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5.0 out of 5 stars Monty Python Live At The Hollywood Bowl, 2007 DVD release - I may not know much about comedy, but I know what I like!, 21 May 2010
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When listing Monty Python's greatest moments, this little gem seems to get constantly overlooked. Personally I love it - it was my first encounter with the gang, and it's what got me hooked.

Taking their best sketches from the small screen and hitting America with a live show, this was a risky enterprise. Just how would the carefully constructed TV sketches translate onto the stage? The answer is SUPERBLY! Interaction with a live audience lifts some old favourites to a new level, and material specially written for the show is quite excellent.

Many old favourites are here - the singing lumberjacks, Whizzo confectionary, I've got two legs, the argument, the ministry of funny walks (with John Cleese appearing to have triple jointed knees!) etc, etc. It mixes the totally weird and whacky sketches with short film inserts that show off the best of Terry Gilliam's animations, and some of the odder TV sketches. My personal favourite - the custard pie sketch - also demonstrates that as well as gifted zany off the wall comedians, the whole troupe also had perfect traditional comedy timing an were adept at slapstick, something not often associated with them.

All in all an excellent performance, one that really shows the whole team, including the often overlooked Carol Cleveland and Neil Innes, off at their best. This DVD presentation is fairly basic, with a mono soundtrackand a widescreen picture. The DVD claims it has been digitally remastered and restored, but there is little evidence of this. But perhaps I am expecting too much of what was a rather grainy live recording in the first place.

This is one of the best 85 minutes entertainment I have ever had, and I suggest you purchase it and treat yourself. You'll laugh till you cry, promise!
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