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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bargain of the year?
I'm going to assume that just about anyone looking here will already know all about these films and whether they like them, so with that in mind I will try to concentrate on the discs themselves.
First of all, at the time of writing this the price is only 14 for all four films. Even if you don't like one its great value for money. The whole set comes in a cardboard...
Published on 11 Mar 2005 by A. Skudder

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1.0 out of 5 stars Great for fans, and only for them
Continued recycling of this British comedy almost 30 years after its original release is not so much a testament to its artistic qualities; it simply underlines a sad fact that not much good has been created in British comedy in the past three decades.
I understand full well that Monty Python and its "stars", such as talentless and annoying Michael Palin and Eric...
Published on 20 April 2003 by Andrius Uzkalnis


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The bargain of the year?, 11 Mar 2005
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A. Skudder (Crawley, West Sussex) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Monty Python: The Movies (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
I'm going to assume that just about anyone looking here will already know all about these films and whether they like them, so with that in mind I will try to concentrate on the discs themselves.
First of all, at the time of writing this the price is only 14 for all four films. Even if you don't like one its great value for money. The whole set comes in a cardboard slip box with brief desciptions of all the films on the back and some technical information on the bottom. Inside are 4 cases containing 2 discs for 'Grail' and one disc for each of the other films.
AND NOW FOR SOMETHING COMPLETELY DIFFERENT
This first film was basically a remake of sketches from the TV series, but made with a bigger budget, so its more or less the same scripts as the TV but better sets and costumes.
Considering the age of the film the picture on this is very good indeed. Its an anamorphic widescreen picture which shows very few signs of age. The sound is only mono, but extremely clear.
HOLY GRAIL
This is the jewel in the crown of this box set. The film has been remastered and the picture quality is fantastic. The sound has also been remastered in 5.1 surround.
The first disc contains the main feature, looking brand new, with a huge range of options. There is a choice of audio commentaries: one from the two directors and another from the other 3 remaining Pythons. The subtitle choices include seeing the screenplay superimposed on the film, or (for people who do not like the film) the lines from Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part II instead of the actual film lines.
In a pastiche of The Matrix's special features, there is a "Follow the killer rabbit" option where at various points you can jump to trivia like the receipts for props.
The second disc contains even more extras. The main one is a modern documentary where Michael Palin & Terry Jones revisit the film locations and reminisce. One single castle in Scotland provided nearly all the internal locations, and its fascinating to see how it was adapted and dressed to serve many purposes. This feature is about 45 minutes. Of the many shorter extras, the highlights are a 15-minute location film made by the BBC during filming, the Camelot singing scene re-created in Lego, singalongs for 3 of the musical segments (including instructions on head-bashing for the monks' chants) and lots of original artwork. Both discs feature animated Terry Gilliam menus.
The quality of this transfer and the quality and quantity of extras makes this disc alone worth the total cost!
LIFE OF BRIAN
The picture and sound quality are nowhere near as good as for 'Grail'. In fact the picture is not as clear as for 'And Now...'
The only extras are a theatrical trailer and an on-set documentary, but the documentary is a good one, with lots of interviews with all the cast members, and about 45 minutes long.
THE MEANING OF LIFE
Probably not many people's favourite Python Film. It is little more than a series of sketches tied together by a loose theme, but does contain some great set-pieces, like the exploding Mr Creosote and the big 'Every sperm is sacred' song and dance routine. The picture and sound are not great, considering that this is the most recent of the films. The box says that the sound is in two-channel stereo only, although there did seem to be a couple of surround effects in the middle of the film. No extras.
For me, this set is well worth the expense for the two 'proper' films and their extras, but the other two films can be dipped into for the best sketches. Its a shame 'Brian' did not get the full 2-disc treatment that 'Grail' did, but that does not make it any less enjoyable.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Python fans already know how great these are... now everyone else should too!, 18 April 2006
This review is from: Monty Python: The Movies (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
Undoubtedly you will have heard of the legendary Monty Python films even if you have been unlucky enough not to have seen them, and if so, you need to cure this immediately!

