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Monty Python: The Monster Box Set (The Definitive, Outrageously Luxurious Special Edition Collection) [DVD]

John Cleese , Eric Idle , Terry Jones    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Gilliam
  • Directors: Terry Jones
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 16
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Sony Pictures
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov 2007
  • Run Time: 1676 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000W8AB22
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,120 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Monty Python's Flying Circus

... 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.


And Now for Something Completely Different

And Now for Something Completely Different, Monty Python's first feature, is a reworking of their best skits from the first two seasons of the TV series. Originally made for the US market (where the show had yet to be aired), it was shot on film outside the usual studio sets ("Nudge Nudge", for example, is set in a tavern filled with passers-by). The writing and performances are fine and the film is packed with some of their best bits: "How to Avoid Being Seen", " Hell's Grannies", "Blackmail", "The Lumberjack Song" and "The Upper Class Twit of the Year", among others. Many of the sketches have been shortened, however, and the loss of the overly bright video sheen (the film has a muddy, dull look to it) and the invigorating presence of a live audience leaves the film sluggish at times. They're still feeling out the possibilities of the feature length, which they conquered with their next movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1974). --Sean Axmaker


Life of Brian

There is not a single joke, sight-gag or one-liner in Monty Python's Life of Brian that will not forever burn itself into the viewer's memory as being just as funny as it is possible to be, but--extraordinarily--almost every indestructibly hilarious scene also serves a dual purpose, making this one of the most consistently sustained film satires ever made.

Like all great satire, the Pythons not only attack and vilify their targets (the bigotry and hypocrisy of organised religion and politics) supremely well, they also propose an alternative: be an individual, think for yourself, don't be led by others. "You've all got to work it out for yourselves", cries Brian in a key moment. "Yes, we've all got to work it our for ourselves", the crowd reply en masse. Two thousand years later, in a world still blighted by religious zealots, Brian's is still a lone voice crying in the wilderness.

Aside from being a neat spoof on the Hollywood epic, it's also almost incidentally one of the most realistic on-screen depictions of the ancient world--instead of treating their characters as posturing historical stereotypes, the Pythons realised what no sword 'n' sandal epic ever has: that people are all the same, no matter what period of history they live in. People always have and always will bicker, lie, cheat, swear, conceal cowardice with bravado (like Reg, leader of the People's Front of Judea), abuse power (like Pontius Pilate), blindly follow the latest fads and giggle at silly things ("Biggus Dickus"). In the end, Life of Brian teaches us that the only way for a despairing individual to cope in a world of idiocy and hypocrisy is to always look on the bright side of life.


Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Could this be the funniest movie ever made? By any rational measure of comedy, this medieval romp from the Monty Python troupe certainly belongs on the short list of candidates. According to Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide, it's "recommended for fans only," but we say hogwash to that--you could be a complete newcomer to the Python phenomenon and still find this send-up of the Arthurian legend to be wet-your-pants hilarious.

It's basically a series of sketches woven together as King Arthur's quest for the Holy Grail, with Graham Chapman as the King, Terry Gilliam as his simpleton sidekick Patsy, and the rest of the Python gang filling out a variety of outrageous roles. The comedy highlights are too numerous to mention, but once you've seen Arthur's outrageously bloody encounter with the ominous Black Knight (John Cleese), you'll know that nothing's sacred in the Python school of comedy.

From holy hand grenades to killer bunnies to the absurdity of the three-headed knights who say "Ni--!," this is the kind of film that will strike you as fantastically funny or just plain silly, but why stop there? It's all over the map, and the pace lags a bit here and there, but for every throwaway gag the Pythons have invented, there's a bit of subtle business or grand-scale insanity that's utterly inspired. The sum of this madness is a movie that's beloved by anyone with a pulse and an irreverent sense of humour. If this movie doesn't make you laugh, you're almost certainly dead. --Jeff Shannon


The Meaning of Life

Perhaps only the collective brilliant minds of the Monty Python film and television troupe are up to the task of tackling a subject as weighty as the Meaning of Life. Sure, Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein, and their ilk have tried their hands at this puzzler, but only Python has attempted to do so within the commercial motion picture medium. Happily for us all, Monty Python's the Meaning of Life truly explains everything one conceivably needs to know about the perplexities of human existence, from the mysteries of Catholic doctrine to the miracle of reproduction to why one should avoid the salmon mousse to the critical importance of the machine that goes ping!

