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Secret Policeman's Balls [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: NR (Not Rated) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: ja
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B001GP5TMM
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x90ed3f48) out of 5 stars 31 reviews
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90fd2d08) out of 5 stars More than worth the price! 4 July 2009
By Mrs. Entity - Published on Amazon.com
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These are NOT the complete shows, but the complete shows do not exist on DVD. However, they're showing at the Paley Center in NYC in July 2009--check out [...]. They're also at the Paley Center in LA until July 19, 2009--check out [...].

Five stars for content, 3 stars for quality, which varies a lot, but is noticeably better than the VHS version. There's quite a bit of profanity, so if that bothers you, be forewarned. Pete Townshend's acoustic solos make these DVDs more than worth the price. Sting's solo performances are incredible, too. Phil Collins does "Something in the Air Tonight" with just piano and bass, and it's so taut and intense, it'll knock your socks off! There's an alternate version of Monty Python's "Parrot Sketch" with a surprise ending. Rowan Atkinson does his pianist sketch and a cleaned up version of "Smut" retitled "Schoolmaster". John Cleese is hilarious, as always. Fry and Laurie do "Hedge" and "Silver Dick". The list of sketches is really long:

Disc 1:

Pleasure at Her Majesty's

Starring John Cleese, Peter Cook, Carol Cleveland, Tim Brooke-Taylor, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Dudley Moore, Alan Bennett, John Bird, Barry Humphries, Jonathan Miller, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Bill Oddie, Graeme Garden, Amnesty Staff and Harrod's saleslady, Dame Edna, Neil Innes, John Fortune, Des Jones, and Eleanor Bron.

Playing for the Cameras, A Poke in the Lens, Sunday Morning Rehearsal, Preparing for Court, Funky Business, Brushing Up Their Shakespeare, On Sundays He Goes Rehearsing, A Very Interesting Fact (the Cleese/Cook sketch), With a Sharp Pick, Less Moore--More Jones, Audience with a Housewife Superstar, Ham and Parrot, April Fool's Night, Pet Shop (the Parrot sketch), T.E. Lawrence, Spunk!, Happy Darling?, Miner, Court Room, The Audition, Protest Song, The Last Supper (Cleese/Lynn), Funky Gibbon, Telegram, Mime Artist, Asp, The Japes Lecture, Appeal, So That's The Way You Like It, and Lumberjack Song

The Secret Policeman's Ball

Starring: Peter Cook, John Cleese, Clive James, Eleanor Bron, Pete Townshend, Rowan Atkinson, Michael Palin, John Williams (guitarist), The Ken Campbell Road Show, Terry Jones, Anna Ford, Clive Jenkins, Mike Brearley, and Tom Robinson.

Interesting Facts, Telegrams, Pregnancy Test, Pinball Wizard, School Master (Rowan Atkinson), Cheese Shop, Cavatina, Sensation Seekers!, The Pianist, The Name's the Game!, Glad to be Gay, Entirely a Matter for You, Four Yorkshirement (Cleese, Palin, Jones, Atkinson), Won't Get Fooled Again, andthe End of the World.

Extras on Disc 1:

Bookshop, From Beyond the Veil, Words and Things, all from "The Mermaid Frolics", 1977; Drowned, Damage Your Health?, TV Commercial, Commentaries and Introductions by Martin Lewis.

DISC 2:

The Secret Policeman's Other Ball

Starring: John Cleese, Rowan Atkinson, Alexei Sayle, Sting, John Wells, Chris Langham, Phil Collins & Daryl Stuermer, Pamela Stephenson, Graham Chapman, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Victoria Wood, Donovan (with Danny Thompson), John Bird, Tin Brooke-Taylor, John Fortune, Griff Rhys Jones, Bob Geldof (with Johnny Fingers), Alan Bennett, and Michael Palin.

A Word of Thanks, Beekeeping, What's on in Stoke Newington, Message in a Bottle, Denis on the Menace, Crass Shallow Humor, In the Air Tonight (really nice acoustic version, just guitar and piano), Clothes Off! (Cleese/Stephenson--is this the one you meant, Spiny?), Farther Up the Road, Had it up to Here, Catch the Wind, Top Of the Form, President Reagan's Big One, I Don't Like Mondays, Men's Talk, Card Dance, The Conductor (Atkinson/Beethoven's 5th), Drugs, I Shall Be Released, and Stop Those Credits!

The Secret Policeman's Third Ball

Starring: Ruby Wax, Spitting Image, Kate Bush (with David Gilmour), Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie, Joan Armatrading, Lenny Henry, Nik Kershaw, Jackson Browne & Paul Brady, Phil Cool, Duran Duran, John Cleese, Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins, Bob Geldof, Emo Phillips, Lou Reed, Ben Elton, Peter Gabriel, Youssou N'Dour), and Sting.

