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Not all of the best
on 6 January 2008
Each member of the Monty Python team gets to choose their own favourite moments from the series, except of course for Graham Chapman, who is no longer with us, and has his best bits chosen by the rest of the team. The trouble with this of course is that their favourite moments aren't necessarily yours, and you may find yourself wishing for different moments. I, for instance, was disappointed not to see the chocolate sketch, with Terry Jones as the wonderfully unctuous chocolate manufacturer with his revolting selection of chocolates ("crunchy frog" etc). And it was unsatisfactory to get just a fragment of the Spanish Inquistion, when I was hoping to see the whole thing. And there is a certain amount of tiresome repetion. I like the fish-slapping sketch as well as the next person,b ut was it really necessary to have it three times in this set?
Also, the frameworks in which the sketches are presented are mostly not very funny (John Cleese's one, in particular, is quite spectacularly un-funny). The best of the five is Terry Gillingham's, which apart from a short prlogue, is entirely made up of animation from the series, with no tiresome links. The one about Graham Chapman is quite interesting, but less talk and more sketches would still have been welcome.
My advice to anyone thinking of purchasing this set would be to spend your money on the complete Python series, and give this one a miss.