Using fish as a linking device (and what marvelous links those aquatic creatures make), The Meaning of Life is presented as a series of sketches: a musical production number about why seed is sacred; a look at dining in the afterlife; the quest for a missing fish (there they are again); a visit from Mr. Death; the cautionary tale of Mr. Creosote and his rather gluttonous appetite; an unflinching examination of the harsh realities of organ donation, and so on.

Sadly, this was the last original Python film, but it's a beaut. You'll laugh. You'll cry (probably because you're laughing so hard). You may even learn something about the Meaning of Life. Or at least about how fish fit into the grand scheme of things. --Jim Emerson

Product Description

Everything a Python fan could ever want, jam-packed into one ludicrously giant, magnificent box set! This monolithic, vibrantly packaged box set contains everything from the masters of British comedy, including:

All the movies

Life of Brian Special Edition and Live at the Hollywood Bowl

A sampler of The Personal Bests

The complete Flying Circus TV series

An exclusive t-shirt *(Please note: Quotes and T-shirt colour may vary)

And a completely lifeless, inflatable parrot!



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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
By Miguel
Format:DVD
Important information if you are a foreigner

"And now for something completely different" - English Captions
"Life of Brian" - English, Italian, Arabic, Danish, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Portuguese, Swedish
"Monty Python and the Holy Grail" - English, French, Arabic
"The Meaning of Life" - English
"Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl" - English, Italian, Dutch, Dannish, Finnish, Hindi, Norwegian, Swedish
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Excellent but the other earlier reviews on this page are NOT for this item ? I wonder if the box set has been changed but the reviews have not been updated ?
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51 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great if you have £100 - or go to amazon.de 11 Nov 2007
Format:DVD
Right. this boxset (judging by this page) is AMAZING. if you're happy to spend £100 for it, buy now. however, if you simply want to see the program and films, buy the boxset of the films, which is around £30 i think, and go to amazon.de (germany) and buy their monty python's flying circus boxset. it has no t-shirt, no parrot, no fancy drawer-thing box, but its all in english, and costs about £40 posted. but still, if you have none of the dvd's, and want to start collecting, if you buy this, you're done, and you dont have to keep translating pages with google!
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves its labelling as "fabulous" 27 Dec 2008
Format:DVD
As none of the precedent reviews actually refer to the product itself, I feel impelled to indicate that this is the greatest boxset ever released. The T-Shirt is in L-size and shout fit to most people. Mine is yellow and has the quotation "My Brain Hurtz" on its front. The lifeless parrot is made of inflatable PVC. The bonus material is overwhelming - no need to mention the quality of the movies and series. This really contains everything ever done by Monty Python, in best quality. 55£ is a fair price for 16 DVDs full of art and humor that never palls. Buy this, you won't regret it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes, get the German one! 8 Sep 2008
Format:DVD
I'd just like to add my voice to Gary Richardson's. If you want an awkwardly-shaped box, an inflatable parrot and second copies of all the Monty Python movies that you already have on DVD, then this is for you. If you just want the four series of Monty Python's Flying Circus and no fripperies and fol-de-rol, the box from amazon.de is unbeatable. It's compact (seven discs in a digipack about the size used for US TV seasons) and really nicely done - the menus are like old pages from the Radio Times!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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A bit of fun, really! Good to have all the movies and TV show in one OTT package (made out of three of the world's finest rainforests), designed to look like a rather large Quality Street.

Two gripes here, really...