Some people just don't get Monty Python; granted it is absurdly silly at times, things happen for NO reason, half the films are crappy cartoons and theres all of about 10 actors doing every single part... but this is just pure comic GENIUS.

For me, Monty Python works on so many different levels; the slapstick comedy is so enjoyable, but then there's alot more intelligence going on here than may first meet the eye.
But then theres even more! The Holy Grail is my personal favourite with its complete stupidity throughout and just general random-ness eg. coconuts instead of horses, a french castle in england, the terrifying bunny monster!, the knights who say 'NI'! The list goes on & on!

And let's not forget, 'And Now For Something Completely Different'! The name is pretty self explanatory; a bunch of mis-matched sketches including the classic 'Parrot scene', 'Upper Class Twit of The Year' & 'How not to be seen'. All brilliantly stupid & hilarious.

if that's not a bargain i don't know what is!

There's no excuse for not owning this if you are in any way a fan of anything Monty Python, or even anything from John Cleese or Micheal Palin. 5 Stars all the way!
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175 of 187 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monty Python Legacy Lives On, 7 July 2003
This review is from: Monty Python: The Movies (4 Disc Box Set) [DVD] (DVD)
These films still seem to hold their lasting appeal. Loaded with the classic Phython Team silliness and wit, utter side-splitting humour coupled with the cartoon wizardary of Terry Gilliam.
The pack includes: 'And Now For Something Completely Different', 'The Holy Grail'(2 discs), 'The Life Of Brian' and 'The Meaning Of Life'.
The first disc, 'And Now For Something Completely Different' is a mixture of classic sketches such as The Pet Shop, How Not to be Seen and Nudge,Nudge.
The second/third disc, 'The Holy Grail' is a two disc pack, as well as the main feature there are excellent on location footages and fun 'rubbish', very entertaining in deed! The main film reminds you of the pure comic genius of these guys, can you ever forget 'The Knights That Go Ni', or 'The Killer Rabbit'?
The fourth disc, 'The Life Of Brian' is a brave but well written and extremely funny film. This is the film that made famous the song 'Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life', and includes the 'Welease Woger' and 'What Have The Romans Done For Us?' scenes. Total jaw aching laughter should be experienced throughout this one!
The fifth and final disc, 'The Meaning Of Life' takes you through the different stages of life (and death), scenes such as 'Part1: The Miracle Of Birth'(the machine that goes 'ping') and 'Live Organ Transplants' can be devoured (literally speaking of course).
All in all, the total set is well presented and offers excellent value. You don't have to be a die-hard Python fan to enjoy these titles, it does however help if you can accept a good laugh without taking offence to some of the contents. This is the material that makes British comedy the best in the world!!
Buy it Now! - "Nudge, Nudge ......Wink, Wink ......Say No More".
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just how much humour can you cram into one boxed set?, 16 July 2006
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WOW! This has just got to be one of my all time favourite collections. This set shows the evolution of some of the finest humour ever to have graced the small and silver screens. "And now for something completely different" extended the format that was successfully used in the seminal TV show incorporating many of the funniest sketches ever shown. If I were to say Parrot Sketch, The Lumberjack Song, and Nudge Nudge Wink Wink I'd be just scratching the surface.

"Holy Grail" introduces us to the dreaded killer rabbit, the Knight who say Ni! and the best battlement hurled insults I've ever enjoyed - Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries! "Life of Brian" pokes (or rather deliberately doesn't poke) fun at what is possibly one of the greatest stories ever told, and in doing so earned the wrath of many small minded and insecure people, but gave us fantastic one liners like "He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy!" and "Romanii Eunt Domus - People called Romans they go the house? What's that supposed to mean?" Who can forget the classic scene in Pilate's chamber when you can see Michael Palin contorting his face in trying not to laugh while explaining that he "has a gweat fwiend in Wome". And at the last, the greatest song of all time "Always look on the bright side of life" complete with dancing corpses and crucifixees.

