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Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) [Blu-ray] [2010] [Region Free]

Eric Idle , Michael Palin    Suitable for 12 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam
  • Writers: Eric Idle, John Du Prez
  • Format: Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: Arabic, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Slovak, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Thai, Turkish
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Ent. UK
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003KN2RZK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,079 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A comic oratorio inspired by Monty Python's Life Of Brian filmed at its only European performance at the Royal Albert Hall in October 2009 to celebrate 40 years of Monty Python.

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Experience the incredible one-night-only performance as the Monty Python troupe reunites onstage during a live musical adaptation of their classic film Life of Brian.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Only for hard core Mothy Python fans 19 Oct 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Having seen most things from Python I had high expectations of this new show. However while I wasn't sure what I was expecting it to be like, other than being based on the 'Life of Brian' film, it certainly did not live up to it.

It's a total musical performance of 'Life of Brian', with all new songs (except the one famous one) written by Eric Idle, which I thought I would enjoy very much but for some reason it seemed to fall completely flat for me and I found my self pressing the FF button. Which is a pity because up until now I have loved all things Python-ny

I have seen similar products done this way (such as the brilliant 'Les Miserables - Live at the Albert Hall) and have thoroughly enjoyed them. It may be that I expected too much or wanted it to be more like the film that I feel so let down by it.

In summary if you not expecting a stage version of the film and are prepared to watch it as something completely new than maybe you will see more to enjoy in this show than I did. Otherwise avoid if you wish not to be disappointed.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New slant on Monty Python 3 Nov 2010
Heard about this from friends and it is excellent - if you like Monty Python, and particularly the Life of Brian, and are prepared to listen to an operatic style treatment. The Life of Brian is there, but in a new way, almost as good as the original.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A parody of an oratorio first, comedy second 9 Oct 2011
By Mr. Stuart Bruce TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
This is an oratorio first, and a comedy second. It's not your conventional Monty Python fare, nor is it a "Hollywood Bowl"-style celebration of Python humour.

What it IS is a tongue-in-cheek yet often straight-faced musical parody of Handel's "Messiah", with over 100 voices and a 120-piece orchestra, that has a sense of humour and is inspired by- rather than being a retelling of the story of- "Life Of Brian". If you know what you're expecting, and you're not expecting a classic 40th anniversary Monty Python reunion, then you'll probably enjoy this. Apart from an encore of "The Lumberjack Song" and the inevitable "Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life" this is not "Monty Python Sings".

It's not Eric Idle's finest work- I'm afraid I think "The Rutles" was the last time he was actually funny- and some of the new musical jokes are on the weak and obvious side, but the four lead vocalist's performances are vocally strong as well as being full of fun. It's enjoyable but not laugh-out-loud funny.

The Blu-ray is reasonable, with two behind-the-scenes documentaries (running for about 40 minutes in total) and some other extra pieces which help explain why "Not The Messiah" even exists, which seems more like a happy accident than a deliberate celebration or a cash-in.

This is only for real Python completists or for opera fans with a sense of humour, rather than a must-have for everybody.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I'm going to buy this but... 10 Jun 2010
I'm a Python fan...I paid the extortionate price to see them all (minus JC) at the Royal Albert Hall. I'm so glad I went. A unique event. But was it worth the It really was a poor musical/operetta which you could only follow by reading the programme with occasional (fantastic) Python sketches to liven proceedings. I'm going to buy the DVD and I will watch it once...because I was there. Although loosely based on the wonderful Life of Brian, it simply does not work. If you saw Spamalot and loved it (which I did) and are expecting more of the same then you will be very disappointed...sorry.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Idle is a naughty boy 18 Feb 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a comic oratorio. Eric Idle likes to make fun of the famous. With John du Prez he has now turned to Handel (but also Mozart, Richard Strauss and some others). It was originally written as a warm up for Spamalot. But it was turned into a good evening out to celebrate the Monty Python ruby jubilee. The performance is excellent. The soloists are great, making this a good performance for classical music enthousiasts. It is interspersed with typical Monty Python silliness. Does it work? Not in my mind. I either watch the silliness or the great performances of the classically trained. Rosalind Plowright, Shannon Mercer, Christopher Purves and especially William Ferguson are wonderful. But they are an act among themselves, they stand apart from the silliness. So basically you get a two for one. If you are handy with the remote (like I am), you can either watch a very clever cross over of classical music (it is almost fusion - of opera and musical) or orchestrated silliness. Is it worth the money? Every penny! But in your first sitting expect to be confused. It is not Monty Python and it is not Spamalot. It is something completely different (no pun intended). I either watch the silliness but prefer to watch the soloists (but that is personal). If you like classical music you can probably see the references. I think Ken Russell would have liked it. In summary, one of the best buys I ever made. I watch it regularly and it never bores me. And is that not what art is supposed to do? That it is based on Monty Pythons "The life of Brian" (and it is a quite faithfull adaptation) is secondary. Praise must also go to the BBC for participating in this adventure, without the orchestra and choir the performance would have paled, now it is a spectacle. Buy it, see it, tell your friends about it (or am I getting carried away?). Entertainment at its best.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Why do they titter so?
Absolutely brilliant. Originally purchased it on my iPod but wanted to see it and wasn't let down!! Such a great spin on a fantastic film with a lot if the old jokes which are... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Paul
3.0 out of 5 stars ok
I bought this as a stocking filler for my husband but it wasn't as funny as I thought it would be just okay.
Published 13 months ago by Mrs. A. P. East
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
I've watched this so many times and not tired of it yet. Excellent singing, excellent BBC chorus and orchestra. The professional singers and the pythons were a riot.Very Funny. Read more
Published 16 months ago by hazel
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommend!
I had little idea what to expect when I ordered this, but I love the special concerts from the Albert Hall and this one didn't disappoint! Read more
Published on 10 July 2011 by Freeman
2.0 out of 5 stars Not the Messiah
I'm a big Python fan and own the complete boxset of the films and tv series, as well as the Almost the Truth documentary. However, I was left somewhat underwhelmed by this show. Read more
Published on 28 Jan 2011 by R Hartle
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fun
This is opera with a difference - one, short piece has no words, but so much meaning! If you like the MP gang, buy it!
Published on 24 Aug 2010 by Susan Halse
5.0 out of 5 stars Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) [DVD] [2007] by Eric Idle
Very good entertainment.
This performance was a well kept secret, which I stumbled on by accident on a BBC Scotland lunchtime news/review programme.
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Little rock
5.0 out of 5 stars Eric Idle is not the Messiah
I wasn't there when this was filmed, unlike the other reviews, so I'm not biased in that sense.

I absolutely loved it. Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2010 by Miss A. Frost
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