The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus Volumes 1-3 / Live at Aspen [DVD] 
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A 4-disc DVD box set containing The Best of Monty Pythons Flying Circus - Volumes 1, 2 & 3 and the Live At Aspen show.
Smeared in a healthy portion of bizarre animation, Volumes 1, 2 & 3 feature the very best from the first four series. The volumes contain classic sketches such as The Ministry for Silly Walks, the Dead Parrot sketch, Spanish Inquisition, the Lumberjack Song and many more. Live At Aspen was filmed back in 1998 when the remaining members of the Monty Python team got together for a comedy festival in Colorado. It was the first time in 18 years they had all appeared on stage together and the reunion was to celebrate the impending 30th anniversary. The team performed their favourite skits and the late Graham Chapman made his appearance in an urn.
All four series, first broadcast between October 6, 1969 and December 5, 1974 are represented in the The Best of Monty Python's Flying Circus four-video box set. Volume Four contains interesting footage from Aspen, Colorado where, in March 1998, the whole Python gang (including the late Graham Chapman in an urn) got together for the first time in 18 years to talk to host Robert Klein about how the ground-breaking comedy show got started. The other three volumes include all the expected highlights, from Terry Gilliam's inspired, lunatic animation to classics like "The Lumberjack Song", "The Ministry of Silly Walks" and the "Nudge-nudge, know what I mean?" sequence, as well as the now world-famous "Dead Parrot" sketch, which you'll find after the credits at the end of Volume One (running the credits before the end of the show was just one of the anarchic things the Python team did before anyone else). Despite its age, this classic material seems, if anything, fresher today than it did 30 years ago. Less widely known but no less silly are "The Vicious Gangs of Old Ladies", "The Man With Three Buttocks", "The Vocational Guidance Counsellor", "The Upper Class Twit of the Year Show", "The Spanish Inquisition", "Stand and Deliver!" (the lupin-stealing highwayman) and the "Ideal Loon Exhibition" among many others. The colour is faded in places, but this won't affect your laughter. --Lorna Read --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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All the sketches are shown totally out of context and lot's of brilliant sketches have been ommitted. Admittely this is not the fault of whoever put this package together, the whole point is that you cannot do the best of monty python. How can you reduce over 24 hours worth of material and do it justice in just 4 hours. It's not possible, and it is evident here.
The material itself is 5 stars, the package is no stars, it's that simple. So if you want the real thing it's worth importing the mega set from america. It's region 0 so it plays in any dvd player, I have one and it plays in my region 2 dvd player.
Watching the episodes as they were meant to be seen is the only way to watch Python. And for anyone serious about comedy then Python is a must have. 90% of comedy that was made after python could not exist without it.
These videos should, if anything, be bought in tribute to the team, displayed in a large glass case, and honoured for years to come.
Each of the 3 "Best Of" DVDs are 90 minutes each and are packed with only the classic Python material. Much as I love the Pythons there was an awful lot of "padding out" in the TV series to make it run to 45 x 30 minute episodes (the last 6 without John Cleese). But the 4 and a half hours on offer here are the absolute best.
The fourth "Live At Aspen" DVD is a real bonus though.
Not only do you get the hour long Live At Aspen show but also the 2 hours of new material which was made for the BBCs Python night back in 1999. These are a 50 minute "Its...The Monty Python Story" (presented by Eddie Izzard), a 30 minute "From Spam To Sperm (presented by Meat Loaf and about the band's musical career), 20 minutes of new sketches made in 1999, a 20 minute tour with Michael Palin through Pythonland (showing where the series was filmed)
Which makes this collection something like 7 and a half hours long. Certainly great value for money.
With a national treasure as iconic as Python, there's going to be many who are very protective of them and their comedy. That's fine but there's also those of us who've seen some of the sketches since, as we're far too young to have been able to enjoy them when initially shown.
Yes, the really classic sketches are the ones that keep on popping up on TV these days. The ones that people know and still refer to. But, by an act of balance, there's stuff that isn't. That's because even geniuses produce work that is better - and worse than others. What I am saying is that unless one is prepared to spend a comparative fortune and get everything, this neat set is an excellent substitute and one that is fine for most folk who want to experience the best of Monty Python. If by the end of it you're baying for more, then you know what you have to do.
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