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A Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman (DVD)

Graham Chapman , John Cleese , Bill Jones , Jeff Simpson    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
  • Directors: Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, Ben Timlett
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Trinity Films
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Feb 2013
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009VGSV6Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,557 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Graham Chapman (the dead one from Monty Python) writes and stars in the movie of his own life story. Although Chapman selfishly dropped dead in 1989 he had taken the trouble to record himself reading his book and those recordings have now been used to provide Chapman's voice in the film. Fellow Pythons John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin and Terry Gilliam also turn up, along with a few surprise guest including Cameron Diaz, Stephen Fry and Lloyd Kaufman.

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Liar's Autobiography: The Untrue Story Of Monty Python's Graham Chapman

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic animation and an insightful story 4 Feb 2013
I watched 'A Liar's Autobiography' at the LOCO premiere screening the other night and was amazed at the range of animation on display and the insightful look into the life of Monty Python's Graham Chapman. With access to recordings of Chapman reading his autobiography, the directors have managed to create something truly special.

With Chapman himself and Michael Palin, John Cleese, Terry Jones and Terry Gilliam providing voices, this is obviously a must for any Monty Python fan. However, I think the film works very well as a standalone piece about a unique and talented man attempting to battle his demons whilst remaining true to himself. The variety of animation keeps the film fresh and is used very well to capture the highs and lows of Chapman's life - I thought scenes addressing his detox from alcohol were particularly impressive, and contrasted nicely with more lighthearted moments.

A Liar's Autobiography is a fantastic and charming character study which keeps the spirit of Monty Python alive, but ultimately tells the personal story of a sometimes troubled but always charismatic entertainer. A great display of British animation talent and a wonderful story!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fitting tribute to the late Graham Chapman 7 Feb 2013
By Joshn
This is a wonderful film, the most notable aspect obviously being the return of the Pythons (minus Eric Idle obviously) who lend their voices to the film in various guises with familiarly hilarious results for any Python fans. I saw the film at London Film Festival so can't comment on the DVD specifically but I thought the animation and 3D were absolutely fantastic and really blew me away, so am very much looking forward to seeing the behind the scenes stuff that is included on the DVD for any insight into that process. It is very much a warts and all portrayal of Graham's life and all the better for it as he comes out of it clearly a tortured soul but an wonderfully fascinating and endearing one as well. The film captures the hedonistic character of Graham's life perfectly and any Python fan will enjoy seeing and hearing Graham 'interacting' again with the surviving Pythons and for those who know nothing of the Pythons the wonderfully innovative and entertaining animation is worth the cost alone.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly original, imaginative and creative 10 Mar 2013
I think the way that the 14 different animation studios interpreted the book in their own particular styles is ingenious! The resultant stream of consciousness that tells the life story of Graham Chapman is highly original, imaginative and creative. Graham Chapman's life was far from ordinary, so the way his life is told is totally fitting.

The film is funny (but it isn't a comedy) and in some places, very dark and very real. Despite the claim in the movie's title that this is the 'untrue' story of Graham's life, it probably has more truth in it than many other autobiographies that don't make such a claim.

It's a must-see for Monty Python fans obviously, for fans of animation and for those who are looking for 'something completely different.'
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars watch it with your parents 30 Jun 2014
By Mark
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Quite an amusing film but nothing on the other Python films. And never, under any circumstances, watch it with your parents. Big mistake.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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As a "heavy duty" MP fan I found this DVD fantastic.

It's a worthy tribute to Graham Chapman and beautifully conveys his zany autobiography with a multitude of animations from 14 different studios, masterfully executed and with flowing transitions.

Unfortunately Eric Idle, which was the only Python who actually contributed to Graham's original book (an excellent afterword), did not participate in this production.

The other Pythons together with Carol Cleveland , supply an excellent audiotrack throughout the film, skilfully combined with excerpts from Graham's recording of the book which he performed a few years before his death.
Cameron Diaz, which apparently is an MP fan, contributes a very amusing voicing of Sigmund Freud in an Austrian accent.

On top of the movie audiotrack, 2 more full feature audiotracks are available:
One mainly based on the above mentioned recording of Graham Chapman and the other is an excellent and invaluable Directors' commentary track, that sheds light on many aspects of the production and the book.

The 45 minutes documentary is also excellent and serves as a superb complementary to the film.

English subtitles are available for the main feature.

Now for the warnings, (that as you can see didn't affect my rating):

1. Content: The typical Monty Python film style of the DVD cover along with the Monty Python banner and names of MP members might give the impression that this is another Monty Python film. Well - IT IS NOT! If you're not aware of what this film is based on than read carefully the Product Description section and the reviews, as you might find yourself surprised and disappointed if you fail to do so.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderfully Quirky Film 7 Feb 2013
By Elaine
I was lucky enough to catch the premiere screening of A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY at the Empire Leicester Square when the film screened during the London Film Festival. The premiere was attended by none other than Terry Jones and Michael Palin, plus a whole team of other python characters wondering around the red carpet!

This really set the tone for this wonderfully quirky film, which I really do recommend!

I love the Pythons and I was so excited to hear that Michael Palin, Terry Jones, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam AND Graham Chapman were once again reunited to work on the film, and I wasn't disappointed - A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY really does capture the Python spirit. There are some truly hilarious bits when I was laughing out loud during the screening, as well as some really moving parts such as a beautifully animated sequence on Graham going through alcohol detox, which succeeded in getting a few tears out of me (much to the distress of the person next to me).

And the animation is amazing. Before seeing the film I didn't know whether I'd enjoy watching 17 different animation styles (!), but it really does work and I think it makes the film really unique. Fourteen independent, British animation studios worked on the film - I think just that already makes this quite an incredible piece of filmmaking that shouldn't be missed!

It also takes you on what I think can be best described as a roller coaster ride - while that seems to very much reflect the life of the more elusive of the Pythons, it also ensure there's never a dull moment, quite contrary!

I think it's a must-see for all Python fans out there, anyone who enjoys good animation and generally British humour at its best!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Weird & Wonderful.
Very enjoyable. A must for Python fans.
Published 23 days ago by Kim Wheldon
3.0 out of 5 stars not bad
Bought for son , he said it was o.k. i have not watched but do not think as good as expected it to be.
Published 2 months ago by Mr j kilgour
5.0 out of 5 stars A Liar's Autobiography. This is crap. No it isn't.....
Is this a 5 minute argument or the full dvd???
My name is Graham Chapman
and I am a Liar!
Buy it for Easter - it's better than an egg!!
Published 5 months ago by Graham Chapman
5.0 out of 5 stars It's not every children's animator that gets chance to bring 'Sit On...
The use of animation from an eclectic mix of artists, and using his own reading of his 'Lies' to bring himself to life again, Graham Chapman has pulled off a masterpiece of... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Tone747
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent animated autobiography of the late Python
Like many reviewers, I saw this in the cinema - I would highly recommend it to any fan of Monty Python. Read more
Published 16 months ago by T Westcott
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant film.
This is as close as we will get to a Monty Python reunion. All the surviving ex-Python's have contributed to this animated film, which explores the private life of the... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Smillsoid
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible animation, hilarious + definitely imaginative!
Some might say that the Monty Python's comedy is the type that falls into the `you love it or hate it' category. Well, maybe. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Scarlett O'Hara
3.0 out of 5 stars A Curate's Omelettography
Questions abound about this film, an animated dramatisation of a long-forgotten memoir of a long-time dead comedian. Some are of the existential kind. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Olly Buxton
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