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4.0 out of 5 stars MORE MACABRE 'MONTY'., 4 Mar 2008
This review is from: Monty Python's Flying Circus - The Complete Fourth Series [DVD] [1974] [2007] (DVD)
The final series in the canon throws up more than it's fair share of surreal gems: like the majority of the public, I latched onto 'PYTHON' late after it started, and thus series 3 --and this one---are the shows that I watched first time around, with my full attention alerted....so they stuck in the old memory-banks more.

EPISODE ONE '[the Golden Age of Ballooning'] drags on far too long, and is an extended, episode-length theme, with the usual offbeat sidetracking.

The final episode kicks off with one of the most grotesque [and delightful ] sketches ever: 'the MOST AWFUL FAMILY in BRITAIN': a GRAND-GUNGOIL feast of bad taste, and unforgettable to those who ever witnessed this grotesque spectacle....other highlights include the 'MR. NEUTRON' episode-length extravaganza: this features PALIN'S bloodthirsty General nuking ALL [apart from the target] in a brilliant send-up on the imbecility of WAR.

-----the usual mixture of 'dead-common'grafted onto the unusual [military hardware on a rag-and-bone cart ] reflect the usual surrealistic heights, for which the show is celebrated. Wisely, this series was kept down to a 6-episode minimum, and though some PYTHON purists bemoan the impurity of the content, the gems that crop up here are frequent enough to satisfy fans of this typically BRITISH eccentric humour.

[GILLIAM was unable to produce much in the way of ANIMATION for these shows; and his input is sorely missed.
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