I can't help wondering how much of an influence this film had on the Monty Python team, as it has a similar look (warts and all portrayal of history in exquisite period detail), and sound (much post-dubbing and exaggerated effects) to Holy Grail and Life of Brian. Of course, this is more Carry On than Python, but is still excellent. Performances by Christopher Lee and Frank Finlay in particular are priceless; they obviously have a fine understanding of comedy they are rarely given the opportunity to utilise. The rest of the (formidable) cast are also very likable. It's the perfect Hollywood feel-good film in most respects; plenty of well orchestrated action, a gripping story, and lashings of bawdy slapstick interspersed with witty one liners.
It's release to DVD though is not so worthy. You do have a choice of languages and subtitles, but apart from the trailer, there are no extras. Sound is mono only, which although disappointing isn't quite that bad (it was originally made in mono after all). Image quality is fair; you do have an anamorphic wide-screen transfer, and the raw image appears to have good detail, contrast and colour, but it is unfortunately hiding beneath an unpleasant veil of grain and noise. I've no doubt that with a small amount of work the image could be spectacular - here's hoping for a BRD release sometime soon.