"The Meaning of Life" is in my opinion the best of the crop. The pinnacle of python humour refined to the purest gags. School took on a new angle for me, and the truly brilliant (and mostly scientifically accurate) Amazing and Expanding Universe song just provided a crowning moment in the movie. Gathered together, this collection should come with a health warning - "WARNING: These movies can seriously warp your sense of humour and can cause excessive and uncontrollable laughter".

Buy this set at your peril, but believe me it is worth the risk.
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93 of 102 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars True classics in a reasonable collection, 25 Nov 2004
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There's no doubt that this a great value collection (14 for four films is almost always good value). Two bona fide five star classics (Holy Grail and - especially - the Life of Brian are the pinnacle of Python's achievements), plus a decent collection of classic sketeches from the TV show (And Now For Something Completely Different) and their fair-to-middling final film, The Meaning of Life. All four films in individual plastic cases boxed together - a smart addition to any collection.
The only niggle is The Meaning of Life dvd. Grail has by far the best set of extras: a whole second disc devoted to them, so I'm sure this is the definitive set for that film. Brian has, like Grail, been remastered, but only has one documentary as an extra (admittedly it is a good one, filmed on set). I can live with that though. ANFSCD has no extras, but has good picture quality as compensation, and several trailers for other Python-related films. And as it isn't really a film in it's own right, I can live with that as well.
But Meaning of Life has a 2-disc special edition set out there already. Yet the version in this collection is a single disc, with no extras and no remastered picture. It's not even anamorphic, despite the claims of the back cover. And the chaptering is basic, only a few throughout the entire film. A shame then, as the inclusion of the special edition rather than this duffer would raise it to five star status for me. At least it's not the best film they did. And it's probably better than any VHS version (just about).
All in all though, a worthy collection, especially at this low price.
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69 of 79 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING!, 12 Oct 2004
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Phil Legg (Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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If you're reading this review you must be confused... this is an opportunity to own FOUR MONTY PYTHON FILMS, all absolute classics (Holy Grail and Life of Brian being even legendary!!) for less than 14.00!!!! That works out less than 4 for each DVD! Whether you're a mad python, or you've never seen these films in your life, everyone should buy it at amazons low price for a little piece of movie magic that is completely timeless!!!!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars this is a classic!!!!!!!!! oh im still laughing!!!!!!, 18 July 2006
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my whole family love the monty python seriece this must be one box set that must never be forgotten...it is the funniest! most classic! the most enjoyable box set in the world.

the people to who made these films/programmes are legends of comedy! they are at the top! in fact they are bursting through the roof of there league!

if you want:

1. a funny film

2. one that you can sit there from 30 mins- forever

3. a family classic (ive watched them since i was 3 years old and i never get tired of there jokes)

then buy this. the price for this is really cheap for the pleasure you get from it i sit there now and watch the life of brian and find it class because 'im brian and so's my wife'.lol

buy it or regret it forever and ever.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Monty I knew Him Well, 20 April 2003
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Fantastic!"Life of Brian" is the best British comedy film - as long as you take the film as it was intended and not as an offence to Christianity. "The Meaning of life" is very funny, this also could offend - not for watching with your teenager children as there is a very funny sex scene that will make you embarassed."The Holy Grail" is an excellent first visit to Monty - extremely funny - not much sex!"And Now for Something Completely Different" for those who have never seen the original, this is a must. It is the best of the Monty series.If you have a weird sense of humour then this is the one for you. If you are at all offended re the sex thingy and Jesus then maybe you should buy then separately! To own the set is divine!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny!, 19 April 2006
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These are absolute classics. Very impressive how they were created with funny dialogue and impeccable delivery, on very little budget.

The extras are hilarious. The "Holy Grail" DVD has a feature called "killer rabbit" that allows the viewer to see what it cost to film some of the scenes. Also includes a LEGO rendition of the Camelot scene, and an instructive clip on use of coconuts.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME FILMS!!!, 23 Aug 2006
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These films are very funny and it just goes to show that films these days (well most) are just not as good as films like this! The entire collection here are extremley funny and you can watch these as many times as you want and you will not get bored! Life of Brian is my fav but the others are not so off!

Buy this today if you wanna laugh!
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