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The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus Volumes 1-3 / Live at Aspen [DVD] 
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A 4-disc DVD box set containing The Best of Monty Pythons 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.
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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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.
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.
These videos should, if anything, be bought in tribute to the team, displayed in a large glass case, and honoured for years to come.
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!)
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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Interesting and funny, but to be fair I love pythons! But if your a fan you will too!Published 2 months ago by Mr. John Cadman
I bought my set very cheaply second-hand two years ago and had a merry old time watching all of it on consecutive nights. Read morePublished on 9 April 2012 by Tim Kidner
This is a must for any Python fan who has not got some of the classic sketches - there is also a bonus DVD which includes interviews with all and features Graham Chapman in an Urn... Read morePublished on 30 Sept. 2011 by Tommo
Why buy DVDs that have been censored? The word 'masturbating' in the Proust sketch is bleeped out. What is that all about? Don't waste your money.Published on 8 Dec. 2009 by Kelpie
This DVD is hilarious from start to finish. All the sketches are great, but my personal favourites are: 'Hell's grannies', 'Storytime', 'Kilimanjaro', 'Dirty fork', and of course,... Read morePublished on 9 April 2006
This is a good monty python hits dvd. It has all the best sketches.All of them are good i especially like the party political broadcast from the liberal party. Read morePublished on 6 April 2006 by Mr. Ar French
When i first heard of a TV series, i said 'I am going to buy that', but meh, i never got around to it. Read morePublished on 24 May 2004 by pigsfromagun