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Monty Python's Flying Circus - Complete Series [DVD]
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The Flying Circus is where Monty Python started - 4 series of TV shows aired between 1969 and 1974 in the UK. Dubbed 'The Fathers of Modern British Comedy', it was seen as the start of a new generation of TV comedy when it hit the mainstream, and was certainly seen as controversial in its day. Topical issues were included but silliness was the main theme, and seeing everyday stuff at a tangent was the order of the day. The guys classical education also is reflected in some of the more esoteric pieces. Now with a huge cult following, the Flying Circus appeals to both young and not-so-young.
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Actually only the packaging has been slightly modified. While on the Amazon-page only the DVD-case is shown, the DVD actually comes in a slip-case which is similar to the original release. The difference is, that this is no more a die-cut sleeve and instead of having a multi-fold dvd-tray this is simply a (big) armary case.
The discs themselves are identical to the 2008-version (they even have the same number and year on the label). This means it has Arabic, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, Finnish, French, German, Hindi, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Greek, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Slovene, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish subtitles and the first season is also dubbed in Polish and Hungarian (which still leaves me wondering if this is part of the joke or of its a true hungarian translation) and also all extra features are left intact: "Before the Flying Circus", "Conquer America", "Animated Gilliam" and "Politically Incorrect", so it has an overall running time of 1327 minutes (like the original release).
So, get it if you don't have it - this is the real deal!
Imagine my surprise when the package arrived and the box was brown with a picture of a TV set! Aha! The blue box depicted with this item is the inner box. The two box sets are the same, except for their wildly different prices.
The quality of the DVDs is very good for a remastered series shot in 1969. Reviewers who mention the tricky packaging are not wrong, but with a little patience the 8 discs can be removed easily enough and it's all very compact. And to those who grumble that it all just looks silly nowadays: it always did. Half-structured silliness was and is the essence of Python humour!
Today, 40 years after the first shows, it is hard to imagine what it must have been like when this gang of mad-men first appeared on the BBC. I don't think the viewers had any idea what had hit them. And while some of the cultural references are lost 4 decades down the line (most people will mercifully have forgotten just how dull TV otherwise was in those days!), the sheer quality of the comedy still shines through. The "Dead Parrot" knows no age. Buy this box and enjoy it - preferably together with someone new to Monty Python - as we have done with our teenaged children.
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Simply put, this is the all-time classic in its unadulterated form, unlike the U.S. release.Published 1 day ago by S. Bunche
Well !! Monty Python you love it or hate it, if the former you'll be happy to get all of the episodes ever madePublished 25 days ago by Merv H
I need time to watch this set...remember the original broadcasts...so how old does that make me?Published 2 months ago by Stu2009
classic comedy. bought for my kids who are strangely captivated by the madness of this showPublished 2 months ago by ian forsyth
Monty Python was like a hurricane which blew away the formulaic sitcoms of the time, yet it was a natural progression from the comedy which had been brewing in the UK for some... Read morePublished 3 months ago by NB
They changed forever, the world of comedy.
A note regarding this set's production.
The fold-out container is a bit cheesy. Read more
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