Preamble, Opening Titles, Reagan and Thatcher, Running Up That Hill, Hedge Sketch, I Love it when You Call Me Names, Lowdown Left-Handed Dirty Hound Dog, Wouldn't it be Good, Salvador, Motorway, Save a Prayer, The Silver Dick Award, I'll See You In My Dreams, Imagine, Laurence Olivier and John Gielgud, This is the World Calling, An American in London, Tell it to Your Heart, Sex Jokes, and Biko.

Extras on Disk 2: Roxanne, The Secret Policeman's Other Ball World Premiere (March 1982), US Trailer and TV Spot (May 82), Special US-Only Sequences, Commentary and Introductions by Martin Lewis.

DISC 3

The Secret Policeman's Biggest Ball

Starring: Michael Palin, John Cleese, Lenny Henry, Spitting Image, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, Tina Bishop (with Kathy Burke and Simon Brint), Dawn French, Chris Langham, Jools Holland, Roland Rivron, Robbie Coltrane, Adrian Edmondson, Jennifer Saunders, John Bird, Rory Bremner, Steve Nallon, Stephen Fry, Hugh Laurie, Jimmy Mulville, John Williams, and Ben Elton.

Pet Shop (1989 version), Bad Jokes, The Royal Family and the Poll Tax, The Frog and Peach, Amnesia International Song (Memories), The Argument Clinic, Trevor Nettleford, Jazz Interlude, William Tell, Improvisation, The Last Summer (Cleese/Edmondson), Biggles Goes to See Bruce Springsteen, Gorbachev, Bush, and Thatcher (that would be W's dad), Schoolboy Poetry, Special Branch, Crunchy Frog, Stage Crew, Cavatina, One Leg Too Few, Sick Trigger, Schoolgirl Contraception/I'm a Dancer, and Goodbye.

Extras on Disk 3: Remember the Secret Policeman's Ball? Documentary (2004), Introductions by Martin Lewis.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9155981c) out of 5 stars Buyer beware 20 July 2010
By Sorpigal - Published on Amazon.com
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I had previously owned the 1998 VHS release of The Secret Policeman's Ball, which was a re-issue of the theatrical UK film of 1980 bearing the same name. The original UK film runtime (according to sources I find on the internet) 94 minutes but the version included on this compilation is only 72 minutes. The omitted material includes two Billy Connolly bits, one of which was the song "My Granny Was A Cripple In Nashville." It was for this song (and *only* for this song) that I purchased this collection and so it is with great horror that I find that it is not here.

It is extremely disingenuous of the distributor not to advertise that these are not the original performances and that some material is not included. Given the advertised bonus material and rare footage I find it quite unfathomable that non-rare footage, namely part of the actual performance which has already seen wide release, was not included. I am not sufficiently familiar with the other shows to say whether they were also edited down, but I fear the worst. It is on the basis of these omissions and fears that I must give this product a very poor rating.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x912bcc78) out of 5 stars Avoid the Digital Download at all Costs 13 Jun. 2010
By Keith W. Lawless - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The digital download for this item is much shorter than the DVD run time (a little over an hour). This isn't mentioned anywhere during the purchase process - it appears that only one of the five shows on the DVD are included, but you won't know it until the download finishes.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x90ebe5dc) out of 5 stars Secret Policemen don't have balls... 2 Mar. 2009
By Jeffrey R. Threatt - Published on Amazon.com
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I remember stumbling across the Americanized version of this back in the '80s. It was only "The Secret Policeman's Ball" and "The Secret Policeman's Other Ball" then, but I still thought it was great. And who had even heard of Rowan Atkinson then?

Now with this collection, you have all the Balls gathered in one place. It's hours of fun!

I've always been a huge Monty Python fan, but when you throw in the aforementioned Rowan Atkinson, Peter Cook, Dudley Moore, and scads of other folks (whose names I don't remember), plus tons of musical talent (e.g. Eric Clapton, Sting and Pete Townsend), how can you go wrong?

And didn't they all look so young then?
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x915ba48c) out of 5 stars Good, but not great. 28 April 2010
By James C. Campbell - Published on Amazon.com
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I had been looking for the "Balls" series for a long time, so imagine my joy when I found what I thought was the complete set at a great price. When I received the set, I sat down hoping to spend a Python-a-riffic evening of entertainment. Although I wasn't completely disappointed, there was too much back round and not enough "show". Sure, many of the classic skits were there, as well as some great music (Pete Townsend is outstanding!), there were incomplete bits that were either "talked over" in the included documentary, or left out altogether. I was particularly dismayed that the entire "I have a viper in this box" skit with Peter Cook was chopped up. Still, its an alright collection. One thing for sure, the video transfer is pretty bad. I don't remember the original broadcasts being so poorly reproduced, but maybe that's my nostalgia talking. Anyway, if you are a devoted Python fan, or have a craving to see Sting when he was really young, you will get some enjoyment out of this set.
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