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The New Incomplete Complete and Utter History of Britain [DVD + BD set] [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Colin Gordon, Roddy Maude-Roxby
  • Directors: Maurice Murphy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 7 April 2014
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009P14RXG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,385 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Written by and starring Michael Palin and Terry Jones, The Complete and Utter History of Britain was a formative influence on television comedy and Monty Python's Flying Circus in particular. Made in black and white in the same year that Python became part of the national consciousness, this rarely seen comedy takes a typically skewed look at British history and reports historical events as if television had been around to cover them at the time! And so we find Richard the Lionheart relating his Crusading exploits in the manner of a laddish holidaymaker, medieval adverts and film trailers, and William the Conquerer engaging in post-match analysis (following an unspectacular scuffle in which King Harold is finally felled by a rogue baguette...).

In 2013, Palin and Jones revisited their series for this release. Taking the roles of joint narrators they comically, and seamlessly, link back to the best of the existing material shot by their younger selves in 1969 to create a brand-new feature: The Incomplete and Utter History of Britain 2013!

THIS SET INCLUDES (on both Blu-Ray and DVD):

[] 50-minute feature containing new linking material by Palin and Jones
[] Interview with producer Humphrey Barclay
[] The first two episodes as transmitted (the only ones still to exist)
[] The first two episodes as recorded (includes untransmitted sketches)
[] All existing film insert material
[] Brand-new booklet by archive television historian Andrew Pixley
[] Extensive image gallery
[] Script and production paperwork PDFs

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Michael Palin and Terry Jones' 'The Complete And Utter History Of Britain' went out in the U.K. in 1969, and was their last work before 'Monty Python's Flying Circus'. Made by London Weekend Television, it was a sketch show that poked fun at British history. Looked at now, you see where the ideas for many 'Python' sketches originated, such as 'Dennis Moore' from Season 3. Colin Gordon ( from 'The Prisoner' ) played the stuffy narrator, and Roddy Maude-Roxby popped up from time to time as absent-minded historian 'Professor Weaver'. Sadly, as happened with so many great programmes of this era, most of it was wiped, leaving only two complete episodes. This is indeed a shame, as what is left is very funny indeed. Among the highlights is an estate agent ( Palin ) showing a young couple around Stonehenge, a tribute to the year 1065, and Caesar's home movie of his trip to Britain. Also included are surviving film inserts, an interview with producer Humphrey Barclay, new material by Palin and Jones, and the scripts in PDF form ( I have been laughing my head off reading these ). A few years after the show vanished from the airwaves, the B.B.C. children's programme 'Cabbages And Kings' - starring Johnny Ball, Derek Griffith and Julie Stevens - cheekily swiped the idea! .
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Pity that this series remained incomplete (although I appreciate the irony of declaring it right from the title...)
The idea, as usual, was brilliant, and some sketeches are genious, like the live from Historical events from the past, etc...
Even if the content is not so rich and maybe the price is a little too expensive, A must have to always keep in mind how clever british tv has always been
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The Complete and Utter History of Britain was a six-part series, written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones and was broadcast on ITV in 1969 - shortly before series one of Monty Python's Flying Circus aired on BBC1.

Seven episodes were actually recorded, but LWT were unconvinced of the quality of the material - so the recorded episodes one and two were condensed into a new episode one. This general lack of love from the bosses at LWT explains why so little of the programme remains in the archive - only the transmitted episodes one and two were retained by them, but fortunately co-writer Terry Jones and producer Humphrey Barclay both kept material which Network have been able to use when preparing this DVD/BD.

Jones retained an hour's worth of film inserts - some of which are the only material now existing from the later, wiped, episodes and Barclay had kept copies of the original, untransmitted, episodes one and two. Barclay's copies are pretty low quality - particularly episode two - but it's much better to have them included than not at all.

And it does allow us to see exactly what was cut out - and there's some nice stuff which didn't make the grade, such as the Stone Age Patent Office sketch in which Jones demonstrates a device that allows you to sit down ... but higher up.

The film sequences have been restored and have scrubbed up very nicely - and are the reason why a BD disc was included (all the content can either be viewed on the two DVDs or the one BD).
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I've seen the first two episodes and am eagerly awaiting the complete set. This late 60s television show (only 6 episodes made) was by pre-Pythons Terry Jones and Michael Palin. It's a comedic history of Britain, shot in black and white and acted out in realistic period sets and costume. And the skits are introduced by a modern and of course stuffy (in the classic British way) historian. It pokes great fun, in the Python style, at early British history.
Lots of funny Pythonesque scenes here, such as a scheming real estate agent (Palin) who tries to sell Stonehenge ("open floor plan") to a young couple (managing to knock down two pillars).
Another skit stars King Arthur rescuing a maiden... but showing that things never change, he makes the maiden sign a legal release form and detailed statement first.
This is clearly a predecessor to Monty Python, and you'd recognize it as such. Right down to lots of miserable peasants toiling away in fields while Royalty passes by (previewing that great scene in The Holy Grail where the king rides by a peasant shoveling s*** who then proceeds to lecture the King on social issues). And in a news show, the headline in 1066 is "Serf writing is to become illegal next week" - after all, you can't have the working classes rising up.
I have to wonder if Mel Brooks saw these, and if they influenced his own History of the World. I'd bet on it.
Forget about the poor black and white video or the sound track being slightly out of sync. You'll be laughing and rolling around on the floor.
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?The kind of material usually reserved for "Bonus/Extras Discs"?.,
I think that Michael Palin. Terry Jones. and the rest of the Pythons must be very hard up for cash. following a recent legal case.? in having to resort to release old 1969 Pre Monty Python material like this to cover their legal costs.?.,

This as the title suggests is an incomplete (Jokingly intended) Only 50 minutes version. missing 4 of the originaly intended 6 episodes. and was recorded between the "Do Not Adjust Your Set" a series also featuring some of the pre Pythons and David Jason. that would later go on to become the classic Monty Python line up.

To sum up: This would be quite acceptable as Bonus/Extras material Discs. But is poor value as standalone DVD/Blu-Ray?
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