersonators, this collection is really worth owning for the material that never quite registered in the popular consciousness. Sketches such as the Summarise Proust Competition, the misunderstanding over the Hungarian phrasebook and John Cleese's manically embittered architect with a grudge against the Freemasons are every bit as funny as the more familiar hits and, free of any associated baggage, they will startle and delight the younger viewer as much as Python must have startled and delighted their parents when first broadcast in the 1970s.

On the DVD: The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus is a three-disc set, and each volume is equipped with a sketch selector that is fussier than strictly necessary. But this is more than compensated for by the wonderful Terry Gilliam animations that the viewer uses to navigate. Subtitles are available in English only. --Andrew Mueller

Product Description

Box set of the best bits from the seminal comedy show. Volume 1 contains all the best sketches from the first series of the ground-breaking comedy. Memorable moments include: 'The 127th Upperclass Twit of the Year Competition from Hurlingham Park'; 'Bicycle Repair Man'; 'Vicious Gangs of Old Ladies - the Layabouts in Lace'; 'The Man with Three Buttocks'; 'The Lumberjack Song'; 'Vocational Guidance Councillor'; and 'The Joke That Kills People'. Oh, and a sketch about a dead parrot. Volume 2 features highlights from the second series. Sketches include: 'It's in the Mind'; 'The New Cooker Sketch'; 'Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition'; and 'The Ministry for Silly Walks'. Whilst Volume 3 features the best moments from the third and fourth series. Highlights include: 'The Finals of the All-England Summarise Proust Competition'; 'Stand and Deliver! It's That Highwayman Dennis Moore'; 'Thrust: A Quite Controversial Look at the World Around Us'; 'Whicker's Island'; and 'The Fifteenth Ideal Loon Competition'.

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OMG This is amazing Stuff! 7 May 2003
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This DVD is really funny, all the classics are here. I'd only heard of some of them before, but now I watch this DVD all the time. Hilarious.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Say no more! This 3 DVD set gives almost 5 hours of incredible Python's humour. It is too much, it is 16 TONS! This outstanding compilation is an absolute must have for the collector.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "The Best Of" - Is that a printing error ? 20 Dec 2003
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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.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The funniest dvd in the World!!! 30 Oct 2003
Absolutly brilliant!!!!!
from 'Hells Grannies' on the first dvd to the 'argument' scene on the last you will not stop laughing(i certainly didnt!!!).
It has the famously legendary 'ministry of silly walks' to the lesser known 'Bruce' or 'trouble at mill'.
A must for any lovers of the great python team: John Cleese ; Graham Chapman ; Michael Palin ; Terry Jones ; Eric Idle ; Terry Gilliam
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2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Go on, buy it - you will not regret it 24 Sep 2003
What a marketing whizz. Put them all in one set. This is a must for any Python fan. It includes the long awaited 'Life of Brian', but having watched all the films and clips, the extras that come with each, the interviews on film sets are great. They go to prove what an expert combination of whacky minds the group were. This was not a group of actors playing a script, they worked together naturally, humour just oozed from them and they used each other and bounced of each other naturally. Watching these interviews is a must. Watch and enjoy the films, then crease up at the interviews. Well? What are you waiting for, stop bloomin reading and click on the buy button. Go on, do it! NOW! stop reading and buy it! How many more times do you need telling..................BUY IT!!!
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