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The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus Volumes 1-3 / Live at Aspen [DVD] [1969]

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  • Actors: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
  • Writers: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones
  • Producers: John Howard Davies
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Arabic, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Mar. 2004
  • Run Time: 360 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000171RTU
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,245 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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A 4-disc DVD box set containing The Best of Monty Python’s Flying Circus - Volumes 1, 2 & 3 and the Live At Aspen show.

Smeared in a healthy portion of bizarre animation, Volumes 1, 2 & 3 feature the very best from the first four series. The volumes contain classic sketches such as The Ministry for Silly Walks, the Dead Parrot sketch, Spanish Inquisition, the Lumberjack Song and many more. Live At Aspen was filmed back in 1998 when the remaining members of the Monty Python team got together for a comedy festival in Colorado. It was the first time in 18 years they had all appeared on stage together and the reunion was to celebrate the impending 30th anniversary. The team performed their favourite skits and the late Graham Chapman made his appearance in an urn.

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All four series, first broadcast between October 6, 1969 and December 5, 1974 are represented in the The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus four-video box set. Volume Four contains interesting footage from Aspen, Colorado where, in March 1998, the whole Python gang (including the late Graham Chapman in an urn) got together for the first time in 18 years to talk to host Robert Klein about how the ground-breaking comedy show got started. The other three volumes include all the expected highlights, from Terry Gilliam's inspired, lunatic animation to classics like "The Lumberjack Song", "The Ministry of Silly Walks" and the "Nudge-nudge, know what I mean?" sequence, as well as the now world-famous "Dead Parrot" sketch, which you'll find after the credits at the end of Volume One (running the credits before the end of the show was just one of the anarchic things the Python team did before anyone else). Despite its age, this classic material seems, if anything, fresher today than it did 30 years ago. Less widely known but no less silly are "The Vicious Gangs of Old Ladies", "The Man With Three Buttocks", "The Vocational Guidance Counsellor", "The Upper Class Twit of the Year Show", "The Spanish Inquisition", "Stand and Deliver!" (the lupin-stealing highwayman) and the "Ideal Loon Exhibition" among many others. The colour is faded in places, but this won't affect your laughter. --Lorna Read --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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As a collection of sketches, this is outstanding - some of the all-time Python classics are here, including Bicycle Repair Man, Upper Class Twit of the Year, Nudge Nudge and many others from the first series. Some of the additions - such as the Karaoke Lumberjack Song -are nice to have, but if there's one thing that stops me giving it the top rating it's that I'd have preferred to forgo the extras if it meant having each episode complete. Yes Python is hit and miss in places, but looking at what's left out - Johann Gombolputty.... of Ulm, for example - and the use of repetition in some episodes (How to recognise different types of tree from quite a long way away) makes me want to have the lot, not just selected slices no matter how good. This approach could cause havoc with for example the Spanish Inquisition, who appear several times in one episode of series 2, or the Bishop rehearsing his one line who appears in several different episodes.
None of this is particualarly a reflection of the quality of the material - which is excellent - and if you're just interested in having the best known sketches then this is ideal - however for those of us who want the whole lot on DVD this is at best a stop-gap.
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If you are a casual python fan, who just likes the famous sketches that everyone knows about then this dvd is for you. If you are serious about comedy and love python then don't bother.
All the sketches are shown totally out of context and lot's of brilliant sketches have been ommitted. Admittely this is not the fault of whoever put this package together, the whole point is that you cannot do the best of monty python. How can you reduce over 24 hours worth of material and do it justice in just 4 hours. It's not possible, and it is evident here.
The material itself is 5 stars, the package is no stars, it's that simple. So if you want the real thing it's worth importing the mega set from america. It's region 0 so it plays in any dvd player, I have one and it plays in my region 2 dvd player.
Watching the episodes as they were meant to be seen is the only way to watch Python. And for anyone serious about comedy then Python is a must have. 90% of comedy that was made after python could not exist without it.
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This compilation of sketches from the first series of 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' is excellent in its own right - it has all the fondly-remembered favourites from the first series, including 'The Lumberjack Song', 'The Upper Class Twit of the Year Show', and of course, 'The Parrot Sketch'. Good enough in its own right, but the presentation of the DVD is what makes it really special. The picture and sound quality is excellent, and together with a decent ( albeit limited ) compendium of extras, including a 'Karaoke Lumberjack Song' feature, 'Palindromes' and the original Radio Times billing for the show, this is a must-buy DVD. Roll on Volume 2!
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4 tapes from the Python crew, totally unmissable, and a must buy. If you've ever seen the films (Life of Brian, Holy Grail, or Meaning of Life) and thought that they were good, just wait until you see the episodes. Monty Python has, sorry, is the best comedic entertainment the world has ever seen, nothing to date can beat the originality and variation within Python land.
These videos should, if anything, be bought in tribute to the team, displayed in a large glass case, and honoured for years to come.
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We kick off here in October 1969, where the world was first introduced to the brilliance of Monty Python! John Cleese appears first, as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, hosting the "Famous Deaths" sketch (Ghengis Khan, Lord Nelson, etc...)
Highlights of each of the 4 episodes are:
1) Italian Lesson (with Italian students)
The world's funniest joke
2) Flying sheep
The man with 3 buttocks (Mr. Frampton)
Marriage Guidance Councellor
The Wacky Queen
3) How to Recognise Different Trees from Quite a Long Way Away (eg. Larch)
Court Scene (Witness in coffin)
Bicycle Repair Man
Restaurant Sketch (dirty fork)
Seduced Milkmen (imprisoned in lady's bedroom)
Kidnapped Newsreader (including an amazing sequence with John Cleese being driven down the motorway on the back of a trailer - still reading the news at his desk!)
Nudge Nudge
4) Self Defence against Fresh Fruit
Secret Service Dentists (Lemming of the BDA)
All in all some excellent sketches here, but the real quality comes in series 2!
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We watched this on DVD and enjoyed it thoroughly. Some of the sketches are real classics and had us in stitches! Especially the bicycle repair man sketch and the hell's grannies! I would recommend this to all python fans, or even just any-one with a wierd enough sense of humour to appreciate this kind of thing. I think that you would have to buy the whole collection in order to have all the old classics, like the ministry of silly walks, etc. and I can't wait until these are also available on DVD.
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So maybe your favourite isn't in this compilation, it's happened to anyone who has ever bought any kind of 'best of'. The fact remains however that this compilation is absolutely brilliant. From the argument to vocational guidance councilor, from deja vu to spam, this compilation contains some of the absolute greats and I defy anyone not to cry with laughter.
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