1. The TV series is all included, but unlike the TV series boxset (sold as a separate entity from all god purveyors of naughty videos), it doesn't contain the 'making of' DVD, much to one's annoyance, leading me to conclude that this package ain't nearly as definitive as it proclaims to be. The inclusion of the Python's Best Bits seems a bit pointless, as the entire series is included, Adam Waring the brilliant 'Parrot Sketch Not Included' is... not included.

2. This package is also lacking definitiveness buy not containing a number of things including the Monty Python albums and boks (although given the size of the Life of Brian bok, the boksset would take up a fair chunk of one's living room). Having said that, although lovely though the blow up parrot and T-shirt are, I can't help thinking that the albums would have helped with the 'definitivity' of this non-boksset.

3. An almost fanatical devotion to the Pope...

Our THREE gripes are -

"STOP THAT, IT'S SILLY"

"GET ON WITH IT!!"

Etc...

All in all (for the price, under £50 in my case + P&P) one mustn't gwumble. Plus I got the 'My Brain Hurts' T-shirt in yellow (exactly what I wanted!) so, this helped a great deal.... So it was in fact... a great deal.

And now...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have for all Python fans 8 April 2009
By K. Skov
Format:DVD
Amazing box. You get so many hours of entertainment out of this boxset that it alone is worth the price, but it's not just entertainment, it's Monty Python.

The plastic parrot isn't worth much and the t-shirt is XL. I got a Romnani Ite Domum shirt and the quality is what you would expect (nothing special). The box itself is by far the coolest DVD box ever, and it's actually really well made.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value for money 22 Nov 2009
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I bought this for my partner for christmas because he loves monty python. I couldn't wait till then for him to open the box so I've given it to him already. He couldn't believe the price and how many DVD's were in the box and the extra's, like the tee-shirt and the blow-up bird. The box is great too. We've watched a film and some of the T.V. series and the quality is really good.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy to Recommend.
Didn't come with a toy parrot which was was a bit of a disappointment! If you are a serious fan or just discovering the delights of Python this is a must have.
Published 4 days ago by Pollywolly
5.0 out of 5 stars ... but impressed by speed order was fulfilled and very happy with
Bought as a gift so it will not be opened til mid August but impressed by speed order was fulfilled and very happy with price
Published 1 month ago by MRS PAULINE BEVIN
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Many laughs. Just what the doctor ordered.
Published 1 month ago by Rumplestiltskin
5.0 out of 5 stars something completely different
Daughter LOVED it would have loved to get ticket to see final show but cost stupid but DVD has made up for it.
Published 2 months ago by Mrs D.
2.0 out of 5 stars DOES NOT CONTAIN THE FLYING CIRCUS
This set contains all movies, but NOT THE TV SERIES! It's still an excellent value for money, but I cut out 3 stars for false advertising. That's just shameful...
Published 5 months ago by Rui Pedro Lopes de Azevedo
1.0 out of 5 stars I HAVE BEEN CHEATED BY AMAZON!
I read the Review on the page and first line says "Monty Pythons Flying Circus"
and after I got the package finally at home - I've checked the box description... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mateusz Cwikla
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Product
Brought this for dads Xmas present the product came just in time which I was thrilled about & he enjoyed every bit of it. Sorry review is late ;)
Published on 14 Oct 2011 by NooNoo
5.0 out of 5 stars Monster
It's a wonderful boxset. It came to me a bit scrubed in the corners but I guess it's normal with a intercontinental trip.

The boxset is great. Read more
Published on 9 Aug 2010 by Joćo Ribeiro
5.0 out of 5 stars I like to Cut Down Trees......
40 years ago eh? Tell that to the young people today and they'll not believe you! Like the Goons, Beyond the Fringe and other gems from three decades of great British Comedy the... Read more
Published on 11 Feb 2010 by Steamy Red
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole lot of bang for your buck
Bought this as a present for someone. Box set looks fantastic, with a whole load of content. Nothing much that isn't available elsewhere but haven't seen it presented this well, or... Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2010 by Mr. Peter Adams
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