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5.0 out of 5 stars "English or German, Pounds or Euros...What is the TV Series Actually Like?", 21 Aug. 2009
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This review is from: Monty Python's Flying Circus - The Complete First Series [DVD] [1969] [2007] (DVD)
As I mentioned in my review for the complete British collection, `Monty Python' is perhaps the most famous sketch show ever to be released on DVD. But tragically however, it is SO famous that as far as I can see, almost every other review for this item seems to assume that everyone in the whole wide world has seen it!

In fact, it is only this arrogant assumption which has driven me to write this review. Because before you can even consider such issues as price or value for money, you first have to decide if the DVD is actually something that you want to buy!

Although I had seen many clips of their sketches, TV documentaries and so forth, I'd never actually watched a complete episode of `Monty Python' until I originally bought this series way back in 2007. So for the rest of this review, I will try to help you decide if `Monty Python' is something that you would enjoy.

If you've ever seen a classic sketch from the original TV series, or indeed, the montage of sketches that was `And Now For Something Completely Different,' (also available on DVD,) then you already have the answer as to whether you'd enjoy the whole series or not.

If you believed that this one sketch was childish and puerile, then the same will almost certainly be true for the rest of the series as a whole. But I must warn you however, even if you absolutely adore every one of the great `Monty Python' sketches, I am certain that a great deal of every episode will leave you feeling cold.

When push came to shove, a large part of each episode of `Monty Python' was 100% pure filler. Because tragically, even six of the greatest comedy geniuses to ever walk the Earth couldn't be expected to fill thirty minutes with solid gold every single week. But baring this in mind, I believe that even the episodes which only have one or two great sketches are worth the price of the series on their own. And although I encourage you to watch the whole series from beginning to end at least once, here is the list of the spectacular sketches which everyone who loves `Monty Python' should see.

Episode 1: "Whither Canada."

Chapter 2: "Italian Lesson."
Chapter 6: "Picasso/Cycling Race."
Chapter 8: "The Funniest Joke in the World."

Episode 2: "Sex & Violence"

Chapter 1: "Flying Sheep."
Chapter 10: "Working-Class Playwright."

"What do you know about it? What do you know about getting up at 5 o'clock int' mornin' to fly to Paris, back at the `Old Vic' for drinks at 12, sweating the day through Television interviews, Press interviews? Then gettin' back `ere at 10 to wrestle with the problem of an homosexual, nymphomaniac drug-addict, who's involved in the ritual murder of a well-known Scottish Footballer? That's a full, workin' day lad! And don't you forget it!"

Chapter 13: "The Wrestling Epilogue."

Episode 3: "How to Recognise Different Types of Tree From Quite a Long Way Away."

Chapter 3: "Bicycle Repair Man."
Chapter 4: "Children's Story."
Chapter 7: "Restaurant Sketch/Dirty Fork."

Episode 4: "Owl Stretching Time."

Chapter 6: "Self-Defence Against Fresh Fruit."

Episode 5: "Man's Crisis of Identity in the Later Half of the Twentieth Century."

Chapter 5: "Police Raid."

Episode 6: "It's the Arts."

Chapter 5: "Non-Illegal Robbery."
Chapter 7: "Crunchy Frog."
Chapter 10: "Red Indian in Theatre."

"Yes, Redfoot make war! When Chief Yellowsnake was leader, and mighty eagle was in land of forefather, we fight Paunee at Oxbow Crossing!...when Paunee steal our rehearsal copies of `Reluctant Debutante."

Episode 8: "Full Frontal Nudity."

Chapter 2: "Army Protection Racket."
Chapter 6: "Buying a Bed."
Chapter 10: "THE DEAD PARROT SKETCH!"
Chapter 12: "Hell's Grannies."

Episode 9: "The Ant, An Introduction."

Chapter 3: "Kilimanjaro Expedition."

"My idea I'm afraid. They were going to build a bridge, between the two peaks."

Chapter 6: "Homicidal Barber."
Chapter 7: "Lumberjack Song."

Episode 11: "The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Goes to the Bathroom."

Chapter 6: "Jimmy Buzzard Interview."

Episode 12: "The Naked Ant."

Chapter 6: "Mr Hilter."
Chapter 7: "The Minehead By-Election."
Chapter 8: "Police Station (Silly Voices.)"
Chapter 9: "Upper-Class Twit of the Year."

Episode 13: "Intermission."

Chapter 2: "Restaurant (Abuse/Cannibalism.)"
Chapter 4: "Albatross!"
Chapter 13: "Attila The Hun."

In conclusion of course, if you've decided that you would like to watch the first series of `Monty Python,' I would suggest that you should consider the complete collection of all four series. (Available here on Amazon.co.uk for less than £30.) But if you do decide that you want to buy this series on it's own, then be warned that the voice-overs on the title menus, repeating the same lines from the same sketches over and over again are `Incredibly' annoying!
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